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Shirley Johnson, Mrs. (Shirley Johnson) (1003) Shirley Johnson Collection

 Collection

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Shirley Johnson Collection (1003) Finding Aid
Item Number: 10030000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

This collection contains letters from President Nixon, and the United States Air Force (USAF) to Mrs. Johnson regarding the status and condition of her husband, Major Samuel Johnson, after he was shot down over North Vietnam. Major Johnson, now a U.S. Respresentative from Texas, was held captive in a prison in Hanoi for seven years. These letters also indicate to her the measures taken by the USAF and the Nixon Administration to locate its personnel who had been listed as MIAs (Missing In Action) or POW (Prisoner Of War). NOTE: Researchers wanting access to boxes 13-16 must contact archival staff prior to arrival in Lubbock, due to condition of materials.

In addition the collection includes letters of the League of Families (an association formed by the families of MIAs and POWs) and those from the North Vietnamese Government giving concessions on family-packages to captured personnel.

The collection date ranges from 1966 to 1972. The collection includes numerous newspaper articles about Col. Sam Johnson as a POW and Mrs. Johnson's involvement in trying to secure his and other POWs release, and Sam Johnson's post-war political career. There is also a wide assortment of other documents regarding POWs/MIAs including Hearings Before the Subcommittee on National Security, newspaper and magazine articles, form letters for POWs to send overseas to family, newsletters, press releases, photocopied magazine articles, and fact sheet about POWs and MIAs.

Added: 08 Aug 2002[Updated: 30 Sep 2019]