Elton V. Wagner papers

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Elton V. Wagner papers

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Elton V. Wagner papers

Elton V. Wagner papers

Finding Aid

Prepared by James Petrucella, July 15, 1994; Last Updated: June 2020


Inclusive Dates: 1942-1945
Extent: 1 cubic foot (1 record storage box)
Physical Location: 11th floor


Biographical Note: Elton V. Wagner was a Technician 4th Grade, Headquarters Special Troops 3rd Army during World War II. Wagner served in the following battles and campaigns: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe. His decorations and citations include: Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European, African, Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 5 Bronze Stars, and World War II Victory Medal.

Scope and Content: This collection includes an assortment of periodicals, pamphlets, newspapers, maps, photographs, and artifacts which were collected by Elton V. Wagner during his tour of duty with General George Patton's Third Army on their sweep through western and central Europe in 1944-1945. These items serve as a reminder of the atrocities inflicted on the civilian population and Allied Military Forces by Hitler's Third Reich, as well as the bravery and committment to freedom exhibited by the American and other Allied Forces.

Acquisition Information: The collection was donated to Kent State University by Margaret Wagner.


Box 1
Folder -- Contents

  1. Photograph: Corporal and Mrs Wagner
  2. Letter: Dwight D. Eisenhower to Every American Under His Command: February 25, 1944
  3. Letter: Dwight D. Eisenhower to Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force: 1944
  4. Booklet: "Third Army: A Brief History of Operations in Europe": Prepared by G-3 Historical Sub-Section
  5. Booklet: "A Souvenir Booklet for the Officers, Enlisted Men & Civilians Who Made History With the 3rd US Army in the European Theater of Operations, 1944-45"
  6. Map: Third US Army: Denotes Advances Through Europe: Prepared by G-3 Historical Sub-Section
    Physical Location: Filed in Oversized Map Case
  7. Poster: Final Periodic Report: 3rd US Army: (Includes Insignias of Divisions)
    Physical Location: Filed in Oversized Map Case
  8. Sheet Music Cards: "Third US Army March": Dedicated to Lt. General George S. Patton Jr. & Officers & Men of 3rd US Army: (1 of 2 Folders)
  9. Sheet Music Cards: "Third US Army March": Dedicated to Lt. General George S. Patton Jr. & Officers & Men of 3rd US Army: (2 of 2 Folders)
  10. Map: City of Luxembourg: Published by War Office, 1944
    Physical Location: Filed in Oversized Map Case
  11. Pocket Guide: "The Cities of Belgium and Luxembourg": Published by War Department: GPO, 1944
  12. Pocket Guide: "The Cities of the Netherlands": Published by the War Department: GPO, 1944
  13. Pocket Guide: "A Short Guide to Great Britain": Published by War & Navy Departments: GPO, 1944
  14. Pocket Guide: "Here It Is--The A Armys Tour For You: Munich & the Bavarian Highlands": Issued by the SP. SV. HQ 3rd US Army
  15. Photographs: Chalons-sur-Marne, France
  16. Postcards: Etain (Meuse), France
  17. Postcards: L'Epine, France
  18. Postcards: Pithiviers (Loiret), France
  19. Postcards: France (Miscellaneous)
  20. Postcard Book: "Cimetiere Americain de Romagne" (American Military Cemetery in Northeast France)
  21. Photographs: Set of 20 with 2 photos missing: Monuments, Cemeteries of World War II (France)
  22. Postcards: Munich, Germany
  23. Photographs (Miscellaneous)
  24. Magazine: Warweek: November 11, 1945
    Physical Location: Filed in Oversized Map Case
  25. Newspapers: Stars & Stripes: Nancy Edition: March 14, 27, 1945 & April 4, 7, 13, 14, 1945
    Physical Location: Filed in Oversized Map Case
  26. Newspapers: Stars & Stripes: Germany Edition: April 13, 17, 24, 28, 1945 & May 3, 7, 1945
    Physical Location: Filed in Oversized Map Case
  27. Newspapers: Stars & Stripes: South Germany Edition: May 8-10, 20, 23, 1945
    Physical Location: Filed in Oversized Map Case
  28. Newspaper: Stars & Stripes: Victory Edition: August 15, 1945
    Physical Location: Filed in Oversized Map Case
  29. Magazine: Stars & Stripes Magazine: August 19, 1945
    Physical Location: Filed in Oversized Map Case
  30. Magazine: Yank: The Army Magazine: August 13, 1945 & May 27, 1945
    Physical Location: Filed in Oversized Map Case
  31. Magazine: Yank: The Army Magazine: Assorted Articles, undated
    Physical Location: Filed in Oversized Map Case
  32. Magazine Article: Life: "Paris is Free Again," undated
  33. Newspaper Photograph Clippings: Eisenhower, Through Normandy's Hedges, On to Paris, Naval Scene
  34. Booklet: Hitler in Seinen Bergen (Translated: Hitler in His Mountains): (Predominately Photographs): Published by Verlag Heinrich Hoffmann, Munich, 1938
  35. Booklet: Unser Aller Hitler: Wie Man Euch den Fuhrer Zeigte und Wie Er Wirklich ist (Roughly Translated: Our Most Gracious Hitler: How the Fuhrer is Portrayed and How He Really is): (Propaganda Piece): Published by Nibelungen-Verlang, Berlin, 1940
  36. Photograph: Admiral of German Navy: Karl Donitz
  37. Photograph: Uncompleted Building: Hitler's Planned Ruling Center
  38. Calendar: Year 1939: Distributed by Rudolf Koenig; Coffee, Tea, Wholesale Business, Bremen: Includes Scenes of Prewar Bremen: Published in Leipzig, August 2, 1938
  39. Calendar: Year 1944: Naval Calendar: Includes Pictures/Text/Statistics: Published in Dresden, October 30, 1943
  40. Military Papers: (Partial): German Soldier: Birthdate October 16, 1911
  41. Photographs: (4): Atrocities at Buchenwald Concentration Camp (Men/Children): Photographed by 166th Photo Co: April 23, 1945
  42. Photographs: (3): Atrocities at Hergenhein Concentration Camp (Jewish Women): Photographed by 166th Photo Co: May 6, 1945
  43. Photographs: (6): Atrocities of Slave Laborers in Nurnburg Area: Photographed by 166th Photo Co: April 29, 1945
  44. Photographs: (9): Arocities at Ohrdruf Concentration Camp: Photographed by 166th Photo Co: April 10, 1945
  45. Photographs: (2): Atrocities at Schwartenxenfield Concentration Camp: Photographed by 166th Photo Co: April 24, 1945
  46. Photographs: (3): Atrocities at Concentration Camp Near Weimar, Germany (Buchenwald?): Photographed by 166th Photo Co: April 14, 1945
  47. Photographs: (2): Mass Graves at Wetterfield, Germany: Photographed by 166th Photo Co: May 5, 1945
  48. Newspaper: "The Record, The Holocaust in History, 1933-1945": Published by Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, 1978
  49. Pamphlet: Jewish Studies Program: KSU
  50. General: Information from 1983 Holocaust Conference: KSU Trumbull Campus
  51. Article: "A Baha'i Declaration of Human Obligations and Rights"
  52. Pamphlet: "Publications and Audio Visual Materials on the Holocaust for Schools, Churches, Civic Groups and Libraries": Center For Studies on the Holocaust, Anti-Defamation Leauge of B'nai B'rith
  53. Booklet: "World Refugee Survey 1982": US Committee for Refugees
  54. Newspaper Article: "Dust to Ashes": Record-Courier, Ravenna-Kent: March 16, 1982
  55. Newspaper Articles: "Holocaust's Horrors Still Haunt Survivors; Holocaust Suriviors Gather; Dignitaries in Israel Mourn Nazis' Victims: Akron Beacon Journal, Akron: April 10, 1983
  56. Artifacts: Nazi Flag, Nazi Arm Band, Nazi Metal Cross and 3rd Army Insignia
    Physical Location: Filed in Oversized Map Case