Letters from War – Sergeant Schwartz’s farewell to General Eisenhower – June 1945

In the weeks after VE Day in the spring of 1945, General Eisenhower returned to the US. Sergeant Schwartz penned a farewell to his "supreme commander."

Photographs show makeshift emergency hospital in Lykens, Pennsylvania during 1918 pandemic

These incredible photographs show the tent field hospital set up in Lykens during the darkest month in American history.

Letters from War – Sergeant Irvin Schwartz receives the Distinguished Service Cross for gallantry during the Battle of the Bulge

In 1945, Sergeant Irvin Schwartz was honored with the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroism during the Battle of the Bulge.

Letters from War – A chippy letter in response to a fellow Pine Grove soldier serving in Italy – 1945

Sergeant Schwartz took offense to a comment from a soldier in Italy about the difference in fighting conditions between the Italian front and inside Nazi Germany.

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 – 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.