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Ms-084: Letters Of Gerald Koster, World War Ii, Krystal M. Thomas Feb 2007

Ms-084: Letters Of Gerald Koster, World War Ii, Krystal M. Thomas

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The collection is compromised mainly of letters written by Gerald Koster home to his family in West Toledo, Ohio. The letters follow Koster through training in Great Lakes, Illinois and into combat as well as giving a fairly complete portrait of life on board ship. While Koster’s letters to his parents focus on naval operations and descriptions of military life, those addressed to his younger sister, Phyllis, include more information and queries regarding friends, family, and neighbors on the home front. Koster is very careful about censoring; few of his letters have been edited. As the war continues, he ...