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Collection Number: 05322

Collection Title: Henry Buinicky Letters, 1943-1944

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 125 items)
Abstract Henry Buinicky was born in 1918 in Charleston, N.H. He enlisted in the United States Army on 3 September 1943 and was soon after stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., for artillery training. Following World War II, he married Priscilla Langdon in 1947. He died in 2002. The collection consists chiefly of love letters written by Henry Buinicky to Priscilla Langdon while he was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., between October 1943 and March 1944. Buinicky often expressed his opinions on subjects such as Catholicism, premarital sex, homosexuality, family values, and his parents' disapproval of his relationship with Langdon. He inquired after Langdon's health, academic studies, and social interactions. Buinicky also discussed his daily activities at Fort Bragg, including physical and artillery training, guard and K.P. (kitchen police) duty, and field tests. He often commented on the morals of his fellow soldiers and related stories about how he was often teased for his abstemious behavior. Other materials include letters written to Buinicky by his mother and friends; Buinicky enclosed these letters in his letters to Langdon.
Creator Buinicky, Henry, 1918-2002.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Henry Buinicky Letters #5322, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum in March 2007 (Acc. 100616).
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Henry Buinicky was born 25 April 1918 in Charleston, N.H. He attended Saint Mary's Seminary, receiving degrees in philosophy in 1941 and theology in 1943. He enlisted in the United States Army on 3 September 1943 and was soon after stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., for artillery training. He also served in France and Germany.

Following the war, he married Priscilla Langdon on 17 August 1947 and began teaching in Newport, N.H. In 1952, he became the track coach for Towle High School. He received his masters of education from Keene State College in 1960. Buinicky died on 29 March 2002.

Information from As I Recall by Roger H. Small (Xlibris Corporation, 2003).

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TThe collection consists chiefly of World War II-era love letters written by Henry Buinicky to Priscilla Langdon while he was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., between October 1943 and March 1944. Buinicky often expressed his opinions on subjects such as Catholicism, premarital sex, homosexuality, family values, and his parents' disapproval of his relationship with Langdon. He inquired after Langdon's health, academic studies, and social interactions. Buinicky also discussed his daily activities at Fort Bragg, including physical and artillery training, guard and K.P. (kitchen police) duty, and field tests. He often commented on the morals of his fellow soldiers and related stories about how he was often teased for his abstemious behavior. Other materials include letters written to Buinicky by his mother and friends; Buinicky enclosed these letters in his letters to Langdon.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Devon Lee, May 2007

Encoded by: Devon Lee, May 2007

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