Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Title
Thomas E. Nelson Collection
Collection Number
2454
Date(s)
Undated[Inclusive Dates: 3/1/1969 - 3/17/1970]
Physical Location(s)
D064.2D; Restricted Access
Processed by
M. Scheerer, Oct. 2012[Updated: Oct. 2012 by A. Hooker]

Scope and Content

Less than half a linear foot of material including a daily journal kept by Thomas E. Nelson during his service in Vietnam as a medical technologist in charge of the blood bank with the 71st Evacuation Hospital at Pleiku, 1969-1970. Also included in the donation are letters, a Japanese phrase book, and a soldier's field manual.

Biographical Note

Thomas E. Nelson was born on October 6, 1945 in Yorktown, Indiana. He was drafted into the Army in 1968 and was stationed at Fort Campbell from April 1968 to March 1969. Thomas served in Vietnam as a medical technologist in charge of the blood bank with the 71st Evacuation Hospital at Pleiku from April 1969 to March 1970. He was discharged in 1970, with a rank of Specialist 5, and afterward attended graduate school on the G.I. Bill.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Collection Inventory

Contents
Box
Folder
Location
Personal diary, 19 March 1969 - 30 June 1969
1
1
D064.2D
Personal diary, 1 July 1969 - 30 September 1969
2
Personal diary, 1 October 1969 - 30 November 1969
3
Personal diary, 1 December 1969 - 17 March 1970
4
Personal letters sent home by Nelson, 27 March 1969 - 18 January 1970
5
Personal letters Nelson received from home, 17 August 1969 - 16 November 1969
6
Miscellaneous
7
Miscellaneous letters, 1969-1970
War Department "Japanese Phrase Book", 1944
8
Basic Field Manual "Soldier's Handbook", 1941
Miscellaneous papers
9
3rd Marine Division Christmas card from WWII
Instructions for guard duty