Veterans Compensation Application for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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Veterans Compensation Application for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Veterans Compensation Application


World War, 1939-1945


The veterans compensation application for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for William Bain Handwerk (1921-1996). The document authorized the state to compensate veterans native to Pennsylvania at the time of their enlistment. The form includes the applicant's names, current address, branch and location of service, place of birth, dependents (wife, children, parents), station assignments, promotions, wounds, service overseas, and honorable discharge date.

Born in Palmerton, Pennsylvania on February 18, 1921, William Handwerk was selected for military service on March 19, 1943. William Handwerk entered the United States Army Air Corps as a Private. Although it is unclear where he served, he was overseas from October 6, 1943 to December 5, 1945. Shortly after being discharged, Handwerk married Jeannette Zeal Bossard on July 27, 1946, in Washington, D.C. The couple moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, by April, 1950, before moving to Houston, Texas in the 1950s. The family remained in the Houston area and Handwerk worked for Crutcher Resources until his retirement. In 1989, they moved to Leesburg, Florida. William passed away on December 17, 1996, and is memorialized 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 Project. 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.


Handwerk, William


Digital reproduction of original veterans compensation application.

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2 page veterans compensation application






Tulsa, Oklahoma

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History Teacher
Civics/Government Teacher


Originally created by William Handwerk and published by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania .

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Connolly, Lehman
Cravero, Geoffrey

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External Reference

Abney, Barb. "VA Selects UCF Historians to Archive Stories of Deceased Veterans Veterans." UCF Today, March 13, 2017. Accessed August 9, 2017.
Black, Jeremy. World War Two: A Military History. London [u.a]: Routledge, 2003.


Handwerk, William and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania , “Veterans Compensation Application for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” RICHES, accessed May 28, 2024,