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Richard L. Cobb Collection (2167) Finding Aid

Item Number: 21670000000

Scope and Contents

Viet Cong warning for the U.S. Special Forces camp at Duc Hua (Duc Hue) written on rice paper in Vietnamese and English, a signed picture from a magazine of Martha Raye, and an official document and certificate for the award of the Vietnamese Airborne Wings document Richard L. Cobb's service with U.S. Special Force Detachment 351 in Vietnam.


  • 10 December 2008

Biographical / Historical

Richard L. Cobb was born in 1942 in Kansas and he volunteered for Officer Candidate School in 1964. He was in the 5th US Army Special Forces Group (Airborne) and served for a total of 11+ years with 2.5 being in Southeast Asia. During his service, Cobb was assigned to various training units, the 32 Corps Headquarters, and the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). In the 5th Cobb acted as SF 'B' Team Intelligence Officer and SF 'A' Team Camp Commander. While at Recondo School (SF Training) he was a Supply Officer and an Operations Officer. He maintained the rank of Captain throughout his tour in Southeast Asia. Cobb was involved in five different campaigns to include the Tet Offensive in 1968. Throughout his duration in the service, he also received a number of awards and citations to include: the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with 'V' device for valor, the Bronze Star with 'V' device for valor, Soldiers Medal (also for valor), the 5th Special Forces Group Unit Citation for Valor, Republic of Vietnam (RVN) Unit Citation for Valor, and finally the Combat Infantryman's Badge. Upon discharge, Cobb had achieved the rank of Major. He currently belongs to the Military Officers Association of America. After his departure from military, Richard Cobb worked as the State of Texas Veterans Commission Service Officer and then also worked for General Motors in Management.
Finding Aid
Length (Linear Feet)
Individual Collection-C, Oversized Collection
  • Box 1: [1] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D057.6 ]]
  • Box 1000 : [1000 ] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, [Oversized Collection - C ]]


  • List of US Special Forces being awarded the Vietnamese Airborne Wings
  • 1 picture of actress Martha Raye and a Story titled "Bronze Age Medic" by SP4 John Judy
  • A written warning (hit note) requesting the capture of the Cobb and a rough English translation (original is written in Vietnamese)
  • Certificate for the Vietnamese Airborne Wings

Pub Credit Line
21670000000, Richard L. Cobb Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 10 Dec 2008 [Updated: 29 Jan 2016]