MG 602 - Speraw Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection contains the military records for two Harrisburg brothers, Harry M. Speraw and Charles F. Speraw. These include:

The commissions and discharge papers for both men, 1918-1940

Correspondence, 1917-19

News clips and miscellaneous items from World War I

The roster of the First Beach Battalion, 1945

A scrapbook of letters, postcards, photos, newspaper clippings, identification cards, certificate, a reminiscence written by Charles F. Speraw, and other items from World War I and World War II.

Background

Harry M. Speraw and Charles F. Speraw were sons of Harry and Jesse Speraw, a railroad family and residents of the "uptown" area of the city.

Harry M. Speraw, Jr. was a sergeant with the 321st Field Signal Battalion who served in France during World War I. He died at the age of 27 from the effects of being gassed in combat near Tiffanges, France.

Charles F. Speraw joined the Navy at age 15 in 1917. He served aboard transports and later a minesweeper, the U. S. S. Turkey. He reenlisted in the regular Navy and served aboard the battleship U. S. S. Maryland. He was a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard from 1930 to 1940. In 1942 after the attack on Pearl Harbor he reenlisted once again and was assigned to the First Beach Battalion which was in the landings in Sicily, at Salerno and Anzio, and the invasion of Southern France. He returned home unscathed from two world wars.

Date(s): 1917-1982

Extent: 1 box, 5 folders, 21 enclosures