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Name: Kraut, Charles.

Historical Note:

Charles Kraut was born in Chicago and worked as a clothing designer in his father's clothing store. After Pearl Harbor he enlisted and trained at Fort Lewis, Washington, and went on to work as a clerk for the 138th Infantry Division in Alaska for three years before being transferred to Europe in 1945. After only a few months, the end of the war forced the disbanding of his division.

Although Kraut served throughout the Battle of the Aleutian Islands, June 1942 to August 1943 he wrote little about it in the letters in this collection. On several occasions he wrote that he was aware that censors would read what his letters and he limited description of his military duties to a minimum.

Because he was not able to write freely on his military service, the contents of his letters to his wife mostly concern matters of his family and of his heart. His letters repeatedly express feelings of both physical and emotional isolation as well as his eagerness to return to his wife, and future plans they would share together.

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