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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

By Taylor Hagerdorn

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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.],
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Series III: Memorabilia, 1940-1974, 2018.Add to your cart.
This series includes a wide range of memorabilia. Official and informal candid photographs, landscapes photos, military-themed photos; newspaper clippings, memorial letters and booklets; a scrapbook and printed transcription; as well as an array of mostly-identified military buttons and accoutrements.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 93: Encased Portrait of Carl Wene, circa 1940.Add to your cart.
Another professional studio portrait of Carl Wene. Portrait was done by Hartsook Studios, one of the most famous in California.
Folder 94: Photographs, 1941.Add to your cart.
This folder contains four black-and-white images which came to the archives in an envelope already grouped together. These images depict casual activities.
Folder 95: Photos of Monuments, circa 1961.Add to your cart.
These four photographs depict Carl Wene's memorial headstone in Weldon, Illinois, as well as other local memorials.
Folder 96: Photographs, circa 1940-1.Add to your cart.
The twelve photographs in this folder appear to have been taken in or near Pensacola, Florida. Some are casual, others feature military subjects such as planes and fellow soldiers.
Folder 97: Photographs, circa 1940-1.Add to your cart.
These 23 photographs depict more of Carl's time in Pensacola. There are interesting photographs of military training.
Folder 98: Unidentified Photographs, circa 1940-2.Add to your cart.
This folder of eight photos features Carl Wene in his white uniform, some excellent aerial photographs of planes, and other shots.
Folder 99: Image of Plane, circa 1940-5.Add to your cart.
This is a black-and-white image of a Catalina plane, similar to what Carl Wene would have flown at times during his training and service.
Folder 100: Newspaper Clippings, circa 1940-8.Add to your cart.
There are three clippings. One features the poem, "The Last Flight," penned by a grieving father, Joseph S. Lovett. Another clipping includes word of a memorial in Weldon, Illinois, which is in Folder 4 of this series. The third clipping featured William O'Dowd, who was Carl Wene's friend and a correspondent with Ernestine Wene and the parents.
Folder 101: Clipped Poem, circa 1940-1.Add to your cart.
The poem was "High Flight" by John G. Magee, Jr. He was a nineteen-year-old American pilot who was killed in December, 1941 while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Folder 102: University of Illinois Memorial Day Booklet, 1946.Add to your cart.
This booklet was produced to commemorate the Memorial Day celebration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Carl Wene had completed his initial military training at UIUC. His write-up is on page 92.
Folder 103: Carl Wene Scrapbook Transcription, 2018.Add to your cart.
This transcription is a legible resource for easily navigating the original scrapbook, also included in this series.
Tray 1Add to your cart.
Item 16: American Defense Service Medal, circa 1939-1941.Add to your cart.
This medal was given "for service during the limited emergency proclaimed by the President on September 8 1939 or during the Unlimited Emergency proclaimed by the President on May 27 1941."
Item 17: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, circa 1941-5.Add to your cart.
Given to soldiers who served in the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign.
Item 18: World War II Victory Medal, circa 1941-5.Add to your cart.
This medal was given to soldiers who served in World War II.
Item 19: USN Ensign Shoulder Board, circa 1940-2.Add to your cart.
Item 20: USN Pilot Pin, circa 1940-5.Add to your cart.
This is a gold pin with eagle wings, a shield, an anchor, nautical rope; it was probably mae by Hilborn Hamburger.
Item 21: USN Pilot Patch, circa 1940-5.Add to your cart.
Item 22: USN Gold Eagle Buttons, 1941 Redesign (5), 1941.Add to your cart.
Item 23: USN Buttons, Small (4), circa 1940.Add to your cart.
Item 24: WWII Honorable Discharge Button, circa 1940.Add to your cart.
Item 25: Wing & Prop Pin, circa 1940.Add to your cart.
Item 26: Fleur de Lis Pin, circa 1940.Add to your cart.
Item 27: Eagle Wing & Prop Pin for Training, circa 1940.Add to your cart.
Item 28: Victory Pin, circa 1940-5.Add to your cart.
This pin features a "V" for victory, as well as the morse code for the letter "V."
Item 29: Eagle Pin, circa 1940-5.Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 104: Framed Portrait of Carl Wene, circa 1940.Add to your cart.
A framed official portrait of Carl Wene
Folder 105: Print of the Honolulu Memorial, 1974.Add to your cart.
The author of this aid believes that this color image is the one referenced in Series II, Sub-Series VII, Folder 6. It is a large, color print of the Honolulu Memorial, where Carl Wene's name is inscribed.
Folder 106: Official Memorial Letter from the President's Office, circa 1943-5.Add to your cart.
This is an official print of a Presidential honor letter to grieving parents/families. FDR's signature graces the close.
Item 30: Carl Wene Scrapbook, circa 1940-1970s.Add to your cart.
This is the original scrapbook created by his mother, Hazel Wene. It features official portraits, newspaper clippings, and other memorabilia.

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