Research a Fallen Hero: How can newspaper articles provide additional information?

Research a Fallen Hero: How can newspaper articles provide additional information?


In most of the newspapers it brings it
back to that hometown perspective because a lot of the newspapers
typically are being written for that audience or that community. We actually
have several articles for Charles Leinbach that appear in his hometown
newspaper that are constantly being reported. And it’s called The
Pottstown Mercury. It’s actually the name of the newspaper. And so we’re gonna look at an article that’s published right towards kind of the end when we’re
trying to figure out what happened to Mr. Leinbach after he was captured in
the Philippine Islands. So what are some things you heard, a piece of evidence you
can get? You can add to his story. So he’s a survivor of the Bataan Death March
which we know was very limited in the number of survivors that actually were
able to make that entire forced march. Right we know exactly kind of where he was buried, right, and on the island of Taiwan. He was a lieutenant colonel. Right, now you know his rank. At the time
of his death he had achieved lieutenant colonel. Right so now you know who he was with – the 57th infantry combat team – and this is the Battle of the Philippines.
Two sisters that stayed in Pottstown. Good, you get a lot about his family members, right. And also
usually it’s reporting information for the family itself. So it kind of, there’s
an insular quality to it. What about the travels of the family? They give you some
great detail if you start to put it in context with history. And where they were? Fort Stotsenburg. And who went with
him? Everybody went with him. What’s
going on in 1940 around the world? Right, Japan has already invaded
Manchuria in China and starting the other islands. Go fast-forward then. What
do you know is on the horizon in World War Two? Pearl Harbor. What happens to Pearl and
Lorraine? Right. And they’re sent back when?
June of 1941, so five months before Pearl Harbor. They’re gone. Obviously
something’s happening that’s ramped up probably the seriousness, right and in
the Philippines where he’s stationed at. And they’re getting families out. Because
it’s usually based off of a lot of interviews maybe that the letters the
families are getting, you start to make connections to other documents that you might be able to dig into. And occasionally you’ll hit one like the
students were working with today in my class that contains just a wealth of
information, a lot of different jumping outfit points. She gets notification in
1945. She did know that he was a prisoner of war, because there are other
newspaper accounts from the same newspaper, The Pottstown Mercury. They
seemed to be following him probably because of his rank, right, lieutenant
colonel, and that’s where the story will get
really really interesting. And we’d have to spend some more time looking at the
individual deceased personnel file, the IDPs, which if you remember for him is
like three hundred pages, because you start to see a letter-writing process
happening between his wife, Lorraine, going back and forth with another
officer which is a whole other story, because his really good friend from the
Philippine Islands is now actually one of the guys in charge of notifying
families about the choice of bringing bodies back to the United States or
keeping them overseas. And she finds this out, and she begins this massive
letter-writing campaign back and forth. They start to see the context of things
in terms of history and and how some things don’t connect and others do. And
that’s kind of the neat process to see them work through and find out on
their own.

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