An excerpt from Letters From the Front, 1898-1945
Voices of the Wisconsin Past
Edited by Michael E. Stevens
As a young adult, Roy F. Bergengren, Jr., moved to Madison, where his father was one of the founders of CUNA credit union. Bergengren worked at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison for five years before enlisting in the army in 1941. He served as an aircraft controller with the 311th Fighter Control Squadron, 63rd Air Defense Wing, and with the 78th Fighter Control Squadron, 2nd Air Defense Wing, rising to the rank of major. By the time of his discharge in 1945, Bergengren had seen action in England, Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, and Germany. After the war, he received an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Florida and also taught at that institution. He served as president of Daytona Beach Community College for fourteen years and died in 1982 at the age of sixty-seven. He wrote to Don Anderson and other co-workers at the Wisconsin State Journal.
Captain Roy F. Bergengren, Jr.
Courtesy Rosemary Bergengren.
Letters from Roy F. Bergengren, Jr. to Don Anderson and other co-workers at the Wisconsin State Journal: