Russ Wright Vietnam War correspondence, 1956-1966
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Brief Description: This collection contains correspondence between Willard "Russ" Wright and his parents, as well as some aquaintences.  The correspondence was written during Wright's employment at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1956-1957) in Washington D.C., and his service in the United States Navy (1962-1966), including time at the U.S. Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI, and service on the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga in the Vietnam War.  His naval correspondence is written from several locations including San Diego, CA , the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, and Vietnam.  Topics Wright discussed include his day-to-day life in the FBI and Navy, classes he took, his romantic relationships, and plans for the future.  Those writing to him mostly discuss life in Murphysboro, Illinois.  There are few letters written by Wright for the first half of 1963, suggesting some correspondence is missing.  The collection does not contain letters Wright wrote to anyone other than his parents.
Held at:
Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
605 Agriculture Dr.
MC 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-2516
Fax: 618-453-3451
Email: speccoll [at]
Record Series Number: 1/7/MSS 379
Created by: Wright, Willard (1938-2017)
Volume: 1.0 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 01/19/2018.
Arrangement: The correspondence is organized chronologically.
Biographical Note for Wright, Willard (1938-2017) :

Willard "Russ" Wright was born April 2, 1938, in Chicago, Illinois, to Willard and Pauline (Piquard) Wright. He grew up in Murphysboro, Illinois, graduating from Murphysboro High School. He completed a Bachelor's, Master's, and Ph.D from Southern Illinois University. He would go on to teach at SIU School of Medicine and the Department of Rehabilitation until retiring in 2000.

Wright worked at the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1956 to 1957. He joined the United States Navy in 1962, and served in the Vietnam War on the aircraft carrier Ticonderoga until 1966 as Communications Officer.

Wright passed away January 26, 2017, in Carbondale.

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.
Subject Index
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - Veterans
Genres/Forms of Material
Sailors - Correspondence
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
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Acquisition Notes: Gift  Donated by Linda Herrold.
PreferredCitation: [Item], Russ Wright Vietnam War correspondence, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.