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William L. Ostroskie letters

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSC-368

Content Description

The collection consists primarily of letters from William to his family in West Wyoming, Pennsylvania. There are a few letters to William from family and friends, he received these letters during his time in service in the United States and in Europe. The earliest letters are from his time at the US Naval Training Station, Bainbridge, Maryland. From Bainbridge he moved on to Newport, Rhode Island, where he trained in Electrician School at the Naval Training Station there. The last letters in the collection were delivered to William while he served aboard the USS Savannah(CL-42).


  • 1942 Oct 22-1943 Aug 9, undated


Biographical Note

William Leo Ostroskie, 1922-1943, enlisted in the US Navy in 1942 October 18. He began his service at the US Naval Training Station, Bainbridge, Maryland. After his initial training in Bainbridge, he was transferred to the Naval Training Station, Newport, Rhode Island, where he received training in the Electrician School. After his training in Newport, he was assigned to the USS Savannah(CL-42). William was killed in action while aboard the Savannah, on 1943 September 11, during the Invasion of Salerno.


0.25 Linear Feet (One half archival box)

Language of Materials



The collection consists primarily of letters sent and received by William L. Ostroskie (1922-1943) during his time in the US Navy serving in the United States and in Europe.


This collection is arranged chronologically

Custodial History

Letters were mailed anonymously to the NWC Museum. No return address or contact, although the postage mark reflects that it was mailed from Gibsonville, NC on 2019 Mar 22. A brief note accompanied the letters stating that they were found when cleaning a cousin's home. Ostroskie was the cousin's paternal uncle. The donor states, "If they are no value to the museum, you may dispose of them as you see fit."

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquisition information is unknown


No accruals are expected

Processing Information

Removed letters from envelopes, opened letters up to be stored flat in folders and kept each envelope with its corresponding letter. Re-housed entire collection into archival folders and an archival box, arranged and described to current professional standards in 2020 March.
William L. Ostroskie letters
Andrew J. Castrenze
2020 March
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Repository Details

Part of the Naval Historical Collection Repository

US Naval War College
686 Cushing Rd
Newport RI 02841 US