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Jack L. Coan Collection (1872) Finding Aid

Item Number: 18720000000
 Collection

Scope and Contents

Less than one linear foot of photographs, a patch, Vietnamese currency, Chieu Hoi leaflets, military administrative documents, awards, articles, and flight records document Jack L. Coan's service in the Vietnam Conflict in the United States Navy with Helicopter Attack (Light) Squadron 3 Seawolves (HAL-3) in Vietnam, May 1970 - July 1971, and his involvement in post-war reunions. Materials date from both the war and post-war periods. Some photographs are in poor condition, with the bulk of the rest of the collection in good condition.

Dates

  • 30 January 2007

Biographical / Historical

Jack L. Coan was born in DeLeon, Texas. In June 1968 he joined the United States Navy and after completing Avionics Technical (AT) School in March 1970, Coan was assigned to VF-121 in Miramar, California. In October of that same year, Coan volunteered for service in Vietnam with Helicopter Attack (Light) Squadron 3 (HAL-3). Benefits for joining this squadron included increased tax-free pay and double credit for each year served, one year with HAL-3 counted for two years service of Sea Duty.

Coan's first station was at Binh Thuy, the home base for HAL-3 Seawolf, where he flew refurbished Army UH-1 Huey helicopters, known as the UH-1 Iroquois in the Navy. In January 1971 Coan was reassigned to Seawolf Detachment 1, stationed at Nam Can on the Cu Lon River. After his three year service, Coan was honorably discharged in July 1971.

Title
Finding Aid
Length (Linear Feet)
0.5
Pages
1
Location(s)
Individual Collections-C; Museum Objects; Photograph Collection; Cold Storage Vault
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Photographs

VA049617-VA049800 184 photographs of Jack Coan's service with HAL-3 and the reunions that he attended

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Museum Objects

1872museum2091 - Sealords Delta Taxi Service Inc. patch

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1
Moving Images

1872VI2359 - Jack Coan's service with HAL-3 Seawolves in Vietnam, May 1970 - July 1971 (8mm film)

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  • Box 1: [1] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D057.6 ]]

Inventory

  • Biographical note with information on Coan's film (1872VI2359)
  • Military ID cards including a liberty pass and a MACV payroll card (Some originals in Restricted Access due to personal information)
  • Military Payment Certificates (MPCs)
  • Helatkltrron-3 paper insignia
  • Photocopy of J. L. Coan patch
  • Vietnamese Dong currency notes
  • Chieu Hoi leaflets
  • Various certificates and award citations (Some originals in Restricted Access due to personal information)
  • Various reunion materials
  • Enlisted Flight Training and Operation Logs for Jack Coan, November 1970 - June 1971
1
Photographs

VA049617-VA049800 184 photographs of Jack Coan's service with HAL-3 and the reunions that he attended

Click here to view all Photographs
1
Museum Objects

1872museum2091 - Sealords Delta Taxi Service Inc. patch

Click here to view all Museum Objects
1
Moving Images

1872VI2359 - Jack Coan's service with HAL-3 Seawolves in Vietnam, May 1970 - July 1971 (8mm film)

Click here to view all Moving Images

Pub Credit Line
18720000000, Jack L. Coan Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 30 Jan 2007 [Updated: 23 Dec 2011]