Letters from War – Camp San Antonio near Reims, France, September 1945

This is part of our “Letters from War” series documenting the World War II letters of Irvin Schwartz of Pine Grove, PA. The letters were all published in the West Schuylkill Press-Herald between 1943 and 1945. 

Read the previous letter here


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Staff Sergeant Irvin Schwartz, 1945

September 10, 1945

Rheims, France

Dear Editor:

We arrived here at Camp San Antonio by train from Germany last night.

Camp San Antonio is one of 18 camps in the assembly area named at U.S. cities. It offers fast processing of troops being redeployed and, besides, has an array of P.X.’s, theatres, churches, athletic fields, and a huge American Red Cross Club.

Before leaving Rheims by train on Wednesday, September 19, for the Colas Staging Area near Marseilles, I will spend Friday in Paris. Rheims is the home of the “little red schoolhouse” where the Germans signed the surrender terms.

So long,

T/Sgt. Irvin Schwartz


Featured Image: A US Army redeployment camp in France, 1945 (National WW2 Museum)

This is part of a series titled: “Letters from War.” Read more of the letters written by Irvin Schwartz during World War II


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