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Manuscripts by Subject - Military - #10592

Title: Victor C. Haas Papers

Dates: 1942-1945

Collection Number: MSS 10592

Quantity: .5 feet

Abstract: Consists of letters written by residents of Bowbells serving in World War II to the Haas and Walleen families: Henry L. Berg, Maggie Haas, Victor C. Haas, Raymond L. Hansen, and Henry A. Siemers.

Provenance: The papers were transferred from the American Legion National Headquarters, Indianapolis IN in January 1992.

Property Rights: The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to
this collection.

Access: This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Citation: Researchers are requested to cite the collection title, collection number, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota in all footnote and bibliographic references.

Transfer: World War I letters of John C. Peterson were separated and assigned to MSS 10840.

Biographical Sketches

Henry L. Berg was born to Ole and Ella Berg in Bowbells May 24, 1924. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps at Guam and Iwo Jima. He spent 20 years in the Army, retiring at the rank of Captain in 1964. He was awarded two medals for outstanding and meritorious service and the Dorean Service Medal. He was a computer systems analyst for the U.S. Navy until 1968. He died January 26, 2000 in Chula Vista, CA.

Victor C. Haas was born in Minnesota Township in Burke County February 23, 1922 to Albert A. and Olena (Heide) Haas. He married Margaret (Margie) Walleen daughter of Joseph B. and Margaret (Maggie Jasperson) Walleen of Bowbells. Vic and Margie’s son Lonnie was born while he was serving in the U.S. Navy on the S.S. Laredo Victory in the Pacific. He was awarded the Purple Heart May 5, 1945 in the action at Okinawa.

Raymond L. Hanson was born in Donnybrook April 24, 1906 and married Edna M. Solin of Vanville Township on November 10, 1941. Hansen served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army serving at Camp Hood, TX, Italy, France, Germany and Austria. He died October 4, 1969 in Kenmare.

Henry A. Siemers was born November 16, 1922 just east of Bowbells to Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Siemers. He served in the U.S. Navy at the University of Iowa in Ames in Diesel School, Advanced Diesel School in Richmond VA and in the South Pacific. He married Maxine M. Walleen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Walleen December 31, 1946.

Box 1:
1. Letter from Henry L. Berg  to Maggie Walleen  March 1945     
2. Letters from Margie Haas to Mr. & Mrs. Albert Haas June 1945     
3. Letters from Victor C. Haas to Mr. & Mrs. Albert Haas and Mr. & Mrs. Joe Walleen Feb-June 1944         
4. Letters from Victor C. Haas to Mr. & Mrs. Albert Haas and Mr. & Mrs. Joe Walleen June-Dec  1944
5. Letters from Victor C. Haas to Mr. & Mrs. Albert Haas and Mr. & Mrs. Joe Walleen Apr-July 1945 
6. Letters from Victor C. Haas to Mr. & Mrs. Albert Haas and Mr. & Mrs. Joe Walleen July-Nov 1945         
7. Letters from  Raymond L. Hansen to Aunt Maggie Walleen   June-Dec  1942
8. Letters from  Raymond L. Hansen to Aunt Maggie Walleen   Aug-Nov 1943          
9. Letters from  Raymond L. Hansen to Aunt Maggie Walleen  Jan-June 1944
10. Letters from Raymond L. Hansen to Aunt Maggie Walleen  July-Dec 1944   
11. Letters from Raymond L. Hansen to Aunt Maggie Walleen  Feb-July 1945
12. Letters from Harry A. Siemers to Maggie Walleen Jan-Dec 1944
13. Letters from Harry A. Siemers to Maggie Walleen Feb-July 1945

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