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David Petteys Collection (1406) Finding Aid

Item Number: 14060000000
 Collection

Scope and Contents

Slides, letters home, book manuscript (written by David Petteys), Life Magazines, and Military publications such as The Observer, Sea Tiger and Pacific Stars and stripes documenting Captain David Petteys tour of duty in Vietnam as a Marine helicopter pilot from August 1966 to September 1967.

Dates

  • 24 August 2004

Biographical / Historical

David Petteys enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1962 with the hopes of becoming a pilot and arrived at Quantico, VA where he was to attend Officer Candidate School. Following OCS at Quantico Petteys attended preflight training at Pensacola, Florida. In August 1964, Petteys is assigned to HMM 363 in Santa Ana, CA flying helicopters. During the summer of 1965 Petteys is attached to HMM 165, a newly constituted H-46 squadron in California, preparing for deployment to Vietnam. The advance party of HMM 165 arrives at Ky Ha, Vietnam in August of 1966, to prepare for the arrival of the rest of the men and helicopters. From August 1965 Petteys flies missions in a variety of helicopters participating in troop lifts, recon, med evacs, resupply and troop support missions. Petteys returns to the United States from Vietnam in September 1967 after flying for a year in Vietnam and receiving the following commendations: Silver Star Distinguished Flying Cross and 28 Air Medals.
Title
Finding Aid
Length (Linear Feet)
1.5
Pages
1
Location(s)
D100.4A; D097.2
1
Photographs

VA037091: Viet Cong killed in action at Khe Sanh 1966

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24
Slides

VAS024961 - VAS025610
40 slides Predeployment
19 slides August/September 1966
19 slides September/October 1966
19 slides October 1966
35 slides October/November 1966
40 slides November 1966
20 slides November/December 1966
20 slides December 1966/January 1967
23 slides January 1967
19 slides January/February 1967
18 slides February/March 1967
20 slides March 1967
20 slides March/April 1967
19 slides April 1967
42 slides May 1967
40 slides June 1967
17 slides June/July 1967
39 slides July 1967
17 slides July/August 1967
20 slides August 1967
19 slides August/September 1967
20 slides September 1967
66 slides Miscellaneous

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3
Serials

Life Magazine 16 April 1965 With a Brave Crew in a Deadly Fight
Life Magazine 7 February 1969 Bucher of the Pueblo: The Cruel Dilemmas of Duty
Life Magazine 14 March 1969

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  • Box 1: [1] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D100.4 ]]
  • Box 2: [2] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D097.2A (oversize) ]]

Inventory

  • Folder N/A
  • Correspondence
  • Correspondence (31 August 1966-30 September 1966)
  • Correspondence (October 1966)
  • Correspondence (November 1966)
  • Correspondence (December 1966)
  • Correspondence (January 1967)
  • Correspondence (February 1967)
  • Correspondence (March 1967)
  • Correspondence (April 1967)
  • Correspondence (May 1967)
  • Correspondence (June 1967)
  • Correspondence (July 1967)
  • Correspondence (August-September 1967)
  • Diary
  • Manuscript Marine Helo by David Petteys
  • Manuscript-Marine Helo (Preface)
  • Manuscript-Marine Helo (Chapters 1-8)
  • Manuscript-Marine Helo (Chapters 14-18)
  • Manuscript-Marine Helo (Chapters 17-22)
  • Manuscript-Marine Helo (Chapters 1-10)
  • Manuscript-Marine Helo (Chapters 11-19)
  • Manuscript-Marine Helo (Chapters 20-23)
  • Manuscript-Marine Helo (Chapters 24-26)
  • Manuscript-Marine Helo (Chapters 27-end)
  • Magazine Phu Nu Dien Dan
  • Newsletters Marble Mountain Surf and Sand (Published weekly by Marine Aircraft group 16)
  • Newspaper clippings -
  • Assorted materials
  • Folder N/A
  • Magazine Articles
  • The Sunday Times: The Magazine article Vietnam: 20 Years on: How the war shaped a generation
  • magazine article A Farewell to Arms
  • Folder Sub-Series - Newspapers
  • III, Marine Amphibious Force Sea Tiger (5 October 1966)
  • III, Marine Amphibious Force Sea Tiger (12 October 1966)
  • III, Marine Amphibious Force Sea Tiger (21 October 1966)
  • III, Marine Amphibious Force Sea Tiger (28 October 1966)
  • III, Marine Amphibious Force Sea Tiger (2 November 1966)
  • III, Marine Amphibious Force Sea Tiger (30 November 1966)
  • III, Marine Amphibious Force Sea Tiger (14 December 1966)
  • III, Marine Amphibious Force Sea Tiger (21 December 1966)
  • III, Marine Amphibious Force Sea Tiger (28 December 1966)
  • III, Marine Amphibious Force Sea Tiger (4 January 1967)
  • III, Marine Amphibious Force Sea Tiger (18 January 1967)
  • III, Marine Amphibious Force Sea Tiger (25 January 1967)
  • III, Marine Amphibious Force Sea Tiger (1 February 1967)
  • III, Marine Amphibious Force Sea Tiger (8 February 1967)
  • III, Marine Amphibious Force Sea Tiger (15 February 1967)
  • III, Marine Amphibious Force Sea Tiger (22 February 1967)
  • III, Marine Amphibious Force Sea Tiger (1 March 1967)
  • III, Marine Amphibious Force Sea Tiger (8 March 1967) (2 copies)
  • III, Marine Amphibious Force Sea Tiger (22 March 1967)
  • III, Marine Amphibious Force Sea Tiger (5 April 1967)
  • III, Marine Amphibious Force Sea Tiger (12 April 1967)
  • III, Marine Amphibious Force Sea Tiger (21 April 1967)
  • III, Marine Amphibious Force Sea Tiger (12 May 1967)
  • III, Marine Amphibious Force Sea Tiger (19 May 1967)
  • III, Marine Amphibious Force Sea Tiger (16 June 1967)
  • III, Marine Amphibious Force Sea Tiger (30 June 1967)
  • III, Marine Amphibious Force Sea Tiger (11 August 1967)
  • The Observer (31 October 1966)
  • The Observer (20 February 1967)
  • The Observer (6 March 1967)
  • The Observer (27 March 1967)
  • The Observer (24 May 1967)
  • Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, CA Flight Jacket (8 January 1965)
  • Pacific Stars and Stripes (26 March 1967)
  • Iowas State Daily (16 March 1967)
  • The San Diego Union Parade section (6 April 1969)
  • Ames Daily Tribune (16 March 1967)
  • Denver Post Special Report: Revisiting the Ho Chi Minh Trail (27 November 1994)
1
Photographs

VA037091: Viet Cong killed in action at Khe Sanh 1966

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24
Slides

VAS024961 - VAS025610
40 slides Predeployment
19 slides August/September 1966
19 slides September/October 1966
19 slides October 1966
35 slides October/November 1966
40 slides November 1966
20 slides November/December 1966
20 slides December 1966/January 1967
23 slides January 1967
19 slides January/February 1967
18 slides February/March 1967
20 slides March 1967
20 slides March/April 1967
19 slides April 1967
42 slides May 1967
40 slides June 1967
17 slides June/July 1967
39 slides July 1967
17 slides July/August 1967
20 slides August 1967
19 slides August/September 1967
20 slides September 1967
66 slides Miscellaneous

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3
Serials

Life Magazine 16 April 1965 With a Brave Crew in a Deadly Fight
Life Magazine 7 February 1969 Bucher of the Pueblo: The Cruel Dilemmas of Duty
Life Magazine 14 March 1969

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Pub Credit Line
14060000000, David Petteys Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 24 Aug 2004 [Updated: 02 Mar 2011]