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Curtis L. Pfaff 1948

Curtis L. PfaffCurtis L. Pfaff was a student at Albany State when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He joined the Enlisted Reserve Program, but remained at State until March 1, 1943. He joined the 10th Mountain Division (Ski Troops) at Camp Hale, Colorado.

He expected that he would be sent to Europe, but instead he were sent to the South Pacific with the Signal Corps on Guadalcanal. In 1945, as the Allies island-hopped across the Pacific, he was injured on Leyte in the Philippines and returned to the US. He was discharged in January 1946, in time to begin the second term at Albany, three years after he left. He completed his degree in 1948.He received his bachelor's and master's degrees degree from the University of New York Albany campus. He resided in Ithaca, from 1949 to 1994 and from 1994 to 2000 he lived in both Belvidere, and in the summer months in Stillwater Township. 

Pfaff retired in 1978 after 32 years as an educator for the Ithaca New York Public 
School System and also with Cornell University. Curtis L. Pfaff, 82, of Heath Village, died on Sunday, April 3, 2005 in the Hackettstown Community Hospital.

Read more about Pfaff in the Louis C. Jones Letters:

Letter of March 14, 1945