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   Leonard John Kovar
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Leonard Kovar in flight suit at time of service
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army Air Forces/Corps
Unit: 727th Bomb Squadron, 451st Bomb Group, 15th Air Force
Service Location: San Antonio, Texas; Stamford, Texas; San Angelo, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Davis-Monthan Field, Tucson, Arizona; Italy; Stalag Luft III, Germany; Miami Beach, Florida
Rank: Second Lieutenant
POW: Yes
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»Phonograph recorded message (side one) "To Lloyd, Don't play in mixed company. Len" [9/5/1945] (2 min.)
»Phonograph recorded message (side two) "To Lloyd, Don't play in mixed company. Len" (2 min.)
»Phonograph recorded message (side one) "For Lorraine, Two [?] and a Peep" (1 min.)
»Phonograph recorded message (side two) "For Lorraine" (2 min.)
»Phonograph recorded message (test) "For Lorraine" (0 min.)
»Audio Interview (51 min.)
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 Creative Works
»Original pencil drawing of veteran signed by artist. "Italy, 1944".
 Official Documents
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 Personal Correspondence
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 Official Documents (12 items)
Unit History: "The Shack: 43-15 DR" Unit History: "The Shack: 44-1 DR" Letter from the Army to Mr. and Mrs. Kovar [1/26/1943]
Letter from the POW Information Bureau [1/9/1945] Letter from the Army Air Forces Headquarters in Washington to Mr. and Mrs. Kovar [2/26/1945] Letter from Army finance department to Mr. and Mrs. Kovar [3/3/1945]
Letter from the Army and a copy of the Congressional Record [4/12/1945] Letter from the War Information Bureau to Mr. and Mrs. Kovar [4/19/1945] Memo from the American Red Cross about what to include in packages for Prisoners of War [8/1944]
Memo, "How American Red Cross Aids Prisoners of War" [11/1944] Letter to the next of kin of American POWs from the Army Service Forces [4/1945] Silhouette Handbook of United States Army Air Forces Airplanes
  
 Personal Correspondence (318 items)
Letter to "Family" [1/4/1943] Letter to "Folks" [1/6/1943] Letter to "Folks" [1/7/1943]
Letter to "Folks," including cartoon drawn by Kovar depicting barracks life [1/7/1943] Letter to "Folks" [1/9/1943] Letter to "Folks" [1/10/1943]
Letter to "Folks" [1/11/1943] Letter to "Folks" [1/12/1943] Letter to "Folks" [1/14/1943]
Letter to "Folks" [1/15/1943] Letter to "Folks" [1/17/1943] Letter to "Folks" [1/18/1943]
Letter to "Folks" [1/19/1943] Letter to "Folks" [1/20/1943] Letter to "Folks" [1/22/1943]
Letter to "Folks" [1/26/1943] Letter to "Folks" [1/27/1943] Letter to "Folks" [2/1/1943]
Letter to "Folks" [2/3/1943] Letter to "Folks" [2/4/1943] Letter to "Folks" [2/6/1943]
Letter to "Folks" [2/7/1943] Letter to "Folks", with clipped postage stamps for stamp collection [2/9/1943] Letter to "Folks" [2/11/1943]
Letter to "Folks", with drawing depicting an Air Corps cadet entering a training facility overshadowed by buzzards [2/15/1943] Letter to "Folks" [2/17/1943] Letter to "Folks" [2/18/1943]
Letter to "Folks" [2/19/1943] Letter to "Folks" [2/20/1943] Letter to "Folks" [2/21/1943]
Letter to "Folks" [2/25/1943] Letter to "Folks" [2/28/1943] Letter to "Folks", includes blank 1040 A tax form for 1942 [3/2/1943]
Letter to "Folks" [3/14/1943] Letter to "Folks" [3/18/1943] Letter to "Folks" [3/20/1943]
Letter to "Folks" [3/27/1943] Letter to "Folks" [4/1/1943] Letter to "Folks" [4/3/1943]
Letter to "Folks" [4/7/1943] Letter to "Folks" [4/11/1943] Letter to "Folks" [4/20/1943]
Letter to "Folks" [4/23/1943] Letter to "Folks" [4/26/1943] Letter to "Folks" [4/28/1943]
Letter to "Folks" [4/30/1943] Letter to "Folks" [5/1/1943] Letter to "Folks" [5/3/1943]
Letter to "Folks" [5/7/1943] Letter to "Folks" [5/11/1943] Letter to "Folks" [5/18/1943]
Letter to "Folks" [5/18/1943] Letter to "Folks" [5/24/1943] Letter to "Folks" [5/27/1943]
Letter to "Folks" [5/30/1943] Letter to "Folks" [6/2/1943] Letter to "Folks" [6/5/1943]
Letter to "Folks" [6/8/1943] Letter to "Folks" [6/9/1943] Letter to "Folks" [6/11/1943]
Letter to "Folks" [6/14/1943] Letter to "Folks" [6/17/1943] Letter to "Folks" [6/20/1943]
Letter to "Folks" [6/28/1943] Letter to "Folks" [7/18/1943] Letter to "Folks" [7/19/1943]
Letter to "Folks" [7/26/1943] Letter to "Folks" [7/29/1943] Letter to "Folks" [8/1943]
Letter to "Folks" [8/1/1943] Letter to "Folks" [8/5/1943] Letter to "Folks" [8/8/1943]
Letter to "Folks" [8/9/1943] Letter to "Folks" [8/13/1943] Letter to "Folks" [8/18/1943]
Letter to "Folks" [8/22/1943] Letter to "Folks" [8/29/1943] Letter to "Folks" [9/1/1943]
Letter to "Folks" [9/10/1943] Letter to "Folks" [9/13/1943] Letter to "Folks" [9/18/1943]
Letter to "Folks" [9/27/1943] Letter to "Folks" [10/1943] Letter to "Folks" [10/4/1943]
Loose postage stamps clipped from envelopes and enclosed with letter of 10/4/1943 Letter to "Folks" [10/11/1943] Letter to "Folks" [10/17/1943]
Letter to "Folks" [10/17/1943] Letter to "Folks" [10/25/1943] Letter to "Folks" [10/29/1943]
Letter to "Folks" [11/17/1943] Letter to "Folks" [11/28/1943] Letter to "Folks" [12/7/1943]
Letter to "Folks" [12/19/1943] Letter to "Folks" [12/24/1943] Letter to "Folks" [12/31/1943]
Letter to "Folks" [1/2/1944] Letter to "Folks" [3/10/1944] Letter to "Folks" [3/24/1944]
Telegram from Kovar to his parents [3/24/1944] Letter to "Folks" [3/25/1944] Postcard from Kovar to parents [3/28/1944]
Letter to "Folks" [4/9/1944] Letter to "Folks" [4/17/1944] Letter to "Folks" [4/21/1944]
Letter to "Folks" [4/25/1944] Letter to "Folks" [5/1/1944] Letter to "Folks" [5/4/1944]
Letter to "Folks" [5/8/1944] Letter to "Folks" [5/10/1944] Letter to "Folks" [5/17/1944]
Letter to "Folks" [5/26/1944] Letter to "Folks" [5/29/1944] Letter to "Folks" [6/6/1944]
Letter to "Folks" [6/6/1944] Letter to "Folks" [6/17/1944] Telegram to Emil F. Kovar requesting money [6/19/1944
Letter to "Folks" [6/26/1944] V-Mail to family [July 1944] V-Mail to family [July 25, 1944]
Letter to "Folks" [6/29/1944] V-Mail to Folks [8/1944 Letter to Folks [8/1/1944]
Letter to Folks [8/7/1944] Letter to Folks [8/9/1944] Letter to Folks [8/16/1944]
Letter to Folks [8/19/1944] Postcard to Kovar's family written from POW camp [9/10/1944] Letter to Kovar's family written from POW camp [9/29/1944]
Letter to Kovar's family written from POW camp [10/16/1944] Letter to Kovar's family written from POW camp [10/29/1944] Letter to Kovar's family written from POW camp [11/7/1944]
Letter to Kovar's family written from POW camp [11/17/1944] Postcard to Kovar's family written from POW camp [11/26/1944] Postcard to Kovar's family written from POW camp [11/30/1944]
Letter to Kovar's family written from POW camp [12/27/1944] Postcard to Kovar's family written from POW camp [12/31/1944] Letter to Kovar's family written from POW camp [1/15/1945]
Letter to Kovar's family written from POW camp [2/23/1945] Letter to Folks [4/30/1945] Telegram to Mr. and Mrs. Emil J. Kovar [5/24/1945]
Letter to Folks [7/31/1945] Letter to Folks [8/2/1945] Letter to Folks [8/8/1945]
Letter to Folks [8/14/1945] Letter to Folks [8/20/1945] Letter to Kovar's family written from POW camp [n.d.]
Letter to Folks from Lorraine Kovar [3/24/1953] Typewritten letter to Folks from Len and Lorraine Kovar [4/3/1953] Typewritten letter to Folks from Len and Lorraine Kovar [4/18/1953]
Typewritten letter to Folks from Len and Lorraine Kovar [6/24/1953] Postcard of "West Boulder River", Montana, from Len Kovar to family [7/13/1953] Letter from Lorainne Kovar to family [7/12/1953]
Letter from Lorainne Kovar to family [7/22/1953] Letter from Lorainne Kovar to family [11/18/1953] Letter from Lorainne Kovar to family [7/29/1953]
Typewritten letter to family from Lorraine and Len Kovar [12/1953] Two postcards from Len and Lorraine Kovar to family [12/19/1953] Letter from Lorainne and Len Kovar to family [12/30/1953]
Letter from Len, Lorraine, and Timmy Kovar to family [12/30/1953] Letter from Len, Lorraine, and Timmy Kovar to family [12/30/1953] Letter from Len, Lorraine, and Timmy Kovar to family [1/17/1954]
Letter from Len, Lorraine, and Timmy Kovar to family [1/19/1954] Letter from Len, Lorraine, and Timmy Kovar to family [3/27/1954] Letter from Len, Lorraine, and Timmy Kovar to family [3/31/1954]
Mother's Day Card from Len, Lorraine, and Timmy Kovar [May 1954] Letter from Len, Lorraine, and Timmy Kovar to family [5/22/1954] Letter from Len, Lorraine, and Timmy Kovar to family [5/30/1954]
Letter from Len Kovar to "Folks" [6/7/1954] Letter from Len Kovar to "Folks" [6/15/1954] Pamphlett, "Family Camp at Mimanagish" [7/1954]
Letter from Len Kovar to "Folks" [6/26/1954] Letter from Emil J. Kovar to son Leonard, composed on POW post stationary [12/4/1944] Letter from Emil J. Kovar to son Leonard, composed on POW post stationary [12/10/1944]
Letter from Emil J. Kovar to son Leonard, composed on POW post stationary [12/17/1944] Letter from Emil J. Kovar to son Leonard, composed on POW post stationary [12/26/1944] Letter from Emil J. Kovar to son Leonard, composed on POW post stationary [12/31/1944]
Letter from Shirley Kovar to Leonard Kovar, composed on POW post stationary [1/6/1945] Letter from Emil J. Kovar to son Leonard, composed on POW post stationary [1/6/1945] Letter from Emil J. Kovar to son Leonard, composed on POW post stationary [1/9/1945]
Letter from Shirley Kovar to Leonard Kovar, composed on POW post stationary [1/30/1945] Letter to Leonard Kovar from his mother, composed on POW post stationary [2/9/1945] Letter to Leonard Kovar from his mother, composed on POW post stationary [2/11/1945]
Letter to Leonard Kovar from his mother, composed on POW post stationary [2/23/1945] Letter from Shirley Kovar to Leonard Kovar, composed on POW post stationary [3/11/1945] Letter to Leonard Kovar from his mother, composed on POW post stationary [4/25/1945]
Handwritten and typewritten letters from Mr. and Mrs. Kovar to their son, Leonard [8/10/1945] Letter from Mrs. John Coskran to Leonard Kovar, composed on POW post stationary [2/3/1945] Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Kovar from unidentified writer [7/28/1944]
Letter from Leonard Kovar to Folks [9/5/1954] Letter from Rev. Leonard J. Kovar to his congregation, including a copy of a sermon [9/20/1954] Letter from Leonard Kovar to Folks [9/21/1954]
Letter from Leonard Kovar to Folks [10/8/1954] Postcard from the Kovars to Folks [2/21/1955] Letter from Leonard Kovar to Folks [2/25/1955]
Letter from Lorraine Kovar to Folks [3/1955] Letter from Mrs. Kovar, Leonard's mother [7/25/1939] Letter from "Pappy" to Leonard Kovar [5/1/1944]
V-mail from Mama to Leonard Kovar [8/3/1944] Letter from "Pop" to Leonard Kovar [8/8/1944] Letter from Mama to Leonard Kovar [8/15/1944]
Letter from "Pop" to Leonard Kovar [8/18/1944] Letter from "Pop" to Leonard Kovar [8/18/1944] Letter from Mama to Leonard Kovar [8/19/1944]
V-Mail from "Pop" to Leonard Kovar [8/22/1944] Letter from "Pop" to Leonard Kovar [8/29/1944] Letter from "Pop" to Leonard Kovar [8/30/1944]
V-Mail from "Pop" to Leonard Kovar [9/7/1944] Letters from "Pop" and Mama to Leonard Kovar [9/18/1944] Letters from "Pop" and "Suk" [11/17/1944]
Letter from Mama to Leonard Kovar [3/12/1945] Letter to Leonard Kovar from "Suk" [8/7/1945] Letter to Leonard Kovar from "Pop" [8/10/1945]
Letter from Pvt. L. [Lloyd] C. Harwell to Leonard Kovar [12/5/1942] Letter from Pvt. L. [Lloyd] C. Harwell to Leonard Kovar [12/28/1942] V-Mail from Leonard Kovar to "Folks" [7/18/1944]
V-Mail from Leonard Kovar to "Folks" [7/20/1944] V-Mail from Leonard Kovar to "Folks" [7/23/1944] V-Mail from Leonard Kovar to "Folks" [7/26/1944]
V-Mail from Leonard Kovar to "Folks" [7/27/1944] V-Mail from George W. Loumman [?] to Mr. and Mrs. Kovar [11/4/1944] V-Mail from Pvt. Erwin W. Hamilton to Mr. and Mrs. Kovar [11/2/1944]
V-Mail from Pvt. Erwin W. Hamilton to Mr. and Mrs. Kovar [1/5/1945] V-Mail from Pvt. Erwin W. Hamilton to Mr. and Mrs. Kovar, "Saipan" [8/8/1944] V-Mail from Pvt. Erwin W. Hamilton to Mr. and Mrs. Kovar, "Saipan" [8/18/1944]
V-Mail from Pvt. Erwin W. Hamilton to Mr. and Mrs. Kovar, "In the Marianas" [11/30/1944] V-Mail from Pvt. Erwin W. Hamilton to Leonard Kovar [7/27/1944] Letter to Leonard Kovar from Norma Beyer [7/30/1944
Letter from Pvt. L. [Lloyd] C. Harwell to Leonard Kovar [8/8/1944] Letter from John T. Coakran [?] to Leonard Kovar [8/15/1944] Easter greating card from "Mom Coakran" [?] to Leonard Kovar [1945]
Letter from Charlotte Loach to Leonard Kovar [5/29/1945] Telegram from "Bart" to Leonard Kovar [6/3/1945] Letter from "Bill" to Leonard Kovar [6/5/1945]
Letter from Betty Alexander to Leonard Kovar [6/8/1945] Letter from Joseph A. Pastouck [?] to Leonard Kovar [6/8/1945] Letter from John Coakran [?] to Leonard Kovar [6/10/1945]
Letter from Carl Nagell to Leonard Kovar [6/16/1945] Letter from John Coakran [?] to Leonard Kovar [6/21/1945] Letter from "Bill" to Leonard Kovar [6/22/1945]
Letter from R. W. Petersen [?] to Leonard Kovar [7/1.1945] Letter to Leonard Kovar from "Reue" [?] [8/1945] Letter to Leonard Kovar from several different writers [8/22/1945]
Letter from Mrs. John J. Roach, Sr. to Leonard Kovar [9/10/1945] Letter from John Coakran [?] to Leonard Kovar [10/9/1945] Letter from Pvt. L. [Lloyd] C. Harwell to Leonard Kovar [10/15/1945]
Letter from John Coakran [?] to Leonard Kovar [10/16/1945] Letter from Pvt. L. [Lloyd] C. Harwell to Leonard Kovar [10/31/1945] Greeting card from Harold Van Every [12/1945]
Letter from John Coakran [?] to Leonard Kovar [12/3/1945] Letter from Mrs. Tommye Ash to Mrs. Kovar [7/1944] Letter from Dorothy Gould, mother of Francis Gould, to Mrs. Kovar [7/25/1944]
Letter from Mr. and Mrs. John Roach to Mrs. Kovar [7/25/1944] Letter from Mrs. Joan Scheible to Mrs. Kovar [7/31/1944] Letter from "C. Lynch" to Mrs. Kovar [9/1944]
Letter from "C. Lynch" to Mrs. Kovar [9/1944] Letter from "J. A. Ash" to Mrs. Kovar [9/10/1944] Letter from "C. Lynch" to Mrs. Kovar [9/11/1944]
Letter from Mrs. E. S. Thornton to Mrs. Kovar [9/11/1944] Letter from Mrs. William Scheible, Jr. to Mrs. Kovar [9/11/1944] Letter from Fairy Mai Gockmeyer [?] [9/11/1944]
Letter from Dorothy Gould, mother of Francis Gould, to Mrs. Kovar [9/14/1944] Letter from Mrs. Margaret Roach Herington [?] to Mrs. Kovar [ 9/15/1944] Letter from Mr. and Mrs. John Roach to Mrs. Kovar [9/24/1944]
Letter from "J. A. Ash" to Mrs. Kovar [9/27/1944] Letter from Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bray to Mrs. Kovar [10/27/1944] Letter from Mr. and Mrs. Roach to Mrs. Kovar [10/29/1944]
Letter from "J. A. Ash" to Mrs. Kovar [11/7/1944] Letter from Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bray to Mrs. Kovar [11/8/1944] Letter from Roger Gladhill to Mrs. Kovar [11/19/1944]
Letter from Mrs. William Scheible, Jr. to Mrs. Kovar [11/20/1944] Letter from Mrs. Aron Brittian [?] to Mrs. Kovar [11/26/1944] Letter from Mrs. Warren Ash to Mrs. Kovar [12/5/1944]
Letter from Mrs. William Scheible, Jr. to Mrs. Kovar [12/6/1944] Letter from Tommye Ash to Mrs. Kovar [12/23/1944] Letter from Mrs. Joan Scheible to Mrs. Kovar [12/29/1944]
Letter from Charlotte Roach to Mrs. Kovar [1/1/1945] Letter from Charlotte Roach to Mrs. Kovar [1/12/1945] Letter from Charlotte Roach to Mrs. Kovar [1/15/1945]
Letter from Mrs. Joan Scheible to Mrs. Kovar [1/16/1945] Letter from Mrs. Joan Scheible to Mrs. Kovar [1/24/1945] Letter from "Mrs. Roach, Jr." to Mrs. Kovar [2/1945]
Postcard from unknown recipient [2/1945] Letter from unknown recipient [2/18/1945] Letter from Mrs. Joan Scheible to Mrs. Kovar [2/25/1945]
Letter from "Mrs. Thornton" [badly water damaged] [3/1945] Letter from Mrs. Ash to Mrs. Kovar [4/1945] Letter from Mrs. Thornton to Mrs. Kovar [4/25/1945]
Letter from "C. Lynch" to "Friends" [badly water damaged] Letter from "Mrs. Lynch" to Mr. and Mrs. Kovar [5/2/1945] Letter from James Jensen to Mrs. Kovar [5/12/1945]
Letter from Lucille Bray to Mrs. Kovar [5/29/1945] Water-damaged letter from Mrs. Thornton to Mrs. Kovar [6/3/1945] Postcard from Mrs. Thornton to "Folks" [6/6/1945]
Letter from Charlotte Roach to Mrs. Kovar [6/8/1945] Letter from Charlotte Roach to Mrs. Kovar [6/8/1945] V-mail to the Kovars from Erwin or Ervin Hamilton [8/2/1944]
Letter to the Kovars from William Beczcalo [9/16/1944] Letter from William Beczkalo to the Kovars [10/8/1944] V-mail to the Kovars from Erwin or Ervin Hamilton [11/7/1944]
V-mail to the Kovars from Erwin or Ervin Hamilton [11/17/1944] Letter from William Beczkalo to the Kovars [11/27/1944] Christmas card from William Beczkalo to the Kovars [12/1944]
Postcard from William K. Bonner [?] to the Kovars [12/1944] Letter from William Beczkalo to the Kovars [12/6/1944] Letter from George Louman [?] to the Kovars [12/23/1944]
Letter from Roger Gladhill to the Kovars [ 12/27/1944] Letter from William Beczkalo to the Kovars [12/20/1944] Letter from Mrs. Dorothy Jacobson to the Kovars [1/4/1945]
V-mail to the Kovars from Erwin or Ervin Hamilton [3/20/1945] Letter to the Kovars from Erwin or Ervin Hamilton [2/13/1945] Letter to the Kovars from unknown writer [4/27/1945]
Letter to the Kovars from unknown writer [4/19/1945] Letter from Lloyd Harwell to the Kovars [5/23/1945] Letter to the Kovars from Erwin or Ervin Hamilton [6/19/1945]
Letter from J. R. Riley of the National Bushing and Parts Co. to Mr. and Mrs. Kovar [9/5/1944] Letter from J. R. Riley of the National Bushing and Parts Co. to Mr. and Mrs. Kovar [6/1/1945] Letter to "Folks" [July 22, 1943] from Len Kovar
  
 Other Materials (39 items)
Church program included with letter of 6/24/1953 Church program included with letter of 7/22/1953 Church program included with letter of 7/29/1953
Church bulletin, "Congregational Montana" [June 1954] Church bulletin, "The Bell" [June, July, August 1954] Church bulletin, "Congregational Montana" [May 1954]
One page of a 12 page letter or report detailing a forced march of POWs from one POW camp to another in winter 1945 Camp newsletter, "Stamford Flying School Flight Line" [5/26/1943] Church Bulletin, "The Bell" [March 1955]
High school newspaper, "Roosevelt Standard," [May 29, 1945] Birthday card from "Aunt Mildred" [1924] Baptism card [1937]
School report cards for Leonard Kovar High school graduation commencement invitation [1940] Macalester College Commencement Dance card
College report card Life insurance premium receipt Chain letter from "The Towel Club"
Drawing from a child Short story by Verna Kovar, Leonard's mother, written in 1945 Note card from the American War Dads, Minneapolis Chapter [10/1944]
Program from a "meeting of relatives of Prisoner of War , Nicollet Hotel" [11/12/1944] Two tickets to a "meeting of relatives of Prisoner of War , Saint Paul Auditorium" [2/17/1945] Prisoner of War Bulletin [3/1945]
Prisoner of War Bulletin [4/1945] Prisoner of War Bulletin [5/1945] Prisoner of War Bulletin [6/1945]
Notecard with notes from a meeting of relatives of Prisoners of War [n.d.] Notecard with notes from a meeting of relatives of Prisoners of War [n.d.] Mailing label for POW packages
Tobacco voucher and POW parcel mailing instructions Page from a POW bulletin with German prison camp locations Assorted envelopes and clippings
Newsclipping, "Bombardier is home from German prison" [n.d.] Assorted newsclippings News circulator [n.d.]
Radio program transcript Note written by Ed Kovar Booklet, "San Angelo Army Air Field Bombardier School."
  
 

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