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James David Tuczak collection, 1963-2009

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Series I: Recordings
BOX CD/DVD170 Interview with James David Tuczak, December 7, 2009, conducted by Daniel Packer.
1 optical disc
ID: MV01
MV01
Series II: Manuscripts
BOX-FOLDER MSS2618/1 Clippings, 1966-1968
1 folder
MS01: A clipping that includes Tuczak receiving promotion in Chu Lai, Vietnam; article on 9th Engineer Battalion repairing bridge due to explosion which ripped bridge apart; article on Marines killing 100 Viet Cong in surprise attack.
BOX-FOLDER MSS2618/2-5 Correspondence, 1964-1967
4 folders
MS02: One hundred and thirty-three letters written from Tuczak to his mother and family. Topics covered include: Weather conditions in Vietnam; thinking of home; inquiring about family back home; going to the gun range; sending pictures of himself and his service buddies; R&R; his unit supporting 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment; engineer duties; suffering from heat rash; reading "Stars and Stripes" and discovering news of riots in Detroit; going on patrols and ambushes; explaining torpedoes and mines; losing weight; frustration of girlfriend, Penny, not writing to him and moving and getting her own apartment; working in the company office; testifying in front of the Major regarding a Marine killed in a friendly fire incident during guard duty shift; and long guard duty shifts. See also Oversize.
BOX-FOLDER MSS2618/6-7 Correspondence, 1966-1968
2 folders
MS03: Forty letters written from family and friends to Tuczak. Topics covered include: Family inquiring about Tuczak's health and well-being; weather conditions back home; his girlfriend Penny expressing her feelings about marriage; family being proud of Tuczak being a Marine; receiving pictures; family complimenting Tuczak's weight loss; family disappointed due to being unable to see Tuczak because of orders; questions about military training; expecting letters from Tuczak; and family updates.
BOX-FOLDER MSS2618/8 Creative Works, 1966-1968
1 folder
MS04: Lyrics to a song entitled "The Counter Attack" which was dedicated to the men of the 1st Marine Division; poem entitled "What is a Marine?"
BOX-FOLDER OVZ248/1 Maps, 1966
1 folder
MS05: A "Stars and Stripes" map of war area in Vietnam; also includes highlighted area of where Tuczak served in Chu Lai.
BOX-FOLDER MSS2618/9 Military Papers, 1963-1972
1 folder
MS06: Registration certificate (11/20/1963); Marine Corps identification card (01/23/1972); Geneva conventions identification card; Marine Corps Reserve tag; notice of classification (03/25/1968); immunization certificate; Lance Corporal promotion (02/01/1967); Private First Class promotion (08/01/1966); Corporal promotion (09/01/1967); report of separation; veteran's application for program of education; discharge certificate; battalion special order (5 pp); release from active duty (02/20/1968); original orders (45 pp); travel voucher; letter addressed to 9th Engineer Battalion; division special order (01/16/1968) (7 pp).
BOX-FOLDER OVZ288/1-2 Periodicals, 1967
2 folders
MS07: Entire issues of the "Sea Tiger." Issues include various articles on the III Marine Amphibious Force in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
BOX-FOLDER MSS2618/10 Printed Matter, 1968-1970
1 folder
MS08: A pamphlet of a Michigan road map.
BOX-FOLDER OVZ251/1 Printed Matter, 1968-1970
1 folder
MS08: United Nations Association guide.
Series III: Photographs
BOX-FOLDER MSS2619/1-2 Original photographic prints, 1966-1970
2 folders
PH01-PH167: Photographs include: Tuczak and service buddies throughout Vietnam; posing in full military uniform; holding rifles; standing near sandbags; standing on the beach; playing games for entertainment; Vietnamese locals; 8th Engineer Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; boot camp in San Diego; Tuczak on patrol in Chu Lai; rice patties; Chu Lai River; deceased Viet Cong; and aftermath of battle.
Oversize Material
BOX-FOLDER OVZ251/1 Correspondence, 1964-1967
1 folder
MS02

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