Held by The Filson Historical Society
Creator: Leppert Family
Title: Papers, 1918-2000
Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Collections Department.
Size of Collection: 0.66 cubic feet
Location Number: Mss. A L591
Harold Leppert (1916-1988) was one of five children born to John C. Leppert (1889-1969) and Agnes L. Horn Leppert (1891-1973) in Louisville, Kentucky. Harold worked for the Courier Journal before enlisting in the United States Army in 1941. He served abroad in India in the South East Asia Command Group. In 1943, Harold married Mary Belt (1920-1999), who served in the Army Nurse Corps. Harold returned to his position at the Courier Journal after returning to civilian life in 1946. He retired in 1981 and worked as a Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church. Harold and Mary had three sons and two daughters. All three sons served in the military.
Harold’s younger brother Louis Leppert (1922-1944) also served in the United States Army during World War II. Louis served in the 104th Division, also known as the Timberwolves division. Louis was declared missing in action on November 7, 1944, while in Holland. In December, it was confirmed that Louis was killed in action. Louis was buried in the U.S. Military Cemetery Margraten in Limburg, Holland. In 1948, Louis’s remains were exhumed and sent to Louisville, Kentucky, to be buried in the Calvary Cemetery.
Scope and Content Note
This collection consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, and documents related to the World War II military service of Harold Leppert (1916-1988), his brother Louis Leppert (1922-1944), and Harold’s wife Mary Belt Leppert (1920-1999).
Folders 1-2 contain materials from disassembled scrapbooks in the order they were originally arranged. Folder 1 contains material related to the military service of Harold Leppert and Mary Belt Leppert during World War II. Folder 2 contains material related to the military service and death of Louis Leppert during World War II.
Folders 3-6 contain newsletters and newspaper clippings. Folders 3-5 contain various newsletters created by the Courier Journal/The Louisville Times for employees serving in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Folders 7-8 contain material related to the military service of Harold Leppert during World War II, including correspondence, medical exams, and certificates of service. Folder 7 contains Mary Belt Leppert’s certificate of service.
Leppert Family Photograph Collection (019PC15)
Folder 1: Scrapbook 1, 1941-1988
Folder 2: Scrapbook 2, 1918-2000
Folder 3: Third and Liberty newsletters, 1942
Folder 4: The Bugle Call newsletters, 1944-1945
Folder 5: The Courier Journal newsletter to the Boys in Service, 1942-1944
Folder 6: Miscellaneous news clippings, 1942-1974
Folder 7: Harold Leppert and Mary Belt materials, 1935-1944
Folder 8: Harold Leppert materials, 1945-1972
Courier – journal (Louisville, Ky.).
Fort Thomas (Ky.)
Knights of Columbus.
Missing in action.
National Timberwolf Association.
Operational rations (Military supplies).
United States. Army Nurse Corps.
United States. Army.
War cemeteries – Europe.
World War, 1939-1945.