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A Guide to the Albert W. Hoffman Papers, 1919-1975, 1995-2008
Albert William Hoffman was born on September 14, 1901, to a German family settled in Texas since 1854. His father, Gustav Adolph Hoffmann, worked in the meat market in San Antonio and San Angelo before moving with his family to Brownwood, Texas. Hoffman enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1919, serving in different locations in Texas and Alabama. In 1926 he enrolled in the Texas National Guard for a short term. That same year he married Adelaide McKee and settled in Brownwood on a property given to him by his parents as a wedding gift. During the following years, Hoffman re-enlisted several times while also developing a career at the U.S. Post Office.
Major Hoffman went to Europe in spring 1944. He remained in England until the D-Day invasion but was wounded in the battle of Saint-Lo, Normandy, on July 1944 and was sent back to England for hospitalization. While recovering, Hoffman spent some weeks somewhere in Worcestershire before being sent back to his division, which by then had advanced to Germany.
In the postwar National Guard, Hoffman took the oath of office as Lieutenant Colonel on October 1946, and as Colonel on August 1956. He commanded the 1st Battalion, 142nd Infantry Regiment, for ten years beginning in 1946. Hoffman retired from both the Post Office and the National Guard in the fall of 1961 and died in April 1975.
Comprising correspondence, photographs, personal papers, military records, press clippings and research documents, the Albert W. Hoffman Papers, 1919-1975, 1995-2008, chronicle Albert Hoffman’s career in the US Army and the Texas National Guard.
The letters, sent home from Europe during 1944 and 1945, document the daily routine of an American officer on the French front and his eventual hospitalization in England, where he participated in Red Cross-arranged trips. Photographs of this period are also included. His son David R. Hoffman in a volume titled “I’ll Be Home for the Christmas Rush” published a transcription of these letters in 2009. His research on Hoffman’s career is covered by the collection’s research documents.
Also included in the collection are a large number of Hoffman’s personal documents, Texas National Guard documents, military and Veterans Administration records, and press clippings.
This collection is open for research use.
Albert W. Hoffman Papers, 1919-1975, 1995-2008, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Paloma Graciani Picardo, November 2014.
AR 2016-104 was added by Colleen Hobbs, April 2016.