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Edward Hauck World War II Collection (SC-332)

Identifier: SC-332

Scope and Contents

Edward Hauck was a life-long Dayton resident and World War II veteran. The collection consists of original drawings by a soldier known as “Poncho” (a member of Hauck’s Roger Squad) during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. The drawings depict fellow Roger Squad members (including Hauck) and combat scenes. The collection also includes letters (written on the backs of the drawings) from Hauck to his wife back home in Dayton and one photograph of Hauck and his brothers in their military uniforms.


  • Creation: 1944-1945, 1951


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Edward Charles Hauck was born July 15, 1909, in Dayton, Ohio, one of several children born to Louis A. and Emma (Schott) Hauck. Edward, like his father, was a milkman by occupation. Edward married Nellie E. Wright (1913-2011), daughter of Roman and Catherine Wright. At the time of World War II, Edward and Nellie resided in a rented home at 63 Park Drive in Dayton, in the South Park neighborhood. Edward enlisted in the U.S. Army on September 18, 1943, at the age of 34. According to his obituary, he served in the 5th Army, and according to the materials in this collection, he was a member of “Roger Squad.” However, little is known of his unit divisions between Army and Squad. He was discharged November 18, 1945. He returned to his occupation as a dairyman, and he ultimately retired from the Meadow Gold Dairy. Nellie worked at Rike’s Department Store for many years. The couple had no children. They were charter members of American Legion Post 675 (in Dayton’s South Park neighborhood). Edward was also active in V.F.W. Post 2800 and Eagles Aerie 3675. He died on January 17, 1991, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. Edward and Nellie are buried in Dayton’s Woodland Cemetery.


0.1 linear feet

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The collection is arranged in a single series of 6 items.

Other Finding Aids

The finding aid is available on the Special Collections & Archives, Wright State University Libraries web site at

Custodial History

The drawings were presumably given to Edward Hauck by the artist “Poncho” (last name unknown), during the time of their service together in Roger Squad. According to James Hauck, these items hung framed in the home of his “Uncle Eddie and Aunt Nellie” Hauck for many years. It appears that they were framed by the Rike-Kumler Company in 1951.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University Libraries, by James Hauck, nephew of Edward Hauck, in May 2019.

Guide to the Edward Hauck World War II Collection (SC-332)
Lisa Rickey
2019 Oct 23
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA