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Leonard J. Travaline transcript

 Collection — Box: Single Folder Collecion - 2000 Box, Folder: 00.0522-Folder 1
Identifier: 02-00.0522

Scope and Contents

Leonard J. Travaline (also spelled Traveline in some records) served in the United States Army as an Artilleryman from 1941 to 1945. He served with the 166th Field Artillery Battalion and later the 938th Field Artillery Battallion in the Mediterranean and European Theaters. He served as a front line observer in Oran, North Africa, Italy, France, Germany, and Austria. The collection contains a transcribed daily journal that Travaline kept from the time of his landing in North Africa until the end of the war and his arrival back in the States in September 1945.

Dates

  • 1941-1992
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1944
  • Other: Date acquired: 02/05/2008

Creator

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Biographical or Historical Information

Leonard J. Travaline (also spelled Traveline in some records) was born July 14, 1918, to Anthony and Theresa Travaline. Travaline lived in Conshohocken, PA. He graduated from Conshohocken High School in 1937 and then attended Dobbs Vocational School to study Printing. After enlisting in Battary C in October of 1940, he left for training in January 1941. He trained at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, Camp Blanding, Florida, and Camp Gordon, Georgia. During WWII, he served with the US Army as a Technician, specifically as a front line observation scout. He served with the 166th Field Artillery Battalion and the 938th Field Artillery Battalion in the Mediterranean and European Theaters. He arrived in North Africa in 1943 and went on to fight in Italy, France, Germany, and Austria. Travaline participated in the following campaigns: Naples-Foggia, Anzio, Southern France, Rome-Arno, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe. He kept a daily journal while serving (a transcription of which is included in this collection), and copies are available in multiple archives and libraries. After returning from the war, Travaline worked for the Conshohocken Recorder Newspaper before working at the Times Herald Newspaper for forty years. He was also married to his wife, Phyllis M. Travaline, for sixty-three years, and the couple had two daughters. His obituary can be found at https://www.tributearchive.com/obituaries/1951251/Leonard-J-Travaline.

The diary Travaline kept is very detailed and includes discussion of combat, injuries, dating and romance, entertainment, and sickness. Also included are some scanned photos and a military document. Travaline participated in the following campaigns: Naples-Foggia, Anzio, Southern France, Rome-Arno, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe.

Extent

1 folders

Language of Materials

English

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Leonard J. Travaline. The collection was acquired by the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience on February 5, 2008.

Title
Leonard J. Travaline transcript
Author
Mallory McGovern
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository