William F. Baggerman World War II Papers
This collection contains the personal correspondence, memorabilia, and newspaper clippings of William F. Baggerman during his career in the United States Army Air Corps during World War Two. Most of the collection is correspondence between Baggerman and his family, regarding the family business and the situation at home. Baggerman’s discussion of military matters is limited.
Memorabilia includes a patch and pin from the 20th Air Force, and leaflets describing the coming of the atomic bomb in Japanese.
Military documents include two tests taken by Baggerman in Technical School. Press Clippings display financial and social atmospheres back in the United States, as well as a clipping from a base magazine. A later clipping describes the desire of Guam to demand reparations for damages caused in World War Two.
Other papers include a church pamphlet listing the names of those serving, correspondence about a local incident and a newsletter from the 1990s for the veterans that served with Baggerman.
The language of the material is English.
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0.75 Linear Feet
This collection contains the personal correspondence, memorabilia, and newspaper clippings of William F. Baggerman during his career in the United States Army Air Corps during World War Two. Most of the collection is correspondence between Baggerman and his family, comprised of concerns for family business and the situation at home. The collection spans from early in basic training until the end of the war.
William F. Baggerman, a native of St. Louis, attended Washington University. After receiving his law degree, he started a real-estate firm in 1936. He also flew small aircraft during this time. He entered training in the Army in 1942 and moved into the Air Corps. Initially, he worked as a clerk after technical school before becoming a glider pilot. He was attached to the 20th Air Force as the glider program folded. He served in the South Pacific Theater, taking part in campaigns from 1944 to 1945.
This collection was originally listed as a part of MS.1764, World War II Collection. It was then listed as CSWS.WWII.1.0014 until receiving its current number.
Special Collections acquired this collection via the Center for the Study of War and Society. Materials were donated by veterans and their families.