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Ray A. Ernst Collection (1475) Finding Aid

Item Number: 14750000000
 Collection

Scope and Contents

Slides, photographs, correspondence, military administrative documents, certificates, newspaper clipping and artifacts that document Ray Ernst's tour of duty in the Philippines from 1960-1961, and Vietnam from 1965-1966.

Dates

  • 06 December 2004

Biographical / Historical

Ray Ernst was born on December 13, 1936 and enlisted in the Army in 1960. Private Ray Ernst served with the Starcom Station, Philippines IX Corps from 1961-1962. Following this time Ray Ernst was discharged to the Reserve Forces. Ray Ernst attended South Dakota University and ROTC between 1962 and 1965. Ernst was recalled to active duty on 31 March 1965, and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. Ernst graduated from Fort Benning's Infantry Officer Basic Course in July 1965. Ernst was assigned to the 1/28th 1st Infantry Division as a platoon leader at Fort Riley Kansas. During September the unit arrived in Vietnam. On 11 March 1966 Ernst was wounded in combat resulting in fractured fingers and a partial amputation of the right foot. Ernst retired from the U.S. Army Reserve on 21 March 1968. Ernst passed away on 16 July 1974 from unknown causes.
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Finding Aid
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Location(s)
D103.4C, D103.2D, Slide Collection, Museum Objects,
25
Photographs

VA038876-VA038881: Photographs of Ray Ernst when he was in the Philippines as an enlisted man in 1960-1961
VA038882: Photograph of "pinning ceremony" of Lt. Ray Ernst
VA038883-VA038902: Photographs of Lt. Ray Ernst in Vietnam during 1965 and 1966
VA038903-VA038906: Photographs of Ray Ernst following his return from Vietnam

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27
Slides

VAS031950 - VAS031976: Slides taken during Lt. Ray Ernst tour of duty from 1965-1966 with the First Infantry Division

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40
Museum Objects

1475museum1452: U.S. Army belt buckle
1475museum1453: Engraved "Ernst" name tag
1475museum1455: 2 name strips "Ernst"
1475museum1456: 2 16th Infantry pins
1475museum1457: Infantry branch of service pin
1475museum1458: Enlisted hat badge
1475museum1459: U.S collar insignia
1475museum1464: Marksman badge with rifle bar
1475museum1460: Combat Infantryman Badge
1475museum1461: 2nd Lt bar
1475museum1462: 1st LT bars (6)
1475museum1463: cloth embroided with 1st LT bar
1475museum1465: University of South Dakota ROTC distinctive unit insignia pins (2)
1475museum1466: 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division distinctive unit insignia (3)
1475museum1474: 28th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division patch (5)
1475museum1479: 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division distinctive unit insignia pin on green felt (2)
1475museum1475: 2nd Armored Division patch (2)
1475museum1476: 2nd Armored Division tab (Hell on Wheels)
1475museum1480: U.S. Army aggressor patch
1475museum1481: armband with aggressor patch
1475museum1467: Republic of Vietnam Service ribbon bar in packaging
1475museum1473: Republic of Vietnam Service ribbon bar
1475museum1468: U.S. Army Good Conduct Medal ribbon bar
1475museum1469: unidentified triangular object
1475museum1470: ribbon bar assembly consisting of Purple Heart and Good Conduct ribbons
1475museum1471: ribbon bar assembly consisting of Purple Heart, Good Conduct and Republic of Vietnam Service
1475museum1472: blank ribbon bar assembly
1475museum1477: pair U.S. Army chevrons
1475museum1478: orange chevron
1475museum1482: bracelet
1475museum1483: bracelet
1475museum1484: bracelet
1475museum1485: necklace
1475museum1486: U.S. Army garrison cap (2nd LT. bar)
1475museum1487: U.S. Army officer hat
1475museum1488: U.S. Army ROTC hat
1475museum1489: U.S. Flag
1475museum1490: Jesus First pin
1475museum1451: fork like object
1475museum1454: Plastic bullet replica

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  • Box 1: [1] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D103.4C ]]
  • Box 2 (oversize): [2 (oversize)] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D103.2D ]]

Inventory

  • Folder N/A
  • Correspondence
  • Letters from Ray Ernst to his parents (Sept. 1965-March 1966)
  • Letters from Ray Ernst to Mr. and Mrs. Tillery (October 1965-March 1966)
  • Assorted Correspondence
  • Folder Sub-Series - Military Documents
  • Administrative Documents
  • Medical Information
  • Folder Sub-Series - Other Materials
  • Newspaper Clippings
  • Identification cards and notebooks
  • Assorted materials
  • Box 2 (oversize)
  • Oversized newspaper clippings and documents
25
Photographs

VA038876-VA038881: Photographs of Ray Ernst when he was in the Philippines as an enlisted man in 1960-1961
VA038882: Photograph of "pinning ceremony" of Lt. Ray Ernst
VA038883-VA038902: Photographs of Lt. Ray Ernst in Vietnam during 1965 and 1966
VA038903-VA038906: Photographs of Ray Ernst following his return from Vietnam

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27
Slides

VAS031950 - VAS031976: Slides taken during Lt. Ray Ernst tour of duty from 1965-1966 with the First Infantry Division

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40
Museum Objects

1475museum1452: U.S. Army belt buckle
1475museum1453: Engraved "Ernst" name tag
1475museum1455: 2 name strips "Ernst"
1475museum1456: 2 16th Infantry pins
1475museum1457: Infantry branch of service pin
1475museum1458: Enlisted hat badge
1475museum1459: U.S collar insignia
1475museum1464: Marksman badge with rifle bar
1475museum1460: Combat Infantryman Badge
1475museum1461: 2nd Lt bar
1475museum1462: 1st LT bars (6)
1475museum1463: cloth embroided with 1st LT bar
1475museum1465: University of South Dakota ROTC distinctive unit insignia pins (2)
1475museum1466: 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division distinctive unit insignia (3)
1475museum1474: 28th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division patch (5)
1475museum1479: 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division distinctive unit insignia pin on green felt (2)
1475museum1475: 2nd Armored Division patch (2)
1475museum1476: 2nd Armored Division tab (Hell on Wheels)
1475museum1480: U.S. Army aggressor patch
1475museum1481: armband with aggressor patch
1475museum1467: Republic of Vietnam Service ribbon bar in packaging
1475museum1473: Republic of Vietnam Service ribbon bar
1475museum1468: U.S. Army Good Conduct Medal ribbon bar
1475museum1469: unidentified triangular object
1475museum1470: ribbon bar assembly consisting of Purple Heart and Good Conduct ribbons
1475museum1471: ribbon bar assembly consisting of Purple Heart, Good Conduct and Republic of Vietnam Service
1475museum1472: blank ribbon bar assembly
1475museum1477: pair U.S. Army chevrons
1475museum1478: orange chevron
1475museum1482: bracelet
1475museum1483: bracelet
1475museum1484: bracelet
1475museum1485: necklace
1475museum1486: U.S. Army garrison cap (2nd LT. bar)
1475museum1487: U.S. Army officer hat
1475museum1488: U.S. Army ROTC hat
1475museum1489: U.S. Flag
1475museum1490: Jesus First pin
1475museum1451: fork like object
1475museum1454: Plastic bullet replica

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Pub Credit Line
14750000000, Ray A. Ernst Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 06 Dec 2004 [Updated: 01 Jun 2017]