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Carole Nelson Vietnam War correspondence

 Collection — Box: Vietnam 1, Folder: 5, Folder: 1
Identifier: 2014-061-w-rd

Scope and Contents

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This collection contains 23 letters from two soliders to Carole Nelson (now Carole Nelson-Meyers) during the Vietnam War. A majority of the collection was written by Larry Waggoner, United States Marine Corps, the rest by Paul Sweet, United States Navy.

Larry Waggoner was a radioman in the 3rd Recon Force. In one of Larry's letters, dated 18 July 1968, he described how there's a bounty on his head, along with his fellow soldiers. The North Vietnamese Army offered a $50 reward for any member of the 3rd Recon Force brought in dead or alive. The donor of the collection states that he was in the battle of Quang Tri, Da Nang, Cua Viet, Khe Sanh, and Dong Ha.

Paul Sweet was a sailor who worked on the USS Canopus (AS-34), a submarine tender that supplies and supports submarines.


  • Creation: 1968 February 4 - 1969 December 22

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. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.


0.08 Linear Feet (1 folder)

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This collection contains correspondence from two servicemen to Carole Nelson from key combat areas during the Vietnam War.


This collection is arranged in chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Carole Nelson-Meyers

Finding Aid for Carole Nelson Vietnam War correspondence
Daniel Levy
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives, Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States