Guide to the Galand Neild Papers,
1969-1971

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Nield, Galand W.,1947-
Title: Galand Neild Papers
Dates: 1969-1971 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 5 boxes (2 linear feet)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 280
Summary: his collection consists of five boxes of materials related to Galand Nield's experiences during the Vietnam War from 1969-1971.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-2663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Material in English 

Historical Note

Galand W. Nield was born (November 16, 1947) and raised in Afton Wyoming. In the latter 1960s, Galand served a two-year mission in Australia for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1969, after completing his mission, he returned home to Wyoming and married Maureen Susan Meecham. Very soon after his marriage he was drafted to serve in the United States Army. In 1969, Galand left for Fort Benning, Georgia for basic training, and then was sent on to Fort Ord in California. From March of 1970 to March of 1971 Galand served in Vietnam with the ‘Tropic Lightning’ 25th Division, HHC 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry, and then the ‘Screaming Eagles' 101st Airborne, HHC 3/506. Galand was awarded a Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, and various other medals along with sustaining service-related injuries. Galand left Vietnam in March of 1971, and had the rank of Sergeant when he left the military. He currently resides in Smithfield, Utah, and is the owner of Cache Valley Crafts.

Content Description

This collection consists of five boxes of materials related to Galand Nield's experiences during the Vietnam War from 1969-1971. The materials contained in the collection are; a typescript and cassette recording of an oral history interview of Galand Nield's Vietnam experience, letters of correspondence written mainly by Nield while serving in the military from 1969-71, and typescript of ‘Compilation of Letters to My Wife’ by Galand Nield.

The first box contains the typescript and cassette tape recording of the interview conducted in July of 2003 regarding Nield's time served in the Vietnam War. The rest of the materials in the first box are letters of correspondence between Nield and his family during the years from 1969-71.

The second box contains ‘Compilation of Letters to My Wife,’ a typescript created by Galand Nield based on his own correspondence. The remainder of the collection contains letters of correspondence between Galand and his fiancé/wife, along with a few letters of correspondence between his wife's family and friends from 1969-1971.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Use :  

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Galand Nield Papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Initial Citation: Galand Neild Papers USU_COLL MSS 280, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 280, USUSCA.

Alternative Forms Available :  

Contains cassette tapes.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arranged in alphabetical order and then chronologically.

Processing Note :  

Processed in March of 2004

Acquisition Information :  

The materials contained in this collection were donated by Galand W. Nield in March of 2004 in conjunction with Utah State University's Veteran History Project.

Related Materials :  

Galand Gield photo collection (P0347).

Separated Materials :  

The photo collection is housed separately and can be found in the Galand Gield photo collection (P0347).


Detailed Description of the Collection

Interview transcript, letters to parents, & various letters of correspondence , 1970-1971
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Typescript, interview of Galand Nield's experiences in Vietnam Undated
1 2 Cassette tape recording of Galand Nield's interview Undated
1 3 Letter from Galand to his sister Anna Kay 1970 October
1 4 Letters from Galand to parents 1969
1 5 Letters from Galand to parents 1970 July
1 6 Letters from Galand to parents 1970 August
1 7 Letters from Galand to parents 1970 September
1 8 Letters from Galand to parents 1970 October
1 9 Letters from Galand to parents 1970 November
1 10 Letters from Galand to parents 1970 December
1 11 Letters from Galand to parents 1971
1 12 Letter & postcard from Galand to parents Undated
1 13 Letter from Anna Kay to parents 1969
1 14 Letter from La Rue & Earl to Willard Nield 1970
1 15 Letter from Nina, Merlin, & Judy to Willard Nield 1971 January
1 16 Letter from Kent Camilla to Galand Nield 1971 March

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Letters to Maureen Meecham/Gield from Galand Nield, 1969-1970
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 1 "Compilation of Letters to my Wife" part one, by Galand Nield Undated
2 2 "Compilation of Letters to my Wife" part two, by Galand Nield Undated
2 3 Letters from Galand to Maureen 1969 June
2 4 Letters from Galand to Maureen 1969 July
2 5 Letters from Galand to Maureen 1969 August
2 6 Letters from Galand to Maureen 1969 September
2 7 Letters from Galand to Maureen 1969 October
2 8 Letters from Galand to Maureen 1970 June
2 9 Letters from Galand to Maureen 1970 July 2-16
2 10 Letters from Galand to Maureen 19-31 July
3 1 from Galand to Maureen 1970 August 2-17
3 2 from Galand to Maureen 1970 August 18-31
3 3 from Galand to Maureen 1970 September 1-14
3 4 Letters from Galand to Maureen 1970 September 15-30
3 5 Letters from Galand to Maureen 1970 October 1-15
4 1 Letters from Galand to Maureen 1970 October 16-30
4 2 Letters from Galand to Maureen 1970 November 1-15
4 3 Letters from Galand to Maureen 1970 November 16-30
4 4 Letters from Galand to Maureen 1970 December 1-12
4 5 Letters from Galand to Maureen 1970 December 13-31
5 1 Letters from Galand to Maureen 1971 January 1-15
5 2 Letters from Galand to Maureen 1971 January 16-31
5 3 Letters from Galand to Maureen 1971 February 2-15
5 4 Letters from Galand to Maureen 1971 February 16-29
5 5 Letters from Galand to Maureen 1971 March
5 6 Letters from Galand to Maureen Undated
5 7 Letters from Maureen to Galand 1969-1971
5 8 Letter from Maureen to her parents in England 1970
5 9 Letter from Kathleen Gorcoran to Maureen Gield 1970 September 12
5 10 Letter from Carde to Maureen Gield 1971 February 9
5 11 Letter from Cox's to Maureen Gield 1971 March 4

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Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Nield, Galand W.,1947-
    • Subject Terms :
    • Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Personal narratives.

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