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John Giannuzzi

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John Giannuzzi

  • Date of Birth: 11/10/1915
  • Date Deceased: 4/15/2003
  • Last Known Location: Denver, CO
  • Degree: Education - Industrial Arts
  • Date Enrolled NSTC: 9/1/1941
  • Date Left NSTC: 5/14/1943
  • Reason: Military Service
  • Date Returned to NSTC: 1/1/1946
  • Date Graduated from NSTC: 6/13/1947
  • Enlistment Date: 5/15/1943
  • Discharge Date: 12/30/1945


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John Giannuzzi September 9 1943

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[Letterhead consists of a blue and white sketch of a vertical propeller, flanked by a pair of stylized wings. Page bottoms show blue and white sketch of four-engine US aircraft.]
42 T.S.S.
Sep. 9, 1943

Dear Mr. Hutchinson Jr.
Please forgive me for not writing sooner. As my counselor, and friend while a student at State Teachers I believe apologies are in order.
My army career to date has been uneventful. I completed my basic training at Atlantic City, and was classified as a topographical draftsman. True to army form I was sent to photography school. I completed six weeks of basic photography, which was a combination of theory and practical. I do not regret the opportunity offered me in being required to take this course. I believe that I may some day be able to use my knowledge of this subject to head an extra curricular club in photography.
I qualified for advanced training and to-day started photography. This course deals with aerial maps. It treats on the trimetrigon system, which is new in aerial photography; also mosaics, plotting, correcting for distortion etc. It is all new to me at present, but I hope to be able to tell you more as I advance. My one hope is that I make the grade. There is a great deal of math needed. (How I miss Mrs. Plenty) To keep the name of State Teachers College high and help to maintain the excellent records of its students  I will not fail.
Mr. Hutchinson, when I complete this course I would like to apply for Officer Candidate School, and to do so it is necessary that I submit three letters of recommendation. I wrote to Dr. Shaffer for one, and received in its place one from Mr. Hatch. With all due respect and thanks to Mr. Hatch I believe a letter from the President of our college would be more effective. The army is interested and needs potential leaders, if I displayed this quality while a student, I will appreciate being mentioned.
I am sure Dr. Shaffer is overburdened with with work and request for letters of reference, but I will be ever grateful if he can comply with my request. A letter from him along with that from Mr. Hatch will serve as a stepping stone for acceptance to O:C:S:
Sir, I am not alone at Lowry Field. Paul Sauls is also a student here. He is in his sixth week, and intends to follow up his preliminary training with advanced lab work in photography.
To-day it was my misfortune to lose the companionship of Lt. OSullivan. He is a bomber-deer, and was here for two months. His group left this afternoon. He is every bit a man, and an excellent leader of in our fine army. He won the hearts and respect of all the enlisted men in my barracks.
Im sorry I have not been able to correspond with you or the other fine instructors of Newark State, but time is an important factor in my negligence to do so. I have a full daily scedule which necessitates my taking advantage of all free time.
My day starts at 3:15 AM. I start classes at 4:30 AM until 11:30; lunch and then two hours of drill and calisthenics. I arrive back to the barracks at 3:30 P.M and am free until bed check, which is 4:15 P.M. But! what with keeping myself clean, washing clothes, studying and taking part in the well known army G.I parties, after this little time is left for myself.
Mr. Hutchinson, there is much I would like to write about my training thus far, the post, Denver, and Colorado, but time does not permit. I will write more at a later date.
Trusting you will see to my request for a letter from Dr. Shaffer and with sincerest thanks I am.

A former student and a friend
Pfc. John Giannuzzi
42 T.S.S.
Lowry Fld. Colo.
P.S. My regards to all the instructors + my many friends at College.

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