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Wesley Paul Foreman Collection on Army Special Training Program


Held at: Lehigh University Special Collections [Contact Us]Lehigh University, Linderman Library, 30 Library Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18045

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Mr. Foreman was born October 16, 1922 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin a son of Paul and Clara (Gerlach) Foreman. Wesley had two siblings: Joyce and Carl Sr.. He graduated in 1946 from University of Wisconsin following World War II service in the U.S. Army. Upon induction into the Army, Mr. Foreman was assigned eventually to advanced training at Lehigh University in its Army Special Training Program July 12, 1943 through March 25, 1944. The students sent to Lehigh to participate in the program were housed in Price Hall but Drinker House was the center of the program's activities. He was in a program that was involved in preparing men for what became known as the Manhattan Project. Upon graduation from the Lehigh AST program, he was sent to Camp Clairborne in Louisiana and served with Company D, the 333rd Infantry. Mr. Foreman never participated in the atomic bomb development that was known as the Manhattan Project. He was discharged from the Army in 1944 and finished his college education on the GI Bill in 1947. His civilian career began with the Lakeside Laboratories in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as a control bacteriologist-chemist eventually becoming director and manager of quality control. Wesley worked briefly for 3M in 1965 and part time with Autotrol from 1984 to 1991 as key advisor in their commercial lab and chemical water treatment ventures. He retired in 1991. He and his first wife Wilma divorced sometime after 1965. They had two children: Daughter Nancy (Foreman) Kaufman and son Terry, who gave Lehigh this collection. In 1976 Wesley married a second time to Myra (Gross) Kamenetz, a school teacher. In 2001 they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. He died on March 6, 2013 in Milwaukee, WI.

This collection contains documents created and assembled by Wesley Paul Foreman's time at Lehigh as part of the Army Specialized Training Program which was active from 1943 to 1944 on campus conducted research related to the Manhattan Project.

Material is arranged by format.

Donated by Terry Foreman (Wesley Paul Foreman's son) July 1, 2021.

0407.01.04 >> Panoramic photograph measuring 20.5 x 81 cm black and white mounted on foam board.

Lehigh University Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Eleanor Nothelfer
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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Scrapbook.
Box 0407 Folder 01
Scope and Contents

Brown and White March 22, 1944 "Reservists Compose Future AST Unit," black and white photo measuring 8 x 6.5 cm of Wes standing on Lehigh's campus in Army uniform, embroidered military patch of gold wings on either side of white star with red circle in center.

Invitation to "Friendship Ball" Grace Hall March 18th 1944, black and white photo measuring 7 x 11.5 cm of group of men in military uniforms, insignia of lamp and sword

Lehigh University letterhead Army Specialized Training Division Graduation Convocation Packer Memorial Church, March 28, 1944 Order of Exercises.

Black and white photo of Foreman in military uniform measuring 12.5 x 9 cm, "B" Company 330th Service Unit, Army Specialized Training Program Lehigh University program.

Transcript of Academic Record Army Specialized Training Program Foreman, Wesley Paul Oct. 1943 to Mar. 1944.

Headquarters Military Training Units Lehigh University Memorandum No. 18 February 10, 1944: Advanced Phase Engineering Pfc Foreman, Wesley P.

Group of three embroidered military patches: red and white 2, gold wings on either side of white star with red circle in center, white hatchet in white branch on red background.

Army of the United States Honorable Discharge (document) for Wesley P. Foreman July 22, 1944 (signed by) Landon J. Lockett, Colonel, Infantry, Commanding Camp Claiborne, Louisiana.

Report of Separation (for) Foreman, Wesley P. …. Character of Separation Excellent, (chromolith postcard of Camp Headquarters Camp Clairborne, LA.

(slip of baseball paper) Wesley Foreman (printed) Company D 333rd infantry 7-22-1944 discharge date (hand written), Infantry Day 84th Infantry Division Thursday, June 15, 1944 Camp Clairborne, Louisiana (program)

Arcadia of Lehigh University Student Governing Body March 4, 1944 Dear AST Men (mimeographed letter from William C. Hittinger Chairman of Committee)

Published photograph measuring 27 x 35.5 cm of aerial view of Lehigh campus.

Series 2: Lehigh Alumni Bulletin.
Box 0407 Folder 02
Scope and Contents

Lehigh Alumni Bulletin March 1944 (front cover) Army men marching in snow on campus.

Series 3: "Bats, Bases and Burettes" autobiography of Wesley Paul Foreman.
Box 0407 Folder 03
Scope and Contents

"Bats, Bases and Burettes" by Wesley Paul Foreman excerpt of autobiography (30 sheets held together with baseball paper fastener). On pages 24 and 25, Foreman tells that he and others were assigned to work on the Manhattan Project at lehigh University campus.

Series 4: Panoramic photograph.
Box 0407 Frame 04
Scope and Contents

Panoramic black and white photograph measuring 20.5 x 81 cm of group of men in Army uniforms posed by Drinker Hall.

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