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Daryl Eigen Vietnam War letters

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 2013-059-w-r

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 101 letters written by Daryl Eigen from 1965 - 1967 to his family and friends during his enlistment in the United States Marine Corps. The letters cover his experiences in basic training, the various military courses that he attended and his deployment to Vietnam. Along with the letters are included some clippings and the March 8, 1999 issue of Newsweek that has a feature on Vietnam vets.


  • 1965 - 1967

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

Cpl. Daryl Eigen was a combat marine in the 3rd battalion 26th Marines and 2nd battalion 9th Marines, 1966-67. He was awarded three purple hearts and went on to get a PhD from Northwestern University and write the book "A Hellish Place of Angels." His letters detail his time in boot camp, various infantry schools, and his tour in Vietnam until his medevac back to the United States.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)


This collection contains 101 letters written by Cpl. Daryl Eigen to his family during his time serving in the marines in Vietnam from 1966-1967. Additional materials include newspaper clippings related to his war experiences, as well as a 1999 newsweek magazine focusing on U.S. war veterans.


Collection is arranged in chronological order.

Physical Location

Leatherby Libraries
Finding Aid for Daryl Eigen Vietnam War letters
Daniel Levy
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Repository Details

Part of the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Leatherby Libraries Repository

Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange 92866 USA US