Connecticut Soldiers Collection, Ward Family Papers
Scope and Content
The collection contains correspondence directed to Bernard “Bernie” or his wife, Louise.
- undated, 1942-1945
The collection is open and available for research.
Restrictions on Use
Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from both the University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.
Bernard J. Ward, Edward J. Ward, Robert F. Ward and Thomas P. Ward four brothers from Newington, Connecticut all participated in the armed services during World War II. All the correspondence is directed to Bernard “Bernie” or his wife, Louise. Of the four brothers, Bernie was the last to join the service during World War II and the only one to remain stateside for the duration. Bernie, who when writing to his wife signed his letters “Joe Joe”, joined the Navy in 1943, trained at the Naval Training Station in Sampson, New York, as was then stationed at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Eddie joined the Army in 1942 and received his basic training at Ft. McKinley (Maine). From there, the correspondence follows his experiences at the Fort Williams Radar School, continued training at Fort Monroe (Virginia) and his service in Australia and New Guinea. Robert was also in the Army, but his correspondence follows his service beginning at Fort Jackson (South Carolina), Camp Pickett in Virginia, by way of Louisiana and California, before shipping out to active duty in the Philippines. There are references in the letters to his wife, Ann and daughter, Pat who was born in 1944. Thomas Ward trained at the Naval Training Station in Rhode Island before he served in the Philippines on the U.S.S. Lovelace. The majority of the letters were written between 1943 and 1944.
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Language of Materials
Correspondence of four brothers, Bernard J. Ward, Edward J. Ward, Robert F. Ward and Thomas P. Ward of Newington, Connecticut. All the correspondence is directed to Bernard "Bernie" or his wife, Louise.
Series I: Correspondence (undated, 1942-1945)
The collection was donated in 2001.
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- Personal narratives Subject Source: Fast
- World War (1939-1945) Subject Source: Fast
- Connecticut Soldiers Collection, Ward Family Papers
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- 2005 September
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