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Richard L. Clarkson Collection (2099) Finding Aid

Item Number: 20990000000
 Collection

Scope and Contents

Approximately two linear feet of mostly personnel and organizational records document the activities of the Army Concept Team in Vietnam (ACTIV) primarily from 1969-1971 and its research laboratory in Aberdeen, Maryland known as the Land Warfare Laboratory (LWL) from 1961-1974. This was the army's quick-reaction research and development group. The LWL records are the only copy remaining of the complete work-product of LWL from its inception in about 1961 through its closure in 1974. The legacy of LWL/ACTIV is still apparent today. A very small group was responsible for the initial ^D'invention^D>' of bomb-sniffing dogs, sophisticated electronics, simple chemical devices like light-sticks, and a host of other quick solutions to field problems. They were purposely exempted from standard R & D research rules, and were, therefore, unencumbered by bureaucracy, budget constraints, rigid organizational turf battles, and procurement policies. LWL/ACTIV was staffed by no more than 144 individuals who were brilliant scientists, and support personnel such as metallurgists, model makers, and researchers among others.

Dates

  • 20 October 2010

Biographical / Historical

Colonel Richard L. Clarkson served as the commanding officer of the Army Concept Team in Vietnam (ACTIV) and later as the commanding officer of the Army Land Warfare Laboratory (LWL) in Aberdeen, Maryland.
Title
Finding Aid
Length (Linear Feet)
2.5
Pages
1
Location(s)
D040.6; Individual Oversize Collections Box 1; Photograph Collection; Negatives Collection; Museum Object Collection; Cold Storage Vault; Newsletter Collection; Serial Collection
8
Photographs

VA060870-VA060905:36 photos: Research and Development Field Unit, Vietnam, Combat Development and Test Center: Lt. Gen. Nguyen-Van-Manh, Chief of Staff, JGS, Presided over the ceremony of presentation of awards to the winners of the 1970 contest for new ideas at CDTC-V on 8 December 1970
VA060906-VA060916:11 photos: V.I.P. visited CDTC-V on 12 February 1970, Col. C.B. McCoid, C.O. ACTIV, Col. R.J. Keefer, Chief, Plans and Programs MAC-T, Col. V.A. Kleber, Deputy Chief, J3-05-MACV, Col. R.L. Clarkson, Chief, R&D Div. ACTIV: On This Occasion they attend a briefing and discussions about mission, organization of CDTC-V and personnel and training problems. They also took a tour of CDTC-V Installations
7 photos: Research and Development Field Unit Vietnam, Combat Development and Test Center, Vietnam: For all his brilliant service during his tour of duty in Vietnam, Col. Richard L. Carson C.O. of ACTI-V was awarded "The Army Distinguished Service Order" 2nd Class in a decoration ceremony at CDTC-V on 23 January 1971. Col. Nguyen-Quy-Toan, in the name of the minister of defense, presented the medal to Col. Clarkson.
7 photos: miscellaneous of Col. Clarkson with a bishop, Bob Hope and others sent or given to him
VA060917-VA060926: 10 photos: color stills that were reprinted in U.S. Army Land Warfare Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground Progress Report, 30 June 1974 dealing with new camouflage materials and tactics for large vehicles (See Box 1 Folder 23)
3 photos: Copies of a photo of Clarkson with General Barry McCaffery
1 negative of Clarkson with General McCaffery
VAN017624

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3
Posters

Section 13, Drawer 15: Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Section 13, Drawer 15: Office of Research and Development, Department of the Army
Section 13, Drawer 15: US Army Land Warfare Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland

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2
Museum Objects

2099museum4028: ACTIV Airlines Lifetime Pass
2099museum4029: ACTIV cardboard Insignia

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1
Electronic Media

2099EM0524: CD-R: Military and Personal Records of Colonel Richard L. Clarkson

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2
Newsletters

US Army Command Information Spotlight: Army Reorganization, 11 January 1973
The CE Newsletter, July 1970

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1
Serials

Army, February 1975

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  • Box 1: [1] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D040.6A ]]
  • Box 2: [2] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D040.6B ]]
  • Box 1000 : [1000 ] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, [Individual Oversize Collections ]]
  • Box 3: [3] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D040.6C - Restricted Access ]]

Inventory

  • Research and Development Manuals and memoranda changes:
  • Army Regulation AR 705-5, Research and Development of Material, Army Research and Development, April 1968
  • ACTIV Meritorious Unit Commendation, 27 October 1969
  • Memorandum, Subject: USARV General Officer Roster
  • Army Regulation No. 70-1, Research and Development
  • Research and Development Manuals and memoranda changes (continued):
  • Army Regulation No. 70-27, Research and Development: Development Plan/Development Concept Paper/Program Memorandum
  • Memorandum, Subject: Research and Development Management
  • General Orders, Number 43, Reorganization of the United States Army Land Warfare Laboratory
  • Protocol Roster CG USARV Command Mess
  • Memorandum, Subject: Operational Report-Lessons Learned of Army Concept Team in Vietnam (ACTIV) for the period ending 20 January 1971 (3 copies)
  • General Orders, Number 547, Award of the Meritorious Unit Commendation
  • US Army Land Warfare Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland July 1971 Roster
  • US Army Land Warfare Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland September 1971 Roster
  • US Army Land Warfare Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland October 1971 Roster
  • Non-Professional Personnel Roster, 1 January 1972
  • Professional Personnel Roster, 1 January 1972
  • Research and Development Manuals and memoranda changes (continued):
  • AMC Supplement 1 to AR 70-55, Research and Development, Management of US Army Research and Development Centers and Laboratories
  • Staff Communications
  • US Army Land Warfare Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, Roster, August 1972
  • Memorandum, Subject: AR 71-6, Type Classification/Reclassification of Army Material
  • Army Regulation AR 70-1, Research and Development, Army Research and Development, effective 1 May 1973
  • Memorandum, Subject: Research and Development Field Liason Visit 75LO1
  • Memorandum, Subject: Research and Development Field Liason Visit 75L02
  • Army Regulations
  • Explanations of LWL (Land Warfare Laboratory)- Various Briefing Approaches:
  • US Army Land Warfare Laboratory Orientation
  • Talking point/informational index cards
  • Booklet: Information for Industry, Department of the Army, Office of the Chief of Research and Development
  • Booklet: LWL U.S. Army Land Warfare Laboratory
  • Explanations of LWL (Land Warfare Laboratory)- Various Briefing Approaches (continued)
  • miscellaneous letters, memos, and articles
  • LWL Funding Info - Historical and General
  • US Army Land Warfare Laboratory, Charter Letters and Briefing Brochure
  • "Potter" Report Documents
  • US Army Limited War Laboratory Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, Semi Annual Progress Report 15 June-31 December 1962
  • US Army Limited War Laboratory Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, Semi Annual Progress Report 1 January - 30 June 1963
  • US Army Limited War Laboratory Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, Supplementary Progress Report, 31 December 1963
  • US Army Limited War Laboratory Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, Progress Report, 30 June 1964
  • US Army Limited War Laboratory Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, Progress Report, 30 June 1965
  • US Army Limited War Laboratory Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, Progress Report, 30 June 1966
  • US Army Limited War Laboratory Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, Progress Report, 30 June 1967
  • US Army Limited War Laboratory Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, Progress Report, 30 June 1968
  • US Army Limited War Laboratory Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, Progress Report, 30 June 1969
  • US Army Land War Laboratory Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, Progress Report, 30 June 1970
  • US Army Land War Laboratory Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, Progress Report, 30 June 1971
  • US Army Land War Laboratory Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, Progress Report, 30 June 1972
  • US Army Land War Laboratory Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, Progress Report, 30 June 1973 -
  • US Army Land War Laboratory Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, Progress Report, 30 June 1974 (had 10 color photos inserted which are reproduced in this report, see photograph collection)
  • Final Project Report, US Army Land Warfare Laboratory, Vol. 1. Project Report, Apendix A. Documentation, June 1974
  • Letter dated 7 December 1973 enclosed in report
  • Final Project Report, US Army Land Warfare Laboratory, Vol. II Apendix B. Task Sheets, June 1974 (Part I: page i to B-284)
  • Final Project Report, US Army Land Warfare Laboratory, Vol. II Apendix B. Task Sheets, June 1974 (Part II: page B-285 to B-579 and distribution list)
  • Various Military Documents, articles, and correpondence citing the closure of the LWL and Aberdeen Proving Ground
  • Preliminary Copy, Final Project Report US Army Land Warfare Laboratory Vol. 1 Project Report, Appendix A. Documentation with pages/notes inserted (Part I, to Exhibit 6)
  • Preliminary Copy, Final Project Report US Army Land Warfare Laboratory Vol. 1 Project Report, Appendix A. Documentation with pages/notes inserted (Part II, Exhibit 7-conclusion)
  • Various memoranda, official correspondence associated with the Preliminary copy of the Final Project Vol. 1
  • Final Project Report, US Army Land Warfare Laboratory, Vol. 1. Project Report, Appendix A. Documentation, 19 June 1974 (part I, through exhibit 6)
  • Final Project Report, US Army Land Warfare Laboratory, Vol. 1. Project Report, Appendix A. Documentation, 19 June 1974 (part II, exhibit 7-conclusion)
  • Letter associated with this copy of the report
  • Final Project Report, US Army Land Warfare Laboratory, Vol. II Apendix B. Task Sheets, June 1974, Part 1 of 2 (Part I: page i to B-120)
  • Final Project Report, US Army Land Warfare Laboratory, Vol. II Apendix B. Task Sheets, June 1974, Part 1 of 2 (Part II: page B-121 to B-299)
  • Final Project Report, US Army Land Warfare Laboratory, Vol. II Apendix B. Task Sheets, June 1974, Part 2 of 2 (Part I: page B-300 to B-439)
  • Final Project Report, US Army Land Warfare Laboratory, Vol. II Apendix B. Task Sheets, June 1974, Part 2 of 2 (Part II: page B-440 to B-579)
  • Folder titled "Van-Kien Luu-Tru" with US Army regulations appendicies on Vietnamese and Foreign decoration, Vietnamese National Defense Decrees relating Clarkson's Receipt of the (Vietnamese) Army Distinguished Service Order
  • Photocopies of photographs of an ACTIV dinner/banquet ceremony featuring Clarkson
  • Christmas cards, DD 285 mail form, LWL memorial programs for LTC Robert J. Thomas, ACTIV Report (joke, is not a true report)
  • Humorous documents, articles, and newspaper articles, instructions on napkin folding
  • Green Beret, August 1970 issue
  • The Hurricane: Cambodia Special, September 1970
  • Personnel Rosters for the Army Concept Team in Vietnam, and Land Warfare Laboratory
  • Personnel Rosters for the Army Concept Team in Vietnam, and Land Warfare Laboratory
  • Personnel Rosters for the Army Concept Team in Vietnam, and Land Warfare Laboratory
  • Oversize newspaper clippings, original "Van-Kien Luu-Tru" paper folder
  • Folder 1-3
  • Personnel Rosters for the Army Concept Team in Vietnam, and Land Warfare Laboratory
8
Photographs

VA060870-VA060905:36 photos: Research and Development Field Unit, Vietnam, Combat Development and Test Center: Lt. Gen. Nguyen-Van-Manh, Chief of Staff, JGS, Presided over the ceremony of presentation of awards to the winners of the 1970 contest for new ideas at CDTC-V on 8 December 1970
VA060906-VA060916:11 photos: V.I.P. visited CDTC-V on 12 February 1970, Col. C.B. McCoid, C.O. ACTIV, Col. R.J. Keefer, Chief, Plans and Programs MAC-T, Col. V.A. Kleber, Deputy Chief, J3-05-MACV, Col. R.L. Clarkson, Chief, R&D Div. ACTIV: On This Occasion they attend a briefing and discussions about mission, organization of CDTC-V and personnel and training problems. They also took a tour of CDTC-V Installations
7 photos: Research and Development Field Unit Vietnam, Combat Development and Test Center, Vietnam: For all his brilliant service during his tour of duty in Vietnam, Col. Richard L. Carson C.O. of ACTI-V was awarded "The Army Distinguished Service Order" 2nd Class in a decoration ceremony at CDTC-V on 23 January 1971. Col. Nguyen-Quy-Toan, in the name of the minister of defense, presented the medal to Col. Clarkson.
7 photos: miscellaneous of Col. Clarkson with a bishop, Bob Hope and others sent or given to him
VA060917-VA060926: 10 photos: color stills that were reprinted in U.S. Army Land Warfare Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground Progress Report, 30 June 1974 dealing with new camouflage materials and tactics for large vehicles (See Box 1 Folder 23)
3 photos: Copies of a photo of Clarkson with General Barry McCaffery
1 negative of Clarkson with General McCaffery
VAN017624

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3
Posters

Section 13, Drawer 15: Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Section 13, Drawer 15: Office of Research and Development, Department of the Army
Section 13, Drawer 15: US Army Land Warfare Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland

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2
Museum Objects

2099museum4028: ACTIV Airlines Lifetime Pass
2099museum4029: ACTIV cardboard Insignia

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1
Electronic Media

2099EM0524: CD-R: Military and Personal Records of Colonel Richard L. Clarkson

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2
Newsletters

US Army Command Information Spotlight: Army Reorganization, 11 January 1973
The CE Newsletter, July 1970

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1
Serials

Army, February 1975

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Pub Credit Line
20990000000, Richard L. Clarkson Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 20 Oct 2010 [Updated: 29 Jan 2016]