Letters from War – “I believe the end is coming soon,” March 1945

In a March 1945 letter, Sgt. Irvin Schwartz shared insights about Nazi Germany's desperate "total war" efforts to turn back Allied attacks.

Letters from War – Ideas for a World War II memorial in Pine Grove and a dislike of monuments – 1945

As World War II drew to a close, Sgt. Irvin Schwartz laid out a proposal to honor the Pine Grove area servicemembers when they returned home.

Letters from War – A letter from an army hospital describing wounds received in Germany – 1945

German artillery shells struck down Sergeant Irvin Schwartz on February 27, 1945. He wrote home to his parents to comfort them that he wasn't severely wounded.

Letters from War – Awarded the Bronze Star and wounded in action – 1945

In March 1945, Irvin Schwartz's hometown newspaper published news of his Bronze Star. A week later they shared the news he had been wounded.

Letters from War – Receiving mail from friends and fellow servicemembers on the front line in Belgium (delayed) – 1945

A letter from the front lines in Belgium as the Battle of the Bulge raged in January 1945.

Letters from War – A note from the front lines to a World War I veteran in Pine Grove – February 1945

In a February 1945 letter to Harper Updegrave, Irvin Schwartz stated his intention to join the American Legion once he returned home from war.

An account of Irvin Schwartz’s participation in the Battle of Dom Bütgenbach – December 21, 1944

A 1990 study by a defense contractor details the experiences of Irvin Schwartz and his comrades in the hellish Battle of Dom Bütgenbach in 1944.

Letters From War – The Battle of Dom Bütgenbach, December 21, 1944

In as much detail as he could get by US Army censors, Irvin Schwartz describes his unit's action in the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944.

Letters from War – No peace for the holidays as the Battle of the Bulge raged, December 1944-January 1945

Irvin Schwartz's letter home to Schuylkill County in January 1945 explained the bleak holidays he spent on the front lines of the Battle of the Bulge.

Letters from War – A meeting of Schuylkill County natives on the front lines in Europe, December 1944

A letter from Corporal Irvin Schwartz from December 1944 is excerpted in the West Schuylkill Press-Herald.