Wayne man’s WWII letter collection in safe hands

The stories of hundreds of Marines who fought in World War II are being kept safe, thanks to the efforts of a man from Wayne.

Frank Niader has hundreds of letters from the battlefield of World War II in safe keeping.

Frank Niader has hundreds of letters from the battlefield of World War II in safe keeping. (5/27/13)

WAYNE - The stories of hundreds of Marines who fought in World War II are being kept safe, thanks to the efforts of a man from Wayne.

Frank Niader has spent the past 12 years tracking down World War II memories ever since he came across a letter addressed to his now-deceased mother that detailed the final hours of his brother’s life. His brother, William, was killed in the Battle of Okinawa at the age of 18 in 1945. The letter he found was written by Pvt. Harry Spitzer, who was wounded during the battle.

Niader, 82, obtained a Marine Corps roster of 945 veterans, many of whom served with his brother, and made contact with them or their family members.

“I've written to every one of these people,” said Niader. “I've got hundreds and hundreds of letters back”

He says he will eventually donate his letter collection to Florida State University, which has a World War II institute.

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