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Carl Wene World War II Papers

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Carl Wene World War II Papers, 1940-2018 | Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives at Illinois State University

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Collection Overview

Title: Carl Wene World War II Papers, 1940-2018Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1940-1942

ID: Alum/IAI2018_12

Primary Creator: Wene, Carl (1918-1943)

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: This collection is arranged into three series based on the type of materials. Series I contains items pertaining to Carl Wene's life. Series II contains correspondence from carl to his family and correspondence between Carl's family and the military. Series III contains photographs, scrapbooks, and military pins.

Subjects: Illinois State Normal University - Alumni and alumnae., Illinois State Normal University., Illinois State Normal University. Alumni Association.

Languages: English

Abstract

The Carl L. Wene Collection contains letters and memorabilia saved by Carl's family about his time serving in World War II.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Series I: Administration, 1940 01943, 2018, contain information relating to Carl Wene's training as a pilot during his time in the United States Navy and a timeline of his life.

Series II: Correspondence, 1940-1944, 1966, 1974, 2018, contains letters from Carl to his family and letters from the Veteran's Administration pertaining to the memorial.

Series III: Memorabilia, 1940-1946, 1970, 2018, contains photographs, newspaper clippings, a scrapbook, and several military pins.

Collection Historical Note

Carl L. Wene was born August 17, 1918 in Illinois. He attended Illinois State Normal University before he enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve in 1940. Wene was stationed in Pearl Harbor in 1941. Wene survived the attack on Pearl Harbor. Wene was reported as missing on January 30, 1942 when his aircraft crew did not return from a mission near Fiji. He was listed as Killed in Action in 1943, but his remains were never recovered. His name is listed on the Honolulu Memorial at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Subject/Index Terms

Illinois State Normal University - Alumni and alumnae.
Illinois State Normal University.
Illinois State Normal University. Alumni Association.

Administrative Information

Repository: Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives at Illinois State University

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 linear foot

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Materials held within the Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Acquisition Method: This collection was donated to the Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives by the family of Carl Wene.

Preferred Citation: Carl Wene Papers, Dr. Jo Ann Rayfield Archives, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.

Processing Information: Materials were rehoused in acid free folders and boxes. Paper clips were removed.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series I: Family Research and Records, 1940-2018.],
[Series II: Correspondence, 1940-1974, 2018.],
[Series III: Memorabilia, 1940-1974, 2018.],
[All]

Series II: Correspondence, 1940-1974, 2018.Add to your cart.
Series II hold correspondence between Carl Wene and Lucille Schultz.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Recipient: Miss Lucille Schultz, 1941-1942, 2018.Add to your cart.
This sub-series contains chronologically-organized letters written by Carl Wene and sent to Lucille Schultz, who was a love interest. They were perhaps engaged or informally connected, but the letters attest to some level of attraction between Carl and Lucille. They were donated to the Wene family in 2016 by Lucille's daughter.
Folder 9: Typed Letter Transcripts, 2018.Add to your cart.
This includes typed and printed transcripts of the letters Carl wrote to Lucille.
Folder 10: Card, September 15, 1941.Add to your cart.
Vintage Greeting Card.
Folder 11: Letter, September 16, 1941.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Letter, September 17, 1941.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Letter, September 20, 1941.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Card, September 22, 1941.Add to your cart.
Vintage greeting card.
Folder 15: Letter, September 23, 1941.Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Card, September 24, 1941.Add to your cart.
Vintage greeting card.
Folder 17: Letter, September 25, 1941.Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Letter, September 27, 1941.Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Letter, September 29, 1941.Add to your cart.
This was a card mailed out to Lucille from Hartsook Photography Studio, which indicated that Carl's portrait would follow soon after.
Folder 20: Letter, October 13, 1941.Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Letter, November 18, 1941.Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Letter, November 22, 1941.Add to your cart.
Carl shared that he was shipping out to Pearl Harbor within a couple hours of writing the letter. He also commented that the Navy's new planes were great.
Folder 23: Letter, December 19, 1941.Add to your cart.
Carl included word of increased censorship (likely attributed to the attack on Pearl Harbor as well as an official declaration of war from the United States) and that Christmas present shipments were delayed.
Folder 24: Letter, January 7, 1942.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Recipient: Carl Wene, 1942.Add to your cart.
This sub-series includes two letters addressed to Carl Wene. Both were mailed in January of 1942.
Folder 25: Envelope, January 15, 1942.Add to your cart.
The envelope was addressed by Carl's father, Ernest Wene. There was no letter included.
Folder 26: Letter, January 26, 1942.Add to your cart.
The envelope was addressed by Carl's sister, Ernestine, and included letters from different family members and friends.
Sub-Series 3: Recipient: Ernestine Wene, 1942.Add to your cart.
These letters were addressed to Carl's sister, Ernestine Wene.
Folder 27: Letter, January 7, 1942.Add to your cart.
A letter from Carl who was then stationed in Pearl Harbor. It is a good letter home.
Folder 28: Letter, January 22, 1942.Add to your cart.
From Lieutenant William O'Dowd.
Folder 29: Letter, February 19, 1942.Add to your cart.
From Gertrude M. Hall, Director of Alumni Activities. She reached out to Ernestine with condolences and a request for materials to prep a write-up for the Pantagraph.
Folder 30: Letter, February 19, 1942.Add to your cart.
From Stella Henderson. Along with a note of business, she sent her condolences.
Folder 31: Letter, March 17, 1942.Add to your cart.
From O'Dowd. Envelope was dated April 19, 1942, but the letter itself was dated March 17, 1942.
Folder 32: Envelope, March 23, 1942.Add to your cart.
No letter. Envelope listed O'Dowd as the sender.
Folder 33: Letter, March 27, 1942.Add to your cart.
From Gertrude M. Hall, Director of Alumni Activities. She requested a photo of Carl for the upcoming April issue of the alum newsletter.
Folder 34: Letter, May 2, 1942.Add to your cart.
Lighthearted ancedotes from O'Dowd.
Folder 35: Letter, May 4, 1942.Add to your cart.
From O'Dowd. The envelope was stamped "May 4, 1942" but the letterhead was dated June 27, 1942.
Folder 36: Letter, May 26, 1942.Add to your cart.
From Ensign C. J. Watters. Mentions O'Dowd and others in the letter.
Folder 37: Letter, July 14, 1942.Add to your cart.
From O'Dowd.
Sub-Series 4: Recipients: Mr. Ernest and Mrs. Hazel Wene; Letters from Carl, 1940-1942, 2018.Add to your cart.
The sub-series begins with typed transcriptions of the letters Carl sent to his parents, Mr. Ernest and Mrs. Hazel Wene; the transcriptions do not include records of letters from other senders.
Folder 38: Typed Letter Transcripts, 2018.Add to your cart.
Typed and printed transcripts of Carl's letters to his parents.
Folder 39: Letter, December 12, 1940.Add to your cart.
Carl had just finished his first month of Naval service. He reported that, in his class of 21 students, he was first in flying, fifth in Navy regulations, and second in radio.
Folder 40: Letter, December 20, 1940.Add to your cart.
From Carl. He shared his account of training for Naval pilots, which entailed about seven months, followed by expected active duty for three subsequent years. He alluded to many job opportunities after active duty was over.
Folder 41: Letter, February 11, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl. He reported that trainees' days run from 4:30am to 9:30pm most days. He also expressed concern about passing the required physical exam.
Folder 42: Letter, February 17, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl. He shared more about the trials of training, and how they flew for 8 hours before attending about 6 hours of ground school classes. Carl also felt it was important to tell his parents that he worked so hard, he ate ten pieces of fried chicken.
Folder 43: Letter, March 2, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl. He wrote about a recent horseback riding excursion. In Series III, there are some photographs of Carl and friends on horseback on a beach, which would indicate Pensacola, Fla, where they were stationed at the time. Although the letter does not mention a camera being present, it seems a likely truth that the photos were taken around the time of this letter's writing.
Folder 44: Letter, March 6, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl. He wrote that there was a $10,000 federal life insurance policy for him that would go to his parents over a period of five years. Carl also provided an insightful hourly rundown of a Naval training day.
Folder 45: Letter, March 18, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl. He passed radio receiving and had moved on to study: meteorology, aerodynamics, propellers, and communication procedure. Carl shared more details about flying, which is a valuable perspective to have. He also wrote about his five roommates in the cadet building where he was stationed.
Folder 46: Letter, March 20, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl. Shared word of naval rumors as well as word of his studio portrait which was en route to his parents', and is included in Series III of this collection. Carl also reported his grades in this letter.
Folder 47: Letter, March 26, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl. He wrote about exhaustion as well as a woman, Julia, who was much more interested in him than he was of her.
Folder 48: Letter, April 1, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl. He noted that celestial navigation class had started and was proving to be very difficult. Carl also shared that a peer had recently purchased a Pontiac convertible for "nothing down, two years for payments and 20 years for the interest."
Folder 49: Letter, April 9, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl. There were two included letters in the envelope. He provided more detail about flight training exercises and humorous anecdotes.
Folder 50: Letter, April 12, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl. He shared that he had been reading Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls.
Folder 51: Letter, April 18, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl.
Folder 52: Letter, April 21, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl. He shared that Ernestine had visited and he'd given her a tour.
Folder 53: Letter, April 28, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl. He reported that he had trouble seeing during night flying, and that training was exhausting. The letter is more somber than others.
Folder 54: Letter, May 1, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl. He again mentioned difficulties while flying at night.
Folder 55: Letter, May 21, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl. He shared that he'd passed his final checks and would soon have the opportunity to apply for different areas of Naval service. He had one week left of ground school.
Folder 56: Letter, May 27, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl. He had finished ground school recently with a 3.65 GPA. He shared more details about his academic successes, the new ships they were flying, and where he wanted to be stationed.
Folder 57: Postcard, June 2, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl.
Folder 58: Letter, July 1, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl. He reported that he was flying "P-Boats," Patrol planes.
Folder 59: Letter, July 9, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl. He wrote that graduation would take place around August 20th, 1941.
Folder 60: Letter, July 18, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl.
Folder 61: Letter, August 2, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl. He reported that he would be home for a visit at the end of the month.
Folder 62: Letter, August 6, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl.
Folder 63: Letter, August 9, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl. Reported that he finished flight training and was awaiting further orders.
Folder 64: Postcard, September 15, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl. Vintage postcard from Old Matt's Cabin, Shepherd of the Hills Country, Missouri.
Folder 65: Postcard, September 16, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl. Vintage postcard with comic illustration.
Folder 66: Card, September 24, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl. Vintage greeting card.
Folder 67: Letter, September 25, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl. Reported that his orders had changed and was awaiting Naval transportation to Pearl Harbor.
Folder 68: Letter, September 26, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl. No envelope. He mentioned the wait to travel, traveling, asthma, and money.
Folder 69: Letter, October 11, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl. No envelope. According to the letter, Carl had made it to Pearl Harbor on the 9th of October.
Folder 70: Letter, November 19, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl. The letter is an interesting record of what he was doing in the Navy.
Folder 71: Letter, Unknown, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl. The author of this believes that the letter was sent right after the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. There is no date nor envelope, but it seems like a hurried reassurance to his family.
Folder 72: Letter, December 17, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl. He did not mention the attack and shared that he was not allowed to say anything other than to vaguely reassure them.
Folder 73: Letter, January 4, 1942.Add to your cart.
From Carl. No envelope. He wrote the letter via typewriter because the censor couldn't read his handwriting easily. He commented on activity after the attack with humor.
Folder 74: Letter, January 7, 1942.Add to your cart.
From Carl. Composed on a typewriter. This is a copy of the previous folder's letter, but were copies meant for Ernestine and Don.
Sub-Series 5: Recipients: Mr. Ernest and Mrs. Hazel Wene, 1942.Add to your cart.
Letters addressed to Carl's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wene. This sub-series features letters sent from various people.
Folder 75: Letter, February 5, 1942.Add to your cart.
From Ensign William Bob O'Dowd; wrote to the parents about Carl's recent Missing In Action status.
Folder 76: Letter, February 16, 1942.Add to your cart.
From Hazel Frandson of Santa Ana, California; she was an acquaintance of the Wene family who had also lost someone close to her (possibly a son) in the war. She reported to have taken some photos of Carl the last time he was around.
Folder 77: Letter, February 28, 1942.Add to your cart.
From William O'Dowd. He reported that his plane was in the same section as Carl's when his plane and fellow crew went down over the ocean.
Folder 78: Letter, March 11, 1942.Add to your cart.
From Orval Yarger; he was a business owner who employed Carl for some time. Yarger wrote to Carl's parents after he went missing and expressed hope that he would be found. Yarger also spoke highly of Carl's character.
Folder 79: Letter, After January 30, 1942.Add to your cart.
From William O'Dowd; he reported that he was one of Carl's best friends. O'Dowd wrote regarding Carl's death.
Sub-Series 6: Recipient: Mr. Ernest Wene, 1941-1944.Add to your cart.
This sub-series features letters sent to Mr. Ernest Wene from various senders. In chronological order.
Folder 80: Letter, May 2, 1941.Add to your cart.
From Carl. He wrote to his father about landing a plane in a tree. Carl also reported that he bought a watch for his father to give to his mother on Mother's Day.
Folder 81: Letter, February 1942.Add to your cart.
From C. J. Watters, of the Navy and a friend of Carl's. He wrote to Mr. Wene to inform him of Carl's accident. "Fruitless searches have been made and we think that the chances of he and the crew being alive are most remote."
Folder 82: Letter, October 1942.Add to your cart.
From E. Eynon, Lieutenant in the Navy. It regards life insurance policies on Carl.
Folder 83: Letter, April 15, 1943.Add to your cart.
From Harry Huddart, cashier for the New York Life Insurance. Regarding life insurance policies.
Folder 84: Letter, February 8, 1944.Add to your cart.
From W. R. Brondell, Cashier for New York Life Insurance.
Folder 85: Letter, May 25, 1944.Add to your cart.
From F. P. G. Lattner of the Navy Department, Casualties and Allotments Section.
Sub-Series 7: Recipient: Mrs. Hazel Wene, 1941-1974.Add to your cart.
Letters addressed to Mrs. Hazel Wene from various senders.
Folder 86: Telegram, September 29, 1941.Add to your cart.
Western Union Telegram.
Folder 87: Letter, August 8, 1943.Add to your cart.
From Mrs. Edward C. Frandson.
Folder 88: Letter, February 19 and 21, and March 18, 1944.Add to your cart.
From Harry B. Gunn, County Clerk and Clerk of the County Court, and Emerson Williams, Notary.
Folder 89: Letter, February 21, 1944.Add to your cart.
From Harry B. Gunn, clerk. Letter includes Carl's recorded date of death, the value of his estate, his family members and their respective addresses.
Folder 90: Letter, March 4, 1966.Add to your cart.
From Morris Rosenthal, Adjudication Aofficer for the Veterans Administration.
Folder 91: Letter, August 13, 1974.Add to your cart.
From William E. Ryan, Jr. A colonel in the ADA Director of Operations and Finance. He sent Hazel Wene a color and black and white print of the American military memorial which she had requested. The items referred to are in Series III.
Sub-Series 8: Recipient: The Wene Family, 2016.Add to your cart.
This sub-series includes a single letter addressed to the entire Wene family.
Folder 92: Letter, May 6, 2016.Add to your cart.
From Meg Kinzer, the daughter of Lucille Schultz. She wrote after finding the letters Carl had sent to her mother and offered to send them to the family. Those letters are transcribed and included in Series II, Sub-Series 1.

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[Series II: Correspondence, 1940-1974, 2018.],
[Series III: Memorabilia, 1940-1974, 2018.],
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