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Allen Cates Collection (406) Finding Aid

Item Number: 4060000000
 Collection

Scope and Contents

Over five linear feet of photographs, maps, museum objects, VHS tapes, correspondence, military administrative documents, military orders, articles, and various citation and promotion documentation details Allen Cates' military career and his involvement with Air America during the Vietnam Conflict. Much of the materials specifically document his efforts to apply for and acquire Vietnam Veteran status for himself and other former employees of Air America through the filing of a group application for Active Service determination in the 2000s. Materials date July 1969 - 16 March 2004.

Dates

  • 06 December 2001

Biographical / Historical

Allen Cates joined the United States Marine Corps in the summer of 1960. He completed the Marine Aviation Cadet program and, as a Naval Aviator, was designated a Naval helicopter pilot. In 1964, his squadron was sent to Okinawa and then to Vietnam, where he completed his first tour in Vietnam in 1965. He was sent to MAG 36 and then to Pensacola as a flight instructor in the T-28, teaching formation flying. He resigned his commission (rank of Captain) in 1966 and accepted employment with Air America. From 1967 through May of 1969, he operated in Saigon. For the first six months, he co-piloted C-47s and then moved up to Captain in the Pilatus Porter for the next two years. Mr. Cates then transferred to the rotary wing division and was transferred to Udorn, Thailand, where he remained flying primarily in Laos, from June 1969 until the war in Laos ended in May 1974. During that time he flew the H-34, Bell Huey, S-58T, and had a brief stint in the H-500P, where he received training at Edwards AFB with some sophisticated night flying equipment. After leaving Air America he accepted employment in Taiwan flying a S-58T. After returning to the United States in May 1975, he accepted a position as a corporate pilot with an oil field service company until 1981 and then started Setac Chemical Corporation.
Title
Finding Aid
Length (Linear Feet)
5.2
Pages
7
Location(s)
D037.3B; Photograph Collection; Map Collection; Cold Storage
4
Photographs

VA000249 - VA000257
VA014456
VA024790 - VA024863
VA026123 - VA026138

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1
Maps

Six DOD Evasion Charts

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4
Museum Objects

406museum0007: boxTwo pins and one 10 Dong Note
406museum0008: USMC pin
406museum0009: Pin
406museum0010: Dong notes

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3
Moving Images

406VI0406: Air America Interviews, Allen Cates, May 1999 (VHS)
406VI0407: Air America: The CIA's Secret Airline (VHS)
406VI0408: Birds of a Feather: Air America (VHS)

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  • Box 1: [1] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D057.5 ]]
  • Box 2: [2] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D037.3C ]]
  • Box 3: [3] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D037.3C ]]
  • Box 4 Oversized: [4 Oversized] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D040.1C ]]
  • Box 5: [5] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D037.3 ]]

Inventory

  • Voucher for Reimbursement for Travel, July 11, 1963
  • Group Special Order Number .118-63, June 18, 1963
  • Paper showing First Endorsement, June 24, 1963; Second Endorsement, June 28, 1963; and Third Endorsement, June 28, 1963.
  • Group Special Order Number 139-63, July 9, 1963
  • Wing Special Order Number 110-65, June 21, 1965 -
  • First Endorsement on CG 1st MAW FMFPac SO#110-65, Aug 24, 1965
  • Memorandum Endorsement , Oct 1, 1965
  • Memorandum Endorsement: Permanent Change of Station Orders , Sept 4, 1965 -
  • Memo Endorsement, Oct 1, 1965
  • Endorsement on: Permanent Change of Station, Oct 1, 1965
  • Group Special Order Number 229-63, Oct 2, 1963
  • Designation as Naval Aviator, No. T-8173, Dec 21, 1962
  • Temporary Promotion, Dec 16, 1963
  • Second Endorsement on CMC 1tr DHA-ccb of 16 Dec 1963, Dec 31, 1963
  • First Endorsement on CMC 1tr DHA-ccb of 16 Dec 1963 , Dec 24, 1963
  • Third Endorsement on CG FMFPac 1tr 7A/rko of 10 March 1965 , April 8, 1965 -
  • First Endorsement on CG FMFPac 1tr 7A/rko of 10 Mar 1965, Mar 17, 1965; and Second Endorsement , Mar 27, 1965 -
  • Third Endorsement on CG FMFPac 1tr 7A/rko of 10 March 1965, April 8, 1965. Has gold star attached in top left hand corner. -
  • First Endorsement on CG FMFPac 1tr 7A/rko of 10 Mar 1965, Mar 22, 1965 and Second Endorsement , Mar 30, 1965 -
  • Award of Gold Star in lieu of a second Award, Mar 10, 1965
  • Third Endorsement on CG FMFPac 1tr 7A/lko of Mar 30 1965, May 4, 1965; Has gold star attached in top left hand corner.
  • First Endorsement of CG, FMFPac 1tr 7A/rko 1650 of 30 Apr 1965, May 12, 1965; Second Endorsement, Mar 30, 1965
  • Award of Gold Star in lieu of a fourth Air Medal , April 30, 1965
  • First Endorsement on CG, FMFPac 1tr of 19 Apr 1965, May 21, 1965; Second Endorsement, June 3, 1965; Third Endorsement -
  • Award of Gold Star in lieu of a fifth Award, April 19, 1965
  • Award of Silver Star in Lieu of a sixth Award, April 22, 1965
  • First Endorsement on CG, FMFPac 1tr of 22 Apr 1965, May 21, 1965; Second Endorsement, June 3, 1965; Third Endorsement
  • Award of the gold star in lieu of a seventh Air Medal, June 5, 1965
  • Third Endorsement on CG, Headquarters, US Army Combat Developments Experimentation Center, Fort Ord, California 1tr of 21 May 63, June 21, 1963; and Fourth Endorsement, July 11, 1963 -
  • First Endorsement on CG, FMFPac 1tr of 5 Jun 1965, June 15, 1965; Second Endorsement; and Third Endorsement
  • Award of the gold star in lieu of an eighth Air Medal, July 3, 1965
  • First Endorsement on CG, FMFPac 1tr of 3 Jul 1965, Jul 20, 1965; Second Endorsement, July 27, 1965; and Third Endorsement, July 29, 1965
  • Second Endorsement on CG FMFPac 1tr 7D/MTST 1650 of 26 Oct 65, Nov 19, 1965 -
  • Third Endorsement on CG, FMFPac1tr 7D/mtst 1650 of 26 Oct 65, Nov 29, 1965 and Fourth Endorsement
  • Award of the gold star in lieu of a ninth Air Medal, Oct 26, 1965
  • Award of the gold star in lieu of a tenth Air Medal, Oct 26, 1965
  • Second Endorsement on CG FMFPac 1tr 7D/mtst 1650 of 26 Oct 65, Nov 19, 1965 -
  • Third Endorsement on CG, FMFPac 1tr 7D/mtst 1650 of 26 Oct 65, Nov 29, 1965 and Fourth Endorsement
  • Award of Silver star in lieu of a eleventh Air Medal, Oct 26, 1965
  • Award of a gold star in lieu of the twelfth Air Medal, Jan 1, 1966
  • First Endorsement on CG FMFPac 1tr 7D/mtst 1650 of 14 Jan 66, Jan 18, 1966; and Second Endorsement, Feb 1, 1966
  • Award of a gold star in lieu of the thirteenth Air Medal, Jan 14, 1966
  • First Endorsement on CG FMFPac 1tr 7D/mtst 1650 of 14 Jan 66, Jan 18, 1966; and Second Endorsement, Feb 1, 1966
  • Award of Distinguished Flying Cross, Dec 13, 1965
  • Presentation of award(s); case of Capt Allen E. Cates 086090 USMC, Apr 21, 1966 -
  • First Endorsement on CG, FMFPac 1tr 7D/all 1650 of 13 Dec 65, April 25, 1966 and Second Endorsement, May 2, 1966
  • Group Special Order Number 92-63, May 13, 1963
  • Correspondence to A.E. Cates from Lee S. Johnson, June 29, 1965
  • Officer Leadership Training Course (Part B); completion of, Jan 27, 1966 and First Endorsement, Jan 31, 1966 -
  • Discharge from the Marine Corps Reserve, Aug 25, 1965; and First Endorsement, Aug 30, 1965 -
  • Second Endorsement on CMC1tr DMA-ssd of 25 Aug 1965, 31 Aug 1965; Third Endorsement, Oct 14, 1965; Fourth Endorsement, Oct 20, 1965; and Fifth Endorsement, Oct 21, 1965
  • First Endorsement on CMC 1tr DHA-elc dtd 13 Jul 65, Oct 1, 1965
  • Second Endorsement on CMC 1tr DHA-elc of 13 July 1965, Oct 4, 1965 and Third Endorsement, Oct 4, 1965
  • Honorable Discharge from the Armed Forces of the United States of America, July 6, 1965 -
  • 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, Legal Handbook, July 23, 1967
  • Form Letter Draft
  • Appendix I: Full Disclosure and Standards of Fairness
  • Permanent appointment to commissioned grade in the US Marine Corps; case of 1stLT Allen E. Cates 086090 USMCR, June 21, 1965 -
  • First Endorsement on CMC 1tr AUG-PERM DPH-jec of 21 Jun 1965, June 26, 1965 -
  • Second Endorsement on CMC 1tr AUG-Perm DPH: jec of 21 June 1965, July 5, 1965 -
  • Correspondence to J. H. Minet and Co. LTD from A.E. Cates, June 19, 1974
  • Correspondence to Capt. A.E. Cates from J.H. Minet and Co. LTD, July 17, 1974 -
  • Correspondence to American International Life Assurance Co. of New York from A.E. Cates, June 29, 1974
  • Correspondence to J. H. Minet and Co. Ltd from James S.Y. Cheng, Oct 18, 1974
  • Memorandum: Loss of License Insurance Policy, Jan 17, 1974
  • Loss of Flying Licence Insurance Certificate No. 39/4255, July 16, 1973
  • Correspondence to Captain Allen E. Cates from James S.Y. Cheng, Nov 7, 1974 -
  • Loss of Flying Licence Insurance, Certificate No. /4255, May 1, 1974
  • Correspondence to Air Asia Company Ltd. from J. H. Minet and Co. Ltd, October 24, 1974 -
  • First Endorsement on Hq MCRDep SDIEGO DSO indicated opposite your name, October 29, 1960
  • Third Endorsement on Hq MCRDep SDIEGO DSO 2150-60 of 3 Oct 60, November 7, 1960
  • Depot Special Order Transfer Number 2150-60, October 3, 1960
  • First Endorsement on Hq MCRDep SDIEGO DSC indicated opposite your name, October 29, 1960
  • Third Endorsement on Hq MCRDep SDIEGO DSO 2150-60 of 3 Oct 60, November 7, 1960
  • Second Endorsement on Investigative Report of First Lieutenant Allen E. Cates, USMC , 20 Jan 1966
  • Original Travel Orders from Commanding General, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, AirFMFPac, MCAS, El Toro, Santa Ana, California, February 17, 1964
  • Voucher for Reimbursement For Travel, April 24, 1964
  • Third Endorsement on Hq MCRDep SDIEGO DSO 2150-60 of 3 Oct 60, November 7, 1960
  • Temporary additional duty; orders to, September 3, 1964
  • Voucher for Reimbursement for Travel, September 19, 1963
  • Group Special Order Number 188-63, August 30, 1963
  • Memorandum Endorsement, September 6, 1963 and Second Endorsement, September 7, 1963 -
  • First Endorsement, September 3, 1963
  • Instrument Rating Request, April 5, 1965
  • Hughes Model 500P Transition Handout
  • Folder Missing, Contents listed below
  • Certificate appointing Allen Edward Cates a Private First Class, October 1, 1960
  • Certificate, US Naval School, Pre-Flight, September 29, 1961
  • Certificate for first unassisted take off and return to US NAAS Saufley Field, Pensacola, FL, December 5, 1961
  • Armed Forces of the United States Report of Transfer or Discharge, July 7, 1960 -
  • Document certifying Allen Edward Cates as a naval Aviator, December 21, 1962
  • Designation as Navy Helicopter Pilot, December 21, 1962
  • Honorable Discharge Certificate, December 20, 1962
  • Letter of Appreciation, May 21, 1963
  • Certificate for course completion for Introduction to Personnel Administration, 01.1, November 4, 1963 -
  • Temporary Appointment, Dec 16, 1963
  • Certificate for completion in Military Justice and Administrative Matters, April 10, 1964 -
  • Document citing the presentation of the Air Medal to Allen E. Cates
  • Document citing the presentation of the Gold Star in lieu of a second Air Medal -
  • Document citing the presentation of the Gold Star in lieu of a third Air Medal
  • Document citing the presentation of the Gold Star in lieu of a fourth Air Medal
  • Document citing the presentation of the Gold Star in lieu of a fifth Air Medal
  • Document citing the presentation of the Silver Star in lieu of a sixth Air Medal
  • Document citing the presentation of the Gold Star in lieu of a seventh Air Medal -
  • Document citing the presentation of the Gold Star in lieu of an eighth Air Medal -
  • Document citing the presentation of the Gold Star in lieu of a ninth Air Medal
  • Document citing the presentation of the Gold Star in lieu of a tenth Air Medal
  • Document citing the presentation of the Silver Star in lieu of an eleventh Air Medal -
  • Document citing the presentation of the Gold Star in lieu of a twelfth Air Medal -
  • Document citing the presentation of the Gold Star in lieu of a thirteenth Air Medal -
  • Document citing the presentation of the Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Helicopter Rescue Award, November 11, 1964
  • Flight Instructor's Indoctrination Group, December 17, 1965
  • Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association
  • Photo with caption Cheyenne Pilot Transition School and pictured left to right are Don R. Lilly, Marland Johnson, William Nikkel, Keith Weems, Ken E. Hoffman, Allen E. Cates, Alice Fuchs, Donald Bundy
  • Correspondence to Allen E. Cates from D. Stevenson, Aug 3, 1977
  • Document citing the presentation of the Air Medal (First through Thirteenth Strike/Flight Awards)
  • Correspondence to Capt H.R. Casterlin; Capt F.N. Smith; Capt A.E. Cates; Capt T. Woozley; First Officer M. Disoum; First Officer K. Vogprasert; Flight Mechanic S.D. Waite via MTS, CFM; Flight Mechanic M.A. Leveriza via MTS, CFM; Flight Mechanic F.O. Ortillo via MTS, CFM
  • Memorandum to Capt. A.E.Cates from VPFO J.W. Walker, Jr., June 29,1971
  • Correspondence to Captain Timothy N. Castle from Allen E. Cates, March 16, 1988 -
  • Correspondence to Captain Allen E. Cates from Captain Timothy N. Castle, March 23, 1988 -
  • Memorandum about Captain A.E. Cates, June 2, 1969 -
  • Office Memorandum about Use of H-34s on VIP trip, January 25, 1971
  • Inner-Office Routing Slip to Capt. Cates, A.E. from John D. Ford, January 28, 1971 -
  • Correspondence to C. Abadle from John W. MacQueen, January 26, 1971
  • Honorable Discharge from the Armed Forces of the United States of America, October 23, 1973
  • First Endorsement on CMC 1tr MMSR-5-IVS1/gbr, October 23, 1973
  • Discharge from the Marine Corps Reserve, October 23, 1973
  • Envelope addressed to Commanding Officer
  • Reserve Retirement Credit Report (Reservist/CMC Copy), July 7, 1960
  • Marine Corps Liaison Unit Memorandum Endorsement
  • Wing Special Order Number 110-65, June 21, 1965
  • First Endorsement on CG 1st MAW FMFPac So # 110-65, August 24, 1965
  • Memorandum Endorsement, October 1, 1965
  • Memo Endorsement, October 1, 1965
  • Temporary Additional Duty; Orders to; Confirmation of, September 14, 1964
  • First Endorsement on CMC 1tr DFH-ibs-5 of 16 Oct 62, December 21, 1962
  • Permanent Change of Station, October 16, 1962
  • First Endorsement on Hq, 2nd ITR, MCB, Campen, RSO 51-61, May 12, 1961
  • Regimental Special Order Number 51-61, Permanent Change of Station, May 12 ,1961
  • Voucher for Reimbursement for Travel, January 25, 1963
  • Permanent Change Of Station, October 16, 1962
  • Permanent Change of Station Orders, December 21, 1962
  • Third Endorsement, January 18, 1963
  • Fourth Endorsement, January 18, 1963
  • Fifth Endorsement on CMC 1tr DFH-ibs-5 of 16 0ct 62, January 18, 1963
  • Memorandum Endorsement, January 21, 1963
  • Temporary Additional Duty; Group travel orders, April 26, 1963
  • Correction of date of Rank assigned, February 20, 1963
  • First Endorsement on CMC 1tr DPH;cjr dtd 20 Feb 63, February 26, 1963
  • Second Endorsement on CMC 1tr DPH:cjr of 20 Feb 1963, March 6, 1963
  • Third Endorsement on CMC 1tr DPH:cjr of 20 Feb 1963, March 7, 63 and Fourth Endorsement, April 2, 1963 -
  • Wing Special Order Number 235-65, October 18, 1965
  • First Endorsement on HQ 3dMAW SO 235-65 of 18 Oct 65, October 21, 1965
  • Assignment Instruction, November 9, 1965
  • Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 365 Yearbook, 1964-1965
  • Senior Pilot Log, April 4, 1971 to December 30, 1979
  • Steele's Pilot Log, March 7, 1973 to April 11, 1973
  • Aviators Flight Log Book, March 1, 1966 to March 31, 1971
  • Aviators Flight Log Book, October 25, 1961 to February 28, 1966
  • Flight Log written in French, March 1971 - February 1974
  • Air America Club Yearbook, 1984
  • Periodical Articles, 1985-1999
  • Minutes of Board Meetings, Air America Club, 1985-1994
  • Minutes of Board Meetings, Air America Club, 1994-1998
  • Minutes of Board Meetings, Air America Club, 1998-2001
  • Oral History, Allen Cates, Perpetual Motion Air America, June 9, 1999
  • Assorted Manuscripts
  • Marc Yablonka
  • Bart J. Crotty, Crotty's Security Blanket, Where Did It Go?
  • Capt. Marius Burke, Jr., Vietnam Report: Saigon Evacuation
  • Manuscript, Air America, by Terry Love
  • Correspondence, 1986-October 1996 and undated
  • Correspondence, November 1996-May 1997
  • Correspondence, June 1997-1999
  • Correspondence, 2000-2001
  • Assorted Materials related to the Air America Club
  • Newsletters, Air America Log, 1970 and January-March 1996
  • Air America: Myth and Reality, by Dr. William M. Leary, presented at the George W. Jalonick III and Dorothy Cockrell Jalonick Memorial Distinguished Lecture at the University of Texas at Dallas, February 1, 1992
  • Briefing Map of Southeast Asia indicating the places referred to in Dr. Leary's lecture, February 1, 1992
  • Allen E. Cates' Promotion to Private First Class, October 1, 1960
  • Allen E. Cates' Certificate from the United States Naval Pre-Flight School, September 29, 1961
  • Allen E. Cates' First Solo Flight Certificate, December 5, 1961
  • Honorable Discharge Papers for Allen E. Cates from the United States Marine Corps, December 20, 1962
  • Designation as Naval Aviator, December 21, 1962
  • Letter of Appreciation, May 21, 1963
  • Allen E. Cates Certificate for completing Introduction to Personnel Administration at the Marine Corps Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Temporary Appointment as First Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, December 16, 1963
  • Allen E. Cates Certificate for completing the course in Military Justice and Administrative Matters, April 10, 1964
  • Citiation of the Air Medal
  • Citation of the Gold Star in lieu of a second Air Medal
  • Citation of the Gold Star in lieu of a third Air Medal
  • Citation of the Gold Star in lieu of a fourth Air Medal
  • Citation of the Gold Star in lieu of a fifth Air Medal
  • Citation of the Gold Star in lieu of a sixth Air Medal
  • Citation of the Gold Star in lieu of a seventh Air Medal
  • Citation of the Gold Star in lieu of a eighth Air Medal
  • Citation of the Gold Star in lieu of a ninth Air Medal
  • Citation of the Gold Star in lieu of a tenth Air Medal
  • Citation of the Gold Star in lieu of a eleventh Air Medal
  • Citation of the Gold Star in lieu of a twelfth Air Medal
  • Citation of the Gold Star in lieu of a thirteenth Air Medal
  • Citation of the Distinguished Cross
  • Helicopter Rescue Award, Certificate of the "Winged S" Air Rescue Emblem, November 11, 1964
  • Certificate from the Flight Instructor's Indoctrination Group, Naval Air Basic Training, December 17, 1965
  • General Member Certificate from the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association
  • Citation of the Air Medal Award, First through Thirteenth
  • Air America Memos, 1969-1971
  • Correspondence between Allen E. Cates and Timothy N. Castle, March 16-23, 1988
  • Honorable Discharge Papers for Allen E. Cates from the United States Marine Corps, October 23, 1973
  • Photocopy of "Anything, Anytime on Air America in Southeast Asia"
  • Correspondence from Rob Burk to Allen E. Cates, August 16, 1999
  • Photocopy of Legal Agreement between John Willheim Productions and Air America, Inc., December 26, 1969
  • Correspondence from Beth N. Ochoa to Jason Markham, December 7, 1999
  • Narrative by Raymond Paul Ilg, Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired), November 3, 1995
  • Vietnam Report: Saigon Evacuation, by Capt. Marius Burke, Jr.
  • Manuscript written by Chauncey Collard
  • Correspondence from Hugh L. Grundy to Allen E. Cates, April 21, 2001
  • Correspondence from Gary M. Craft to President George H. Bush, September 1, 1998
  • Corrrspondence concerning Air America Freedom Stamp from Gayle Morrison, May 27, 1997
  • List of People supporting the Air America Freedom Stamp
  • Correspodence from President George H. Bush to Gary M. Craft, September 21, 1998
  • Correspondence from O. B. Harnage to Allen E. Cates, December 23, 1996
  • Photocopy of a Magazine article excerpt
  • Photocopy of "The First Day of the Rest of Their Lives: The Survival of an A-6 Crew," The Hook, Spring 1991
  • Corrrspondence from Reggie Boston to Allen E. Cates, October 16, 2001
  • Correspondence from Donald Frederick to Robert S. Perkins, October 15, 1974
  • U.S. Department of Labor: Memorandum of Informal Conference concerning Reginald G. Boston, June 5, 1975
  • Group Application for Active Service Determination and Veteran Status Eligibility for CAT / Air America Veterans, July 4, 2003. -
  • Group Application for Active Service Determination and Veteran Status Eligibility for CAT / Air America Veterans, July 4, 2003. -
  • Group Application for Active Service Determination and Veteran Status Eligibility for CAT / Air America Veterans, July 4, 2003. -
  • Group Application for Active Service Determination and Veteran Status Eligibility for CAT / Air America Veterans, July 4, 2003. -
  • Group Application for Active Service Determination and Veteran Status Eligibility for CAT / Air America Veterans, July 4, 2003. -
  • Various letters to and from James Johnston, the Executive Secretary of the DOD Civilian/Military Service Review Board of the Air Force
  • Correspondence with Martin Peterson, the Deputy Executive Director of the CIA
  • Correspondence with Paul Oelkrug, Curator of Special Collections, McDermott Library, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Correspondence with former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger regarding the group's application for veteran status dated March 16, 2004
  • A written document from Allen Cates titled "The Last Day" detailing the events in Saigon on April 1975 when Air America attempted to help refugees get to safety. The dates for these documents range from July 1969 to March 16, 2004.
  • Taxation of Air America Employees: Foreign Residence
  • Photocopy of Form 2555 Exemption of Income Earned Abroad filed by Allen Cates (31 Dec 1972) (original in Restricted Acces File)
  • Rebuttal to Dr. Richard I. Wolf for Reconsideration Request for Active Service Determination and Veteran Status Eligibility CAT/Air America, 6 June 2006
  • Box 4 Oversized
  • The Whiting Tower (Milton, Florida) May 13, 1966
  • Pacific Stars and Stripes (April 30, 1975)
  • Pacific Stars and Stripes (May 1, 1975)
  • Certificate promoting Cates to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant (June 16, 1962)
  • Certificate promoting Cates to the rank of 1st Lieutenant (December 16, 1963) (2 original copies)
  • Certificate from South Vietnam awarded to Cates (December 1, 1964)
  • Newspaper clipping
  • Folder N/A
  • Group Application for Active Service Determination and Veteran Status Eligibility CAT/Air America Veterans (September 1, 2004 Volume 5)
  • Correspondence between Allen Cates and DOD Civilian Service Review Board
  • CHECO Report: The Fall of Site 85
  • Operations Plan for Laos
  • United States Operations Mission to Laos-Air America Contract
  • Congressional Staff Report: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam
  • CHECO Report: Command and Control 1966-1968
  • CHECO Report: Air Operations in Northern Laos, 1 April- 1 November 1970
  • CHECO Report: Air Operations in Northern Laos, 1 April- 1 November 1971
  • CHECO Report: The Bolovens Campaign
  • Correspondence between Maj Richard Secord and Allen Cates
  • CHECO Report: U.S. Air Force Search and Rescue in Southeast Asia (1961-1966)
  • CHECO Report: U.S. Air Force Search and Rescue in Southeast Asia (1971-1972)
  • Website printout: The Loss of Specter 22
  • Correspondence and website printouts
  • Reconsideration Request for Active Service Determination and Veteran Status Eligibility: CAT/Air America (15 December 2005)
  • Reconsideration Request for Active Service Determination and Veteran Status Eligibility: CAT/Air America (13 February 2006)
  • Separation letter from Air America
  • Recommendation Letter from Willie Rogers
  • Recommendation Letter from Paul Velte, Air America
4
Photographs

VA000249 - VA000257
VA014456
VA024790 - VA024863
VA026123 - VA026138

Click here to view all Photographs
1
Maps

Six DOD Evasion Charts

Click here to view all Maps
4
Museum Objects

406museum0007: boxTwo pins and one 10 Dong Note
406museum0008: USMC pin
406museum0009: Pin
406museum0010: Dong notes

Click here to view all Museum Objects
3
Moving Images

406VI0406: Air America Interviews, Allen Cates, May 1999 (VHS)
406VI0407: Air America: The CIA's Secret Airline (VHS)
406VI0408: Birds of a Feather: Air America (VHS)

Click here to view all Moving Images

Pub Credit Line
4060000000, Allen Cates Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 06 Dec 2001 [Updated: 23 Mar 2017]