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Vincent Simonelli collection, 1963-1967

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Series I: Manuscripts
BOX-FOLDER MSS839/1 Clippings, 1966
1 folder
MS01: Three articles on an incident in Chu Chi, South Vietnam, in which the veteran's tank was attacked; article on Elaine Reininger receiving the Samuel W. Marsh Foundation Award for 1966.
BOX-FOLDER MSS839/2-4 Correspondence, 1965-1967
3 folders
MS02: Letters from the veteran, primarily to his brother and sister-in-law, William and Cathy Simonelli. Topics covered include: training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina; duties, including fire guard, security watch and KP; the Northeast blackout of November 1965; rifles and equipment issued; sent to Fort Polk, Louisiana; favorite teams in the National Hockey League (NHL); physical tests; bivouac; shooting practice; compass training; detailed description of 6-day mission; being in Vietnam; feelings on Vietnam War and Vietnamese people; warfare equipment and techniques used by the Vietcong; division hit by mortar attack in Cu Chi; rest and recuperation (R&R) in Taiwan; following the National and American Baseball League; interviewed by a New York newsman; case of friendly fire; 12-day mission in Bo Loi Woods; Tay Ninh Province; describes action and casualties at Ho Bo Woods; ran into enemy base camp; Operation Junction City; loves Kool-Aid sent from home; air drop of supplies; sent to Fort Carson, Colorado; purchased movie projector; loaned to Fort Riley, Kansas, to help train a Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) group; sent to driver training; discusses what type of car he'll buy when he gets out.
BOX-FOLDER MSS839/5 Correspondence, undated
1 folder
MS03: Handwritten letter written to the veteran from the parents of his best friend, who was killed in action (KIA), thanking him for the Mass card, and wishing him well; typewritten letter from the President of the New York Printing Press Assistants & Offset Workers Union No. 23 to the veteran's parents, enclosing a copy of a news clipping.
BOX-FOLDER MSS839/6 Military Papers, undated
1 folder
MS04: Papers include: Statement of acceptability for induction into service; reassignment orders; orders listing the veteran as having earned the 1st Class Gunner Badge; orders listing the veteran as having earned the Marksman Badge; promotion orders for the veteran to Private First Class; orders listing the veteran as earning the Combat Infantryman Badge; orders listing the veteran as earning the Purple Heart; posthumous award of Bronze Star Medal to veteran's best friend, PFC Ruhl; orders for assignment of the veteran to his battery; letter of appreciation to the veteran upon termination of his duties as Squad Leader; Port Call Instructions - Air Travel list of servicemen to go back to the States; orders for promotion of the veteran to Sergeant; Transmittal of Promotion Orders for the veteran to rank of Sergeant; Temporary Change of Station Orders for the veteran to go to Fort Riley, Kansas; military pay voucher; Physical and Mental Status on Release From Active Service form; Bronze Star presentation letter; transfer to Standby; notice to register with the Selective Service upon leaving active duty; assignment of USAR Control Group Standby.
BOX-FOLDER MSS839/7 Printed Matter, 1966
1 folder
MS05: Burial service program for Robert Ruhl, the veteran's best friend; Menu for Christmas dinner held in Vietnam, 1966; Postcard of Old Abilene, Kansas.
Series II: Photographs
BOX-FOLDER MSS839/8 Photographic Prints, 1963-1967
1 folder
PH01-PH36: Images of the veteran during training; the veteran and fellow soldiers in Vietnam; family photographs.
Series III: Artifacts
BOX-FOLDER MSS839/9 Artifact, undated
1 folder
AR01: Vietnamese paper money; military payment certificate.

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