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Melvin Griffith Letters

Identifier: SC 00077

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Four letters from Melvin Griffith to his wife, Dorothy, from Saigon, Vietnam dated 1969-1971.  In his letters Griffith details a rocket explosion near the United States Embassy that killed women and children, a child who was shot while planting explosives on a vehicle, and the beating of a United States female driver who was pregnant so she would abort the child.  Griffith goes on to talk about the manner in which the United States Press does not report accurately about the events in Vietnam, the ruthlessness of the Viet Cong, and his theory on why Prisoners of War will be tried for war crimes and executed.  He further goes on to foretell the situation the Vietnamese who were friendly to the United States will endure once the United States withdraws from the region.


  • Creation: 1969- 1971


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Guide to the Melvin Griffith Letters
Finding Aid Authors: Christina R. Luers.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

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