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"My buddies said that I shouldn’t write and tell you what’s going on in the field. I feel better telling you, because it sort of gets it all off my mind." (Letter to his family, 5/16/1967)

   Robert G. Geisler, Jr.
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Robert Geisler in uniform, Vietnam [1967]
War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Marine Corps
Unit: Company F, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment; Marine Corps Reserve
Service Location: Phu Bai, Vietnam; Da Nang, Vietnam; Chu Lai, Vietnam; Camp Pendleton, California
Rank: Corporal
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Writing to his parents from Vietnam in 1966 and 1967, Marine Corps Corporal Robert G. Geisler, Jr., offered up all of the brutal details of his combat experiences, describing the high incidence of booby traps, mines, and casualties, and the impact that witnessing such violence has on his state of mind. His correspondence gives the sense of a very young man (he was 19 when he departed for Vietnam) who coped with the horrors of war by sharing them with his family. Despite all that he sees in country, his commentary also hints at a spirit that remains hopeful, such as when he describes the camaraderie between members of his unit. Eight weeks before he was scheduled to leave Vietnam, he was seriously wounded while on patrol; though he never saw combat again, he survived, and returned home to his family.

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 Official Documents (14 items)
Order to report for induction [2/15/1966] "Notice to registrants reporting for induction" "Notice to registrants reporting for pre-induction examination"
Form letter and instructions for Marines' family members Letter of Appreciation [10/1/1966] Battalion special order number 306-67 [8/16/1967
Memo, liquidation of advance travel pays [6/7/1967] Service discharge certificate and DD-214 [3/4/1969] Certificate of promotion to rank of Lance Corporal [3/1/1967]
Certificate of promotion to rank of Corporal [7/1/1967] Telegram informing Geisler's family of his wounding in action [6/30/1967] Notice of Obligated Service, transferring Geisler to the Marine Corps Reserve
Honorable Discharge [2/15/1972] Postcard informing Geisler of an inquiry concerning his pay [6/27/1967] 
  
 Personal Correspondence (89 items)
Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [5/6/1966] Letter to his mother from Robert Geisler [7/12/1966] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [7/11/1966]
Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [8/7/1966] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [8/6/1966] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [8/10/1966]
Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [8/11/1966] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [8/12/1966] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [8/13/1966]
Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [8/16/1966] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [8/22/1966] Letter to his parents from Robert Geisler [8/20/1966]
Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [8/30/1966] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [9/2/1966] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [9/3/1966]
Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [8/28/1966] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [9/8/1966] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [9/12/1966]
Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [9/19/1966] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [9/20/1966] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [9/20/1966]
Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [9/1966] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [10/2/1966] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [10/3/1966]
Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [10/7/1966] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler, with art work [10/8/1966] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [10/9/1966]
Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [10/18/1966] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [10/22/1966] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [10/27/1966]
Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [11/1/1966] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [11/2/1966] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [11/3/1966]
Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [11/14/1966] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [11/24/1966] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [12/4/1966]
Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [12/10/1966] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler, detailing an incident of "fragging" [12/15/1966] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [12/17/1966]
Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [12/29/1966] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [1/8/1967] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [2/5/1967]
Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [2/22/1967] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler, with art work [3/16/1967] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [4/21/1967]
Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [8/2/1967] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [2/14/1967] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [3/1/1967]
Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [3/7/1967] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [3/21/1967] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [4/5/1967]
Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [4/17/1967] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [4/25/1967] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [5/4/1967]
Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [5/16/1967] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [5/18/1967] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [5/28/1967]
Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [6/3/1967] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [6/8/1967] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [6/14/1967]
Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [6/1/1967] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler, written from hospital after Geisler was wounded in combat [6/28/1967] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [7/5/1967]
Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [7/7/1967] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [7/12/1967] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [7/16/1967]
Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [7/14/1967] Joke letter to the family members of servicemen, with a note from Geisler on the reverse [1967] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [7/19/1967]
Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [7/19/1967] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [7/20/1967] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [7/22/1967]
Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [7/23/1967] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [7/24/1967] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler, written while inebriated [7/24/1967]
Letter to his family from Robert Geisler, apologizing for writing the previous letter while inebriated [4/25/1967] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [7/29/1967] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [8/6/1967]
Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [8/1967] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [8/17/1967] Letter to his family from Robert Geisler [8/21/1967]
Letter from Geisler's friend, Denny, to Geisler's parents [2/24/1967] Letter to Mrs. Geisler from Eddie [4/30/1967] Letter to Mrs. Geisler from "White" [5/5/1967]
Letter to Mrs. Geisler from Eddie [5/25/1967] Letter to Mrs. Geisler from Eddie [6/20/1967] Letter to Mrs. Geisler from Eddie [7/15/1967]
Letter to Robert Geisler ["Creep"] from a buddy, Mike [8/31/1967] Letter to Robert Geisler from a buddy, Bill [9/6/1967] 
  
 Other Materials (4 items)
Military scrip, 5 cent note, included with letter of 8/7/1966 Military scrip, 10 cent note, included with letter of 8/7/1966 Receipt from Jimmy Chan, Hong Kong Tailor [7/20/1967]
Customs receipt [9/21/1967]  
  
 

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