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Don Zuber, Jr. Vietnam War correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2016-183-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains the correspondence of Sgt. Don Zuber, Jr., USA throughout his training and time served during the Vietnam War. Zuber served with the 11th Armored Calvary Regiment as a radio teletype operator. Most of the collection is correspondence from Zuber to his parents, Don Sr. and Laura Zuber in San Pedro, CA. The collection includes letters from Zuber to his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Guido Tognazzini in Santa Maria, CA. The collection also includes some photographs, newspaper articles and a Vietnam Conflict Map.

Early correspondence, August 1968 - March 1969 relates daily life and training at Fort Ord, CA and Fort Gordon, Georgia. Correspondence from April 1969 to March 1970 describes his job, life in camp headquarters and local scenery in Vietnam, principally in Bien Hoa and Quan Loi. In a document accompanying the collection entitled "My Letters Home" Zuber explains that his letters are mostly positive, writing that although "I was always around conflict and death and earned the Purple Heart for wounds sustained in a rocket attack. I kept this negativity from my parents and shared only my positive experiences with them in letters written home. I decided to write them every day and give them assurance of my safety." -- The collection also includes correspondence from Jon M. Young to his uncle Guido Tognazzini.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1968 August 18 - 1970 March 17

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 Don Zuber, Jr., United States Army (born 11/20/1945) served in the military from August 14, 1968 to March 31, 1970 with the 11th Armored Calvary Regiment. Following training at Fort Ord, CA and Fort Gordon, GA he served in Vietnam. His parents were Don Zuber, Sr. and Laura Aholin Zuber of San Pedro California. After the war he married Diana Jo Ductor. He has two sons, Jeremy Alexander Zuber and Joseph Adam Zuber and a grandson Benjamin Edmund Zuber. In correspondence with Andrew Carroll, Zuber writes of living in Sacramento and Martinez, CA.


1 Linear feet (22 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection contains letters and photographs from Sgt. Don Zuber, Jr., USA during the Vietnam War. The collection also includes four letters from SP5 Jon M. Young, USA.


This collection is arranged by material type, author, and date. Arrangement principally follows the author's original arrangement as listed in the document prepared by him entitled "My Letters Home." Series list: Series 1: Correspondence from Don Zuber, Jr. to Don, Sr. and Laura Zuber. -- Series 2: Correspondence from Don Zuber, Jr. to Mr. and Mrs. Guido Tognazzini -- Series 3: Correspondence from Jon M. Young to Guido Tognazzini. -- Series 4: Photographs -- Series 5: The Blackhorse newspapers -- Series 6: Vietnam Conflict Map. -- Series 7: Document - My Letters Home

Finding Aid for the Don Zuber, Jr. Vietnam War correspondence
Sharon Clairemont
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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