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Richard Crane Collection (1787) Finding Aid

Item Number: 17870000000
 Collection

Scope and Contents

Approximately one linear foot of audio cassettes document Richard Crane's perspectives on his tour of duty in Vietnam. All tapes were recorded during his tour, 1970-1971. Some tapes were recorded over by his wife, JoAnne.

Dates

  • 25 September 2006

Biographical / Historical

After training as a helicopter pilot, Warrant Officer Richard A. Crane went through the 90th Replacement Station in the Republic of Vietnam. His first assignment was with A Company 227th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division at Lai Khe, III Corps. In mid-December of 1970 he was transferred to Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division in Song Be, III Corps. He completed his tour in 1971.

A flight school buddy, Charlie Adams, was also a Warrant Officer helicopter pilot stationed at Song Be. The company commander was Major William E. Adams; after Crane left Vietnam, Major Adams was killed in combat and was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Title
Finding Aid
Length (Linear Feet)
1.0
Pages
1
Location(s)
Cold Storage Vault
52
Audio

1787AU2119 - 01 First Month, First Tape
1787AU2120 - 02 Napalm Sticks to Kids
1787AU2121 - 03 December 4th
1787AU2122 - 03 Fall '70 "We Don't Have any Targets" & Oct. 20 '70 "Medals for Nothing and Nothing for Something"
1787AU2123 - 05 Mid February
1787AU2124 - 06 War is Hell, Life's a Bitch, Nobody Said it was Going to be Easy
1787AU2125 - 07 UH1 Startup, 29 Days
1787AU2126 - 08 November 21st, 2 Dead VC
1787AU2127 - 09 First Blood
1787AU2128 - 10 Joanne
1787AU2129 - 11 11 December 1970
1787AU2130 - 12 25 September 1970
1787AU2131 - 13 Early December
1787AU2132 - 14 End of January, David Auth (Heroin)
1787AU2133 - 15 November 3rd Killer Hawkins, Gassing RLO's, Major Adams
1787AU2134 - 16 Flair Mission
1787AU2135 - 17 January 19, ARVN firefight, Song Be
1787AU2136 - 18 November 23rd
1787AU2137 - 19 February 17, Take Away the Danger and Vietnam is Boring
1787AU2138 - 20 February 23, Song Be
1787AU2139 - 21 February 4, Purple Heart
1787AU2140 - 22 November 14, smashing rotor blades
1787AU2141 - 23 November 7
1787AU2142 - 24 Flair Mission
1787AU2144 - 25 Major Sunstrum Leaving, Replaced by Major Adams
1787AU2145 - 26 First Day, 90th ReplacementStation, Cav Rear TOC
1787AU2146 - 27 March Stand down from Song Be, Mr. Crane Crank Time
1787AU2147 - 28 Third Month, Flew 10 hours, 5 Arc Lights
1787AU2148 - 29 6-21-91 Basic Training
1787AU2149 - 30 Personal August 15
1787AU2150 - 31 Steve Allen - I Left My Body
1787AU2151 - 32 No Title
1787AU2152 - 33 The Perfect Woman / Drunk Tape
1787AU2153 - 34 Hard Day at the Office
1787AU2154 - 35 Late Octrober 1970
1787AU2155 - 36 December 25
1787AU2156 - 37 Letters VN
1787AU2157 - 38 Letters
1787AU2158 - 39 January 28
1787AU2159 - 40 You Can Use My Saddle When You Come Home
1787AU2160 - 41 October 31st
1787AU2161 - 42 No Title
1787AU2162 - 43 No Title
1787AU2163 - 44 No Title
1787AU2164 - 45 No Title
1787AU2165 - 46 VN 46
1787AU2166 - 47 No Title
1787AU2167 - 48 The Wife
1787AU2168 - 49 Music
1787AU2169 - 50 No Title
1787AU2170 - 51 VN 51
1787AU2171 - 52 VN 50

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52
Audio

1787AU2119 - 01 First Month, First Tape
1787AU2120 - 02 Napalm Sticks to Kids
1787AU2121 - 03 December 4th
1787AU2122 - 03 Fall '70 "We Don't Have any Targets" & Oct. 20 '70 "Medals for Nothing and Nothing for Something"
1787AU2123 - 05 Mid February
1787AU2124 - 06 War is Hell, Life's a Bitch, Nobody Said it was Going to be Easy
1787AU2125 - 07 UH1 Startup, 29 Days
1787AU2126 - 08 November 21st, 2 Dead VC
1787AU2127 - 09 First Blood
1787AU2128 - 10 Joanne
1787AU2129 - 11 11 December 1970
1787AU2130 - 12 25 September 1970
1787AU2131 - 13 Early December
1787AU2132 - 14 End of January, David Auth (Heroin)
1787AU2133 - 15 November 3rd Killer Hawkins, Gassing RLO's, Major Adams
1787AU2134 - 16 Flair Mission
1787AU2135 - 17 January 19, ARVN firefight, Song Be
1787AU2136 - 18 November 23rd
1787AU2137 - 19 February 17, Take Away the Danger and Vietnam is Boring
1787AU2138 - 20 February 23, Song Be
1787AU2139 - 21 February 4, Purple Heart
1787AU2140 - 22 November 14, smashing rotor blades
1787AU2141 - 23 November 7
1787AU2142 - 24 Flair Mission
1787AU2144 - 25 Major Sunstrum Leaving, Replaced by Major Adams
1787AU2145 - 26 First Day, 90th ReplacementStation, Cav Rear TOC
1787AU2146 - 27 March Stand down from Song Be, Mr. Crane Crank Time
1787AU2147 - 28 Third Month, Flew 10 hours, 5 Arc Lights
1787AU2148 - 29 6-21-91 Basic Training
1787AU2149 - 30 Personal August 15
1787AU2150 - 31 Steve Allen - I Left My Body
1787AU2151 - 32 No Title
1787AU2152 - 33 The Perfect Woman / Drunk Tape
1787AU2153 - 34 Hard Day at the Office
1787AU2154 - 35 Late Octrober 1970
1787AU2155 - 36 December 25
1787AU2156 - 37 Letters VN
1787AU2157 - 38 Letters
1787AU2158 - 39 January 28
1787AU2159 - 40 You Can Use My Saddle When You Come Home
1787AU2160 - 41 October 31st
1787AU2161 - 42 No Title
1787AU2162 - 43 No Title
1787AU2163 - 44 No Title
1787AU2164 - 45 No Title
1787AU2165 - 46 VN 46
1787AU2166 - 47 No Title
1787AU2167 - 48 The Wife
1787AU2168 - 49 Music
1787AU2169 - 50 No Title
1787AU2170 - 51 VN 51
1787AU2171 - 52 VN 50

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Pub Credit Line
17870000000, Richard Crane Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 25 Sep 2006 [Updated: 05 Dec 2018]