These exhibits were created by Southeast public history graduate students in the course “Problems in Historic Preservation: Archives,” taught by Dr. Lily Santoro in fall 2021.
Just outside of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, in Weingarten, Missouri, stood the Weingarten Prisoner of War camp. This camp, built in 1942 and active until the end of the war in 1945, imprisoned thousands of Italian prisoners of war (POWs) during the course of its operation.
The Weingarten Prisoner of War Camp Collection at Southeast Missouri State University Special Collections & Archives houses newsletters written by both the American GIs and the Italian POWs, as well as photos of the camp, the daily life of the prisoners and American GIs in the camp, and the liberation of the camp.
This exhibit consists of the military career of Charles Leonard Duncan, an alumnus of Southeast Missouri State University, who served in the United States Marine Corps as a pilot from 1942-1961. Duncan served in both World War II and in the Korean War, where he completed 54 combat missions before being honorably discharged for his service in 1953.
After returning home, Duncan served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1953-1961, until his retirement as a Major.
This exhibit focuses on portions of his military service, specifically broken down to his time during the Korean War, his aviation career, as well as certificates, awards, and squadron promotion that he received while serving.