While indexing the Vietnam Mailbag Records, we came across this image from June 1971 of 1st Lt. Robert Nowaczyk of Claymont and a Sika deer. A deer in Vietnam? Why, yes! Sika deer lived throughout eastern Asia as far south as Vietnam and as far north as Russia. Not only is this image a special reminder that life continues for soldiers even in war, but the deer photographed in this image are largely extinct now in Asia, though their population remains bountiful in Japan.
This picture is one of the many treasures found in the Vietnam Mailbag Records. The letters and photos that make up the collection were composed for Nancy’s Vietnam Mailbag, a column written by Nancy Lynch that ran in The News-Journal from 1968-1972. The column featured stories, photos, poetry and news from Delaware soldiers in Vietnam. The collection is currently being indexed for digitization.