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Walter L. Schellhorn Vietnam War correspondence

 Collection — Box: Vietnam 1, Folder: 15
Identifier: 2017-587-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains one correspondence written by Private First Class Walter L. Schellhorn, U.S. Army, to Jean Heiney during the Vietnam War. Ms. Heiney had sent a Christmas package to random soldiers and Private First Class Schellhorn wanted to thank her and give her a description of to whom she had done such a nice gesture.

Included with the letter is a photograph of Private First Class Schellhorn opening the package next to a Christmas tree and one 50 Nam Muoi Dong banknote, Vietnamese currency which he refers to as 50 piasters which was the name of the French Indochina currency until 1952 and apparently still used colloquially.


  • 1967 December 28

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

Private First Class Walter Ludwig Schellhorn, United States Army was born on July 3, 1947 in Wuerzburg, West Germany. He moved to the United States at 18 years old and lived in Chicago, Illinois working as an interior designer for eighteen months before he was drafted May 14, 1967. He served in Vietnam as part of 1st Platoon Company E, 26th Engineering Battalion, United States Army and described his time overseas as relatively safe. According to, he lived in Chicago in 1992, though there is no further information.


.08 Linear feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection contains correspondence from PFC Walter L. Schellhorn, USA, to a Miss Jean Heiney during the Vietnam War. Ms. Heiney had collaborated with other women to send a Christmas package to soldiers they did not know and PFC Schellhorn responded with thanks.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Jean Heiney Martinez.
Finding Aid for the Walter L. Schellhorn Vietnam 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