Bob Pierce Letters, 1970s | East Texas Research Center

By Chris Elzen & Linda Reynolds

Collection Overview

Title: Bob Pierce Letters, 1970sAdd to your cart.

ID: A/210

Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet

Subjects: Veterans -- Correspondence, Veterans -- Texas, East, Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal narratives

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of a compilation of letters sent home to family in the early 1970s by Bob Pierce during his tour of duty in the Vietnam War, with the exception of one letter sent to Pierce from his sister, Kathy. The letters only indicate the day and month that they were written, with postmark information on two letters indicating the year in which written. The letters involve general information about conditions and circumstances experienced while serving duty in Vietnam, and provide excellent insight into the mind of a soldier and his day-to-day life while serving in the Vietnam War.

Collection Historical Note

Bob Pierce, son of Mr. and Mrs. Euel Pierce, served as a soldier in the Army 1st Cavalry Division in the Vietnam Conflict/War in the early 1970s, within the years 1970 through 1972. Pierce was from Carthage, Texas and had a brother, Euel Pierce Jr., and a sister, Kathy Pierce.

Subject/Index Terms

Veterans -- Correspondence
Veterans -- Texas, East
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal narratives

Box and Folder Listing

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[Folder 1],

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Item 1: To parents concerning delay of leave., January 23Add to your cart.
Item 2: To parents concerning missions into jungle, conditions of American and Vietnamese soldiers, and experiences which build Pierce's faith in prayer., October 23Add to your cart.
Item 3: To parents concerning savings account, wanting a new car when he returns home and information about a fellow soldier., November 18Add to your cart.
Item 4: To parents concerning Pierce's upcoming 21st birthday and taking leave., December 1Add to your cart.
Item 5: To parents concerning contact at PX in Vung Tan with another soldier from back home, being apprehensive about returning to the field, another company suffering casualties during combat and feelings of being scared and helpless., October 31Add to your cart.
Item 6: To parents concerning a soldier threatening suicide, hostile attitudes toward politicians, health issues among soldiers and characteristics of his Lieutenant., October 26Add to your cart.
Item 7: To parents concerning meals, amount of drug use by other soldiers and his personal abstinence from drugs and alcohol., No dateAdd to your cart.
Item 8: To parents concerning upcoming Tet holiday and fears of attack during the holiday and lies in the news media with specific mention of Walter Cronkite., January 6Add to your cart.
Item 9: To parents concerning living conditions in the jungle., December 29Add to your cart.
Item 10: To parents concerning pest problems, entertainment, amount of duty and his continued abstinence from using drugs., December 9Add to your cart.
Item 11: To parents concerning taking leave and injury sustained in the field., December 14Add to your cart.
Item 12: To parents concerning his recent arrival in Vietnam and his plans to abstain from using drugs., September 25Add to your cart.
Item 13: To parents concerning boot camp., Monday nightAdd to your cart.
Item 14: To Bob from his sister Kathy about his coming home., February 6Add to your cart.


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