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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Content Description
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  • Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
    Title: Bruce M. Pilch Vietnam War correspondence
    Creator: Pilch, Bruce M.
    Identifier/Call Number: 2017.252.w.r
    Physical Description: 1 Linear feet (14 folders)
    Date (inclusive): 1966 July 6 - 1968 October 29
    Abstract: This collection contains correspondence written by Corporal Bruce M. Pilch, United States Marince Corps, to his family during the Vietnam War. Pilch was with the 81mm Mortar Platoon in Khe Sanh during the Battle of Khe Sanh.
    Physical Location: Leatherby Libraries, Special Collections, CAWL Archives
    Language of Material: English .
    Container: Vietnam 5
    Container: 1-7
    Container: 1-7
    Container: Vietnam 6
    Container: 1-4
    Container: 8-11
    Container: Oversize 1
    Container: 18

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Bruce M. Pilch


    This collection is arranged chronologically by material type:
    • Series 1, Correspondence from Bruce M. Pilch, Pre-Vietnam
    • Series 2, Correspondence from Bruce M. Pilch, Vietnam
    • Series 3, Ephemera

    Biographical / Historical

    Corporal Bruce M. Pilch served with the 2nd Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, 81mm Mortar Platoon in Vietnam. According to the letters, Pilch was a Marine corporal but the donor letter and an article in the June 12, 1969 edition of Van Nuys News about Pilch's return home refer to Pilch as a sergeant. The Van Nuys News article also says Pilch was a graduate of Birmingham High School in Los Angeles and that he also attended Pierce College.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item title, Box number, Folder number], Bruce M. Pilch Vietnam War correspondence (2017.252.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 202 pieces of correspondence written by Cpl. Bruce M. Pilch, USMC to his family during the Vietnam War. Pilch was assigned to the 81mm Mortar Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 26th Marines. He was in Khe Sanh during the Battle of Khe Sanh. He also was stationed in Phu Bai and Con Thien. The letters discuss events in Vietnam and also refer to news, entertainment, and sports stories in the United States.
    Pilch is the donor and the author of the collection.

    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) -- Vietnam.
    Battle of Khe Sanh (2nd) (Vietnam : 1968)
    Vietnam War (1961-1975) -- Correspondence
    California -- Camp Pendleton
    North Carolina -- Camp Lejeune
    Marine Corps Supply Center -- Barstow, CA