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  • Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
    Title: Walter L. Schellhorn Vietnam War correspondence
    Creator: Schellhorn, Walter Ludwig, Private First Class, b. 1947
    source: Martinez née Heiney, Jean M.
    Identifier/Call Number: 2017.587.w.r
    Physical Description: .08 Linear feet (1 folder)
    Date: 1967 December 28
    Abstract: This collection contains correspondence from PFC Walter L. Schellhorn, USA to a Miss Jean Heiney during the Vietnam War. Ms. Heiney had collaborated with other women to send a Christmas package to soldiers they did not know and PFC Schellhorn responded with thanks.
    Language of Material: English .
    Container: Vietnam 1
    Container: 15
    Container: 1

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Jean Heiney Martinez.

    Biographical / Historical

    Private First Class Walter Ludwig Schellhorn, United States Army (b. 7/3/1947) was born in Wuerzburg, West Germany. He moved to the United States at 18 years old and lived in Chicago, Illinois working as an interior designer for eighteen months before he was drafted May 14, 1967. He served in Vietnam as part of 1st Platoon Company E, 26th Engineering Battalion, United States Army and described his time overseas as relatively safe. According to Ancestry.com, he lived in Chicago in 1992, though there is no further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item title / description; Box "n" / Folder "n"], Walter L. Schellhorn Vietnam War correspondence (2017.587.w.r), Center for American War Letters Archives, Chapman University, CA.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Content Description

    This collection contains one correspondence written by PFC Walter L. Schellhorn, USA to a Miss Jean Heiney during the Vietnam War. Ms. Heiney had sent a Christmas package to random soldiers and PFC Schellhorn wanted to thank her and give her a description of those to whom she had done such a nice gesture.
    Included with the letter is a photograph of Schellhorn opening the package next to a Christmas tree and one 50 Nam Muoi Dong banknote, Vietnamese currency which he refers to as 50 piasters which was the name of the French Indochina currency until 1952 and apparently still used colloquially.

    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.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Vietnam War (1961-1975) -- Correspondence
    Vietnam -- History
    Vietnam War (1961-1975) -- Personal narratives, American
    Vietnam War (1961-1975) -- Vietnam.
    Martinez née Heiney, Jean M.