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Roy E. Moffett Collection (1964) Finding Aid

Item Number: 19640000000
 Collection

Scope and Contents

Slides and photographs document Roy E. Moffett's service in the United States Armed forces and Intelligence Service in Southeast Asia in the 1950s and 1960s. The collection also includes a 1959 Congressional Report on USAID Operations in Laos and a MAAG Laos shoulder patch.

The collection also includes approximately half a linear foot of documents and photographs documenting Roy Moffett's service in Vientiane and Pakse. The photographs largely depict the training of local soldiers by Moffett and members of the U.S. Military Assistance Advisory Group. The documents include event invitations; clippings; Laotian vehicle registration form; articles; certificates; notification of personnel action; correspondence; USAID travel forms; proposal to support General Phasouk in the fight against the Pathet Lao; expansion possibilities in the IV MR; and a paper outlining work being done in the IV MR of Laos. The materials are dated 1959-1965 and 1970.

Dates

  • 1950 to 1970

Biographical / Historical

Roy Moffett was born in 1920 in May, Texas. He volunteered for the US Marines in 1942 and served for 38 years. Mr. Moffett served 8 years in Southeast Asia with USOM, USAID PEO, and MAAG Laos.He was an advisor to the Laotian Army, the Officer in Charge in Vientiane, Laos, an Assistant Training Officer for USMAAG in Laos, and as a Co-ordinator between US Government Agencies and the Laotian Offical Agencies. He was stationed in Vientiane, Laos from 1957-1960 and in Pakse, Laos from 1962-1965. Mr. Moffett held the ranks of Major from 1957-1960, Lt. Colonel 1960-1962, and Colonel from 1962-1966. Mr. Moffett retired as a Colonel.
Title
Roy E. Moffett Collection (1964) Finding Aid
Date
2008-07-22
Length (Linear Feet)
2
Location(s)
Slide Collection; Photograph Collection; Individual Collections M; Museum Objects
883
Photographs

34 photographs

14 photographs – Katay funeral (October 1959); b&w; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

67 photographs, 1 b&w negative strip – an unidentified building under guard; hootches; local soldiers; marketplaces and vendors; aerial views; men boarding aircraft; street scenes (March 1961); b&w; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

59 photographs, 3 b&w negative strips – Vientiane (e.g. U.S. embassy, U.S. military attaché building, Foreign Ministry building, main street by Hotel Constellation, markets, Lao War Memorial under construction, National Assembly Building, Ministry of National Defense buildings, St. Mary’s School, General Phoumi’s residence, Somboun Hotel, Lycee Pavie, Salle des Fetes, the Royal Residence); Eckarath’s funeral and cremation (e.g. Prime Minister Boun Oum reading eulogy, bonzes in attendance); Buddha statue; Wattag Bar; community scenes (e.g. buses, a Lao family having a picnic); local soldiers at Vong Vieng (1961); b&w, color; various sizes

11 photographs – Roger’s School graduation (September 1960): the graduation class with Roy and Captain Khamdy; the Lao Internal Security School, Vientiane; Mr. Parsons presenting a diploma to one of the students; Roy, Khamdy, and Souly Van with students; reception after graduation ceremony; the graduation class with Captain Souly Van, Roy, and Captain Sananikone; b&w; 4 x 5 inches

17 b&w negative strips, 1 proofing sheet – dignitaries arriving at an airport; a game of soccer; soldiers working in an office; a dock; Vientiane; aerial views; water buffalo; airfield; soldiers’ club; soldier’s residence

5 b&w negative strips – street scenes; dock; marketplace

6 photographs – villagers working in the field; Eckarath’s funeral; wealthy Lao residence near U.S. embassy; b&w; 2.75 x 3.5 inches

6 photographs – Laotian villagers; airplane in flight; Laotian men at a camp; b&w; 5 x 7 inches

3 photographs – American ambassador to Laos Horace Smith; b&w; 8 x 10 inches

37 photographs – photos from Laos: airfield; residences; villages; street scenes; Laotian people; Pakse; harbor; military camp; helicopters and airplanes; Laotian militia; aerial views (e.g. Paksong; FAR outpost and Ban Houi Set/Kha Loven, home to 480th Construction Battalion and 41st Engineer Company; Paksong USAID supported cooperative in the Kha Loven area; Ban Thateng; Ban Nong Seung); b&w; various sizes

43 photographs, 1 b&w negative, 1 color transparency – photos of areas and people in IV military region of Laos: dock; military camp; parachutists; beach; villages; aerial views (e.g. Ban Tayune; Houei Deng; Ban Lak Ha; Phou Kan Toun); huts; musical performance; landscapes (e.g. Boloven Plateau); shooting range; Laotian people; military vehicles; Laotian soldiers; airplanes; b&w; various sizes

1 color transparency, 3 proofing sheets, 4 b&w negative strips, 7 color negative strips – photos from Laos: Pakse at confluence of Mekong and Sedone; mountains; Ambassador to Laos at a campsite and riding an elephant; airfield; helicopters

32 photographs, 6 proofing sheets – recruiting Kha in Laos IV MR: Kha soldiers; villages; airfield; shooting range; military camp; officer club; aerial views; ceremony; Ambassador to Laos riding an elephant; b&w; 4 x 6 inches, 5 x 7 inches, 8 x 10 inches

40 photographs – recruiting efforts in Laos: Laotian soldiers; military camp; training classes; parachutists; soldiers’ quarters; harbor; military ceremony; military vehicles; supplies; performance; crossing a bridge; Roy Moffett with William Sullivan (U.S. Ambassador to Laos), Charlie Man (Head of USAID Laos), and John McQueen (Head of USOM program in Pakse, Laos); b&w; 3.5 x 5.5 inches, 5 x 7 inches, 8 x 10 inches

12 photographs – photos from Laos: street scenes; villages; farming; residences; soccer match; Laotian woman in traditional dress; b&w; 4 x 6 inches, 5 x 7 inches

16 color transparencies, 9 b&w negatives, 5 color negative strips, 10 b&w negative strips, 1 photograph – photos from Laos: airfield at training site near Nong Met; C-46 making airdrop at Houer Kong airstrip; Laotian soldiers (e.g. in a transport plane); Kha guerrillas training on 57mm recoilless near Nong Met; Boun Oum talk to K-6 at training camp at Lattasasine; Boun Oum and Chao Khoueng arriving for recruitment of K-8 at Ban Tayune; loading supplies; Nai Kong Moun talks to K-1 with K-1 CO Doak; Special Forces base camp near Lattasasine; two Kha sergeants with stripes; Kha girls sell delicacies to members of K-1 in Houer Kong; portraits of unidentified people; basketball game; 7th Psyop base; Laotian civilians; dance performance; R&R by the beach; family life

65 photographs – photos from Laos: villages; residences; aerial views; airfield; shooting range; Laotian soldiers; b&w; 3.5 x 5 inches, 5 x 7 inches

19 photographs – photos from Laos: landscapes; aerial views; an airplane; b&w; 5 x 7 inches

33 photographs – airfield; Laotian soldiers training; aerial views; ceremony; jungle; street scenes; villages; dance performance; supplies; Hotel Hue Ly; b&w; various sizes

70 photographs – photos from Laos: residences; landscapes; aerial views; military camp; shooting range; street scenes; villagers; parties; Pakse and Vientiane; USOM’s guest house; Laotian people by a lake; Laotian soldiers (including officers); dock; train station; river; wildlife (e.g. deer, monkey, bird, elephants); helicopters; people by the pool; military ceremony; children; school in Vientiane; Kao training class; receiving supplies; Buddha statue; b&w; various sizes

50 photographs – KM-59 Demobilization Project (March 13, 1963): setting up tents; store inside camp; dispensary; hand milling coffee machine at Kha village; Coudoux plantation house; Kha villagers constructing a hut; work company billets; work units playing games; rationing buffalo meat; poster showing Royal Laotian Government officials; airfield; supplies; bridge marking the boundary between Saravane and Sedone Provinces; Coudoux truck farms on Thateng Road; construction of mess hall at Camp #1; FAR engineers working on bridge; chicken pens; garden built under direction of Harold Voelkner of IVS Pakse; b&w; 4 x 5 inches

68 photographs – photos from Laos: military camp; Laotian soldiers training; camp kitchen; helicopters; pipe ceremony; women and children (e.g. in a river); shooting range; b&w; 4 x 6 inches, 5 x 6.5 inches

11 photographs – aerial views: tea plantation, Nong Lom Coop, Nong Luan, Ban Lak Ha; b&w; 5 x 7 inches

32 photographs, 9 b&w negative strips – photos from Laos: women and children; medcap at Xuan Long; parties; people by the pool; USOM check point; airfield; people exiting a plane; villages; b&w; various sizes

66 photographs – photos from Laos: pipe ceremony; women and children (e.g. in a river); military camp; shooting range; Laotian soldiers training; camp kitchen; helicopters; villages; b&w; 2.5 x 3.5 inches, 4 x 6 inches

5 b&w negative rolls – aerial views; military base; shooting range; residences; Laotian soldiers training

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1401
Slides

VAS045870-VAS047269

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1
Museum Objects

1964museum3267 - MAAG LAOS shoulder patch

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  • Box 1: [1] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D058.6 ]]

Inventory

  • Outlines for stories by Roy Moffett
  • Congressional Report on USAID Operations in Laos
  • A proposal to support General Phasouk; a list of expansion possibilities in Laos IV MR; a paper outlining work being done in Laos IV MR; clippings; event invitation; vehicle registration form (1959-1960, 1965)
  • Personal - Roy Sr. - essays; certificates; notification of personnel action; correspondence; USAID travel forms; commendations (1959-1962, 1964-1966, 1970)
883
Photographs

34 photographs

14 photographs – Katay funeral (October 1959); b&w; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

67 photographs, 1 b&w negative strip – an unidentified building under guard; hootches; local soldiers; marketplaces and vendors; aerial views; men boarding aircraft; street scenes (March 1961); b&w; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

59 photographs, 3 b&w negative strips – Vientiane (e.g. U.S. embassy, U.S. military attaché building, Foreign Ministry building, main street by Hotel Constellation, markets, Lao War Memorial under construction, National Assembly Building, Ministry of National Defense buildings, St. Mary’s School, General Phoumi’s residence, Somboun Hotel, Lycee Pavie, Salle des Fetes, the Royal Residence); Eckarath’s funeral and cremation (e.g. Prime Minister Boun Oum reading eulogy, bonzes in attendance); Buddha statue; Wattag Bar; community scenes (e.g. buses, a Lao family having a picnic); local soldiers at Vong Vieng (1961); b&w, color; various sizes

11 photographs – Roger’s School graduation (September 1960): the graduation class with Roy and Captain Khamdy; the Lao Internal Security School, Vientiane; Mr. Parsons presenting a diploma to one of the students; Roy, Khamdy, and Souly Van with students; reception after graduation ceremony; the graduation class with Captain Souly Van, Roy, and Captain Sananikone; b&w; 4 x 5 inches

17 b&w negative strips, 1 proofing sheet – dignitaries arriving at an airport; a game of soccer; soldiers working in an office; a dock; Vientiane; aerial views; water buffalo; airfield; soldiers’ club; soldier’s residence

5 b&w negative strips – street scenes; dock; marketplace

6 photographs – villagers working in the field; Eckarath’s funeral; wealthy Lao residence near U.S. embassy; b&w; 2.75 x 3.5 inches

6 photographs – Laotian villagers; airplane in flight; Laotian men at a camp; b&w; 5 x 7 inches

3 photographs – American ambassador to Laos Horace Smith; b&w; 8 x 10 inches

37 photographs – photos from Laos: airfield; residences; villages; street scenes; Laotian people; Pakse; harbor; military camp; helicopters and airplanes; Laotian militia; aerial views (e.g. Paksong; FAR outpost and Ban Houi Set/Kha Loven, home to 480th Construction Battalion and 41st Engineer Company; Paksong USAID supported cooperative in the Kha Loven area; Ban Thateng; Ban Nong Seung); b&w; various sizes

43 photographs, 1 b&w negative, 1 color transparency – photos of areas and people in IV military region of Laos: dock; military camp; parachutists; beach; villages; aerial views (e.g. Ban Tayune; Houei Deng; Ban Lak Ha; Phou Kan Toun); huts; musical performance; landscapes (e.g. Boloven Plateau); shooting range; Laotian people; military vehicles; Laotian soldiers; airplanes; b&w; various sizes

1 color transparency, 3 proofing sheets, 4 b&w negative strips, 7 color negative strips – photos from Laos: Pakse at confluence of Mekong and Sedone; mountains; Ambassador to Laos at a campsite and riding an elephant; airfield; helicopters

32 photographs, 6 proofing sheets – recruiting Kha in Laos IV MR: Kha soldiers; villages; airfield; shooting range; military camp; officer club; aerial views; ceremony; Ambassador to Laos riding an elephant; b&w; 4 x 6 inches, 5 x 7 inches, 8 x 10 inches

40 photographs – recruiting efforts in Laos: Laotian soldiers; military camp; training classes; parachutists; soldiers’ quarters; harbor; military ceremony; military vehicles; supplies; performance; crossing a bridge; Roy Moffett with William Sullivan (U.S. Ambassador to Laos), Charlie Man (Head of USAID Laos), and John McQueen (Head of USOM program in Pakse, Laos); b&w; 3.5 x 5.5 inches, 5 x 7 inches, 8 x 10 inches

12 photographs – photos from Laos: street scenes; villages; farming; residences; soccer match; Laotian woman in traditional dress; b&w; 4 x 6 inches, 5 x 7 inches

16 color transparencies, 9 b&w negatives, 5 color negative strips, 10 b&w negative strips, 1 photograph – photos from Laos: airfield at training site near Nong Met; C-46 making airdrop at Houer Kong airstrip; Laotian soldiers (e.g. in a transport plane); Kha guerrillas training on 57mm recoilless near Nong Met; Boun Oum talk to K-6 at training camp at Lattasasine; Boun Oum and Chao Khoueng arriving for recruitment of K-8 at Ban Tayune; loading supplies; Nai Kong Moun talks to K-1 with K-1 CO Doak; Special Forces base camp near Lattasasine; two Kha sergeants with stripes; Kha girls sell delicacies to members of K-1 in Houer Kong; portraits of unidentified people; basketball game; 7th Psyop base; Laotian civilians; dance performance; R&R by the beach; family life

65 photographs – photos from Laos: villages; residences; aerial views; airfield; shooting range; Laotian soldiers; b&w; 3.5 x 5 inches, 5 x 7 inches

19 photographs – photos from Laos: landscapes; aerial views; an airplane; b&w; 5 x 7 inches

33 photographs – airfield; Laotian soldiers training; aerial views; ceremony; jungle; street scenes; villages; dance performance; supplies; Hotel Hue Ly; b&w; various sizes

70 photographs – photos from Laos: residences; landscapes; aerial views; military camp; shooting range; street scenes; villagers; parties; Pakse and Vientiane; USOM’s guest house; Laotian people by a lake; Laotian soldiers (including officers); dock; train station; river; wildlife (e.g. deer, monkey, bird, elephants); helicopters; people by the pool; military ceremony; children; school in Vientiane; Kao training class; receiving supplies; Buddha statue; b&w; various sizes

50 photographs – KM-59 Demobilization Project (March 13, 1963): setting up tents; store inside camp; dispensary; hand milling coffee machine at Kha village; Coudoux plantation house; Kha villagers constructing a hut; work company billets; work units playing games; rationing buffalo meat; poster showing Royal Laotian Government officials; airfield; supplies; bridge marking the boundary between Saravane and Sedone Provinces; Coudoux truck farms on Thateng Road; construction of mess hall at Camp #1; FAR engineers working on bridge; chicken pens; garden built under direction of Harold Voelkner of IVS Pakse; b&w; 4 x 5 inches

68 photographs – photos from Laos: military camp; Laotian soldiers training; camp kitchen; helicopters; pipe ceremony; women and children (e.g. in a river); shooting range; b&w; 4 x 6 inches, 5 x 6.5 inches

11 photographs – aerial views: tea plantation, Nong Lom Coop, Nong Luan, Ban Lak Ha; b&w; 5 x 7 inches

32 photographs, 9 b&w negative strips – photos from Laos: women and children; medcap at Xuan Long; parties; people by the pool; USOM check point; airfield; people exiting a plane; villages; b&w; various sizes

66 photographs – photos from Laos: pipe ceremony; women and children (e.g. in a river); military camp; shooting range; Laotian soldiers training; camp kitchen; helicopters; villages; b&w; 2.5 x 3.5 inches, 4 x 6 inches

5 b&w negative rolls – aerial views; military base; shooting range; residences; Laotian soldiers training

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1401
Slides

VAS045870-VAS047269

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1
Museum Objects

1964museum3267 - MAAG LAOS shoulder patch

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Pub Credit Line
19640000000, Roy E. Moffett Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 22 Jul 2008 [Updated: 28 Jun 2018]