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About the Collection
The collection consists of two technical manuals pertaining to weapon system operations and procedures used by Nicholas Mansolillo as a missile combat crew commander at the Minuteman II missile silos, Ellsworth Air Force Base, 1984-1988. The control file included with the collection contains additional information on the manuals and their use.
About Nicholas W. Mansolillo
Originally from Cranston, RI, Nicholas Mansolillo was a member of the Arnold Air Society, the Maroon Key club, and Alpha Kappa Psi during his time at Norwich University. He also served on the honor committee and as class treasurer. Following his graduation from Norwich with the class of 1983, Nicholas Mansolillo served as a missile combat crew commander at the Minuteman II missile silos at Ellsworth Air Force Base outside of Rapid City, SD, from 1984-1988. As Mansolillo reports, “Minuteman II missiles were part of history ending ‘the Cold War era’.” He also served in Desert Storm from 1991 to 1992. Mansolillo was with the 3rd Army out of Atlanta, GA, when he was assigned to the 22nd Supply Command in Arcentcom as an acquisition/contracting officer stationed in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He wrote, “We wore many hats as the contracting officers responsible for ice/water, flatbed trucks, heavy equipment movement, etc. I had to make sure roads were passable/clear to travel from mines, damaged or blown-up vehicles, trash/debris, etc., so my trucks could get supplies to the troops and coalition forces.” Nicholas Mansolillo now (2010) lives in Arlington, VA.
The collection is open.
Many items in the University Archives are one-of-a-kind resources that are not likely to be available anywhere but here. For this reason, forming citations for archival sources is a little different than for books and periodicals. If you need to cite anything from this collection, follow the format below:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Nicholas W. Mansolillo Technical Manuals, Folder Identification; Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT.
Here’s an example from the collection:
Control indicator photograph from Technical manual: weapon system operation instructions (T.O. 21M-LGM30F-1-13), p.1-123. Nicholas W. Mansolillo Technical Manuals, Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT.
Size: 3 Files
Collection Location: Archives 501 — Small Collections III, Alumni
Language(s) of Material: English
The Sullivan Museum and History Center received the following items from Nicholas Mansolillo in June 2010:
- Two fatigue blouses and fatigue jacket worn by Nicholas during Desert Storm, 1991-1992.
- Iraqi soldier’s web belt, shovel and canteen, acquired by Nicholas during Desert Storm, 1991-1992.