Letters from War – Responding to letters from home and commenting on Pine Grove high school basketball – February 1945

Irvin Schwartz comments on the mail he's received from home in Pennsylvania and how letters that have nothing to do with the war were his favorites.

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.

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 – Battlefield promotion and war souvenirs, December 1944

The West Schuylkill Press-Herald announced Irvin Schwartz's promotion to corporal in December 1944 and that Schwartz's family received war souvenirs from Europe.

Letters from War – “Our Battle for Aachen,” 1944

Irvin Schwartz's vivid description in a letter home to Schuylkill County describes the horror of the Battle of Aachen in October 1944.

Letters from War – The first letter from inside Hitler’s crumbling “Third Reich,” October 1944

In his first letter from inside Germany, Pfc. Irvin Schwartz describes interactions with residents of newly occupied Nazi territory.

Letters from War – Checking in with the staff of the Press-Herald from Belgium, September 1944

The young soldier from Pine Grove, PA checked in with his former boss at the West Schuylkill Press-Herald in early fall 1944.

Letters from War – Dining with a French family before returning to the front lines, September 1944

A fascinating letter from Pfc. Irvin Schwartz about dining with a French family after liberation of their town.