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Ronnie Lee Houston Collection (1296) Finding Aid

Item Number: 12960000000
 Collection

Scope and Contents

Military administration documents, certificates, periodicals, photographs, and artifacts document Ronnie Lee Houston's military training and service in the United States Air Force in Phu Cat, Republic of Vietnam, and Bitberg, Germany from 1967 - 1985. Military administrative documents include orders Houston received to report to training schools, military assignments, and his 1969 commissioning orders. Other documents include promotions, officer effectiveness reports, and a navigator school report card. Certificates in the collection document Houston's completion of several Air Force training programs in 1969 and 1970, his aeronautical rating of navigator in 1969, commendations such as the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Air Medals, and an Honorable Discharge in 1985. Photographs include images of Houston in Vietnam, an unidentified airplane cockpit identified as 'my office', photos from Houston's last flight in Vietnam, and a photograph of the 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron assembled on an F-4 Phantom fighter at Phu Cat, Vietnam, signed by the officers. Artifacts include a cotton flight suit worn by Houston, several patches worn on flight suits and other uniforms, A National Defense Service Medal, and a CPU-26/P Computer Air Navigation device.

Dates

  • 09 May 2007

Biographical / Historical

Ronnie Lee Houston served in the United States Air Force. His tour of duty in Vietnam lasted from January 15, 1970 through January 15, 1971. While in Vietnam he served in the 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron stationed at Phu Cat. His duties included weapons systems operator and navigator.

Language of Materials

English

Title
Finding Aid
Length (Linear Feet)
1.4
Pages
1
Location(s)
Individual Collections-H; Photograph Collection; Museum Objects; and Oversized D059.2
1
Photographs

9 photographs

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22
Museum Objects

Captain's bars
Velcro name badge.
37 TFW Cobras patch.
229 Missions patch.
Yankee Air Pirate patch.
Laotian Highway Patrol patch.
McDonnell Phantom II patch.
Embroidered wings badge.
Name badge: Houston.
US Air Forces in Europe patch.
Ronnie Houston patch.
36th Tactical Fighter Wing patch.
1000 Hours Phantom II patch.
Patch with a strutting tiger.
Tactical Air Command patch.
3535th Navigator Training Wing patch.
One pair of dogtags (Houston's).
CPU-26 / P Computer Air Navigation device.
National Defense Medal.
Cotton flight suit.
Combat boots.
53rd Tactical Fighter Sqaudron decal.

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1
Newspapers

Stars and Stripes Vol 31 Num 285 (January 28, 1973)

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1
Oral History

OH0344 Interview with Ronnie Lee Houston

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  • Box 1: [1] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D058.4 ]]
  • 1000: [1000] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks, D054.2 Individual Oversize Collection Box 14 [D054.2]]

Inventory

  • Military Administration Documents
  • Orders to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, to report for Officers Cadidate School (August 23, 1967)
  • Commissioning Orders in Air Force Reserve (October 27, 1967)
  • Discharge orders from the enlisted ranks
  • Houston's Commissioning Orders as a Reserve Officer (Second Lieutenant) in the US Air Force (November 17, 1967)
  • Orders to attend Undergraduate Navigation Training at Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento, California (May 28, 1968)
  • Orders to participate in aerial flights at Undergraduate Navigation Training at Mather Air Force Base, CA (July 1, 1968)
  • Orders awarding the aeronautical rating of Navigator (March 7, 1969)
  • Orders to Combat Crew Training at Davis - Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona (March 19, 1969)
  • Summary Record of Flight Training (Navigation School 'Report Card') (March 20, 1969)
  • Orders promoting Houston to First Lieutenant (May 17, 1969)
  • Orders to report to Aircrew Life Support Systems School at Homestead Air Force Base, FL, and to Phu Cat, Republic of Vietnam (November 17, 1969)
  • Photocopy of Houston's first Officer Effectiveness Report from Vietnam (December 4, 1969 through July 13, 1970) Original is in Restricted Access file
  • Photocopy of Houston's second Officer Effectiveness Report from Vietnam (July 14, 1970 through January 1, 1971) Original is in Restricted Access file
  • Photodopy of Orders to Bitberg, Germany, upon leaving Vietnam (November 26, 1970) Original is in Restricted Access file
  • Photocopy of Orders promoting Houston to Captain in the Air Force Reserve (December 26, 1972) Original is in Restricted Access file
  • February 1974 issue of AirScoop: USAF in Europe
  • Award and Citation Documents
  • Award Elements for the Air Medal for Captain Houston (April 10, 1971)
  • Photocopy of Special Order awarding the Distinguished Flying Cross for Houson (March 28, 1971) Originals in Resticted Access file
  • Letter of Commendation regarding Houston (April 29, 1970)
  • Letter of Commendation regarding Houston (April 10, 1970)
  • Outstanding Performance letter regarding Houston (April 29, 1970)
  • Letter of Commendation (May 2, 1970)
  • Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross presented to Houston (March 28, 1971)
  • Citation to accompany the award of Distinguished Flying Corss (First Oak Leaf Cluster) presented to Houston (2 copies - no date)
  • Photocopy of Special Order citing Houston as a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross (August 11, 1970) Original in Restricted Access file
  • Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross presented to Houston (August 11, 1970)
  • Citation to accompany the award of Distinguished Flying Cross (2 copies - no date)
  • Photocopy of Special Order citing Houston as a recipient of the Air Medal (March 31, 1970) Original in Restricted Access file
  • Award of Air Medal (First Oak Leaf Cluster) presented to Houston (June 16, 1970)
  • Citation to accompany the Award of Air Medal (First Oak Leaf Cluster) presented to Houston (2 copies - no date)
  • Certificate of Training certifying Houston completed Radar Academic Course F-4 (June 18, 1969)
  • Certificate of Training certifying Houston completed Aircrew Familiarization (F-4C) Course (June 27, 1969)
  • Certificate of Training certifying Houston completed PACAF Jungle Survival School (January 28, 1970)
  • Photocopy of Houston's Honorable Discharge certificate (December 14, 1985) Origianl in Restricted Access file
  • Instruction Tag forTropical, Mildew Resistant, Spike Protective Combat Boots
  • Oversize material
  • Certificate of Aeronautical Rating presented to Ronnie Lee Houston (March 29, 1969)
1
Photographs

9 photographs

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22
Museum Objects

Captain's bars
Velcro name badge.
37 TFW Cobras patch.
229 Missions patch.
Yankee Air Pirate patch.
Laotian Highway Patrol patch.
McDonnell Phantom II patch.
Embroidered wings badge.
Name badge: Houston.
US Air Forces in Europe patch.
Ronnie Houston patch.
36th Tactical Fighter Wing patch.
1000 Hours Phantom II patch.
Patch with a strutting tiger.
Tactical Air Command patch.
3535th Navigator Training Wing patch.
One pair of dogtags (Houston's).
CPU-26 / P Computer Air Navigation device.
National Defense Medal.
Cotton flight suit.
Combat boots.
53rd Tactical Fighter Sqaudron decal.

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1
Newspapers

Stars and Stripes Vol 31 Num 285 (January 28, 1973)

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1
Oral History

OH0344 Interview with Ronnie Lee Houston

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Pub Credit Line
12960000000, Ronnie Lee Houston Collection, The Vietnam Center and Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 09 May 2007 [Updated: 09 Oct 2019]