War letters, weapons, patches,
pins and pictures are front and center among the military
memorabilia showcased in Vietnam Mailbag: The Exhibit.
If your organization would like to host this exhibit underwritten by
Delaware Public Archives, please contact Nancy.
Thanks to so many who
support our cause, we've had a fantastic run
with our acclaimed social history,
Vietnam Mailbag, Voices From the War:
1968-1972, but, news flash, we've really
just begun our mission to increase awareness
of the service and the sacrifices of our
Vietnam veterans. And invitations continue
to roll in for talks on the book, winner of
the 2009 Independent Publisher Book Awards
gold medal for Best Non-Fiction in the
We've wrapped up major talks in Chicago,
Charleston, Pittsburgh, PA, Rochester, NY,
and Frederick, MD where we were very warmly
received and look forward to presentations
in Philadelphia and other major cities. Add
scores of signings from Delaware to
California and it's fair to say the book is
on its way! As always, it's an honor to meet
so many Vietnam veterans on this journey.
Calling all veterans who wrote to Nancy's
Vietnam Mailbag from 1968-1972. We want you
to join us at any or all venues listed on
our calendar and be recognized for your
service. We're scheduling many events
throughout Delaware in 2012 and want to
From the early 1960s through March 1973
hundreds of thousands of men and women served in
Vietnam, in an undeclared and highly controversial war.
During the peak years of that conflict, from May 1968
through December 1972, a young reporter, Nancy E. Lynch,
relayed the hopes and fears, the joy and tears of
hundreds of soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines from
Delaware through the Vietnam Mailbag column she wrote in
the Wilmington Morning News.
Nancy kept all those letters, and the pictures sent with
many of them, neatly folded in their original envelopes.
Now, more than 40 years after she began writing her column, Nancy
has written Vietnam Mailbag: Voices From the War,
1968-1972, giving a new generation a fresh look at
the first-person accounts of troops in the combat zone.
The full-color, 456-page book, featuring photographs
taken by the servicemen themselves, forever records the
experiences of our troops whose war letters are believed
to be the largest collection of primary source material
in existence from 1968-1972. The book concludes with
interviwes from a dozen veterans who wrote so frequently
to Nancy from the front lines and documents how Vietnam
impacted their lives.
“Delawareans indeed spoke for all Americans through their
letters and gave those of us at home an unprecedented
window on the war,” Nancy says.
Nancy and some of the veterans who wrote to her so long
ago are sharing their experiences at a series of free
programs at public libraries and other venues. Copies of the book will be available for
purchase. Here’s where you can see
You can also meet Nancy and purchase your copy of
Vietnam Mailbag: Voices From the War, 1968-1972 at one
of these book-signings.
here for the schedule.
Vietnam Mailbag: Voices From the War, 1968-1972 can also
be ordered online.