Samet family papers, 1929-1955 and undated, bulk 1943-1945
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- Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina and Samet family
- The Samet family is a family of Lithuanian-Jewish descent that settled in North Carolina in the early part of the twentieth century. This collection mainly consists of the correspondence between Sydney Samet and his family in North Carolina while he was training at various United States Army airfields during World War II. Also included are letters sent to Sydney's mother and sister by the United States War Department and the family members of other soldiers from Sydney’s bomber crew after they were declared missing in August 1944. Topics represented in the collection include army life, Army Air Force training, and updates from family members and acquaintances.
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- Materials are in English.
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The Samet family papers consist of the letters Sydney Samet sent his family while he was training in aviation and gunnery at various United States Army airfields during World War II. Also included are letters sent to Sydney by his mother Sophie Samet that were not delivered after he was declared missing in action (August 1944), as well as letters sent to Sophie and Sylvia Gray (Grablow) by the United States War Department and the family members of other missing soldiers from Sydney’s bomber crew. The correspondence includes commentary on army life, classes, and physical training as well as updates from family members and acquaintances. Additional materials include Samet’s World War II military service documents and medals, photographs, newspaper clippings, high school papers, and receipts.
- Biographical / historical:
The Samet family is a family of Lithuanian-Jewish descent that settled in Mount Airy (Surry County) and Greensboro (Guilford County), North Carolina, in the early part of the twentieth century. Morris Samet and Sophie I. (Vogel) Samet settled in Mount Airy in 1913, where they owned and operated the Samet Furniture Company. The couple had five children: Lester (1913-1982), Freeman (1915-1930), Sylvia (1917-1997), Jerome (1918-2004), and Sydney (1924-1944). Sylvia and her husband Joseph Gray (Grablowski/Grablow) founded the Carolina Sales Company in Greensboro in 1937.
Sydney Samet matriculated at North Carolina State University in 1942 but left to serve in the United States Army Air Force in early 1943. After several months of aviation and gunnery training, he was deployed to Italy as a bombardier in the 724th Bomb Squadron, 451st Bomber Group in August 1944. Samet was declared missing in action after his plane was lost over Austria on August 23. In 1945, he was declared dead, non-battle, by the United States War Department. Jerome Samet was a civilian aviation instructor before enlisting in the Army Air Force Reserve in March 1944.
- Acquisition information:
- The Samet family papers are a gift of Sidney Gray. They were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as part of the Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina Collection in June, 2014.
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Processed by: Mary Mellon, July 2015
Accessions described in this finding aid: 2014.0138
The correspondence appears first and is arranged chronologically. The remainder of the collection is arranged chronologically.
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- World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American
Jewish families -- North Carolina
Jews -- North Carolina -- Greensboro
Jews -- North Carolina -- Mount Airy
Soldiers -- United States -- Correspondence
World War, 1939-1945 -- Jews -- United States
Jews -- North Carolina -- Social life and customs
United States. Army air forces -- History -- World War, 1939-1945
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