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Albert and Frank Dietrich Collected Papers


Held at: Swarthmore College Peace Collection [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore 19081-1399

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Albert Giles Dietrich; Frank Ryall Dietrich; identical twins, born 1914 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; during World War II, Albert, a pacifist, was a conscientious objector who spent two years building dams, working on hookworm eradication projects, performing emergency farm labor, and training COs for overseas relief work at Civilian Public Service camps; Frank was drafted into the Army Air Forces and trained as a radio operator, and was shipped to the Philippines in 1945, where as a sergeant in the Fifth Air Force he prepared for the invasion of Japan.

The correspondence of Albert and Frank Dietrich formed the basis for the book, Army GI, Pacifist CO, edited by Scott H. Bennett (New York: Fordham University Press, 2005).

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