Penn State Altoona's Jared Frederick discusses the impact of America's Greatest Generation, how he makes history relevant for his Gen Z students, and what it’s like suiting up in a WWII reenactment group that will appear at a variety of Military Appreciation Week events beginning next week.
Nearly 75 years after the end of World War II, correspondence from approximately 100 Penn State students and faculty members who served overseas has found a permanent home at the Robert E. Eiche Library at Penn State Altoona. The collection of 500 letters has been preserved by the library to offer students and researchers firsthand accounts of the everyday lived experiences of local soldiers during the war.
About 100 students and faculty members from Penn State Altoona kept in contact with Robert Eiche, the campus’ first director, after they left school to serve in World War II overseas. Today, the collection of about 500 letters is a permanent collection at the campus library.
The Penn State Altoona, then the Altoona Undergraduate Center, basketball team from 1947-48 included Jerry Conlon (holding ball), who was a prisoner of war in Germany and returned to school at the campus after the war.
Charles Diehl, a Penn State Altoona instructor who returned to teach at the campus after WWII, pictured in 1942. He wrote to Robert Eiche during his time in the war, where he served as a private in the U.S. Army, took a 22-week course in radio training and qualified for officer training school.