About this collection
- Benjamin David "Ben" Segan was born in New York City on 27 August 1924. He attended George Washington High School in Manhattan, where he met his future wife, Judith "Judy" Berman. He was drafted into the United States Army as a private on 28 April 1943. His initial processing took place at Fort Dix, N.J., where he began his correspondence with Judy, writing to her almost daily until he left the service. By mid-May 1943 he was at Camp Croft, S.C., and by October 1943 he was sent to Fort George G. Meade, Md., and from there shipped to Italy to join the 93rd Armored Field Artillery Battalion. In Europe he served in Italy, southern France, and Germany. During the Battle of Monte Cassino (a.k.a. the Battle for Rome), January-May 1944, he worked in the 93rd's communication section. The war in Europe ended on 8 May 1945, but Ben was still there as late as November 10th (the date of his last letter in the collection). The letters are numbered 1 through 754, probably in the order they were received by Benjamin Segan's fiancée, Judith Berman. That order is retained in the current arrangement. Generally, the numbering follows a chronological sequence, with occasional deviation from strict date order. Twelve letters are missing from the collection. Segan's summons from the Selective Service System precedes the first letter., New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024, 212-873-3400.