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Russ Wright Vietnam War correspondence

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Russ Wright Vietnam War correspondence, 1956-1966 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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ID: 1/7/MSS 379

Primary Creator: Wright, Willard (1938-2017)

Extent: 1.0 Cubic Feet

Arrangement: The correspondence is organized chronologically.

Date Acquired: 01/19/2018

Subjects: Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - Veterans

Forms of Material: Sailors - Correspondence

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

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.

Subject/Index Terms

Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - Veterans

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Gift

Acquisition Method: Donated by Linda Herrold.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Russ Wright Vietnam War correspondence, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Processing Information: Processed by Christopher Matthews in February-March 2018.


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Folder 4: Correspondence, November 1962Add to your cart.
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Folder 9: Correspondence, April-May 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence, June 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence, July-August 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence, September-October 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence, November-December 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence, January-April 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence, May-June 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Correspondence, July-September 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Correspondence, October-December 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence, January-June 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Correspondence, July-September 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Correspondence, October-November 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Correspondence, December 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Correspondence, January-February 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Correspondence, March-May 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Correspondence, no date (1 of 2)Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Correspondence, no date (2 of 2)Add to your cart.
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