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Sandra Vasko - Vietnam War

Sandy Vasko grew up in Lockport, Illinois, part of a colorful extended family. In 1967 she left college and eloped with a high school beau, George Rolowicz. The couple lived in Charleston, South Carolina until George was drafted into the Army. After his basic training, the couple spent time in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma until he deployed to South Vietnam. According to Sandy, he came back a changed man, often angry and very jealous. Sandy left him after he beat her a second time. She left Charleston and returned to the Chicago area. George and Sandy eventually divorced, and Sandy later married a friend she had met while George was in Vietnam.

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Family history, early life, education and marriage to George Rolowicz

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Sandy’s father, Sergeant Chris Nielsen, in his official U.S. Army photo, circa 1944.

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Unknown

When:

circa 1944

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Narrator's photo

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Sandy’s parents, Chris Nielsen and Jeannine Kaminski, outside a café in St. Ghillian, (St. Ghislain) Belgium in early 1945. Chris spent as much time as he could with Jeannine while he was still stationed in Belgium.

Where:

St. Ghislain, Belgium

When:

early 1945

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Narrator's photo

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Chris and Jeannine Nielsen took this photo during the 1947 Christmas season. They lived in Lockport, Illinois at the time.

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Lockport, Illinois

When:

1947

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Narrator's photo

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Sandy takes a break from her crocheting while she lived in Will County, Illinois.

Where:

Will County, Illinois

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

Narrator's photo



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