Letter from William Whittaker to his parents


Title
Letter from William Whittaker to his parents
Description
Letter from William "Bill" Whittaker to his parents John and Barbara Theo Whittaker, dated November 9, 1964. Whittaker, a PFC in the Army, discusses his activities as a student, as well as assigned guard duty. He also mentions a friend being sent to the stockade.
Date
November 09, 1964
Original Format
letters
Extent
20cm x 26cm
Local Identifier
1293-s1-b1-fa
Subject(s)
Spatial
Location of Original
East Carolina Manuscript Collection
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Comments

Nanette Hardison Jul 02 2018

This letter dated November 9, 1964 and is written by William “Billy” Whittaker to his parents, John and Barbara Theo Whittaker. The letter is among the papers by William and Harry Whittaker; two brothers who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam years (1964-1968). The collection, which consists of both letters and images, describe the activities of army life experienced by both William and Harry.William Whittaker’s letter is notable for he writes about guard duty that he was assigned to do. It is also of particular interest that he makes mention of a friend being sent to the stockade. As he puts it, “…he just seemed to go all to pieces…” as a way to explain what happened to his friend.This collection is definitely invaluable since we have only a few collections that give any insight on the Vietnam War era. The William and Harry Whittaker Papers are definitely worth a look for any people who have an interest for this period in American history.

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