This collection is made up of 27 letters that Leroy Stecker wrote to his family while serving in the United States Navy during World War II. Stecker, a seaman first class, was based at Norfolk, Virginia, and served onboard the Oceanographer in the Pacific Theater.
Collection processed and finding aid created by Meg Hixon, September 2012
Scope and Content:
This collection is made up of 27 letters that Leroy Stecker wrote to his family while serving in the United States Navy during World War II. Stecker, a seaman first class, was based at Norfolk, Virginia, and served onboard the Oceanographer in the Pacific Theater. Stecker addressed his letters to his mother and stepfather in Torrance, California, and to a woman named Joan who lived with them, from July 12, 1942, to September 8, 1943. He was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, until late August, when he joined the crew of the Oceanographer, which served in the Aleutian Islands, Hawaii, and the South Pacific during the war. Stecker wrote primarily about his everyday life and discussed his meals, hobbies, and acquaintances. In Norfolk, he met a woman whose husband had gone to war, and he later discussed a relationship with a married woman, reporting her intention of getting a divorce. Stecker frequently responded to news of acquaintances from home and on one occasion offered advice for a man named "Bus," who considered joining the navy. A pencil drawing of a man in profile is enclosed in Stecker's letter of February 2, 1943.
Biographical / Historical:
Leroy Earl Stecker was born on May 2, 1921, and lived in Torrance, California, with his mother, Mary, and stepfather, Hollis W. Towler. In September 1939, he enlisted in the United States Navy, and he worked as a signalman onboard the Oceanographer from 1942-1943. He later earned the rank of lieutenant, and he served in the Navy until at least 1946. Stecker and his wife Eleanor married before January 1945. Leroy Earl Stecker died in Santa Barbara, California, on February 1, 2011.
2003. M-4320.3 .
Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.
The collection is arranged chronologically.
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Finding aid prepared using Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)
Additional Descriptive Data:
"Honor Roll." Torrance Herald (Torrance, Calif.) 4 July 1946: 8-AA.
"Service Shorts." Torrance Herald (Torrance, Calif.) 21 June 1945: 3-A.
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