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Neil C. Pascoe Second World War correspondence and Michael L. Watson Vietnam War correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWII 58, Folder: 12-16, Folder: 1-5
Identifier: 2016-167-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains letters from two authors during two conflicts. There are letters written by Sergeant Neil C. Pascoe to his family during the Second World War. Also includes newspaper clippings from 1943 to 1944 and a veteran information card.

The other series letters are from Michael L. Watson to Jenny Kenyon, during the Vietnam War.


  • 1943 September 1 - 1971 December 16

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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

Neil Campbell Pascoe was born October 31, 1909 in Easton, Pa. and resided in Branchville, NJ for many years until moving to Naples, FL in 1974. There, he passed away at the age of 99, on Jan. 4, 2009. He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and was a graduate of Washington and Lee University's class of 1934. Mr. Pascoe was a life member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, VA Epsilon Chapter. Prior to his retirement, he was a Senior Vice President and Personnel Director of Selective Insurance Company in Branchville. Neil joined the Army as a private in July 1943, and was discharged as a sergeant in November 1945, after 13 months in the European Theater. An edition of the SigEp Journal reported that he was the first corporal to cross the Rhine River. A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army and was a life member of Pvt. Peter S. Hotalen Post No. 157, and a past Sussex County Commander of the American Legion. He was also a past president of the Sussex County Rotary Club. During his Branchville days, he served for many years on the Borough Council, and was a charter member of the Culver Brook Restoration Foundation. He also served as Chairman of the Selective Service Draft Board No. 41 from 1950 to 1969. Mr. Pascoe was a past chairman of the Sussex County Mosquito Extermination Committee. While residing in Naples, he was a Charter Member of the Vanderbuilt Presbyterian Church and a founding member of the Quail Run Country Club.

Ruth Green Pascoe, the wife of Neil C. Pascoe, was born December 26, 1910 in New Jersey. Mrs. Pascoe was a native of Trenton, NJ and lived in Branchville, NJ before moving with her husband to Naples, FL in 1974. Mrs. Pascoe was a charter member of the Vanderbuilt Presbyterian Church, Naples, FL, and Culver Brook Restoration Foundation of Branchville. She was a former employee of the Trenton Times Newspaper, Trenton and Selected Risks Ins. Co., now Selected Ins. Co. of America, Branchville. Mrs. Pascoe was 97 when she passed away in Naples, FL on October 1, 2008, 3 months before her husband’s passing. At the time of passing, she was survived by a niece, Nancy L. Murtha and her husband Ken of Washington Crossing, PA; a nephew, Glenn H. Green and his wife Leta of Burnet, TX; a great-niece, Laura Green of Burnet, TX; and a sister-in-law, Ella Green of Washington Crossing, PA. She was predeceased by her brother Harry Green.

Mrs. R. W. Pascoe (Mother of Neil Pascoe): Birth and death dates unknown.

Michael L. Watson: Birth and death dates unknown. Inferred origin, Kansas.

Jenny Kenyon: Birth and death dates unkown. Towanda, Kansa, attended Circle High School, Class of 1971.


.25 Linear Feet (5 folders)

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This collection contains correspondence from Sergeant Neil C. Pascoe during the Second World War and Michael L. Watson during the Vietnam War. Also includes newspaper clippings from 1943 to 1944 and Pascoe's veteran information card.


This collection is arranged chronologically by material type:

  • Series 1, Correspondence to Pascoe Family

  • Series 2, Correspondence to Ruth G. Pascoe

  • Series 3, Clippings

  • Series 4, Correspondence from Michael L. Watson to Jenny Kenyon

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Neil C. Pascoe. This is a legacy collection from Andrew Carroll.

Finding Aid for the Neil C. Pascoe Second World War correspondence and Michael L. Watson Vietnam War correspondence
Melody Tehrani
October 13, 2016
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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