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Nick G. Vasos Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWII 6, Folder: 12-18, Folder: 1-7
Identifier: 2014-055-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains 35 original letters, as well as one spiral-bound book which includes photocopies of 42 letters and supplementary information by other family members and people towards the end of the book, between Sgt. Nick G. Vasos, USA and his family during the Second World War. The book includes copies of the originals as well as some not included in the originals collection. Also included are three draft cards, three photos, and one video CD of the life story of Sgt. Vasos.


  • 1935 August 28 - 1942 December 27
  • Majority of material found within 1940 - 1942

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.

Biographical / Historical

Sergeant Nick G. Vasos, USA (11/23/1917 - 11/8/1942) was born in Carroll, Iowa. He was a sergeant in the transport company of the 30th Infantry Division. He was on the USS Rutledge bound for French Morocco, being part of the twenty thousand strong American force trained for the first amphibious invasion known as Operation Torch. Vasos was responsible for getting vehicles ashore after the landing. On November 8, 1942 French Vichy aircraft were patrolling the beach and fired upon and killed Vasos; he was the first soldier in his company to die and the first boy from Carroll County to die in the war. He was awarded the Purple Heart and buried in Carthage, Tunisia where a memorial for 2841 killed in action and 3724 missing in action American service members exists today.


0.2 Linear Feet (7 folders)

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This collection contains original and photocopied correspondence between Sgt. Nick G. Vasos, USA and his family during the Second World War. The collection also includes supplementary material such as a biographical video disc, photos, and draft and assignment cards for Sgt. Vasos.


This collection is arranged by Material Type.

Series 1, Correspondence to Nick G. Vasos,

Series 2, Correspondence from Nick G. Vasos,

Series 3, Correspondence of Vasos Family,

Series 4, Photographs,

Series 5, Ephemera,

Series 6, Photocopies,

Series 7, Video

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Judith Vasos.

Finding Aid for the Nick G. Vasos Second World War correspondence
Andrew Harman
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States