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Frank Pacal, Spanish-American War Records

Title: Frank Pacal, Spanish-American War Records

Creator: Pacal, Frank (1878-1945?)

Dates: 1888-1947, bulk 1898-1900

Quantity: 3 boxes (3 linear feet)

Collection Number: MS 0041

Language: English

Restrictions: None

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Preferred Citation: Frank Pacal, Spanish-American War Records (MS 0041) Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.


Frank Pacal was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1878. He emigrated to the United States with his parents in 1883 from Bohemia and settled in Lincoln, Nebraska. He enlisted in Company D, First Nebraska Regiment, U.S. Volunteers. Assigned to the Eighth Army, Company D; participated in the Philippine Campaign during the Spanish-American War. Pacal's service lead to a promotion to Corporal in May of 1898 and to Sergeant in 1899. After returning from the war, Pacal married Betty Denman and worked at Magee's Department Store in Lincoln. He later moved his family to Wymore, Nebraska, where he established his own men's clothing store. In 1935 he sold the business and retired to Texas.

Scope and Content:

The Pacal records relate to his military service. The items relate to the Spanish-American War Campaign literature, Nebraska volunteers, Lincoln business and civic affiars, Far East mementos, and the Veteran Association. The collection includes photographs and artifacts, such as medals, pins, and military buttons.


Spanish-American War, 1898

Spanish-American War, 1898 -- Philippines

United States. Army -- History -- Spanish-American War, 1898

United States. Army -- Medals, badges, decorations, etc.

Container List: Box 1. Folder 1. Souvenir book, Philippines Expedition Box 1. Folder 2. "The Soldier's Letter," vol. 1, no. 1 and 2, 1898-1899 Box 1. Folder 3. "Blanco Y Negro," no. 365, 1898, Apr. 30 Box 1. Folder 4. War publications Box 1. Folder 5. Manual, guard duty Box 1. Folder 6. Insurance, attorney cards, Lincoln, Nebraska, album, 1890 Box 1. Folder 7. Certificates, rank, orders Box 1. Folder 8. Muster Roll, Company D, First Regiment, Nebraska Volunteers, 1898, June 30 Box 1. Folder 9. War rosters Box 1. Folder 10. Playing cards Box 1. Folder 11. Photographs Box 1. Folder 12. Photographs Box 1. Folder 13. Welcome Home Ribbon Box 2. Folder 1. Silk flag of Cuba Box 3. Folder 1. Cross medal, U.S. Army compass, inscripted wooden token Box 3. Folder 2. Two cufflinks, wreath pin with letters "W.B." Box 3. Folder 3. Infantry "USV" collar insignia, "Remember The Maine" lapel pin Box 3. Folder 4. Philippine medallion, brass pins, "3" and "8" Box 3. Folder 5. Co. D. 1st Neb., S.A.W. lapel pin, D Company, 1st Nebraska pin Box 3. Folder 6. Wreath and crest pin Box 3. Folder 7. Two square stones Box 3. Folder 8. U.S. and Spanish coat and cuff buttons Box 3. Folder 9. Wreath Crest medallion with cloth inlaid, attached by thread to seal, from Barcelona Box 3. Folder 10. Mess kit spoon Box 3. Folder 11. Engraved flask Box 3. Folder 12. Daggers with wooden handles

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