Glenn Miller Signed War Dept 1943 Letter +13 WWII Items

This lot offers paper items from a big box of personal items that were saved by Homer Mensch throughout his many years of musicianship (I have included a photo of this large box of memorabilia). Mr. Mensch was born in 1914 and died in December of 2005. He played bass with the New York Philharmonic for nearly 50 years. He was also well-known as a teacher and had many gifted students. T is much information about Mr. Mensch and his career on various internet sites including Wikipedia.

I obtained a large box (about 18 lbs!) of personal items at a public auction and the entire collection (with a few exceptions) will be sold in a different lot.

It has been a pleasure for me to go through this box of memorabilia. I was not familiar with Mr. Mensch before, but now I have an appreciation for his talent and for what he meant to America. Mr. Mensch began in the Philharmonic in 1938 and went into the service in 1942. I can tell from this group of letters that he attempted to serve his military duty in one of the US Military orchestras. One very notable letter was from Captain A. Glenn Miller Asst. Special Service Officer of the Army Air Force. This correspondence bears Cpt Miller's signature on both the letter and the outside front of the envelope.

Other items include:

A telegram from Mjr. Lynch offering the position
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