Abstract

Letters from Francis "Pete" Mastrototoro to his girlfriend, then wife, Eva Mikelonis over the course of Mastrototoro's military service in World War II from 1942 to 1945. The letters primarily deal with his day-to-day life on bases in California, Texas, and the Southwest Pacific, and Mikelonis's personal life in Massachusetts.

Biography

Francis "Pete" Mastrototoro was a Private First Class, then Corporal who was drafted into the United States Army during World War II. From December 7, 1942 to January 26, 1945, he was stationed on bases in California, Texas, and the Southwest Pacific, and never saw significant military action. He was married to Eva Mikelonis on August 21, 1943 in Worcester, Massachussetts on a brief leave from the Texas base. Mikelonis assumed the name Eva Mastrototoro on their wedding date. The envelopes containing the PFC's letters were postmarked to a new address in Worcester shortly after the wedding date, where Eva purchased a house for the couple to begin their married life together.

Scope and Contents of Collection

Collection contains 420 handwritten letters by Francis Mastrototoro to Eva Mikelonis, his fiancée and later wife, during his service in World War II. Letters date from 1942 to 1945 and detail the daily life of a soldier during the war. From December 7, 1942 to March 30, 1943, the letters were posted from Camp McQuaide near Monterey, California. Letters dated between March 31 and October 31, 1943 were posted from Camp Hulen near Palacios, Texas, and letters dated between November 6 and December 8, 1943 were posted from Oakland, California. Mastrototoro often decorated accompanying with the acronym "S.W.A.K." ("sealed with a kiss") or other derivations of that theme, and less frequently included short rhyming poems inside the lip of the envelope. Mastrototoro was stationed on a base in the Southwest Pacific between January 1, 1944 and January 26, 1945, and the final thirteen months of letters originated from there.

Box Folder Oversize
1 1 1942, December 7-31.
1943.
1 2 January 1-31.
1 3 February 1-28.
1 4 March 1-31.
1 5 April 1 - April 28.
1 6 May 3-31.
1 7 June 1-29.
1 8 July 1 - July 31.
1 9 August 2 - September 29.
2 1 October 1-31.
2 2 November 6 - December 8.
1944.
2 3 January 1-30.
2 4 February 2-29.
2 5 March 1-31.
2 6 April 1-30.
2 7 May 3-31.
2 8 June 2-30.
2 9 July 2-31.
2 10 August 1-31.
2 11 September 1-29.
3 1 October 1-30.
3 2 November 1-30.
3 3 December 1-31.
3 4 1945, January 3-26.


Finding aid generated: 2010-11-15