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Edgar R. McCoin Collection (2229) Finding Aid

Item Number: 22290000000
 Collection

Scope and Contents

Approximately one half of a linear foot of artifacts, photographs, field manuals, and military administrative documents illustrate Edgar R. McCoin's life and in particular, his service in Vietnam in 1971 with the 45th Military Intelligence Company, 519th Military Intelligence Battalion, 525th Military intelligence Group while assigned to Combined Intelligence Center, Vietnam.

Dates

  • 14 December 2009

Biographical / Historical

Edgar R. McCoin was commissioned in the United States Army through ROTC after graduating from Tennessee Tech University in December 1969. He attended Signal Basic School at Fort Gordon, Georgia; Defense Language Institute at Fort Bliss, Texas; and Intelligence School at Fort Holabird, Maryland. He served in Vietnam in 1971 with the 45th Military Intelligence Company, 519th Military Intelligence Battalion, 525th Military intelligence Group while assigned to Combined Intelligence Center, Vietnam. His title while working there was Chief, Guerrilla/Recruitment Team. At the conclusion of his tour of duty in Vietnam, McCoin was released from active duty in the U.S. Army with the rank of First Lieutenant.
Title
Finding Aid
Length (Linear Feet)
2.5
Pages
1
Location(s)
D103.4E, Photograph Collection, Cold Storage Vault, Musuem Objects, Library
3
Books

The Military Intelligence Story : A Photographic History, by John P. Finnegan, 2nd Edition
Mrs. Lieutenant, by Mary Preston Gross, 1968
Vietnam Studies: The Role of Military Intelligence, 1965-1967, by Major General Joseph A. McChristian, 1974

6
Photographs

VA057028-VA057031: Joint Service Commendation Medal Ceremony
VA056516-VA056575: McCoin's experiences in Vietnam
VA057093-VA057127: Family photos
VA057028-VA057092:photographs that documents Edgar R. McCoin's service in Vietnam from 1969-1971
VAN016315-VAN016386: negatives that document Edgar R. McCoin's service in Vietnam from 1969-1971
VA059213-VA059223: 11 Photographs of creating the plaque for Tennessee Tech University ROTC Memorial

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19
Museum Objects

2229museum3421: Summer Khaki Uniform (Shirt and pants) with belt, 1LT Bar, Military Intelligence Pin, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, Name tag, Joint Service Commendation Ribbon Bar, National Defense Ribbon Bar, Republic of Vietnam Service Bar with two Bronze Service Stars, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with 1960 Device
2229museum3422: Garrison Cap with First Lietenant Bar
2229museum3423: Tennessee State Flag, 1971 (see documents, folder 5 for story)
2229museum3424: Second Lieutenant MI Shoulder Strap Insignia
2229museum3425: Dog Tags
2229museum3426: Ear Plugs
2229museum3427: ROTC Hat Brass pin, TN Tech University
2229museum3428: Tennessee Tech University Crest pin
2229museum3429: Defense Language Institute DIL Pin, (received 1970, 32 week course in Vietnamese language)
2229museum3430: Military Intelligence Corps Pin
2229museum3431: 519th Military Intelligence Batallion Crest, Pin, (Recieved 1971 Vietnam)
2229museum3432: Infantry Pin
2229museum3433: Military Police Pin
2229museum3434: Military Intelligence Pin
2229museum3476: M7 bayonet, with M8A1 scabbard for use with the M-16A1 Rifle
2229museum3477: US Army Magnetic Compass
2229museum3478: Pocket badge for ARVN Intelligence School in Vung Tau, 1971
2229museum3479: Joint Service Commendation Medal with Ribbon Bar and Lapel Pin
2229museum3671: Dress Blues Hat

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1
Electronic Media

2229EM0467: Powerpoint Presentation Vietnam 1971, 1LT Ed McCoin

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  • Box 1: [1] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D103.4E ]]

Inventory

  • Military Administrative Documents of Edgar McCoin
  • Department of the Army Field Manual, Combat Intelligence, February 1971
  • The Braggadier, 1968, Summer ROTC yearbook
  • Field Manual, Pistols and Revolvers, September 1971
  • Department of the Army Field Manual, Map Reading, March 1965
  • Pocket literature, Code of Conduct US Armed Forces; US Army Southeastern Signal School, Ft. Gordon GA, Information Sheet on Leadership; First Aid/Heat Exhaustion treatment
  • Ranger Handbook, US Army Infantry School, Ft Benning, GA July 1967
  • Department of the Army Pamphlet, Commander's Handbook on Security
  • Map and Aerial Photograph Reading MR-3, January 1966
  • Information Pamphlet for Obligated Officers of the United States Army Reserve, July 1971
  • 1LT Edgar R. McCoin, section 1, Miltary Experiences
  • Section 2, Certificates Citations, Awards, Insginia, Etc - paperwork
  • 2 Vietnamese monetary bills, 100 Mot Tram Dong, and 20 Hai Muoi Dong
  • Military Payment Certificates, in One Dollar, Five cent, and Ten Cent denominations - used in 1970/1971
  • Information on Tennessee State Flag and how McCoin got it (see museum objects)
  • Autobiography of Edgar R. McCoin
  • Field Manual FM 21-30, Military Symbols, May 1970
  • Field Maunual FM 21-76 Survival, Evasion, and Escape, March 1969
  • Service Records and Letters of Recommendation associated with the award for the Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • Photos from 1970-1971 1LT Edgar R. McCoin, Chief, Guerrilla/ Recruitment Team
  • Booklet: South Vietnam Provincial Maps, Sept. 1967
  • Printed photo of the presentation of the Tennessee Tech University Army ROTC Memorial Scholarship Plaque from the Committee representatives to the University
3
Books

The Military Intelligence Story : A Photographic History, by John P. Finnegan, 2nd Edition
Mrs. Lieutenant, by Mary Preston Gross, 1968
Vietnam Studies: The Role of Military Intelligence, 1965-1967, by Major General Joseph A. McChristian, 1974

6
Photographs

VA057028-VA057031: Joint Service Commendation Medal Ceremony
VA056516-VA056575: McCoin's experiences in Vietnam
VA057093-VA057127: Family photos
VA057028-VA057092:photographs that documents Edgar R. McCoin's service in Vietnam from 1969-1971
VAN016315-VAN016386: negatives that document Edgar R. McCoin's service in Vietnam from 1969-1971
VA059213-VA059223: 11 Photographs of creating the plaque for Tennessee Tech University ROTC Memorial

Click here to view all Photographs
19
Museum Objects

2229museum3421: Summer Khaki Uniform (Shirt and pants) with belt, 1LT Bar, Military Intelligence Pin, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, Name tag, Joint Service Commendation Ribbon Bar, National Defense Ribbon Bar, Republic of Vietnam Service Bar with two Bronze Service Stars, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with 1960 Device
2229museum3422: Garrison Cap with First Lietenant Bar
2229museum3423: Tennessee State Flag, 1971 (see documents, folder 5 for story)
2229museum3424: Second Lieutenant MI Shoulder Strap Insignia
2229museum3425: Dog Tags
2229museum3426: Ear Plugs
2229museum3427: ROTC Hat Brass pin, TN Tech University
2229museum3428: Tennessee Tech University Crest pin
2229museum3429: Defense Language Institute DIL Pin, (received 1970, 32 week course in Vietnamese language)
2229museum3430: Military Intelligence Corps Pin
2229museum3431: 519th Military Intelligence Batallion Crest, Pin, (Recieved 1971 Vietnam)
2229museum3432: Infantry Pin
2229museum3433: Military Police Pin
2229museum3434: Military Intelligence Pin
2229museum3476: M7 bayonet, with M8A1 scabbard for use with the M-16A1 Rifle
2229museum3477: US Army Magnetic Compass
2229museum3478: Pocket badge for ARVN Intelligence School in Vung Tau, 1971
2229museum3479: Joint Service Commendation Medal with Ribbon Bar and Lapel Pin
2229museum3671: Dress Blues Hat

Click here to view all Museum Objects
1
Electronic Media

2229EM0467: Powerpoint Presentation Vietnam 1971, 1LT Ed McCoin

Click here to view all Electronic Media

Pub Credit Line
22290000000, Edgar R. McCoin Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 14 Dec 2009 [Updated: 15 May 2012]