Letter from Pierre B to the National Personnel Center (May 17, 2012)

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Letter from Pierre B to the National Personnel Center (May 17, 2012)

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Letter from Pierre B to the NPC (May 17, 2012)


World War, 1939-1945


English translation of a letter written in French from Pierre B to the National Personnel Center (NPRC), asking for Harry Weber’s contact information and detailing how Weber saved Pierre and a friend from a grenade left behind by the Germans. Pierre was a boy of 9 when Harry Weber saved him from a grenade the Germans left behind in his village after the D-Day invasion. Harry Weber’s family received the letter with his records from the NPRC.

Harry Weber was born on July 11, 1917. His mother, Eva, and father, Abraham, immigrated to the United States from Russia. Harry entered the United States Army in January 1943, at the age of 25 during World War II. Ten months after entering the Army, he married Edith Chizefsky. After returning to the United States, Harry Weber worked as a salesman and a librarian. He and Edith had three daughters. Weber is buried at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.

In 2017, the University of Central Florida was one of three universities selected to launch the National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Legacy Program. The program engaged a team of scholars to make the life stories of veterans buried in the Florida National Cemetery available to the public. The project engages UCF students in research and writing and fosters collaboration between students, faculty and local Central Florida schools to produce interactive curriculum for k-12 students. The corresponding website exhibit uses RICHES Mosaic Interface to create a digital archive of related data. The public can use the project-developed augmented-reality app at more than 100 gravesites at the Florida National Cemetery, where they can access the UCF student-authored biographies of veterans.


B., Pierre


Digital reproduction of typewritten translated letter.

Date Created

ca. 2012-05-17




18.5 MB


1-page typewritten letter






Saint-Germain-du-Pert, Normandy, France

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History Teacher


Originally created by Pierre B.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by Harry Weber family. RICHES received permission to reproduce the image.


Ortiz, Samuel
Cravero, Geoffrey

Source Repository

Weber Family Personal Collection

External Reference

Abney, Barb. "VA Selects UCF Historians to Archive Stories of Deceased Veterans Veterans." UCF Today, March 13, 2017. Accessed August 9, 2017. https://today.ucf.edu/va-selects-ucf-historians-archive-stories-deceased-veterans/.
Black, Jeremy. World War Two: A Military History. London [u.a]: Routledge, 2003.


B., Pierre, “Letter from Pierre B to the National Personnel Center (May 17, 2012),” RICHES, accessed May 21, 2024, https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka/items/show/10007.