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Adrian Cronauer Collection (2232) Finding Aid

Item Number: 22320000000
 Collection

Scope and Contents

Approximately two and a half linear feet of artifacts, articles, books, photographs, periodicals, and newsletters document Adrian Cronauer's service in the United States Air Force in Vietnam as a disc jockey for Armed Forces Vietnam Network (AFVN) from 1965-1966 and his subsequent work after the war working with the Defense Prisoner of War and Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) and various Veterans' groups.

Dates

  • 04 January 2010

Biographical / Historical

Adrian Cronauer served in the United States Air Force in Vietnam as a disc jockey for Armed Forces Vietnam Network (AFVN) from 1965-1966 with the rank of Airman 1st Class. His on-the-air antics were the basis for the 1987 movie titled "Good Morning, Vietnam" starring Robin Williams as Cronauer.

After the war, Cronauer had a career in broadcast journalism. In his forties, Cronauer earned a Law Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and worked with the Defense Prisoner of War and Missing Personnel Office (DPMO). He practiced communications law and his professional life was dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment, with a particular emphasis on censorship. This fight to ensure free speech in the media arose from his experiences in Vietnam with military censorship. He was a member of the Arlington County (Virginia) Cable Television Advisory Committee, where he helped monitor media censorship. (d. 18 July 2018)
Title
Finding Aid
Length (Linear Feet)
3.5
Pages
1
Location(s)
D049.6E, D053.2 (Oversize), Museum Objects, Library, Map/Poster Collection, Photograph Collection, Newsletter Collection, Newspaper Collection, Serial Collection
10
Books

A Quick and Dirty Guide to War, by James F. Dunnigan and Austin Bay, 1986
Advice ans Support: The Early Years - The U.S. Army in Vietnam, by Ronald H. Spector, 1983
After the War Was Over: Hanoi and Saigon, By Neil Sheehan, 1992
Dog Tags of Courage: The Turmoil of War and the Rewards of Companionship, by John C. Burnam, 2000
Heroes and Cowards, by Ramond Darrell Summerlot, 1995
Leave No Man Behind: Liberation and Capture Missons, by David c. Isby, 2004
Silent Warrior, by Charles Henderson, 2000
The Expendables, by Leonard B. Scott, 1991
The Grunt Padre: The Service and Sacrifice of Father Vincent Robert Capodanno, Vietnam, 1966-1967, by Fr. Daniel L. Mode, 2000
United States of America's Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients and Their Official Citations, 1994

5
Photographs

VA056184-VA056214: photos of various Veterans events Cronauer attended
VA056576-VA056612: photos from the 33rd Annual Meeting of the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in South East Asia, June 2002, which Cronauer attended
VA056613: 8x10 of a meeting of the Friends of the Veterans, Cronauer attended
Oversize photo of Cronauer Signing "Good Morning Vietnam" on a woman
VA067338

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5
Posters

Section 13, Drawer 2: Two-sided, Flag with "Welcome Home Veterans of Vietnam and Korea"
Section 13, Drawer 2: Enlarged Picture of a 32 cent stamp with a U.S. Flag and Dog Tags - POW & MIA Never Forgotten
Section 13, Drawer 2: Coors Salutes Korean War Veterans: 40th Anniversary Commemorative Korean Conflict, 1950-1953 by George L. Skypeck, 1993 (2 copies)
Section 13, Drawer 2: Vietnam: U.S. Major Units, December 1968
Section 13, Drawer 2: You Are Not Forgotten

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32
Museum Objects

2232museum3468: Camelot Pewter Cup from the American Legion, Department of Virginia,
th Annual Department Convention, July 1998, Engraved on two sides
2232museum3469: Decorative plate from the Tan Son Nhut 2008 Reunion
2232museum3470: Glass Plaque from the Citizens Flag Alliance, presented to Adrian Cronauer
2232museum3471: Mounted Decorative Plate with Eagles-Salute to Our Veterans, 20 October 2007
2232museum3472: POW/MIA Bear
2232museum3473: Desktop faceted glass plaque commemorating Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
2232museum3474: Paper Weight from Battle Creak-Breakfast Capital of the World
2232museum3515: Ribbons Commemorating National Medal of Honor Day, 25 March 1996
2232museum3516: Decorative Nurse Corps Ashtray
2232museum3517: Decorative Paper Weight Presented to Adrian Cronauer by the Arkansas State University Department of Military Science
2232museum3518: Key to city of Augusta, Georgia
2232museum3519: Lacquer Heart-shaped Decoration-Pray for Vietnam
2232museum3520: Plaque in Recognition of Adrian Cronauer's Remarks during the POW/MIA Rememberance Ceremony at the Naval Suport Activity, Philadelphia, 17 September 2009
2232museum3521: Plaque Presented to Adrian Cronauer for His Support of the Disabled Veterans Program Council Day of Remeberance, 20 May 2008
2232museum4096: Cartoon cutout of Adrian Cronauer with a U.S. Flag background
2232museum4097: Maroon and tan shrit made in Vietnam
2232museum4098: Sweatshirt - National Memorial Canberra 1992
2232museum4099: T-shirt - contains logo for the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Canberra, Australia
2232museum4100: T-shirt - Cronauer in Concert, April 12, 1988, Abilene Christian University
2232museum4101: T-shirt - Good Morning Vietnam (Sold on the streets of Saigon)
2232museum4102: T-shirt - I'm Real Military - from a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Event for Soldiers Injured in the Middle East
2232museum4103: T-shirt - National Chapter of the Year, Lee County, Florida, Vietnam Veterans of America 594
2232museum4104: T-shirt - No Truth? No Honor! Suing the C.I.A. for Documentation of POW/MIAs Abandoned by the U.S. Government
2232museum4105: T-shirt - Rolling Thunder VI, Memorial Day Weekend, May 1993, Washington, D.C.
2232museum4106: T-shirt - Salute the Military, May 22, USO of the Metroplitan Washington and Old Dominion Speedway (2 shirts)
2232museum4107: T-shirt - Sammy L. Davis, Congressional Medal of Honor
2232museum4108: T-shirt - Southern Thunder, Florida's 3rd Annual Good Morning Vietnam Reunion, May 2, 1998, Fort Myers Florida
2232museum4109: T-shirt - The Wall That Heals, Hyannis, Massachusetts, June 5-8, 2003
2232museum4110: T-shirt - USO COLT Defenders 10 mile run
2232museum4111: T-shirt - Vietnam Veteran and Proud of It, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 35, Toledo, Ohio
2232museum4112: 2005 Verizon Wireless Freedom Festival Banner - Presents Grand Marshall Adrian Cronauer

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7
Newsletters

Base Camp Briefs, July-September 1996 (Oversize)
Key Club Cavalcade, 12 November 1991
National Vietnam Veterans Coalition, November 1992, March/April 1993, November/December1993, March/April 1994
The Veteran Leader, 3rd Qtr. October 1993 (Oversize)
Vietnam Veterans 1996 Convention (Australia), June 1996
Virginia Legionnaire, May 1998
Virginia War Memorial Foundation Facts, July/August/September 1998

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17
Serials

Air Force Times, 24 November 1997
Daily Nebraskan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 5 October 1988
Delaware National Guard Magazine, Summer 1987
Images of Pueblo, 1996 Edition
Indianapolis Business Journal, May 1996 (2 copies)
Pacific Stars and Stripes, 28 December 1966
Sauk Talk, Sauk Valley Community College, 7 October 1988
The American Legion, November 1996
The Carolinian, University of South Carolina, Spartanburg, 14 April 1989
The Hill, 1 July 1998
The Iron Horse, Howard Community College, 1988 September
TV Guide, 10-16 December 1966
23-29 September 1967
28 October-3 November 1967
Vietnam, December 1993
VietNow, Summer 1999
Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan, 20 October 1995

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  • Box 1: [1] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D049.6 ]]
  • Box 2 : [2 ] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D048.2 ]]

Inventory

  • Various clippings of articles featuring Cronauer's career or by Cronauer discussing First Amendment issues
  • Certificates, honors bestowed on Cronauer for many of his speaking engagements and various correspondence
  • Newspaper clippings of articles featuring Cronauer
  • Photocopies of newspaper articles featuring Cronauer
  • Photocopies of newspaper articles featuring Cronauer
  • Correspondence and various documents relating to Cronauer's speaking engagements and interviews given for newspapers
  • Press Information Kit for Good Morning, Vietnam
  • Commencement programs for The New School, and the University of Pennsylvania (4 copies of general commencement, 3 copies of Honorary Degree Citations, 3 copies of Law program)
  • Various brochures relating to events to memorialize Vietnam Veterans
  • Brochures from various events Cronauer attended
  • Programs from ceremonies Cronauer attended
  • Programs for speaking engagements featuring Cronauer and other events he attended
  • Miscellaneous invitations, tickets, membership cards, postcards, and personal notes
  • Various incomplete sections or pages from newspapers, featuring articles about Cronauer
  • Incomplete newspapers with articles featuring Cronauer
  • Oversize newspaper article clippings that feature Cronauer
10
Books

A Quick and Dirty Guide to War, by James F. Dunnigan and Austin Bay, 1986
Advice ans Support: The Early Years - The U.S. Army in Vietnam, by Ronald H. Spector, 1983
After the War Was Over: Hanoi and Saigon, By Neil Sheehan, 1992
Dog Tags of Courage: The Turmoil of War and the Rewards of Companionship, by John C. Burnam, 2000
Heroes and Cowards, by Ramond Darrell Summerlot, 1995
Leave No Man Behind: Liberation and Capture Missons, by David c. Isby, 2004
Silent Warrior, by Charles Henderson, 2000
The Expendables, by Leonard B. Scott, 1991
The Grunt Padre: The Service and Sacrifice of Father Vincent Robert Capodanno, Vietnam, 1966-1967, by Fr. Daniel L. Mode, 2000
United States of America's Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients and Their Official Citations, 1994

5
Photographs

VA056184-VA056214: photos of various Veterans events Cronauer attended
VA056576-VA056612: photos from the 33rd Annual Meeting of the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in South East Asia, June 2002, which Cronauer attended
VA056613: 8x10 of a meeting of the Friends of the Veterans, Cronauer attended
Oversize photo of Cronauer Signing "Good Morning Vietnam" on a woman
VA067338

Click here to view all Photographs
5
Posters

Section 13, Drawer 2: Two-sided, Flag with "Welcome Home Veterans of Vietnam and Korea"
Section 13, Drawer 2: Enlarged Picture of a 32 cent stamp with a U.S. Flag and Dog Tags - POW & MIA Never Forgotten
Section 13, Drawer 2: Coors Salutes Korean War Veterans: 40th Anniversary Commemorative Korean Conflict, 1950-1953 by George L. Skypeck, 1993 (2 copies)
Section 13, Drawer 2: Vietnam: U.S. Major Units, December 1968
Section 13, Drawer 2: You Are Not Forgotten

Click here to view all Posters
32
Museum Objects

2232museum3468: Camelot Pewter Cup from the American Legion, Department of Virginia,
th Annual Department Convention, July 1998, Engraved on two sides
2232museum3469: Decorative plate from the Tan Son Nhut 2008 Reunion
2232museum3470: Glass Plaque from the Citizens Flag Alliance, presented to Adrian Cronauer
2232museum3471: Mounted Decorative Plate with Eagles-Salute to Our Veterans, 20 October 2007
2232museum3472: POW/MIA Bear
2232museum3473: Desktop faceted glass plaque commemorating Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
2232museum3474: Paper Weight from Battle Creak-Breakfast Capital of the World
2232museum3515: Ribbons Commemorating National Medal of Honor Day, 25 March 1996
2232museum3516: Decorative Nurse Corps Ashtray
2232museum3517: Decorative Paper Weight Presented to Adrian Cronauer by the Arkansas State University Department of Military Science
2232museum3518: Key to city of Augusta, Georgia
2232museum3519: Lacquer Heart-shaped Decoration-Pray for Vietnam
2232museum3520: Plaque in Recognition of Adrian Cronauer's Remarks during the POW/MIA Rememberance Ceremony at the Naval Suport Activity, Philadelphia, 17 September 2009
2232museum3521: Plaque Presented to Adrian Cronauer for His Support of the Disabled Veterans Program Council Day of Remeberance, 20 May 2008
2232museum4096: Cartoon cutout of Adrian Cronauer with a U.S. Flag background
2232museum4097: Maroon and tan shrit made in Vietnam
2232museum4098: Sweatshirt - National Memorial Canberra 1992
2232museum4099: T-shirt - contains logo for the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Canberra, Australia
2232museum4100: T-shirt - Cronauer in Concert, April 12, 1988, Abilene Christian University
2232museum4101: T-shirt - Good Morning Vietnam (Sold on the streets of Saigon)
2232museum4102: T-shirt - I'm Real Military - from a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Event for Soldiers Injured in the Middle East
2232museum4103: T-shirt - National Chapter of the Year, Lee County, Florida, Vietnam Veterans of America 594
2232museum4104: T-shirt - No Truth? No Honor! Suing the C.I.A. for Documentation of POW/MIAs Abandoned by the U.S. Government
2232museum4105: T-shirt - Rolling Thunder VI, Memorial Day Weekend, May 1993, Washington, D.C.
2232museum4106: T-shirt - Salute the Military, May 22, USO of the Metroplitan Washington and Old Dominion Speedway (2 shirts)
2232museum4107: T-shirt - Sammy L. Davis, Congressional Medal of Honor
2232museum4108: T-shirt - Southern Thunder, Florida's 3rd Annual Good Morning Vietnam Reunion, May 2, 1998, Fort Myers Florida
2232museum4109: T-shirt - The Wall That Heals, Hyannis, Massachusetts, June 5-8, 2003
2232museum4110: T-shirt - USO COLT Defenders 10 mile run
2232museum4111: T-shirt - Vietnam Veteran and Proud of It, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 35, Toledo, Ohio
2232museum4112: 2005 Verizon Wireless Freedom Festival Banner - Presents Grand Marshall Adrian Cronauer

Click here to view all Museum Objects
7
Newsletters

Base Camp Briefs, July-September 1996 (Oversize)
Key Club Cavalcade, 12 November 1991
National Vietnam Veterans Coalition, November 1992, March/April 1993, November/December1993, March/April 1994
The Veteran Leader, 3rd Qtr. October 1993 (Oversize)
Vietnam Veterans 1996 Convention (Australia), June 1996
Virginia Legionnaire, May 1998
Virginia War Memorial Foundation Facts, July/August/September 1998

Click here to view all Newsletters
17
Serials

Air Force Times, 24 November 1997
Daily Nebraskan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 5 October 1988
Delaware National Guard Magazine, Summer 1987
Images of Pueblo, 1996 Edition
Indianapolis Business Journal, May 1996 (2 copies)
Pacific Stars and Stripes, 28 December 1966
Sauk Talk, Sauk Valley Community College, 7 October 1988
The American Legion, November 1996
The Carolinian, University of South Carolina, Spartanburg, 14 April 1989
The Hill, 1 July 1998
The Iron Horse, Howard Community College, 1988 September
TV Guide, 10-16 December 1966
23-29 September 1967
28 October-3 November 1967
Vietnam, December 1993
VietNow, Summer 1999
Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan, 20 October 1995

Click here to view all Serials

Pub Credit Line
22320000000, Adrian Cronauer Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 04 Jan 2010 [Updated: 20 Jul 2018]