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Mark Ryan Black collection, 1966-2011

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Series I: Manuscripts
BOX-FOLDER MSS-595/1 Scrapbook, 1987
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MS01: Scrapbook compiling copies of the following materials: letters written by veteran to his family at home; transcripts of written letters; transcripts of audio letters that veteran sent to his family at home; news clippings; military telegrams informing family that veteran was killed in action; letters of sympathy from the military, and from veteran's family and friends; photographs of veteran in Vietnam; letters from friends describing how veteran was killed.
BOX-FOLDER MSS-1642/1 Book, 2008
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MS02: Book titled "Too Young to Die: One Man's Personal Account of Vietnam, Every Man's Quest for Contribution." Compilation of veteran's 93 letters, transcripts of 26 audio letters, and photographs sent home to his family and compiled by them. 288 pages.
Series II: Recordings
BOX CD/DVD-9 Audio Correspondence, December 10, 1966-August 10, 1967
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SR01: 26 audio letters recorded by veteran and sent home to his family during his military service in Vietnam (12/10/1966-8/10/1967). Topics covered include: training in the Philippines; training in Okinawa; serving as his unit's barber; Operation Deckhouse V; living conditions at Phu Bai; feelings of resentment towards rear-echelon support personnel; weather and terrain conditions in Vietnam; summaries of involvement in combat action; Viet Cong tactics; hardships faced in the field; negative opinions of South Vietnamese military personnel; care packages and mail received from home; unreliability of the M-16 rifle; volunteering and training for service in the Combined Action Program; future plans for building a house; casualties suffered among his friends and acquaintances; reflections on Vietnamese society; patrolling and ambush operations; relations with the South Vietnamese Provincial Forces; interactions with local population at Cam Hieu; reading the Bible and attending church services in Vietnam; descriptions of the other Marines in his unit; heavy casualties suffered by companies in 9th Marines; describes defenses and operations at the camp near Cam Hieu; frustration with team leader.
BOX VHS-169 Home movie footage
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MV01: Video of a slide program featuring selections from veteran's tape-recorded letters and photos that he sent to his parents from Vietnam.
BOX CD/DVD-9 Slide Presentation, 2011
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MV03: Slide-show style presentation of veteran's photos with narration provided by his "audio letters" sent home to his family and music.
Series III: Computer Files
BOX FD-17 Photographs
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CF01: 10 electronic copies of photographs included within MS01 (scrapbook).
BOX CD/DVD-9 Book, 2008
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CF02: Copy of MS02 (book) in PDF format.
BOX CD/DVD-9 Photographs, 1967-1980
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CF03: 342 of veteran's photographs in JPEG format with captions (1967-1980).

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