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Edward A. Treacy collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 17.0035

Scope and Contents

This collection relates to Sergeant Edward A. Treacy who served with the 815th Engineer Aviation Battalion in England, Algeria, Tunisia, Sicily, and Italy during World War II. The collection includes memoirs, oral history interview, documents, photographs, artifacts, and an M-44 U.S. Army uniform jacket.


  • 1942-1984
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1942-1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 12/08/2017


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

Edward A. Treacy was born June 7, 1920, in Woodhaven, New York. During World War II, his family lived in St. Albans, N.Y. Treacy volunteered with the U.S. Army in February 1942 and was assigned to the 815th Aviation Engineer Battalion which built airfields or repaired damaged Axis airfields. Treacy participated in "Operation Torch" and landed near Arzew, Algeria on November 8, 1942. Treacy participated with the battalion's operations throughout North Africa, including Oran, Algiers, Tunis, Bizerte, and was present at the Battle of Kasserine Pass. In 1943, Treacy also participated in the Sicily, Italy landings near Licata with Operation Husky, as well as the invasion of the Italian mainland at the landing in Salerno. He continued serving in Southern Italy until the opening movements in the Battle of Monte Cassino when he fell seriously ill and had to be evacuated back to North Africa, where he passed the rest of the war.

After the war, he was a retired retail manager at Von Tobel's, a former volunteer reading instructor for the Literary Association and a former volunteer swimming instructor for the Red Cross. He died on May 5, 1999.


1 folders

1 items (1 dress uniform jacket)

1 photographs (1 oversize photograph folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was donated by Dr. Corbin Treacy. The collection was acquired by the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience on December 8, 2017.

Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Related Materials

Link to obituary record for Edward Treacy: [url=][/url] Link to cemetery record for Edward Treacy: [url=][/url]


Edward A. Treacy collection
Daniel Arenas & Michael Kasper
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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