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Letter to Charles and Margaret Nicolls from Lt. Vernon O. Nicolls

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Written by:
Lieutenant Vernon O. Nicolls, American, 1909 - 2003  Search this
Subject of:
Charles Oswald Nicolls, American, 1885 - 1956  Search this
Margaret Neblett Nicolls, American, 1886 - 1976  Search this
Fort Knox, American, founded 1918  Search this
ink on paper
L x W (Unfolded): 10 3/4 × 7 1/8 in. (27.3 × 18.1 cm)
H x W x D (Folded): 3 5/8 × 6 1/16 × 1/16 in. (9.2 × 15.4 × 0.2 cm)
letters (correspondence)
Place made:
Fort Knox, Kentucky, United States, North and Central America
February 8, 1944
Vernon Nicolls was born in Barbados in 1909 to Charles and Margaret Nicolls and immigrated to the U.S. in 1915. During World War II, while living in Brooklyn, Nicolls enlisted as a Private in the Army at Fort Jay on Governor's Island, New York, in 1942. He later attended Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he wrote his parents this letter. After graduating from OCS, Nicolls received his commission as a Lieutenant and served in Italy with the 758th Tank Battalion, the Army's first African American armored unit.
Folded letter sent by Lt. Vernon O. Nicolls to his parents, Charles and Margaret Nicolls. The letter folds into an envelope. The front side of the folded letter has handwritten text in black ink with information for both sender and recipients. There is also a circular postmark stamp in the top center, in black ink, that reads [FORT KNOX / FEB 9 / 12 M / 1944 / KY] with a stamped wavy line cancellation to the right. The back of folded letter is blank but the seal flap is still attached. The unfolded letter is handwritten in black ink on letterhead featuring the Armored Forces insignia, a yellow, blue, and red triangle outlined in black with a black illustration of a cannon barrel, tank track, and wheels, covered by a red lightning bolt. Below the insignia is blue type that reads, [THE ARMORED FORCE / FORT KNOX, KENTUCKY] in the top, center of the page. The letter is dated [8-FEB-1944 / TUESDAY NIGHT] and features three (3) paragraphs of text.
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Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Kay L. Nicolls
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© Estate of Vernon O. Nicolls
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