Finding Aid for the Marty J. Perlmutter Vietnam War correspondence 2017.158.w.r

Wynter Salazar
Center for American War Letters Archives
August 2, 2017
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange, CA 92866

Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
Title: Marty J. Perlmutter Vietnam War correspondence
source: Crane, Anna
Creator: Perlmutter, Marty
Identifier/Call Number: 2017.158.w.r
Physical Description: .08 Linear feet (1 folder)
Date (inclusive): 1968 April 15 - 1968 August 26
Abstract: This collection contains letters and photographs from Machinist's Mate Fireman Marty J. Perlmutter, United States Navy during the Vietnam War.
Language of Material: English .
Container: Vietnam 2
Container: 11
Container: 1

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Anna Crane.


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Preferred Citation

- [Item title, Box number, Folder number], Marty J. Perlmutter Vietnam War correspondence (2017.158.w.r), Center for American War Letters Archives, Chapman University, CA.
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Content Description

This collection contains 12 correspondence written by MMFN Marty J. Perlmutter, USN to pen pal, 8th grader Anna Rosenzweig during the Vietnam War. Perlmutter was in the US Navy aboard the USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (DD-850) where he worked primarily in the engine room. This vessel stayed primarily in Italy during the course of these letters.
Perlmutter is a very sarcastic individual in these letters and speaks to Rosenzweig in a somewhat uncaring yet casual tone. Some letters of interest are dated June 7, 1968 and July 11, 1968 which both included a picture of Perlmutter. Perlmutter also describes some functions of the engine room as well as makes snide remarks about how the ship is old and "falling apart." He also mentions in one letter that three men died in the engine room in the ship next to them and how unsettling it was to be working there(August 7, 1968). The letter dated May 7, 1968 gives his summation of the Vietnam War and the letter dated May 31, 1968 mentions the loss of the USS Scorpion. One letter of particular interest is dated June 12, 1968 in which he mentions the Robert F. Kennedy assassination, stating that, "The world today is in turmoil and the man responsible for this tragic murder are just products of a sick society which cannot find remedy for its own problems."

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Vietnam War (1961-1975) -- Correspondence
Vietnam War (1961-1975) -- Naval operations, American
Pen pals
United States. -- Navy
Vietnam War (1961-1975) -- Italy
Crane, Anna