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Mary W. Lauman Papers, 1944-1945

University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries Special Collections and University Archives

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Mary W. Lauman, a 1937 graduate of Cornell University, served in the United States Marine Corps from March 1944 through December 1945. During her 10 months of active duty, Mary wrote numerous letters to her mother detailing her everyday life from boot camp in Lejeune, North Carolina, to her work with the United States Army Personnel Department. The Lauman letters contain interesting insights into the life of a woman Marine during World War II, including behavior, dress, and social interactions.