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  • Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
    Title: Billy Ray Newman Vietnam War correspondence
    source: Newman, Elizabeth S.
    Creator: Newman, Billy Ray
    Identifier/Call Number: 2020.045.w.r
    Physical Description: 0.01 Linear feet (1 folder)
    Date: 1970 September 27
    Abstract: This collection contains one letter, four pages, from Billy Ray Newman, USAF to his wife Elizabeth during the Vietnam War.
    Language of Material: English .
    Container: Vietnam 3
    Container: 6
    Container: 1

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Elizabeth S. Newman.

    Biographical / Historical

    There is no biographical information for Billy Ray Newman, United States Air Force. He and his wife Elizabeth S. "Liz" Newman lived in Brunswick, Maine and was an airman at Travis Air Force Base before deployment to Vietnam in 1970. According to Elizabeth, they were divorced in the late 1980s.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item title / description; Box "n" / Folder "n"], Billy Ray Newman Vietnam War correspondence (2020.045.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 letter, four pages, from Billy Ray "Bill" Newman, USAF to his wife Elizabeth "Liz" Newman during the Vietnam War. The letter is from a young airman describing his flight from Travis Air Force Base to Vietnam in 1970 and giving detailed information about his arrival and processing into the base, all with an optimistic personality.
    The flight took eighteen hours with stops in Hawaii, Guam, and the Philippines. He describes Hawaii briefly and then goes into detail about briefings and processing into their barracks. He met another man from Maine and he mentions some family there as they try to see if they know any mutual acquaintances. He also mentions seeing friends, including Joe Baker, "Bob", and Doug Fausz who he knew before deployment (and refers to them as if Liz knew them as well).
    He ends by warning Liz that he will not be able to send tapes (audio letters) very often because of the noise in his barracks and the distance of the library where things can be recorded.

    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) -- Personal narratives, American
    Vietnam War (1961-1975) -- Vietnam.
    Vietnam War (1961-1975) -- Correspondence
    United States -- Air Force.
    Newman, Elizabeth S.