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Eddy Nicklaus - Gulf War

Eddy Nicklaus was deployed to South Vietnam in the same unit as his identical twin brother Teddy in 1965. Eddy served as his platoon’s radioman. In 1982, the brothers joined the local Illinois National Guard unit and in 1990 that unit was mobilized during the build-up of Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

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Feature Excerpt

Worst Thing Was Nonsupport

Abstract

Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Marine infantryman during the Vietnam War.

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Service in the IL Army National Guard

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Eddy Nicklaus (left) with his twin brother, Teddy.

Where:

Rock Falls, Illinois

When:

1952

Ownership:

Narrator's photo

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After graduating from Rock Falls High School, Eddy Nicklaus (second from right) poses with his brother, Teddy (left), for a photo in their hometown paper, the Sterling-Rock Falls Gazette.

Where:

Rock Falls, Illinois

When:

June 6, 1963

Ownership:

May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator

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Eddy Nicklaus, pictured with his twin brother, Teddy (on the right), and fellow Marine, who is a Hawaiian. The Nicklaus twins went into the USMC under the buddy program, trained together and were eventually assigned to the same unit in Vietnam.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Boot camp graduation day in September 1963

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Narrator’s photo

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Eddy (left) and Teddy Nicklaus pictured at Camp Pendleton, California in 1964. Eddy inscribed the photo with, “The Brothers Two: They’re indestructible, lovable, inseparable, handsome… etc., etc.”

Where:

Camp Pendleton, California

When:

1964

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Eddy Nicklaus (left) and his brother, Teddy, roll up a shelter-half while serving in Vietnam in September.

Where:

Vietnam

When:

September

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Eddy Nicklaus (shirtless and seated in front) with fellow Marines mading a mock village. Also in the jeep are (from left to right) Saffel, Peters, Lerma, Majors, Nicklaus, Jones and Enriquez (seated in the passenger seat).

Where:

In the mountains at Camp Pendleton, California

When:

1964

Ownership:

Public domain

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Eddy Nicklaus (pictured left) and Mike “Flintstone” Johnson, aka ‘pilot and co-pilot,” while the two were stationed at Da Nang, South Vietnam in June of 1965.

Where:

Da Nang, South Vietnam

When:

June of 1965

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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After they were caught attempting to fly home from Vietnam in a helicopter in June of 1965, Eddy Nicklaus and Mike “Flintstone” Johnson had to dig a four-hole head (latrine) as punishment.

Where:

Vietnam

When:

June of 1965

Ownership:

Public domain

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Eddy Nicklaus during a company sweep in the I Corps region of South Vietnam in 1965. Nicklaus remarked on handkerchief, noting that he wore it all the time to absorb sweat. “Notice my hair,” he wrote, but “don’t laugh.”

Where:

I Corps region of South Vietnam

When:

1965

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Eddy Nicklaus, his platoon’s radioman, at work in the field in Vietnam.

Where:

Vietnam

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Eddy Nicklaus photographed in Vietnam in 1965. His platoon was located near the Da Nang airstrip, mostly south of Marble Mountain in the I Corps sector of South Vietnam.

Where:

Vietnam

When:

1965

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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On the day his company left the Da Nang air strip in June of 1965, Eddy Nicklaus poses with Commander Crud, the unit’s puppy.

Where:

Da Nang air strip

When:

June of 1965

Ownership:

Unknown

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Eddy Nicklaus and Jim Mahler photographed on their return from a refreshing shower run while assigned to I Corps region of South Vietnam.

Where:

I Corps region of South Vietnam

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Eddy Nicklaus (right, with an M-79 grenade launcher) with Richard “Doc” Bell at the platoon command bunker in 1965.

Where:

platoon command bunker

When:

1965

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Eddy Nicklaus (left) and Ken Majors pose with a local Vietnamese boy during a visit to one of the villages they so often patrolled, sometime in 1965.

Where:

Vietnam

When:

1965

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Eddy Nicklaus deplanes at O’Hare Airport after his flight home from Vietnam in April, 1966.

Where:

O’Hare Airport

When:

April, 1966

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Upon his homecoming from Vietnam, Eddy Nicklaus poses for a photograph with his wife, Carol in April, 1966.

Where:

Unknown

When:

April, 1966

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Eddy Nicklaus at Cherry Point, North Carolina in 1967.

Where:

Cherry Point, North Carolina

When:

1967

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Sergeant First Class Ed Nicklaus prior to the unit’s departure for Desert Storm at Billy Mitchell Airfield, Wisconsin in January 1991.

Where:

Billy Mitchell Airfield, Wisconsin

When:

January 1991

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Eddy Nicklaus (left) and his brother Teddy at Rock Falls Armory, Rock Falls, Illinois in May 1991.

Where:

Rock Falls Armory, Rock Falls, Illinois

When:

May 1991

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Eddy Nicklaus (right) and his brother, Teddy, enjoying a rare break as they check out their desert goggles with Sergeant Roger Behrens on the left.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Unknown

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Narrator’s photo

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Eddy (left) and Teddy Nicklaus on board an airplane bound for Saudi Arabia in January 1991.

Where:

Airplane bound for Saudi Arabia

When:

January 1991

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Narrator’s photo

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1644th’s vehicles and equipment after being unloaded from ship in January 1991 at port in Saudi Arabia.

Where:

Saudi Arabia

When:

January 1991

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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The 2nd platoon, 1644th Truck Company’s Command Post tent in the desert of Iraq.

Where:

Desert of Iraq

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Eddy Nicklaus with Sgt. Roger Behrens at unknown convoy location in front of one of the 1644th Truck Company M915 Tractor/ Trailers.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Eddy Nicklaus (third from left) pose with a sign that reads “2nd PLT: Best PLT in the Army.” Also featured are( from left to right) unknown, SSG R. Link, SFC Eddy Nicklaus, SSG J. Tobin, SSG Teddy Nicklaus, Sgt Roger Behrens.

Where:

Saudi Arabia

When:

February 1991

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Eddy Nicklaus (left) and SP4 Kim Johnson pose with their weapons at the ready standing by the 2nd platoon’s command and control Blazer in preparation for the assault into Iraq in 1991.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1991

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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The convoy forms up for the assault into Iraq. After the ground war, Iraqi POWs were loaded onto trailers for transportation to a POW camp in Saudi Arabia.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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En route into Iraq, in February, 1991. The convoys stretched as far as you could see. Note the extended convoy interval.

Where:

En route into Iraq

When:

February, 1991

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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The convoy passes by a destroyed T-69 tank (of Soviet manufacture) as they drive deeper into Iraq.

Where:

Iraq

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Eddy Nicklaus is seated on a destroyed T-69 tank somewhere in the western desert of Iraq.

Where:

Western desert of Iraq

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

Families decorated the Rock Falls Armory with a large banner welcoming the 1644th Transportation Company home from Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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“Grandpa” Eddy Nicklaus with his grandson, Seth, upon Nicklaus’s return home from Iraq in May of 1991. Seth’s father, Brett, was less than 24 hours old when his father shipped out for Vietnam on March 13th, 1965.

Where:

Narrator’s photo

When:

May of 1991

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo



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