JACK R. SMOLENSKE PAPERS
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
Jack Smolenske's World War II letters to his parents comprise the bulk of the collection. Also included are pocket diaries containing handwritten entries and a ten-page memoir of Smolenske's experiences during the 10th Mountain Division's Italian campaign. Limited photographic prints complete the collection.
The series primarily contains letters written by Jack Smolenske to his parents and other family members during World War II. Also included are handwritten pocket diaries, a brief memoir and a letter from fellow 10th Mountain Division veteran, Ross Wilson.
The series contains b/w photographic prints from a fishing trip taken while Smolenske trained at Camp Hale, Colorado.
Language of Materials
Materials are in English.
The collection is open for research.
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Jack R. Smolenske was born in Denver, Colorado August 4, 1924, the son of William C. Smolenske, a dentist and Martha J. Smolenske, a homemaker. He completed four years of high school prior to enlisting in the Army March 23, 1943 at Denver, Colorado. Smolenske joined the 10th Mountain Division while it was engaged in mountain and winter warfare training at Camp Hale, Colorado, where he was initially assigned to the 86th Infantry Regiment, Company D. Later, he served with Company I of the 86th and finally with the headquarters company, 3rd Battalion of the 85th Infantry Regiment. During World War II, Smolenske was also stationed at Camp Swift, Texas and participated in combat operations against the German Army in Italy.
After the war, Smolenske received a BA degree in advertising from the University of Denver. He worked as advertising manager for Colorado Fuel and Iron Corporation from 1948 to 1963. Later, Smolenske founded National Services, Inc., and served as company president until the company was sold in 1980. Smolenske passed away May 7, 2003 at Roswell, New Mexico.
Other Finding Aids
Gift, Jack R. Smolenske, 1987 and additional materials in 1996.
Number of Boxes: 1 (.5 linear feet)
- Camp Hale (Colo.) -- Archival resources. Subject Source: Lcnaf
- Military maneuvers -- Cold weather conditions. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Ski troops. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Soldiers -- United States -- Correspondence. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- SMOLENSKE, JACK R.
- January 2014
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