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Object ID 2003.089.0013
Object Name Papers, Personal
Year Range from 1941
Year Range to 1945
Collection Philip F. Simensky Papers
Title Philip F. Simensky World War II Papers
Scope & Content These documents were created and collected by Orlando doctor Philip F. Simensky during his service in World War II from 1941-1945 as a doctor. There are three series:

SERIES I: SPECIAL ORDERS
This is a collection of military Special Orders, containing information such as promotions, assignments, changes of leadership or rules. They came from both the local authority on the base (Orlando Army Air Base, Drew Field) and the headquarters in Washington, DC, or with the Department of War.

SERIES II: MILITARY PAPERS
These records are arranged in chronological order by year. Where significant groupings occur, these have been placed in a separate folder and noted with the year. Paperwork consists of authorizations for travel, special orders, calls to active duty, vacation request, newsletters, transportation certificates, an appeal to purchase life insurance, physical inventories of medical supplies, documents regarding promotions, appointments, physical examinations, student rosters, financial records and other paperwork collected during Simensky's training for Flight Surgeon status. A small folder of telegrams sent to him during his military tenure is also included.

Of particular interest is FF 10 which contains public relations documents calling for the support of the United States Army Air Force published in the week following the December 11, 1941 Congressional Declaration of War on Germany. Also included in this folder is a letter from the Department of War warning present military personnel against desertion.

SERIES III: MEDICAL BULLETINS
Bulletins and small books contain technical information on different illnesses and afflictions affecting military personnel. Of particular interest is a booklet titled, "War Neuroses in North Africa: The Tunisian Campaign."
Condition Good
Condition Notes Most documents are discolored, but in otherwise excellent condition. A small number of documents are very fragile and have tears -- generally from being clipped to rusting paper clips.
Dates of Creation 1941-1945
People Simensky, Philip F.
Search Terms Doctors
Medical
Military
Orlando Air Force Base
War
World War II