The Corporal Joseph
Nykiel World War II Correspondence Collection is comprised of handwritten letters, v-mail,
and greeting cards, primarily from Nykiel to his mother in Hudson, Pennsylvania. Corporal
Joseph Nykiel served in the U.S. Marines Corps in Company C, 4th Pioneer Battalion, 4th
Marine Division. Nykiel writes about his training, service in Japan, and notes about the
letters he's received and sent to others.
Joseph Nykiel was born in Hudson, Pennsylvania on February 5, 1921. He joined the United
States Marine Corps in 1942. Nykiel served in Company C, 4th Pioneer Battalion, 4th Marine
Division, and attained the rank of Corporal. While enlisted he fought in the Pacific theater
battles of Kwajalein, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima.
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This collection is open for research use.