Worn by Major Francis T. Brewster while serving as a Military Governor with the Army of Occupation in Germany and Czechoslovakia following the end or World War II.
Elmer Homburg: B-24 Liberator
A Consolidated B-24 Liberator 1940’s — A Consolidated B-24 Liberator from Maxwell Field, Alabama, four engine pilot school, glistens in the sun as it makes a turn at high altitude in the clouds. Heavy Bombers. (U.S. Air Force photos) Public Domain
Roberta Ida (Wells) Leidner enlisted in the USMCR in 1943 and worked as a clerk typist and recruiter stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After the war, she went to Olivet College in Michigan on the GI Bill where she met her husband Milton Leidner. They moved to Madison in 1949 to attend graduate school. “Bert” became active in politics and served as a representative for Madison’s 10th district on the Dane County Board from 1974-1996. In addition, she served as the Chair of the Highway and Transportation Committee from 1975-1996.
Norbert S. Szymczak
From the collection of Norbert S. Szymczak, a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin who served in the United States Army during World War II. Szymczak grew up in the St. Francis area, and served in the Civilian Conservation Corps before enlisting in the Army on September 23, 1940. After training stateside with the 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, he transferred to Company H, 327th Glider Infantry Regiment, initially part of the 82nd Division but later moved to the 101st Airborne Division. Szymczak took part in the Normandy campaign and Operation Market Garden, earning the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals amongst others as well the French Croix de Guerre, Belgian Fourragere, and Dutch Orange Lanyard along with the rest of the 101st Airborne. He remained in the Army after World War II, serving in Korea then stateside at nuclear missile bases before retiring in 1961.
U.S. Corps of Engineers Digital Library. This document was published by a federal government agency and is in the public domain.
Martin Gutekunst served with the U.S. Amphibious Divisions in both Europe and the Pacific during World War II. Included in his donation were the original rain gear, helmet and paratrooper boots he wore in the D-Day invasion in Normandy.
Roberta Wells Collection- VE Day Parade, Hawaii, 1945