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"In the very near future, the above named soldier, presently on duty with the United States Army in Vietnam, will again be in your midst, dehydrated, demoralized, demolished, and famished." (Letter to Friends and Relatives, 10/12/1967)

   Allan Stuart Levin
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Allan Levin in uniform
War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Army
Unit: 14th Engineer Battalion Combat; 35th Engineer Battalion Combat
Service Location: Fort Lewis, Washington; Qui Nhon, Dong Ba Thin, Phu Cat, and Landing Zone (LZ) Hammond, Vietnam; Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Rank: Staff Sergeant
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In 1966, long before blogging, camera phones, and social network web sites, Allan Levin enlisted in the Army and began to document his service on almost every medium then available. He wrote dozens of letters, he took hundreds of photographs, he shot home movies on 8mm film, and he recorded his thoughts, reflections, and experiences on audio tapes, which served as oral correspondence to his friends and family back home. Levin served with two engineers battalions in various support positions, and he seemed determined to spend every moment of down time making a record of his time in country between the fall of 1966 and the fall of 1967.

Multimedia Recordings
»Interview Highlights  (14 clips)
»Super 8 Color Home Movies  (78 min.)
Interview (Audio)
»Interview Highlights  (17 clips)
»Complete Interview  (372 min.)
  Photos
»Photo Album (207 photos)
 Personal Correspondence
»View List (48 items)
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 Video (Interview Excerpts) (14 items)
8mm Home Movies 8mm Home Movies (03:48) 8mm Home Movies (04:31) Boat trip on Darby Okinawa (03:51)
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Forward to 14th Engineering Bn. APO 9637 ret to ComRn 1967 (03:25) Monkeys at Dong Ba Thin 1967 (03:25) Children March 1967 (03:26)
Beach at Cam Ranh July 1967 (03:22) 10-9-1967 (03:24) Phu Cat LZ Hammond Vietnam 1966 (13:02)
Don Ba Thin Cam Rahn Bay CRB 1966-67 (12:54) Return from Vietnam Ret. 3/11/67 (13:10) 
  
 Audio (Interview Excerpts) (17 items)
3'' audio reel with writing on its box "Darby" and a postmark of 11/1/1966, referring to the USNS General William O. Darby (T-AP-127), which transported the Veteran from the United States to Okinawa and Vietnam, [10/1966]. (18:01) 3'' audio reel with writing on its box "Darby" and a postmark of 11/1/1966, referring to the USNS General William O. Darby (T-AP-127), which transported the Veteran from the United States to Okinawa and Vietnam, [10/1966]. (Part 2) (17:58) '3'' audio reel with writing on its box "1st week in Vietnam" [11/1966]. (17:15)
'3'' audio reel with writing on its box "1st week in Vietnam" [11/1966]. (PART 2) (17:16) '3'' audio reel with writing on its box "Thanksgiving 11-24- Dec 6, 1966" and "Vietnam 11/24 to 12-6-66" [12/1966]. (31:19) '3'' audio reel with writing on its box "Thanksgiving 11-24- Dec 6, 1966" and "Vietnam 11/24 to 12-6-66" [12/1966]. (PART2) (31:19)
'3'' audio reel with writing on its box "personal correspondence recording tape" and postmark of 12/2_/1966 [12/1966]. (25:42) '3'' audio reel with writing on its box "personal correspondence recording tape" and postmark of 12/2_/1966 [12/1966]. (PART 2) (25:47) '3'' audio reel with writing on its box "personal correspondence recording tape 3/11/67" and postmark of 12/__/1966 [12/1966]. (31:13)
'3'' audio reel with writing on its box "taped jan. 30 - 31st Tape 4 Hammond Air Base Received 2-9-67" [1/31/1967]. (28:45) '3'' audio reel with writing on its box "taped jan. 30 - 31st Tape 4 Hammond Air Base Received 2-9-67" [1/31/1967]. (PART 2) (26:48) '3'' audio reel with writing on its box "personal tape voice corres." and postmarked 2/22/1967, box included a letter thanking "Lloyd" for playing his appeal for candy and other foodstuffs for Vietnamese children on radio station KVLG (2/22/1967). (00:29)
'3'' audio reel with writing on its box "Being transfer to Cam Ranh Bay new address 6-7-67" and postmarked 6/4/1967 [6/1967]. (10:14) '3'' audio reel with writing on its box "Cam Ranh Bay 10-6-67" and postmarked 10/2/1967 [10/1967]. (21:51) '3'' audio reel with writing on its box "Cam Ranh Bay 10-6-67" and postmarked 10/2/1967 [10/1967]. (PART 2) (21:35)
'3'' audio reel with writing on its box "Bob Hope Show" [1967]. (22:59) '3'' audio reel with writing on its box "Bob Hope Show" [1967]. (PART 2) (23:04) 
  
 Personal Correspondence (48 items)
Letter to Frances, Howard, & the Boys and envelope [9/1967] Letter to Friends and Relatives and envelope [10/12/1967] Letter to Frances and envelope [10/22/1967]
Letter to Frances and envelope [12/14/1967] Birthday card to Frances and envelope [postmarked 2/6/1968] Letter to Gang and envelope [4/10/1968]
Letter to Gang and others and envelope [6/4/1968] Letter to Frances and others [7/1/1968] Congratulations card to Frances and envelope [postmarked 8/20/1968]
Birthday card to Frances [undated] Birthday card to Frances [undated] Letter to Everybody and envelope [2/11/1966]
Letter to Frances and others and envelope [3/13/1966] Letter to Frances and envelope [5/16/1966] Letter to Folks [6/9/1966]
Letter to Frances and others and envelope [9/11/1966] Letter to Frances and the gang and envelope [9/19/1966] Letter to Frances and others [postmarked 10/26/1966]
Letter to Gang [11/11/1966] Letter to Frances and family and envelope [11/30/1966] Letter to Frances and others and envelope [12/29/1966]
Letter to Gang and envelope [1/12/1967] Letter to Lloyd [2/22/1967] Letter to Frances and gang and envelope [3/14/1967]
Letter to Folks [3/26/1967] Letter to Gang, postcard, and envelope [4/28/1967] Postcard to Folks [4/29/1967]
Letter to Frances, Howard, and the Boys and envelope [7/23/1967] Postcard with veteran's comment: "We pass this point every day on our way to the rifle range" Postcard to Mom and Dad [2/1/1966]
Postcard of Ft. Lewis with veteran's comments Mt. Ranier and Ohop Valley, WA Postcard of the Alweg Monorail, Seattle, WA
Postcard of the Pacific Northwest wilderness Postcard of Mt. Shuksan and Picture Lake, WA Mt. Ranier and Upper Puyallup River Valley, WA
Postcard of Tokyo Tower "The Tallest Tower in the Orient" Postcard of the Towne Motor Hotel, Seattle, WA Mt. Ranier from the New White Pass
Postcard of "Snow Covered Yomei-Mon (Nikko)" Postcard: Estuary of the Sumida River Postcard: Mt. Fuji and Cherry Blossoms
Postcard: Rock garden at Ryoanji Temple in Kyoto Postcard: Toshugu Shrine (Nikko) Postcard: White Threads Waterfall
Postcard: Paradise Beach on Paradise Island, Bahamas Postcard: Higashi Honganji Temple, Kyoto, Japan Postcard: The Buddha of Kamakura
  
 
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