A sailor describes life aboard ship during World War Two.

Fishel, Leslie. Papers, 1939-1999 (selections).

After his naval service during World War II, Les Fishel went on to serve as director of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin (1959-1969), president of Heidelberg College (1969-1980), and director of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center (1980-1988). The four letters digitized here describe his Navy ship and its weapons, standing watch at sea, the Naval Chapel Church Program, church services, his thoughts on the war, killing sharks, life at sea, a correspondence course, the GI Bill, ship inspections, promotions, navigating, family affairs,and race-relations. Twelve additional boxes of papers (described here) exist in paper form in the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives, including many more documents relating to his World War II service. These documents are made available online through a partnership between the Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Public Television.

Related Topics: World Wars and Conflicts
The World War II Military and Home Fronts
Creator: Fishel, Leslie.
Pub Data: Papers, 1939-1999 (selections). Original manuscripts at the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives, Call Number: Mss 943
Citation: Fishel, Leslie. Papers, 1939-1999 (selections). Wisconsin Historical Society Archives, Call Number: Mss 943. Online facsimile at http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1635 Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1635; Visited on: 5/26/2018