Arnold L. Schuster collection
Scope and Contents
The Arnold L. Schuster collection mainly compromise official orders and documents given to 2nd Lieutenant Arnold L. Schuster during his training and into his eventual deployment overseas during 1943 to 1946. Included in the collection are personal photography as well as various orders that document his deployment overseas to the Pacific theater during World War II. Within the collection there are also certificates, lists, receipts, and other official documents that show Lieutenant Arnold L. Schuster’s career in the Army Air Force.
- Created: 1943-1946
- Other: Date acquired: 06/07/2013
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This collection is open to all researchers
Conditions Governing Use
Works in this collection are protected by copyright. Re-use or copying of these works beyond Fair Use may require permission from rights-holders.
Biographical or Historical Information
Arnold L. Schuster was born on April 24, 1925 in South Fallsburg, New York to Mr. Joseph Schuster and Mrs. Fannie Ax Schuster. By 1942 Arnold Schuster was attending Syracuse University where he majored in Forestry and worked as a bell hop at a local hotel. He attended Syracuse University for one year before he decided to enlist on the 19th of April 1943. Once in the military he was sent to the Army Air force in which he was trained as a B-25 navigator. During the next two years he moved around the states to training locations in North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, New York, and finally Louisiana. It is at Selman Field in Louisiana where he eventually attained his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Air force and was eventually given transfer orders overseas to the Pacific Theater of war. In the Pacific theater 2nd Lieutenant Arnold L. Schuster became part of the 386th bomb squadron of the 312th bomb group. During his time with the 386th bomb squadron, he participated in campaigns in the Western Pacific that included Luzon, Ryukyu Islands, the Chinese offensive, and the Japanese offensive. After the War ended, 2nd Lieutenant Arnold L. Schuster remained within the Army Air Force until his Honorable Discharge on the 22nd of January of 1946. Schuster married Anita Schuster and together they had a son, Jonathan. Arnold passed away on May 19, 2010 at the age of 85. He is buried at the Central Texas State Veterans Cementary in Killeen, Texas.
Note written by Alejandro C. Palacio and edited by Beatrice Dain
Language of Materials
Lieutenant Arnold L. Schuster served as a navigator with the 386th bomb squadron, 312th Bombardment Group. The collection is divided into two sections. The first section compromises the bulk of the collection. Within this section the collection includes personal documents that are arranged in chronological order and documents his career from 1943 to his honorable discharge in 1946. The second section consists of photography as well as a newspaper clipping.
Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.
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