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"No, I haven’t given up. I’ll never give up. I have faith that I’ll make it through this mess." (Letter to Billy, 2/28/1967)

   Vincent Simonelli
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Simonelli during basic training, Fort Jackson, South Carolina [10/1965]
War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Army
Unit: 25th Infantry Division, 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 5th Infantry, A Company
Service Location: Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Fort Polk, Louisiana; Cu Chi, Vietnam; Fort Carson, Colorado
Rank: Sergeant
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Writing to his brother, Billy, and his sister-in-law, Sergeant Vincent Simonelli began most letters with the following: “Hope everyone is ok, I am fine.” Reassuring his family became paramount while he served in country from 1965 to 1967. His correspondence paints a vivid picture of life in an Army infantry platoon: the constant unknowns, an increasing weariness with losing comrades, the demoralizing instances of friendly fire. Writing letters connected him not only to his family, but to his life prior to being drafted: a native of Brooklyn and an avid sports fan, his letters contain many questions about and references to the New York area baseball and hockey teams.

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 Official Documents (19 items)
Selective Service Notice of Acceptability Special Orders Number 5 Special Orders Number 64
Unit Order Number 9 Special Orders Number 154 General Orders Number 567
General Orders Number 934 Special Orders Number 279 Letter of Appreciation
Port Call Instructions Special Orders Number 110 Memo: Transmittal of Promotion Orders
Movement Order Number 18 Military Pay Voucher Physical and Mental Status on Release From Active Service
Letter from Personal Affairs Officer [3/15/1968] Memo: Transfer from Ready Reserve to Standby Reserve [5/1/1970] Department of the Army memo: "Once a Soldier"
Department of the Army memo: Transfers Between Reserve Control Groups or Units  
  
 Personal Correspondence (37 items)
Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [10/17/1965] Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [10/22/1965] Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [11/10/1965]
Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [11/22/1965] Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [11/26/1965] Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [12/6/1965]
Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [12/11/1965] Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [1/2/1966] Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [2/7/1966]
Letter from Simonelli to Billy [7/16/1966] Letter from Simonelli to Billy [7/31/1966] Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [8/1/1966]
Letter from Simonelli to Billy [8/7/1966] Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [8/21/1966] Postcard to Mr. and Mrs. Simonelli [9/3/1966]
Letter from Simonelli to Billy [9/18/1966] Letter from Simonelli to Billy [10/19/1966] Letter from Simonelli to Billy 11/22/1966]
Letter from Simonelli to Billy [12/6/1966] Letter from Simonelli to Billy [2/6/1967] Letter from Simonelli to Billy [2/28/1967]
Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [3/10/1967] Letter from Simonelli to Billy [3/19/1967] Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [3/26/1967]
Letter from Simonelli to Billy [4/4/1967] Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [4/4/1967] Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [5/31/1967]
Letter from Simonelli to Billy [4/4/1967] Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [5/31/1967] Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [6/22/1967]
Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [7/3/1967] Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [7/13/1967] Empty envelope postmarked 7/24/1967
Letter from Simonelli to Mom and Dad [9/1/1967] Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [9/9/1967] Letter to Simonelli from Carolyn and Robert [7/18/1967]
Letter to Simonelli from John Siliato [10/1/1966]  
  
 Other Materials (2 items)
Pamphlett from the burial service of P.F.C. Robert Wayne Ruhl [7/28/1966] "Silent Night" Christmas menu and pamphlett 
  
 

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