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World War II


Both Senator Robert J. Dole and his brother, Kenneth (Kenney) Dole, served in World War II. Bob Dole fought and was wounded in Italy, while Kenney was stationed in the Pacific Theater.

The Nancy [Dole] Poche Collection, 1938-1963 contains 174 letters written by members of the Dole family. This collection offers a glimpse of life on the homefront in Kansas and experiences of soliders in both the European and Pacific theaters of WWII. Digital images and transcriptions of all 174 letters are available online. Below is a list of letters that correspond with events and realities of life during WWII.


Eizenstat, Stuart. Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor, and the Unfinished Business of World War II. New York: Public Affairs, 2003.

Feuer, A. B. Packs On!: Memoirs of the 10th Mountain Division in World War II. Mechanicsburg: Stackpole Books, 2006.

Haydu, Bernice Falk, Rita Cody Casey, and Sally Van Wagenen Keil. Letters Home, 1944-1945: Women Airforce Service Pilots, World War II. 2009.

Herold, Donald C. World War II: A Kansas Corporal's Experience. Kansas, 2004.

Minker, Ralph Lee, Sandra O'Connell, and Harry A. Butowsky. An American family in World War II. Tarentum: Word Association Publishers, 2005.

Monahan, Evelyn. And if I Perish: Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II. New York: Knopf, 2003.

Palmer, Ben. The Hunter and the Hunted: Two Years in a Rifle Company, WWII: Italy, France, Germany, February 5, 1943-October 20, 1945. Holland: B. Palmer, 2002.

Scharnberg, Ken. Voices: Letters from World War II. Nashville: Premium Press America, 1993.

Schorer, Avis D. A Half Acre of Hell: A Combat Nurse in WW II. Lakeville: Galde Press, 2000.

Shrout, Bill. After the Mud: Stories of the U.S. Navy and World War II. Clackamas: Honeybil Pub., 2000.

Smith, Kenneth L. Western Pacific Escapades During World War II. New York: Vantage Press, 2004.

Spach, Jule. Every Road Leads Home: Memoirs of Jule C. Spach, POW-World War II. Chapel Hill: Professional Press, 1996.

Westerfield, Hargis. 41st Infantry Division: Fighting Jungleers II. Paducah: Turner Pub. Co., 1992.

Date Range

  • 1943-1994

Online Materials

  • letters and photographs