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Mr. Donald L. Swafford Collection (280) Finding Aid

Item Number: 2800000000
 Collection

Scope and Contents

Less than one linear foot of correspondence, a biographical sketch, photographs, slides, various books and miscellaneous artifacts document Donald L. Swafford's service with 3rd Battalion, Platoon 311, US Marine Corps, 1966-1970. Correspondence and images all date from the war-era and describe Swafford's experiences during training in San Diego, California and his three year tour of duty in Vietnam.

Dates

  • 05 January 2002

Biographical / Historical

Donald L. Swafford, Jr., (Lubbock, Texas) joined the United States Marine Corps on January 6, 1966 at the age of nineteen. He completed boot camp at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) in San Diego, California and infantry training at Camp Pendleton, California. He received certification as an Occupational Specialty of Ammunition Technician and completed ammo school at Quantico, Virginia before going through a staging battalion at Camp Pendleton in preparation for Vietnam.

He departed for Vietnam on June 21, 1966. He served as lance corporal thirty-six consecutive months in country with Forced Logistics Unit #2 Ammunition Company. For three months (July-September 1966) he served in a replacement line company guarding the perimeter of Phu Bai, where he participated in Operation Hastings. From October 1966 until July 1967 he was with MAG-12 (Marine Air Group 12) at Chu Lai in the Bomb Dump. From August 1967 until June 1969 he was with Ammo Platoon ILS6 'Bravo' at Chu Lai. After the TET offensive of 1968 he volunteered to work with Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and was awarded the Commanding General's Letter of Commendation for his work in the recovery and disposal of hazardous ammunition.

Swafford was discharged honorably at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina on January 31, 1970. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (with 4 stars), Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and Navy Unit Commendation Medal.



Title
Finding Aid
Length (Linear Feet)
0.2
Pages
1
Location(s)
Individual Collections-S, Photograph Collection, Slide Collection, Poster Collection, Museum Objects, Inner Vault, Periodical Collection, Newsletter Collection
4
Photographs

VA005875 - VA005970, VA005991 - VA006075:
14 binder pages of photographs
221 Loose Photographs
15 Photographs taken from 1966 Scrapbook

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1
Slides

VAS002429 - VAS002515: 5 binder pages of slides

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1
Posters

2 posters (Pride in America - Ask A Marine)

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5
Museum Objects

280museum4133: Confederate flag that was damaged during the Tet Offensive (Located in the Inner Reading Room Vault, Drawer 1)
2 Pride in America-Ask a Marine posters
280museum0250: 1 pair of Vietnamese sandals
280museum0249, 0251: 2 empty photo albums labeled "Views from Viet Nam"
2 bumper stickers I am A Proud Vietnam Veteran! (red, yellow and green) Vietnam Veterans Marching Along Together Again (Blue and White)

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2
Newsletters

2 VFW 1968 magazines
4 Leatherneck Magazine of the Marines, 1966, 67, 68

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1
Serials

1 two page newspaper layout (encapsulated)

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  • Box 1: [1] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D059.5 ]]

Inventory

  • Biographical Sketch and Collection Information, December 17, 1991
  • Letters Home, January 1966-July 15, 1966
  • Letters Home, July 22, 1966-December 25, 1966
  • Letters Home, January 4, 1967-December 26, 1967
  • Letters Home, February 25, 1968-June 21, 1968
  • Letters Home, April 3, 1969-May 31, 1969
  • Newspaper clipping, "News About Area Men in Service" 1966
  • Certificate of Commendation, May 4, 1969
  • Scrapbook Items, 1966 - Occupational Specialties Handbook USMC
  • USMC Yearbook 3rd Battalion, Platoon 311, 1966
4
Photographs

VA005875 - VA005970, VA005991 - VA006075:
14 binder pages of photographs
221 Loose Photographs
15 Photographs taken from 1966 Scrapbook

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1
Slides

VAS002429 - VAS002515: 5 binder pages of slides

Click here to view all Slides
1
Posters

2 posters (Pride in America - Ask A Marine)

Click here to view all Posters
5
Museum Objects

280museum4133: Confederate flag that was damaged during the Tet Offensive (Located in the Inner Reading Room Vault, Drawer 1)
2 Pride in America-Ask a Marine posters
280museum0250: 1 pair of Vietnamese sandals
280museum0249, 0251: 2 empty photo albums labeled "Views from Viet Nam"
2 bumper stickers I am A Proud Vietnam Veteran! (red, yellow and green) Vietnam Veterans Marching Along Together Again (Blue and White)

Click here to view all Museum Objects
2
Newsletters

2 VFW 1968 magazines
4 Leatherneck Magazine of the Marines, 1966, 67, 68

Click here to view all Newsletters
1
Serials

1 two page newspaper layout (encapsulated)

Click here to view all Serials

Pub Credit Line
2800000000, Mr. Donald L. Swafford Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 05 Jan 2002 [Updated: 29 Apr 2016]