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Simonelli during basic training, Fort Jackson, South Carolina [10/1965]

Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Unit of Service/Ship: A Company, 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 5th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division
  • Location of Service: Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Fort Polk, Louisiana; Cu Chi, Vietnam; Fort Carson, Colorado
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/25749

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"No, I haven't given up. I'll never give up. I have faith that I'll make it through this mess." (Letter to Billy, 2/28/1967)

Writing to his brother, Billy, and his sister-in-law, Sergeant Vincent Simonelli began most letters with the following: "Hope everyone is ok, I am fine." Reassuring his family became paramount while he served in country from 1965 to 1967. His correspondence paints a vivid picture of life in an Army infantry platoon: the constant unknowns, an increasing weariness with losing comrades, the demoralizing instances of friendly fire. Writing letters connected him not only to his family, but to his life prior to being drafted: a native of Brooklyn and an avid sports fan, his letters contain many questions about and references to the New York area baseball and hockey teams.

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More Resources

[ Selective Service Notice of Acceptability ]
[ Special Orders Number 5 ]
[ Special Orders Number 64 ]
[ Unit Order Number 9 ]
[ Special Orders Number 154 ]
[ General Orders Number 567 ]

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[ General Orders Number 934 ]
[ Special Orders Number 279 ]
[ Letter of Appreciation ]
[ Port Call Instructions ]
[ Special Orders Number 110 ]
[ Memo: Transmittal of Promotion Orders ]
[ Movement Order Number 18 ]
[ Military Pay Voucher ]
[ Physical and Mental Status on Release From Active Service ]
[ Letter from Personal Affairs Officer [3/15/1968] ]
[ Memo: Transfer from Ready Reserve to Standby Reserve [5/1/1970] ]
[ Department of the Army memo: "Once a Soldier" ]
[ Department of the Army memo: Transfers Between Reserve Control Groups or Units ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [10/17/1965] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [10/22/1965] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [11/10/1965] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [11/22/1965] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [11/26/1965] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [12/6/1965] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [12/11/1965] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [1/2/1966] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [2/7/1966] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy [7/16/1966] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy [7/31/1966] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [8/1/1966] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy [8/7/1966] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [8/21/1966] ]
[ Postcard to Mr. and Mrs. Simonelli [9/3/1966] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy [9/18/1966] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy [10/19/1966] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy 11/22/1966] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy [12/6/1966] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy [2/6/1967] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy [2/28/1967] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [3/10/1967] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy [3/19/1967] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [3/26/1967] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy [4/4/1967] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [4/4/1967] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [5/31/1967] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy [4/4/1967] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [5/31/1967] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [6/22/1967] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [7/3/1967] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [7/13/1967] ]
[ Empty envelope postmarked 7/24/1967 ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Mom and Dad [9/1/1967] ]
[ Letter from Simonelli to Billy, Cathy, and Lisa [9/9/1967] ]
[ Letter to Simonelli from Carolyn and Robert [7/18/1967] ]
[ Letter to Simonelli from John Siliato [10/1/1966] ]
[ Pamphlett from the burial service of P.F.C. Robert Wayne Ruhl [7/28/1966] ]
[ "Silent Night" Christmas menu and pamphlett ]
[ Collection of Vietnamese Money ]

About this Item

Title

  • Vincent Simonelli Collection

Names

  • Simonelli, Vincent

Home State

  • New Jersey

Headings

  • -  Simonelli, Vincent
  • -  Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Male

Race

  • White

Status

  • veteran

Service History

  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Unit of Service: A Company, 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 5th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division
    • Location of Service: Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Fort Polk, Louisiana; Cu Chi, Vietnam; Fort Carson, Colorado
    • Highest Rank: Sergeant
    • Dates of Service: 1965-1967
    • Entrance into Service: Drafted
    • Military Status: veteran

Materials

  • Photograph: Original photographic print [45 items] -- Photograph (collected 1963-1967)
  • Photograph: Duplicate [44 items] -- Photograph (collected 1963-1967)
  • Manuscript: Clippings [4 items] -- Typewritten document (collected unknown)
  • Manuscript: Correspondence [37 items] -- Handwritten document (collected 1965-10-18-1967-09-09)
  • Manuscript: Correspondence [2 items] -- Mixed (handwritten and typewritten documents) (collected unknown)
  • Manuscript: Military papers (orders, personnel/201 files, etc) [19 items] -- Typewritten document (collected unknown)
  • Manuscript: Printed matter [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 1966-07-28)
  • Photograph: Photographic print [36 items] -- Photograph (collected 1963-1967)
  • Artifact: Artifact [1 item] -- (collected unknown)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/25749

Cite as

  • Vincent Simonelli Collection (AFC/2001/001/25749), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

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Citing VHP Materials

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Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Simonelli, Vincent. Vincent Simonelli Collection. 1965. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.25749/.

APA citation style:

Simonelli, V. (1965) Vincent Simonelli Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.25749/.

MLA citation style:

Simonelli, Vincent. Vincent Simonelli Collection. 1965. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.25749/>.