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J. D. Coleman Collection (2770) Finding Aid

Item Number: 27700000000
 Collection

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of approximately 7 linear feet of textual records, photographs, slides, artifacts, books, audio interviews, music records, serials, maps, floppy disks, and posters documenting J. D. Coleman's service in Vietnam as a Public Information Officer with the 1st Calvary Division between 1965 and 1970. It also includes materials collected by Coleman during the course of his research for his books: Incursion: From America's Chokehold on the NVA Lifelines to the Sacking of the Cambodian Sanctuaries; Pleiku: The Dawn of Helicopter Warfare in Vietnam; and Wonju: The Gettysburg of the Korean War.

The collection has been arranged into three series: Projects, Personal Correspondence, and Reference.

Series 1 - Projects The series consists of textual records used by Coleman in the process of his work on various projects. These include three military history books - Pleiku: The Dawn of Helicopter Warfare in Vietnam (1988), Incursion (1992), and Wonju: The Gettysburg of the Korean War (2000); television documentaries about the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam; and a novel entitled South Georgia Blues. It also documents assistance Coleman provided to others such as providing material for another's magazine article, helping a veteran with a VA claim, and helping to produce a music record by Bill Ellis.

Items of note include Coleman’s article proposing the establishment of a US Army Branch of Information which he submitted to the Department of the Army (including staff comments on the article and correspondence regarding the article); research materials for Incursion, Coleman’s book on the Cambodian incursion (interview transcripts, interviewee curriculum vita; unit histories of the 1st Battalion, 7th Calvary, the 2nd Battalion, 12th Calvary in Cambodia; source biographies; contact information); notes and correspondence pertaining to the Cambodian incursion research of Keith Nolan; selections of Coleman’s books, including chapter outlines; biographical sketches of sources for Coleman’s books (e.g. Major General Harry Kinnard, Lieutenant General Richard Knowles); a translation of the combat order for the ambush at Plei Me by the NVA 32nd regiment; lists of correspondents in Vietnam (including those who have visited the 1st Cavalry Division); reviews of Coleman’s books, Incursion and Pleiku; hand-drawn map showing northern III Corps and VC positions along Cambodian border; a photocopy of Major Ned Baxter Ennis’ thesis (Charlie Black: the Ernie Pyle of the Vietnam War); a critique of the Pleiku manuscript by St. Martin’s Press with ideas for revision; DINFOS Bibliography of Theses and Reports Related to Military Information Activities (Volume II, June 1972) with marginalia; FM 100-5 Operations (Headquarters, Department of the Army; May 5, 1986) with marginalia; list of correspondents and U.S. Military Information Officers in Vietnam, with contact information (October 25, 1965); list of news media representatives visiting 1st ACD from 1967-1969; transcript from Coleman’s final radio broadcast on KQTE Missoula; Coleman’s concept paper for Secrets of War Episode 22: Hidden in Plain Sight; and a business plan for Coleman's recording company First Team Productions.

Series 2 - Personal Correspondence The series consists of personal correspondence that Coleman wrote to his wife (Madeline Coleman) and his mother, as well as some letters he received from his children (Darrell, Shelly, Roger, Kathy, Michele) while in Vietnam. The series also includes miscellaneous letters from various friends and family members, as well as some documents pertaining to Coleman's family history.

Series 3 - Reference The series consists of Coleman's reference records in the areas of his military service, his education, and his career. It also includes personal mementos, awards, and artwork.

Items of note include Coleman’s 201 File (e.g. DD Form 96; DD Form 1172; DD Form 214); memos regarding Coleman’s promotion to a Reserve Commissioned Officer of the Army; Coleman’s call to active duty; Coleman’s record of assignments; Coleman’s enlistment forms; memos regarding Coleman’s application and acceptance into the Information Officer program; Coleman’s preliminary examination for the designation of candidates for the United States Military Academy; Coleman’s evaluation reports; certificates (The Legion of Merit (First Oak Leaf Cluster), 1972; The Legion of Merit, 1970; The Air Medal, 1966; The Legion of Merit (Second Oak Leaf Cluster), 1979; US army retirement certificate, 1979; certificate of appreciation to Madeline Coleman on her husband’s US army retirement; Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for Extraordinary Heroism); Coleman's high school transcript; military appointment and promotion documents (including Coleman's letter of appointment to the rank of Master Sergeant); certificate of achievement awarded to Madeline Coleman for her service as Volunteer Supervisor at the Fort McPherson Office of Army Community Service; Coleman’s Officer Evaluation Reports (July 1963 - June 1979); a photocopy of a scrapbook compiled by Dave Wolfe entitled One Year in Vietnam (featuring images of Coleman); and Coleman’s university transcripts.

Dates

  • 1929, 1932, 1947, 1950-1952, 1956-2004, predominately 1965-1970

Biographical / Historical

J. D. Coleman served two tours in Vietnam during his 26 years of military service. He served with the 11th Air Assault reflagged to the 1st Calvary Division. He deployed to Vietnam in 1965 as the assistant Public Information Officer and later commanded an Infantry Company for the last half of his tour. During his second tour, he served as the Division Public Information Officer. He also authored three military histories (two on Vietnam and one on Korea).

Series

Date
2016-10-03
Length (Linear Feet)
7
6
Books

Choppers: the Heroic Birth of Helicopter Warfare by J. D. Coleman, 1988.

Pleiku: the Dawn of Helicopter Warfare in Vietnam by J. D. Coleman, 1988.

The Rakkasans : the combat history of the 187th Airborne Infantry by E. M. Flanagan, 1997.

Under Fire: Great Photographers and Writers in Vietnam by Catherine Leroy, 2005.

We were Soldiers Once -and Young: Ia Drang, the battle that changed the war in Vietnam by Harold G Moore and Joseph L Galloway, 1992.

Wonju: the Gettysburg of the Korean War by J. D. Coleman, 2000.

23
Serials

The Air Cavalry Division: The First Team Orientation Handbook: 1970: Spring

The Air Cavalry Division: 1968: April, September

The Americal: The Magazine of the 23 Infantry Division: 1971: Spring

The Americal: The Quarterly Magazine of the Americal Division,
Vietnam: 1970: July

Army: 1969: August

Armed Forces Journal: 1971, February

Danger Forward: 1970: Spring (2 copies)

The First Team: 1969: Fall; 1970: Summer, Fall; 1970-1971

Hawk: 1968: October

The Hurricane: A Publication of II Field Force Vietnam: 1970: January

The Military Journalist: 1970, Summer

Newsweek: 1965, November

Rendezvous with Destiny: 1970: Spring

Sky Soldier: 1971: Spring, Summer

Tour 365: 1969: Winter

Uptight: 1970: Fall

Vietnam Today: 1966

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Newspapers

The American Traveler: 1970: April 3

Cavalair: 1966: May 5, May 12, June 2; 1969: March 4, April 2, April 9, April 16, April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28, June 4, June 11, June 25, July 2, July 9, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, August 20, August 27, Summer, September 10, September 24, October 1, October 8, October 15, October 22, November 5, November 12, November 19, November 26, December 3, December 10, December 17, December 24, December 31; 1970: January 7, January 14, January 21, February 4, February 11, February 18, February 25, March 11, April 8 (2 copies), April 15, April 22, April 29, May 20, June 3; August 5; 1971: March 2, March 10

Fort Lewis Ranger: 2001: February 1, February 8

Panorama: 1974: January 18, March 29

Stars and Stripes: 1973: July 1; 1984: November 10

The Daily Inter Lake: 1966: January 30

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Photographs

Portrait of Coleman; b&w; 10 x 8 inches

PFC Warren, PFC Berry, PFC Copelane, and SP4 Foote (Company B, 4th Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade) share a food package prior to the final assault on Hill 875 near Dak To (November 22, 1967); color, cardboard backing; 15.5 x 19.25 inches

Two helicopters in flight with a damaged convoy in the distance; color, cardboard backing; 16 x 20 inches

An unidentified unit crossing a paddy in Vietnam; color, cardboard backing; 16 x 20 inches

View of the ocean; b&w; 3.25 x 2.25 inches

Unidentified boy; b&w; 2.5 x 1.75 inches

2 photographs – a building site; negatives; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Coleman and a fellow soldier with their female companions and waiter at the No. 1 Club in Beppu, Japan (August 3, 1951); b&w; 3 x 4.25 inches

Scenes from a beach; 1 negative strip (4 photographs)

Soldiers conducting a training exercise; 2 negative strips (8 photographs)

Soldiers in formation; b&w; 3.25 x 4.25 inches

Portrait of Coleman in uniform; negative; 5 x 4 inches

Two unidentified women sitting back to back; b&w; 4.5 x 2.75 inches

11 photographs - KBTK staff (February 21, 1959); negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

19 photographs - Coleman and his family at Christmas; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

4 photographs – Coleman in uniform with his children; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

15 photographs – scenes from Hanford Atomic Products Operation; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

8 photographs – Coleman with his wife and children; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

Coleman with his wife; scenes from Coleman’s wedding; a tower; scenes from a hospital; soldiers conducting a training exercise; 5 negative strips (19 photographs)

View of the ocean; b&w; 3.5 x 2.5 inches

3 photographs – soldiers examining a weapon; a football game; negatives; 2.25 x 3.25 inches

Family scenes; 1 negative strip (3 photographs)

Wedding scenes; 2 negative strips (7 photographs)

Family scenes; Coleman and his family at Christmas; men in uniform; 7 negative strips (21 photographs)

14 photographs – Coleman and his children at Christmas; portraits of Coleman’s children; b&w, color; 2.5 x 3.5 inches, 3.5 x 3.5 inches

11 photographs – Coleman’s wife and children at Christmas; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

Coleman’s wife; beach scenes; an airport; a press conference; 5 negative strips (13 photographs)

11 photographs – Coleman and his family at Christmas; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

9 photographs – Coleman and others at the Long Creek Fire Protection District fire station; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

An unidentified woman behind a desk; negative; 2.25 x 3.25 inches

7 photographs – a football game; negatives; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

9 photographs – Coleman in uniform; Coleman with his children; an unidentified woman; negatives; 4.75 x 2.75 inches, 2.5 x 2.5 inches

2 photographs – men working near a railway track; an unidentified woman; b&w; 2.5 x 3.5 inches, 4.5 x 2.75 inches

Two unidentified women working in an office; negative; 2.25 x 3.25 inches

Coleman with his son and mother; 1 negative strip (4 photographs)

16 photographs – Coleman’s graduation; Coleman and his children; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

A group of soldiers gathered in front of a long building; negative; 2.5 x 3.75 inches

11 photographs – Coleman’s wife and children at Christmas; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

Coleman with his wife and children; 4 negative strips (16 photographs)

18 photographs – Coleman at a dairy farm; Coleman at an unidentified base; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

2 photographs – a wedding scene; two men standing by a car at an unidentified base; negatives; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

An unidentified man with two unidentified women at a skating outing; b&w; 4.25 x 3.25 inches

3 photographs – Coleman with his wife and child; Coleman in a football uniform; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches, 2.5 x 3.75 inches

An unidentified unit posing on a staircase; negative; 2.5 x 4 inches

Coleman in a football uniform; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Two soldiers grabbing some chow; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

3 photographs – men working on a railway track; negatives; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Soldiers conducting firing drills; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

A soldier standing guard in front of a building; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Soldiers standing next to an army truck; negative; 2.5 x 4 inches

9 photographs – Coleman, his wife, and children; men working near a railway track; a film crew; a man eating; negatives; 3.75 x 2.5 inches

12 photographs – Coleman with his wife and children; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

12 photographs – scenes from Hanford Atomic Products Operation; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

An unidentified man standing in the snow; b&w; 3 x 2.75 inches

9 photographs – scenes from Hanford Atomic Products Operation; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

8 photographs – scenes from Hanford Atomic Products Operation; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

9 photographs – scenes from Hanford Atomic Products Operation; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

11 photographs – scenes from Hanford Atomic Products Operation; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

12 photographs – scenes from Hanford Atomic Products Operation; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

11 photographs – scenes from Hanford Atomic Products Operation; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

2 photographs - Coleman and others at the Long Creek Fire Protection District fire station; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

A football team practicing; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

A football player kicking a ball; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

2 photographs - aerial view of a street; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

An unidentified building; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Three soldiers standing on a staircase; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

View from a roof; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Man standing in front of building; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

View of the ocean; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

2 photographs – an unidentified building; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Winging home (parade float); negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

2 photographs – street scene; aerial view of a street; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Journalism (parade float); negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

A row of parked cars; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Soldiers examining a machine; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

An unidentified building; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

A football game; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

A row of parked cars; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

A man walking across a lawn; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

A man standing on a path; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Soldiers examining a machine; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Soldiers examining a weapon; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

A football game; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Four men crowded around a table; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Coleman sitting on a couch; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

A large crowd of people; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

A football game; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

A group of men standing in front of a bus; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

A large crowd of people; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

A marching band; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

8 photographs – scenes from Hanford Atomic Products Operation; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

23 photographs – Coleman and his fellow soldiers in Japan (1948); negatives; 2.5 x 3.5 inches, 1.75 x 2.75 inches

11 photographs – Coleman with his wife and children; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

8 photographs – Coleman with his mother; Coleman’s son; an unidentified building in the mountains; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

6 photographs – unidentified Vietnam battle sites; aerial view of Montagnard-U.S. Special Forces camp at Plei Me (October 20, 1965); b&w; 8 x 10 inches

Brigadier General Richard Knowles, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Tully, and Lieutenant Colonel John Stoner (1st Air Calvary Division) confer at LZ X-Ray (November 16, 1965); b&w; 7 x 5 inches

3 photographs (with transparencies) – LZ Golf; b&w; 10 x 8 inches (transparencies 5 x 5 inches)

5 photographs – York and Kinnard conferring, while Timm looks on; Kinnard standing in front of a helicopter; portrait of Colonel Roberts, Chief of Staff, 11th Air Assault Division (October 24, 1963); portrait of Brigadier General John Wright, Assistant Division Commander, 11th Air Assault Division (March 2, 1965); portrait of Brigadier General Richard Knowles, Assistant Division Commander, 11th Air Assault Division (August 27, 1964); b&w; 5 x 7 inches, 10 x 8 inches

7 photographs – Presidential Rose Garden presentation on the Pleiku campaign (featuring Lyndon Johnson); b&w; 8 x 10 inches

1 photograph, 2 proof sheets – Pleiku Province ambush sites ZA1716 and ZA1717; b&w; 8 x 10 inches

3 photographs, 2 proof sheets – site of Pleiku battle between NVA battalion and the 2/8 Calvary (February 28, 1966); b&w; 8 x 10 inches

3 photographs, 1 transparency – Ia Drang battle site; b&w; 8 x 10 inches (transparency 5 x 5 inches)

17 photographs, 2 negative strips (7 photographs) – helicopters; artillery; army trucks; aerial view from helicopter gunner position; b&w, color; 5 x 7 inches, 4 x 6 inches

Coleman and Ryan standing in front of a map (March 1, 1970); b&w; 8 x 10 inches

7 photographs, 1 transparency – LZ Albany; b&w; 10 x 8 inches

3 photographs – aerial view of a Montagnard-U.S. Special Forces camp at Plei Me (October 20, 1965); a Vietnamese soldier moves past a crashed helicopter near Plei Ya Dran after smashing a Viet Cong ambush; Viet Cong prisoner questioned from behind barbed wire cell after attack on Plei Me camp (October 28, 1965); b&w; 8 x 10 inches

4 photographs – LZ Laramie; CH-47 Chinook helicopter at LZ Pony (January 1967); an NVA battle streamer captured December 2, 1967; LZ Laramie (November 1967); color; 3.5 x 5.25 inches

Viet Cong prisoner questioned from behind barbed wire cell after attack on Plei Me camp (October 28, 1965); b&w; 5 x 7 inches

14 photographs – an air landing near Plei Me Special Forces Camp; H-13 scout helicopter of the 1st squadron, 9th Calvary; battle scenes featuring soldiers of the 1st Calvary Division in the Ia Drang Valley (November 16, 1965); a helicopter; members of the 3rd Platoon, A Company, 173rd Airborne Brigade exiting a helicopter; soldiers on patrol while helicopters fly overhead; landing zone operation near Trang Bang (November 20, 1964); 1st Calvary Division evacuating their dead after engagement in the Ia Drang Valley (November 18, 1965); aerial views of Plei Me Special Forces camp during Viet Cong attack (October 20, 1965); a Vietnamese soldier moves past a crashed helicopter near Plei Ya Dran after smashing a Viet Cong ambush; troops of 1st squadron, 9th Calvary prepare to go on search mission during Operation Thayer II (January 1967); b&w; 5 x 7 inches, 8 x 10 inches, 5 x 8 inches

6 photographs, 1 transparency – LZ Xray; b&w; 8 x 10 inches

2 photographs, 1 proof sheet – site of captured NVA hospital (February 28, 1966); b&w; 8 x 10 inches

2 photographs, 1 proof sheet, 3 transparencies – Plei Me CIDG Camp (February 28, 1966); b&w; 8 x 10 inches

69 photographs, 2 transparencies – an airplane flying over Vietnam; a soldier sitting on the wheel of a helicopter; an unidentified unit posing between two helicopters; helicopters on a ship’s flight deck; a helicopter squadron; paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade move to secure the landing zone; General Westmoreland and General Throckmorton watch as troops from the 1st Calvary Division come ashore at Qui Nhon; a soldier repairing a helicopter; a helicopter transporting a damaged aircraft; a Vietnamese woman shelters her child during a firefight between the Viet Cong and 1st Air Cavalry Division troops during Operation Thayer II (January 1967); a helicopter in flight; soldiers fire M-16s off of the fantail of a ship for target practice; a 1st Cavalry Division welcoming ceremony at Qui Nhon; Sergeant Heath (1st Calvary Division, 15th Medical Battalion) provides medical aid to a native laborer in An Khe; a Viet Cong booby trap; a helicopter firing a missile; Captain Sommers (1st Air Cavalry) contracts with a local priest for laundry service in An Khe; 1st Cavalry troops coming ashore at Qui Nhon (September 12, 1965); maps of southeast Asia; troops at an airfield; a sign painted by citizenry of An Khe on September 9, 1965; General Waters greets a 1st Calvary trooper debarking at Qui Nhon (September 12, 1965); 1st Cavalry troops load onto trucks after debarking at Qui Nhon (September 12, 1965); soldiers unloading an airplane; Vietnamese workers take a break from their work to eat their afternoon meal; Major General Kinnard (Commanding General of 2nd Corps) and General Westmoreland; troop berthing area; General Kinnard greets incoming troops at Qui Nhon; CH-47 Chinooks on the flight deck of the USNS Boxer at anchor in Qui Nhon Harbor (September 12, 1965); Vietnamese workers receive their pay in exchange for clearing the area around An Khe for the 1st Air Calvary Division as part of Operation Golf Course (September 12, 1965); troops disembarking from a helicopter; Captain Haynes gives a Vietnamese boy his pay in exchange for clearing the area around An Khe for the 1st Air Calvary Division as part of Operation Golf Course (September 12, 1965); troops of the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade load up on their way to a search and destroy operation north-east of Bien Hoa; an airplane taking off; a 1st Cavalry medic treats a wounded skytrooper on the beach near Bongson during Operation Thayer II; a ship carrying 1st Cavalry Division troops pulls into Pearl Harbor; 1st Calvary Division troops load onto the USNS Upshur headed to Vietnam; soldiers prepare helicopters to be shipped to Vietnam; battle scenes; Sergeant Hines instructs a Vietnamese interpreter on work priorities in An Khe during Operation Golf Course (September 12, 1965); UH-1Bs provide air support for the 173rd Airborne Brigade during a search and destroy operation at Pleiku; a soldier sprays a helicopter with a protective agent prior to shipment to Vietnam; a soldier points things out on a map of Vietnam during an in-country orientation class; Vietnamese villagers line up to receive medical aid; the stern of the USS Boxer flight deck loaded with CH-47 Chinooks of the 1st Calvary Division at Qui Nhon Harbor (September 12, 1965); two soldiers dash away from a helicopter in Bien Hoa after hooking up a cargo net filled with supplies destined for combat units; a 1st Air Calvary medic treats a wounded skytrooper during a firefight on the beach near Bongson during Operation Thayer II (January 1967); 1st Calvary troops disembark from the USS Buckner at Qui Nhon (September 12, 1965); Vietnamese laborers wait to be assigned their work for the day during Operation Golf Course near An Khe (September 12, 1965); soldiers loading onto a helicopter; a 1st Calvary Division flying crane (CH-54) lifts a bulldozer near the Phu Cat Mountains (January 1967); a signal installation on Hon Cong Mountain overlooking the 1st Cavalry Division base of Camp Radcliff (1966); b&w, color transparencies; various sizes

11 photographs – a bus full of enlisted men passes Gate #1 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina enroute to Columbia Municipal Airport (July 23, 1958); the Company A, 3rd Battalion, 77th Armor barracks at Fort Carson (November 6, 1970); 1st Lieutenant George Zell, USAF, kisses his wife goodbye as she and their infant son prepare to board a plane at Taipei Airport for a return flight to the United States (October 1, 1958); Private Bruce Merrin, US Army, waits at Air Terminal Operations at Andrews AFB, Maryland for the next available flight (1967); difficult terrain operation of tactical type vehicles by students of the light vehicle drivers course, 4th Training Regiment, 3rd Week Committee at Fort Jackson Area 041 (October 12, 1962); troops destined for Southeast Asia aboard a World Airway Airliner prior to leaving Travis Air Force Base (May 23, 1966); members of the 121st Signal Battalion aboard an aircraft at the Manhattan, Kansas Airport headed for the west coast (September 20, 1965); Specialist Sidney Speller (2nd Field Force) and Specialist Bradley Lockhart (199th Light Infantry Brigade) disembark from a jet at Travis AFB upon their return from Vietnam (October 26, 1967); troops at Fort Jackson Area 319 load their duffle bags onto a bus headed for Columbia Municipal Airport (July 23, 1958); Private First Class Leonard Romanelli taking a shower (August 10, 1942); b&w; 8 x 10 inches

Unidentified soldier in amphibious vehicle; color; 7.5” x 9.5”; framed

Portrait of unidentified man; b&w; 7” x 5”; framed

6 photographs – 2nd Award Combat Infantryman Badge; Senior Parachutist Badge; color, negatives; 4 x 6 inches

2 photographs – Portrait of unidentified soldier (2 copies); negative; 5 x 4 inches

2 photographs – Panel discussion featuring Coleman and Charlie Black; Black in war correspondent’s uniform; b&w, color; 8 x 10 inches, 6 x 4 inches

Charlie Black receiving an award; b&w; 8 x 10 inches

4 negative strips (18 photographs) – scenes from Vietnam (e.g. soldiers crossing a river, manning artillery), maps of the Vietnam-Cambodian border; color Sign reading “No Sick Call/Gone to Cambodia”; color; 3” x 3”

10 photographs - Site of ambush of an ARVN column moving to the relief of Plei Me; infantrymen of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Calvary crossing Chu Ho, south of the Plei Me CIDG Camp (the Pleiku Campaign’s Objective Cherry); site of a battle between an NVA battalion and the 1st Squadron, 9th Calvary over a North Vietnamese hospital and surgical station (ZA 0450032); site of an arms cache captured by the 2nd Battalion, 12th Calvary (ZA 086065); a representative collection of NVA arms captured during the Pleiku Campaign; site of a battle between an NVA battalion and two companies of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Calvary near LZ Bird; battle site for the 1st Squadron, 9th Calvary on the south bank of the Ia Drang; soldiers evacuating by helicopter; LZ Xray; LZ Albany; b&w; various sizes

27 photographs and 4 proof sheets - Bill Ellis with guitar; a 1st Calvary Division funeral; soldiers wading through a river, guarding a supply cache; a map of positions along the Vietnam-Cambodia border (including COSVN); artillery; b&w, color, negative; various sizes

Major General George Forsythe, Commanding General, USACDC, Fort Belvoir, Virginia; b&w; 10” x 8”

14 photographs - Noel; b&w; 10” x 8” (13 copies), 8” x 5” (1 copy)

Portrait of Coleman in uniform; b&w; 7" x 5" (2 copies)

Portrait of Coleman in uniform; b&w; 5" x 4", 1986 (4 copies)

Portrait of Coleman; b&w; 7" x 5"

28 photographs - Coleman's retirement review at Fort Mcpherson's Hedekin Field, his promotion to Lieutenant Colonel at Fort McPherson, Georgia in 1976, award ceremonies, and other milestones; a command post group of the 1st Air Calvary Division in a bomb crater near Khe Sanh during Operation Pegasus; an unidentified steel bridge; b&w, color; various sizes

6 photographs - Unidentified individuals; a Defense Information School presentation; Vietnamese officers training at the Post Information Office at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana; b&w, negative; various sizes

42 photographs - award ceremonies and other milestones (including Coleman's bronze star at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana in 1967; his promotion to Lieutenant Colonel at Fort McPherson, Georgia in 1976); speeches; Coleman's graduation from Defense Information School; Company B in Vietnam; Operation Crazy Horse; Coleman with fellow 1st Calvary Division soldiers; Coleman's Defense Information School class photo; b&w, color; various sizes 6 photographs – Korean battle locations (e.g. Massacre Valley, Hoengsong); the 7th Infantry Division Band playing during ceremonies at which soldiers of the 187th Airborne RCT, U.S. 8th Army, are awarded medals for bravery, in Chechon, Korea (February 25, 1951); Twin Tunnels (between Wonju and Chipyong-Ni); b&w, color; 8 x 10 inches, 4 x 6 inches

A destroyed M8 tank; b&w; 11 x 8.5 inches

Donald Roberts and Master Sergeant Adlick during the Sillim-Ni operation (February 20, 1951); b&w; 4.5 x 3.25 inches

2 photographs – A large crowd of soldiers aboard an unidentified vessel; b&w; 5 x 7 inches

An unidentified group of veterans at a reunion; color; 4 x 5.25 inches

2 photographs – Coleman with two unidentified men at an unknown army function (November 1983); color; 3.5 x 4.5 inches

Coleman with an unidentified woman at a Coors brewing company event; color; 4 x 3.5 inches

Bill Ellis playing his guitar; b&w; 10 x 8 inches

6 photographs – unidentified man; unidentified woman; Uncles Lorris, Ovid, George, and Joe; James Dougas La Breche; portrait of Coleman; a rainbow; b&w, color; 4.5 x 3 inches, 6 x 4 inches, 10 x 8 inches

8 photographs – Bill Schiebler, a Vietnam veteran friend of Coleman’s; Schiebler’s self-built house; color; 3.5 x 5 inches

Swanson Hudson, Aero-Rifle Plt. Air Cav TRP, 11 ACR (Blackhorse) in Quan Loi, RVN (Summer 1969), with inscription dedicated to Coleman; color; 10 x 8 inches

5 photographs – PFC Garry Bruckner, Co. D 2/8 1st Air Cav Division: Quad Fifties at Bu Dop (1970); Cambodia Picatinny East Cache (1970), 120mm mortar Chicom hand grenade (1970) U.S. Army Forces Command Band at Fort McPherson, Georgia (June 27, 1978); color; 8 x 10 inches

9 photographs – scenes from the February 13, 1997 unveiling of a monument commemorating the battle at Massacre Valley, Hoengsong, Korea, February 12th and 13th, 1951; American POWs recovered from the Chinese (March 12, 1951); color, b&w; 4 x 6 inches

2 photographs – scenes from the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment Chi Pyong-Ni Memorial Ceremony (February 14, 1985); b&w; 5 x 7 inches

3 photographs - Coleman at unidentified events; color; 3.5 x 4.5 inches

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301
Slides

VAS086247-VAS086463; VAS087589-VAS087672

7 slides – Coleman’s graduation; soldiers in Vietnam; unidentified artifacts; color

38 slides – 1st Cavalry Association presentation outtakes; color (damaged)

37 slides – slides accompanying a speech regarding General Creighton Abrams; color

60 slides – Information Officer briefing (1979); color

6 slides – Coleman at Phouc Vinh, Vietnam (1969-1970); color

2 slides – an unidentified unit; an unidentified base (September 1962); color

9 slides – a soldier talking on the phone; a soldier repairing a helicopter; aerial views of Pleiku sites; artillery; soldiers conferring; soldiers taking positions; an airstrike at LZ Xray (November 1965); a helicopter; b&w

84 slides – battle scenes from the defense of the Plei Me Special Forces camp and the opening battle of the Pleiku Campaign; helicopters; casualties; Coleman; color

33 slides – street scenes of Vietnam (e.g. Duc Co district), 1st Calvary Division Cambodian data, Coleman with fellow soldiers

35 slides – soldiers in Vietnam (e.g. manning artillery, walking through a field), a 1st Calvary Division ceremony (January 1985), the USS Holmes County, a weapons cache, helicopters in flight, offices, parachute jumpers

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Audio

2770AU2662, 2770AU2663 2 Track Stereo - First Cav: Impressions of a Skytrooper, Special Vietnam Memorial Reissue (2)

2770AU2667 microcassette - Untitled

2770AU2668 microcassette - Hal Moore

2770AU2669 cassette - Col. Ed Manning Interview about the Plei Me Battle of October 1965

2770AU2664 reel-to-reel - Cargo Slide Show Narration: Safety Copy

2770AU2665 reel-to-reel - Cargo Slide Show Narration: Original

2770AU2666 reel-to-reel - Air Cargo Show- Mixed Master

2770AU2659, 2770AU2660 2 Track Stereo - First Cav: Impressions of a Skytrooper (2)

2770AU2661 2 Track Stereo - #2-147 With You/ #2-148 I Want Your Love

2770AU2670 micro-cassette - Side A: Clarence Dunford Interview

2770AU2671 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: KTC George Long

2770AU2672 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: MACOI member

2770AU2673 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: MG Frank Ianni

2770AU2674 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: LTG Elvy Roberts

2770AU2675 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: Harry Kinndad

2770AU2676 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: Col. Jack Gibnes

2770AU2677 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: CBS

2770AU2678 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: Gen. Walter "Dutell" Kerwin

2770AU2679 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: Col. Bob Soriel

2770AU2680 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: Joe Knisstor

2770AU2681 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: Gen. Shy Meger

2770AU2682 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: Bill Laceh

2770AU2683 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: LTG Robert Gard

2770AU2684 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: Gen. Jack Galvin

2770AU2685 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: Intsums and Sit Reps

2770AU2686 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: LTC Dick Wood

2770AU2687 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: Gen. Bob Shoumaker

2770AU2688 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: MG Pete Taylor

2770AU2689 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: Gen. Pont Starry

2770AU2690 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: Julian Ewell

2770AU2691 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: John Talbot

2770AU2692 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: Datrith I

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Electronic Media

3.5" Floppy Disk - Image of Hoengsong 2770EM0649

3.5" Floppy Disk - Hoengsong 3 and 4 2770EM0650

3.5" Floppy Disk - Neil Aikin Hoengsong 6, 7 2770EM0651

3.5" Floppy Disk - Neil Aikin Hoengsong 3, 4, 5 2770EM0652

3.5" Floppy Disk - Neil Aikin Hoengsong 1 and 2 2770EM0653

3.5" Floppy Disk - Hoengsong 1 and 2 2770EM0654

3.5" Floppy Disk - Neil Aikin Hoengsong 8 2770EM0655

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Museum Objects

Felt marker drawing of a 1st Calvary Division Solder in Vietnam; 12 x 9 inches (framed) 2770museum4862

Two holsters 2770museum4868; 2770museum4869

Cotton duck bag 2770museum4870

Two harnesses 2770museum4871; 2770museum4872

Duffel bag 2770museum4873

Backpack 2770museum4874

U.S. Army Airborne School helmet 2770museum4875

Two ammunition cases 2770museum4876; 2770museum4877

Scythe head 2770museum4878

Helmet 2770museum4879

Camouflage helmet covering 2770museum4880

Shelter-Half Tent 2770museum4881

Bullet Fragment 2770museum4882

Set of Plastic Cutlery 2770museum4883

Acrylic painting of Bill Ellis with a Guitar; 17 x 17 inches; 2770museum4864

Framed acrylic painting of a fire in the jungle; 26 x 30 inches; 2770museum4865

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Posters

Signed photograph of Major General Harry Kinnard 2770poster0008

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2
Maps

2770map0064 Fragment of a 1:50000 map of part of western Quang Ngai province Sheet 6755-4

2770map0130 - Chart of Northern III Corps Showing VC Infiltration

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2
Microforms

2770Micro612 - Operational Report, Lessons Learned (ORLL), Headquarters, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), (U) - For quarter ending 31 July 1970

2770Micro613 - Operational Report, Lessons Learned (ORLL), Headquarters, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) (U) - For quarter ending 31 October 1970

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  • Box 1: [1] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D054.5]]
  • Box 2: [2] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D054.5]]
  • Box 3: [3] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D054.5]]
  • Box 4: [4] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D054.6]]
  • Box 5: [5] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D054.6]]
  • Box 6: [6] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D054.6]]
  • Box 7: [7] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, 2nd Floor, Stacks, D203.0 [D203.0]]

Inventory

  • A history of the Battle of Binh Long Province No Date
  • Sgt. Neil Aiken - Hoengsong 1/38 interview and correspondence 1999
  • Photographs - Hoengsong, Wonju, Chipyong-Ni 1951
  • Charlie Heath correspondence and interview 1996, 1999
  • (1 of 3) Second Infantry Division Korean War Veterans Alliance bulletins 1995-1999, 2001
  • (2 of 3) Second Infantry Division Korean War Veterans Alliance bulletins 1997, 1999-2000
  • (3 of 3) Second Infantry Division Korean War Veterans Alliance bulletins 2001-2003
  • Lawrence Gwin (LZ Albany) - correspondence, first hand accounts, notes 1984
  • Company D, 2nd of the 5th Cavalry, Mortar Platoon at LZ Xray - correspondence, notes, interviews, clippings 1998-2001
  • Misc. 187th - notes and a calendar 1993
  • Warren Harper I & R Platoon / 187th - correspondence and combat history 1996-1997
  • Letter to Coleman from Warren Belt dated 24 March 1996
  • LTG Burton Patrick - correspondence and interviews 1990-1991
  • 2nd Division history - clippings No Date
  • Rakkasan history - clippings No Date
  • 187th clippings from Static Line 1996, 1999
  • A working bibliography of Military History Institute sources on the 187th Infantry Regiment 1995
  • The Para-Quartermaster Review with correspondence ca. 1951, 2001
  • The Rakkasans in Korea 1997
  • Paul Geier research source form No Date
  • Colonel William Boyle - correspondence and clippings 1996, 1999
  • Gilbert Gregg - C Company/187th ARCT correspondence and first hand account 1996-1997
  • Coleman's request for sources - E Company return to sender 1999
  • Sergeant Jimmy Jones E Company/187th Airborne Infantry Regiment - correspondence, award citations, after action reports 1951, 1996, 1999
  • John O. Morris Company E/187th Airborne - personal account, unit citation, history project questionnaire 1951, 1993
  • Coleman's request for sources 1999
  • Norman Lebrun Company E/187th Airborne interview 1999
  • Company F/187th Airborne after battle report for 14 and 15 February 1951
  • Colonel James A. Nix - personal account and correspondence 1999
  • Colonel Donald Roberts - after action report, interview, correspondence 1999
  • George Pickett Company F/187th Airborne - interview and reports 1951, 1999
  • Clippings 2002
  • Coleman's request for sources from G Company/187th Airborne 1999
  • Colonel Jones Epps Company G/187th Airborne - reports and correspondence 1951, 1999
  • Jones Epps' notes on Inje 2002
  • Virgil Clemmons G Company/187th Airborne - rosters and correspondence 1981, 1992, 1995-1997
  • John Hare G Company/187th Airborne - correspondence, interview, personal account 1999
  • Earl Wooley Company G/187th Airborne interview 1999
  • G Company summary No Date
  • John R. Cullen G Company/187th Airborne history project questionnaire No Date
  • Notes No Date
  • Letter to Coleman from Pete Lapham dated 11 October 1999 (HQ 2nd Battalion)
  • John Bramblett G Company/187th Airborne interview 1999
  • Letter to Coleman from Carroll Hutchison dated 14 January 2001
  • Frank Scalzo Company G/187th Airborne - personal account 1988
  • G Company responses - interview and correspondence 1999-2000
  • Letter to Coleman from Ted Huckabee dated 23 August 1988
  • Corporal Ray Gonzales Company G/187th Airborne - award citation 1951
  • Captain John Miley G Company/187th Airborne - interview and correspondence 1996, 1998-1999, 2001
  • Major General John R. D. Cleland G Company/187th Airborne - correspondence, interview, draft selections of Wonju 1996, 1998-1999, 2001
  • Rakkasan Joel Nyquist - correspondence and personal accounts 1987, 1998
  • Bob Tully correspondence 1997-1998
  • Don Boor - memo and clippings 1951, 1993
  • Charles O. Brooks - K Company/187th Airborne correspondence 1996
  • David V. Carr Parachute Maintenance Company/187th Airborne correspondence No Date
  • Clarence Dunford G Company/187th Airborne - correspondence and interview 1999
  • Letter to Coleman from Carroll Hutchison dated 21 March 1999
  • Letter to Coleman from Fred Cichinelli dated 1 April 1999
  • Dick Link G Company/187th Airborne - interview with notes 1999
  • George Farquhar G Company/187th Airborne - correspondence and history project questionnaire 1997
  • Notes on Arthur Henderson No Date
  • Bob Tully correspondence II 1973, 2001
  • Brigadier General Delbert Munson interview 1999
  • Colonel Bill Weber Company K/187th Airborne - reports, interview, correspondence, history project questionnaire 1951, 1996, 1999
  • Letters regarding Pleiku, clippings, pamphlets, financial statements, personal accounts 1988-1991
  • Columbus Enquirer clippings 1988
  • Coleman's biographical sketch and badge from the 55th annual 1st Cavalry Division Association reunion No Date
  • Army Times (29 May 2000) clipping
  • From Powder River to Soyang, the 300th Armored Field Artillery in Korea: A Case Study of the Integration of the Reserve Component into the Active Force by Thomas S. Grodecki, Center of Military History, Washington, DC No Date
  • 2nd Infantry Division Korean War Veterans Alliance bulletin - usable stories 1997, 1999
  • Sam Mace interview - 38th Infantry Regiment, Tank Company 1998-1999
  • Jim Hinton - 38th Infantry Regiment, Tank Company interview and correspondence 1998-1999
  • Jack Rogers - 38th Infantry Regiment, Tank Company interview 1999
  • 38th Infantry Regiment, Tank Company war diary and correspondence 1951, 2000
  • 82nd AA Battalion bulletin and interview 1998-1999
  • Colonel John Blackwell interview 1999
  • Jack Anderson - 1/38th Infantry (Hoengsong) correspondence and selections from Warrior by Choice...by Chance 1999-2000
  • Major General Jim Sheldon (2nd Battalion, 38th Infantry) interview 1998
  • Sources contacted for Wonju 1998
  • Dr. R. J. Kohen (23rd Infantry) interview 1999
  • Decisive Battles of the Korean War: An Infantry Company Commander's View of the War's Most Critical Engagements by Lt. Col. Sherman W. Pratt (photocopy) 1992
  • Major General Joe Kingston - 3rd Battalion, 32nd Regiment, 7th Infantry Division interview and articles 1996, 1998
  • Don Kennedy - 2nd Recon article and correspondence 1951-1952, 1999
  • Corporal George Blossingham correspondence 1998-1999
  • Time clippings (February - March 1951)
  • General James H. Polk oral history 1971-1972
  • Writing Wonju - America's Tenth Legion by Shelby Stanton (photocopy) 1982
  • General Paul L. Freeman - oral history and bulletin 1974, 1998
  • General Gary Luck's map sheet numbers 1996
  • Korean era weaponry clippings No Date
  • Heart of Dragon (language - measurements), Montana Korean War Memorial dedication ceremony program 1997
  • Enter the Dragon by Russell Spurr (photocopy) with correspondence 1999
  • General Herbert Powell oral history No Date
  • Korea 1951-1953 by John Miller, Major Owen Carroll, and Margaret Tackley (Army Center of Military History) - photocopy with notes 1996
  • American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964 by William Manchester (photocopy) 1978
  • General Edmund Almond oral history 1975
  • The Bloody Road to Panmunjom by Edwin P. Hoyt (photocopy) 1985
  • The Korean War 1950-1953 (Men at Arms Series) by Nigel Thomas and Peter Abbott (photocopy) 1986
  • Newsweek clippings (February - March 1951)
  • Major General George Stewart first hand accounts No Date
  • Rise of the Chinese Republic by Edwin P. Hoyt (photocopy) 1989
  • The Role of the Chinese Army by John Gittings (photocopy) 1967
  • The Search for Modern China by Jonathan Spence (photocopy) 1990
  • Memoirs of a Chinese Marshal: The Autobiographical Notes of Peng Dehuai (1898-1974) - photocopy No Date
  • This Kind of War: A Study in Unpreparedness by T. R. Fehrenbach (photocopy) 1963
  • Major Tom Kelly - Chipyong-Ni correspondence and clippings 1997-1999
  • Map sheets of Silim-Ni No Date
  • Billy Mossman notes for Ebb and Flow (11-12 February 1951)
  • Billy Mossman notes for Ebb and Flow (14 February 1951)
  • Billy Mossman notes for Ebb and Flow (15-16 February 1951)
  • Billy Mossman notes for Ebb and Flow (15 February 1951)
  • Billy Mossman notes for Ebb and Flow (13 February 1951)
  • Billy Mossman notes Thunderbolt and Round Up 1951
  • Colonel Hamburger, Task Force Crombez excerpts 1993
  • Marketing material for Warrior by Choice...by Chance by Jack Anderson 1998
  • The Chinese High Command by William W. Whitson (photocopy) No Date
  • Writing Wonju - From Pusan to Panmunjom by General Paik Sun Yap (photocopy) 1992
  • The Korean War by Max Hastings (photocopy) 1987
  • Chipyong-Ni - Gretchen Barrett correspondence, unit citations, clippings 1951, 1984-1985, 1988, 1993, 1998
  • The Korean War by General Matthew B. Ridgway (photocopy) 1967
  • Writing Wonju - In Mortal Combat by John Toland (photocopy) 1991
  • Map makers for Wonju - correspondence and bulletin 1998-1999
  • Task Force Crombez: Running the Gauntlet, excerpt from Leadership in the Crucible: Twin Tunnels and Chipyong-Ni by K. E. Hamburger 1993
  • Document analyses for Wonju No Date
  • Wonju chapter drafts and correspondence 1999
  • Document analysis sheets, list of Korean place names No Date
  • Letter to Coleman from Major Charles E. Klinkbiel, 37th Artillery 1999
  • Correspondence from Earl Dube, 37th Artillery 1999
  • Wonju contributors - cards sent, clippings No Date
  • Writing Wonju - summary of book (final) No Date
  • Wonju chapter outlines 1999
  • Maury Ednuns interview (Pleiku campaign - first brigades, final battles) No Date
  • 1/5, 2/5, 2/12 - correspondence and interviews 1989-1990
  • Notes on brigades No Date
  • 1/7, 2/7, 5/7 - organizational history and correspondence 1989
  • 1/21 Artillery - notes and correspondence 1989
  • Interview with LTG Robert Gard, 9th Division 1988
  • Aviation - notes and correspondence 1989
  • 1/8, 2/8, 1/12 - correspondence and interviews 1969, 1989
  • Letter to Coleman from R. Dean Sharp No Date
  • General Robert Shoemaker - interview and presentation on Cambodia 1989-1990
  • Dean Sharp correspondence No Date
  • George Long interview 1989
  • Colonel Jack Gibney - interview, Incursion chapter, and clippings 1968, 1982, 1989-1990
  • Fire Base Ike reports 1969
  • Interview with LTC Dick Wood, Commander, 2/8 Cavalry and Division G-3 1990
  • LTC Frank Ianni, Commander, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry - interview and reports 1970, 1989
  • General Jack Galvin - correspondence and interview 1988, 1990
  • Interview with Mike Conrad, CO 2/8 Cavalry 1989
  • Operational Report - Lessons Learned, Headquarters, 1st Cavalry Division, period ending 31 October 1969 (March 24, 1970)
  • Birthday card No Date
  • Electronic battlefield - articles, statement by Major General Ellis Williamson before the Senate Armed Forces Committee 1970-1971
  • 1st Cavalry Division organizational chart 1969
  • 1st Cavalry Division senior officer Cambodia slide script 1970
  • MG Joe Kingston inteview 1989
  • After action reports and unit citations 1965-1966
  • 1st Cavalry Division operational report for quarterly period ending 31 January 1969 (February 15, 1969)
  • Ken Mertel interview No Date
  • Morrie Brady interview 1990
  • Julian Ewell interview 1990
  • General Shy Meyer interview 1989
  • Colonel Bob Sorley interview 1989
  • Sharpening the Combat Edge: The Use of Analysis to Reinforce Military Judgement by Lieutenant General Julian J. Ewell and Major General Ira A. Hunt (photocopy) 1974
  • General Donn Starry interview 1989
  • George Stotser interview 1990
  • Colonel Jim Leach interview 1990
  • General Bob Kingston interview 1989
  • Operational reports for Cambodia (February-April 1969, May-July 1970)
  • Godwin Ordway interview (April 30, 1990)
  • Clippings, memos regarding Tri-Cap Division Information Activities (1970-1971)
  • MG Elvy Roberts - interview, debriefing report 1970
  • Neil Sheehan - interview, clippings 1988
  • John Paul Vann - interview, correspondence, memos 1969
  • George Forsythe interview 1974
  • Duty, Honor, Vietnam: Twelve Men of West Point by Ivan Prashker (photocopy) 1988
  • Steve Banko clippings 1984, 1986
  • Matt Brennan correspondence (December 1989, February 1990)
  • Operational report - lessons learned, headquarters, 1st Cavalry Division, period ending 30 April 1970 (November 12, 1970)
  • Operational report - lessons learned, 1st Cavalry Division, period ending 31 January 1970 (February 15, 1970)
  • MG Eckhardt debriefing report for period 15 January 1968 to 1 June 1969 (July 1,1969)
  • Merit award nominees - clippings 1970, 1989
  • Request for copies of efficiency reports (22 October 1969)
  • Fire bases constructed and closed 1 May - 31 July 1970
  • (1 of 7) Pleiku draft No Date
  • (2 of 7) Pleiku draft No Date
  • (3 of 7) Pleiku draft No Date
  • (4 of 7) Pleiku draft No Date
  • (5 of 7) Pleiku draft No Date
  • (6 of 7) Pleiku draft No Date
  • (7 of 7) Pleiku draft No Date
  • Pleiku - correspondence, notes, bulletins 1966, 1985-1988
  • Air Assault Techniques - correspondence, clippings, booklets 1964-1966, 1987
  • Plei Me Society correspondence 1985-1986
  • Plei Me campaign source material - after action reports 1965-1966
  • Pleiku - content summary and chapter outline, unit citation, correspondence 1987
  • General Richard Knowles - interview, correspondence, clippings 1983, 1985, 1987
  • Pleiku campaign historical sources - lessons learned 1964-1965
  • U.S. Army pictures - candidates for book (Pleiku) 1965-1966
  • LZ Golf photographs (March 1966)
  • Leaders (photographs) 1963-1965
  • ARVN H.T.F. ambush site (32nd regiment) - 28 February 1966
  • Site of battle between NVA battalion and 2/8 Cavalry - 28 February 1966
  • North bank Ia Drang (3-November fight) No Date
  • Incursion prologue draft No Date
  • LZ Albany - 4 March 1966
  • Associated Press candidates 1965
  • Clippings, press releases, and award citations 1965-1966
  • The Lure and the Ambush: An Account of the Opening Battle of Phase Three in the Struggle for the Highlands 19 October 1965 - 26 November 1965 by Major William Boyle and Major Robert Samabria (photocopy)
  • Interview transcripts, correspondence, clippings 1965-1966, 1985-1986, 1988
  • Microfilm facsimiles No Date
  • LZ Xray - 4 March 1966
  • Site of captured NVA hospital - 28 February 1966
  • Plei Me CIDG camp - 28 February 1966
  • Source material - unit citations 1965
  • Pleiku campaign - awards orders (1965-1966), History of the First Battalion, Fifth Cavalry Regiment Black Knights 1 July - 31 December 1965 by Capt. Harold Aldrich No Date
  • Company B 1st Battalion 5th Cavalry award citation - 20 January 1966
  • John Pritchard correspondence - April 1968
  • Letter to Captain John Cash from Colonel Thomas Brown - 8 August 1967
  • Tony Nadal correspondence (photocopy) No Date
  • Award citations, memos, notes - January-February, November 1966
  • Award citations - November 1965 - January 1966
  • Clippings - Charlie Black 1965-1966, 1983
  • Award citations, interview notes, correspondence 1965-1968
  • Award citations - March 1966
  • Award citations - January - March 1966
  • Individual decorations for heroism (excerpt) No Date
  • Award citations - Company A, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry - 9 February 1966
  • Award citations - Company D, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry - January - March 1966
  • Award citations - Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry - January - March 1966
  • Interview with Jon Mills, 229 AHB, on LZ Xray No Date
  • Myron Droyrik account of activities on 14 November 1965 No Date
  • Captain Bob Edwards interview No Date
  • Colonel John Herren interviews and correspondence 1967-1968, 1987
  • Award citations - Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry - February - March 1966
  • Award citations - HQ Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry - December 1965, February 1966
  • Award citations - Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry - January - March 1966
  • Correspondence - January 1968
  • After action report - Crazy Horse - 15 June 1966
  • After action report - Masher/Whitewing (1st Air Cavalry Division, 3rd Brigade) 10 March 1966
  • Incursion book reviews, layouts, and charts 1991
  • Clipping re: 1st Cavalry horse detachment - Houston Post (July 31, 1990)
  • Letter from Coleman to Colonel Harry Summers - January 5, 1989
  • Pleiku review - Air Force magazine (December 1988)
  • Pleiku reviews 1988-1989
  • Pleiku reviews 1988-1989
  • Pleiku reviews 1988
  • Pleiku review - Soldier of Fortune (November 1988)
  • Pleiku speech - April 21, 1990
  • St. Martin's Press invoices for Pleiku 1988-1990
  • St. Martin's Press correspondence re: Pleiku and clippings 1987-1989
  • Incursion - proposal outine and overview 1988
  • Correspondents - general data 1965, 1970
  • MACOI briefing - 27 April 1969
  • Valorous citation - B Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division 1966-1968
  • Operation Crazy Horse articles 1966
  • B Company 2/8 rosters 1966-1967
  • S.L.A. Marshall obituary 1977
  • Valorous unit citation - Company B, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, correspondence 1966-1968, 1970
  • Notes and correspondence re: Incursion 1989-1991
  • Incursion reviews 1991-1992
  • Letters from Incursion sources 1991
  • Letters from sources, clippings 1969, 1988-1989, 1991-1995
  • Letter to Coleman from Matt Brennan - August 4, 1991
  • Letters from sources, clippings 1970, 1989-1990, 1997, 1999
  • Incursion reviews 1991-1992
  • Incursion review - Kirkus (July 1, 1991)
  • Incursion review - Ambassador William Colby August 5, 1991
  • Letters from sources and book reviews 1989-1991
  • Letter to Coleman from Elizabeth Maynard - May 3, 2000
  • General Vietnam clippings 1981-1983, 1985, 1988
  • The Shield and the Hammer: The 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in War Zone C and Western III Corps (photocopy) 1969
  • 1st Cavalry T.V. show expanded outline No Date
  • Secrets of War - Hidden in Plain Sight - Gordon Forbes correspondence 1998
  • 11th Air Assault clippings and booklets 1963
  • Column material 1965-1966
  • Clippings, press releases, and an 11th Air Assault Civilian Orientation booklet 1961, 1963, 1965-1966, 1987
  • P.I.O. Reunion No Date
  • Clippings and correspondence regarding Charlie Black 1965, 1982-1983
  • Charlie Black clippings 1965, 1982
  • Charlie Black clippings and photographs, correspondence 1966
  • Charlie Black clippings 1965-1966, 1968
  • Charlie Black clippings 1966
  • Charlie Black: The Ernie Pyle of the Vietnam War by Major Ned Baxter Ennis (photocopy), photographs, clippings, correspondence 1965-1966, 1968, 1985, 1987
  • Ia Drang Battle Analysis Conference - agenda, clippings, correspondence 1993
  • Bill Ellis clipping 1991
  • DINFOS Bibliography of Theses and Reports Related to Military Information Activities (Volume II June 1972)
  • FM 100-5 Operations (May 1986)
  • Michael Johnson VA campaign - award citations, clippings, after action reports (November 1965 - March 1966)
  • Nancy Poole article - correspondence, clipping, photographs (August - September 1990)
  • The Gatekeeper: A Case Study in the Selection of News by David Manning White (from Journalism Quarterly Fall 1950)
  • A Branch for Information? by J. D. Coleman 1965
  • Leadership and Ingratiation (essay draft) No Date
  • Lam Son 719 by Major General Nguyen Duy Hinh, 1984
  • Transcript of speech given by Mr. Braestrup at the DINFOS No Date
  • A tribute to Major General Harry Kinnard 1966
  • Clippings 1982
  • Clippings 1968, 1984-1985
  • Clippings with Cavalair letter 1990
  • Bill Ellis concept album - flyers, notes, clippings, lyrics, correspondence 1985
  • South Georgia Blues scenario No Date
  • Letter to Coleman from St. Martin's Press regarding South Georgia Blues (June 28, 1995)
  • South Georgia Blues - summary and cast of characters 1995
  • Reflections on the Vietnam War by General Cao Van Vien and Lieutenant General Dong Van Khuyen, 1984
  • RLG Military Operations and Activities in the Laotian Panhandle by Brigadier General Soutchay Vongsavanh, 1984
  • Intelligence by Colonel Hoang Ngoc Lung, 1984
  • Pacification by Brigadier General Tran Dinh Tho, 1984
  • The General Offensives of 1968-69 by Colonel Hoang Ngoc Lung, 1984 (with ephemera)
  • The Easter Offensive of 1972 by Lieutenant General Ngo Quang Truong, 1984
  • The Khmer Republic at War and the Final Collapse by Lieutenant General Sak Sutsakhan, 1984
  • The Cambodian Incursion by Brigadier General Tran Dinh Tho, 1984 (with ephemera)
  • RVNAF and US Operational Cooperation and Coordination by Lieutenant General Ngo Quang Truong, 1984
  • Public information office presentation transparencies No Date
  • Correspondence August 1965
  • Correspondence September 1965
  • Correspondence October 1965
  • Correspondence November 1965
  • Correspondence December 1965
  • Correspondence January 1966
  • Correspondence February 1966
  • Correspondence March 1966
  • Correspondence April 1966
  • Correspondence May 1966
  • Correspondence June 1966
  • Correspondence July 1966
  • Correspondence August 1966
  • Correspondence December 1960, December 1969, ca. May 1969
  • Correspondence and clippings 1965-1966
  • Photographs, column notes, clippings, correspondence (January - March 1968, April 1969)
  • First Team Christmas card - 1969
  • Correspondence (2001-2004) and family history
  • Officer Evaluation Reports (July 1963 - June 1979)
  • (1 of 3) 201 File
  • (2 of 3) 201 File
  • (3 of 3) 201 File
  • Coleman biographical information and letters of appreciation 1972-1973, 1976
  • Correspondence and photographs 1979-1988
  • Recommendation letters 1957, 1966, 1987
  • Coleman bio and letter of resignation 1990
  • Coleman bio ca. 1988
  • Coleman university transcript (photocopy) June 4, 1956
  • Personal mementos - greeting cards, high school newsletter, army appointment/promotion documents 1957-1958, 1962-1964
  • Coleman clippings 1951, 1967-1969, 1976, 2001
  • Hal Moore correspondence 1973
  • Coleman clippings 1988
  • Retirement folio 1979
  • Transcripts 1956, 1968-1969
  • Job applications and newsletter 1990, 1997-1998
  • Education correspondence 1967, 1969, 1972
  • Thesis proposal, How They Brought the News from Washington to Dubuque (Predecessors of the Office of War Information) by LaMar S. MacKay and Robert L. Bishop No Date
  • Telegrams and clippings, photographs 1929, 1932, 1958, 1970
  • Coleman's Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Montana State University 1956
  • Coleman's certificate of retirement and retirement review program 1979
  • Madeline Coleman certificate of appreciation ca. 1979
  • Coleman's award citations - Bronze Star Medal and Legion of Merit, photographs 1970
  • Award citations and Coleman's Legion of Merit award 1970-1972
  • Coleman's Legion of Merit award 1979
  • Letter to Coleman from Forest Service Public and Governmental Relations staff upon his retirement April 2, 1997
  • Vietnam: the View Beyond the Battle (booklet)
  • The Face of Viet-Nam: the Land & the People (booklet)
  • Focus: 7th Infantry Division and Fort Ord, a Unit/Station of Choice (booklet)
  • Tropic Lightning: a History of the 25th Infantry Division (booklet)
  • Miscellaneous clippings
  • Ink drawing of two soldiers crossing a river
  • Oversize
  • Coleman's Air Medal award 1966
  • Coleman's Legion of Merit award 1970 (restricted access)
  • Coleman's Legion of Merit award 1972
  • 1st Cavalry Division Presidential Unit Citation award ca. 1965
  • One Year in Vietnam by Dave Wolfe (scrapbook photocopy) 1969-1970 (restricted access)
  • Clippings (July 9, 1970; October 2, 1988)
  • Map sketches and troop formations (1966)
  • The Moving Wall (Sunday Ledger-Enquirer supplement); clippings (July 18, 1965; October 18, 1987)
6
Books

Choppers: the Heroic Birth of Helicopter Warfare by J. D. Coleman, 1988.

Pleiku: the Dawn of Helicopter Warfare in Vietnam by J. D. Coleman, 1988.

The Rakkasans : the combat history of the 187th Airborne Infantry by E. M. Flanagan, 1997.

Under Fire: Great Photographers and Writers in Vietnam by Catherine Leroy, 2005.

We were Soldiers Once -and Young: Ia Drang, the battle that changed the war in Vietnam by Harold G Moore and Joseph L Galloway, 1992.

Wonju: the Gettysburg of the Korean War by J. D. Coleman, 2000.

23
Serials

The Air Cavalry Division: The First Team Orientation Handbook: 1970: Spring

The Air Cavalry Division: 1968: April, September

The Americal: The Magazine of the 23 Infantry Division: 1971: Spring

The Americal: The Quarterly Magazine of the Americal Division,
Vietnam: 1970: July

Army: 1969: August

Armed Forces Journal: 1971, February

Danger Forward: 1970: Spring (2 copies)

The First Team: 1969: Fall; 1970: Summer, Fall; 1970-1971

Hawk: 1968: October

The Hurricane: A Publication of II Field Force Vietnam: 1970: January

The Military Journalist: 1970, Summer

Newsweek: 1965, November

Rendezvous with Destiny: 1970: Spring

Sky Soldier: 1971: Spring, Summer

Tour 365: 1969: Winter

Uptight: 1970: Fall

Vietnam Today: 1966

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Newspapers

The American Traveler: 1970: April 3

Cavalair: 1966: May 5, May 12, June 2; 1969: March 4, April 2, April 9, April 16, April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28, June 4, June 11, June 25, July 2, July 9, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, August 20, August 27, Summer, September 10, September 24, October 1, October 8, October 15, October 22, November 5, November 12, November 19, November 26, December 3, December 10, December 17, December 24, December 31; 1970: January 7, January 14, January 21, February 4, February 11, February 18, February 25, March 11, April 8 (2 copies), April 15, April 22, April 29, May 20, June 3; August 5; 1971: March 2, March 10

Fort Lewis Ranger: 2001: February 1, February 8

Panorama: 1974: January 18, March 29

Stars and Stripes: 1973: July 1; 1984: November 10

The Daily Inter Lake: 1966: January 30

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Photographs

Portrait of Coleman; b&w; 10 x 8 inches

PFC Warren, PFC Berry, PFC Copelane, and SP4 Foote (Company B, 4th Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade) share a food package prior to the final assault on Hill 875 near Dak To (November 22, 1967); color, cardboard backing; 15.5 x 19.25 inches

Two helicopters in flight with a damaged convoy in the distance; color, cardboard backing; 16 x 20 inches

An unidentified unit crossing a paddy in Vietnam; color, cardboard backing; 16 x 20 inches

View of the ocean; b&w; 3.25 x 2.25 inches

Unidentified boy; b&w; 2.5 x 1.75 inches

2 photographs – a building site; negatives; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Coleman and a fellow soldier with their female companions and waiter at the No. 1 Club in Beppu, Japan (August 3, 1951); b&w; 3 x 4.25 inches

Scenes from a beach; 1 negative strip (4 photographs)

Soldiers conducting a training exercise; 2 negative strips (8 photographs)

Soldiers in formation; b&w; 3.25 x 4.25 inches

Portrait of Coleman in uniform; negative; 5 x 4 inches

Two unidentified women sitting back to back; b&w; 4.5 x 2.75 inches

11 photographs - KBTK staff (February 21, 1959); negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

19 photographs - Coleman and his family at Christmas; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

4 photographs – Coleman in uniform with his children; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

15 photographs – scenes from Hanford Atomic Products Operation; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

8 photographs – Coleman with his wife and children; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

Coleman with his wife; scenes from Coleman’s wedding; a tower; scenes from a hospital; soldiers conducting a training exercise; 5 negative strips (19 photographs)

View of the ocean; b&w; 3.5 x 2.5 inches

3 photographs – soldiers examining a weapon; a football game; negatives; 2.25 x 3.25 inches

Family scenes; 1 negative strip (3 photographs)

Wedding scenes; 2 negative strips (7 photographs)

Family scenes; Coleman and his family at Christmas; men in uniform; 7 negative strips (21 photographs)

14 photographs – Coleman and his children at Christmas; portraits of Coleman’s children; b&w, color; 2.5 x 3.5 inches, 3.5 x 3.5 inches

11 photographs – Coleman’s wife and children at Christmas; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

Coleman’s wife; beach scenes; an airport; a press conference; 5 negative strips (13 photographs)

11 photographs – Coleman and his family at Christmas; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

9 photographs – Coleman and others at the Long Creek Fire Protection District fire station; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

An unidentified woman behind a desk; negative; 2.25 x 3.25 inches

7 photographs – a football game; negatives; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

9 photographs – Coleman in uniform; Coleman with his children; an unidentified woman; negatives; 4.75 x 2.75 inches, 2.5 x 2.5 inches

2 photographs – men working near a railway track; an unidentified woman; b&w; 2.5 x 3.5 inches, 4.5 x 2.75 inches

Two unidentified women working in an office; negative; 2.25 x 3.25 inches

Coleman with his son and mother; 1 negative strip (4 photographs)

16 photographs – Coleman’s graduation; Coleman and his children; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

A group of soldiers gathered in front of a long building; negative; 2.5 x 3.75 inches

11 photographs – Coleman’s wife and children at Christmas; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

Coleman with his wife and children; 4 negative strips (16 photographs)

18 photographs – Coleman at a dairy farm; Coleman at an unidentified base; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

2 photographs – a wedding scene; two men standing by a car at an unidentified base; negatives; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

An unidentified man with two unidentified women at a skating outing; b&w; 4.25 x 3.25 inches

3 photographs – Coleman with his wife and child; Coleman in a football uniform; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches, 2.5 x 3.75 inches

An unidentified unit posing on a staircase; negative; 2.5 x 4 inches

Coleman in a football uniform; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Two soldiers grabbing some chow; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

3 photographs – men working on a railway track; negatives; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Soldiers conducting firing drills; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

A soldier standing guard in front of a building; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Soldiers standing next to an army truck; negative; 2.5 x 4 inches

9 photographs – Coleman, his wife, and children; men working near a railway track; a film crew; a man eating; negatives; 3.75 x 2.5 inches

12 photographs – Coleman with his wife and children; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

12 photographs – scenes from Hanford Atomic Products Operation; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

An unidentified man standing in the snow; b&w; 3 x 2.75 inches

9 photographs – scenes from Hanford Atomic Products Operation; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

8 photographs – scenes from Hanford Atomic Products Operation; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

9 photographs – scenes from Hanford Atomic Products Operation; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

11 photographs – scenes from Hanford Atomic Products Operation; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

12 photographs – scenes from Hanford Atomic Products Operation; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

11 photographs – scenes from Hanford Atomic Products Operation; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

2 photographs - Coleman and others at the Long Creek Fire Protection District fire station; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

A football team practicing; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

A football player kicking a ball; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

2 photographs - aerial view of a street; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

An unidentified building; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Three soldiers standing on a staircase; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

View from a roof; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Man standing in front of building; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

View of the ocean; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

2 photographs – an unidentified building; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Winging home (parade float); negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

2 photographs – street scene; aerial view of a street; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Journalism (parade float); negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

A row of parked cars; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Soldiers examining a machine; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

An unidentified building; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

A football game; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

A row of parked cars; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

A man walking across a lawn; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

A man standing on a path; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Soldiers examining a machine; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Soldiers examining a weapon; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

A football game; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Four men crowded around a table; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Coleman sitting on a couch; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

A large crowd of people; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

A football game; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

A group of men standing in front of a bus; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

A large crowd of people; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

A marching band; negative; 2.5 x 3.5 inches

8 photographs – scenes from Hanford Atomic Products Operation; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

23 photographs – Coleman and his fellow soldiers in Japan (1948); negatives; 2.5 x 3.5 inches, 1.75 x 2.75 inches

11 photographs – Coleman with his wife and children; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

8 photographs – Coleman with his mother; Coleman’s son; an unidentified building in the mountains; negatives; 2.5 x 2.5 inches

6 photographs – unidentified Vietnam battle sites; aerial view of Montagnard-U.S. Special Forces camp at Plei Me (October 20, 1965); b&w; 8 x 10 inches

Brigadier General Richard Knowles, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Tully, and Lieutenant Colonel John Stoner (1st Air Calvary Division) confer at LZ X-Ray (November 16, 1965); b&w; 7 x 5 inches

3 photographs (with transparencies) – LZ Golf; b&w; 10 x 8 inches (transparencies 5 x 5 inches)

5 photographs – York and Kinnard conferring, while Timm looks on; Kinnard standing in front of a helicopter; portrait of Colonel Roberts, Chief of Staff, 11th Air Assault Division (October 24, 1963); portrait of Brigadier General John Wright, Assistant Division Commander, 11th Air Assault Division (March 2, 1965); portrait of Brigadier General Richard Knowles, Assistant Division Commander, 11th Air Assault Division (August 27, 1964); b&w; 5 x 7 inches, 10 x 8 inches

7 photographs – Presidential Rose Garden presentation on the Pleiku campaign (featuring Lyndon Johnson); b&w; 8 x 10 inches

1 photograph, 2 proof sheets – Pleiku Province ambush sites ZA1716 and ZA1717; b&w; 8 x 10 inches

3 photographs, 2 proof sheets – site of Pleiku battle between NVA battalion and the 2/8 Calvary (February 28, 1966); b&w; 8 x 10 inches

3 photographs, 1 transparency – Ia Drang battle site; b&w; 8 x 10 inches (transparency 5 x 5 inches)

17 photographs, 2 negative strips (7 photographs) – helicopters; artillery; army trucks; aerial view from helicopter gunner position; b&w, color; 5 x 7 inches, 4 x 6 inches

Coleman and Ryan standing in front of a map (March 1, 1970); b&w; 8 x 10 inches

7 photographs, 1 transparency – LZ Albany; b&w; 10 x 8 inches

3 photographs – aerial view of a Montagnard-U.S. Special Forces camp at Plei Me (October 20, 1965); a Vietnamese soldier moves past a crashed helicopter near Plei Ya Dran after smashing a Viet Cong ambush; Viet Cong prisoner questioned from behind barbed wire cell after attack on Plei Me camp (October 28, 1965); b&w; 8 x 10 inches

4 photographs – LZ Laramie; CH-47 Chinook helicopter at LZ Pony (January 1967); an NVA battle streamer captured December 2, 1967; LZ Laramie (November 1967); color; 3.5 x 5.25 inches

Viet Cong prisoner questioned from behind barbed wire cell after attack on Plei Me camp (October 28, 1965); b&w; 5 x 7 inches

14 photographs – an air landing near Plei Me Special Forces Camp; H-13 scout helicopter of the 1st squadron, 9th Calvary; battle scenes featuring soldiers of the 1st Calvary Division in the Ia Drang Valley (November 16, 1965); a helicopter; members of the 3rd Platoon, A Company, 173rd Airborne Brigade exiting a helicopter; soldiers on patrol while helicopters fly overhead; landing zone operation near Trang Bang (November 20, 1964); 1st Calvary Division evacuating their dead after engagement in the Ia Drang Valley (November 18, 1965); aerial views of Plei Me Special Forces camp during Viet Cong attack (October 20, 1965); a Vietnamese soldier moves past a crashed helicopter near Plei Ya Dran after smashing a Viet Cong ambush; troops of 1st squadron, 9th Calvary prepare to go on search mission during Operation Thayer II (January 1967); b&w; 5 x 7 inches, 8 x 10 inches, 5 x 8 inches

6 photographs, 1 transparency – LZ Xray; b&w; 8 x 10 inches

2 photographs, 1 proof sheet – site of captured NVA hospital (February 28, 1966); b&w; 8 x 10 inches

2 photographs, 1 proof sheet, 3 transparencies – Plei Me CIDG Camp (February 28, 1966); b&w; 8 x 10 inches

69 photographs, 2 transparencies – an airplane flying over Vietnam; a soldier sitting on the wheel of a helicopter; an unidentified unit posing between two helicopters; helicopters on a ship’s flight deck; a helicopter squadron; paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade move to secure the landing zone; General Westmoreland and General Throckmorton watch as troops from the 1st Calvary Division come ashore at Qui Nhon; a soldier repairing a helicopter; a helicopter transporting a damaged aircraft; a Vietnamese woman shelters her child during a firefight between the Viet Cong and 1st Air Cavalry Division troops during Operation Thayer II (January 1967); a helicopter in flight; soldiers fire M-16s off of the fantail of a ship for target practice; a 1st Cavalry Division welcoming ceremony at Qui Nhon; Sergeant Heath (1st Calvary Division, 15th Medical Battalion) provides medical aid to a native laborer in An Khe; a Viet Cong booby trap; a helicopter firing a missile; Captain Sommers (1st Air Cavalry) contracts with a local priest for laundry service in An Khe; 1st Cavalry troops coming ashore at Qui Nhon (September 12, 1965); maps of southeast Asia; troops at an airfield; a sign painted by citizenry of An Khe on September 9, 1965; General Waters greets a 1st Calvary trooper debarking at Qui Nhon (September 12, 1965); 1st Cavalry troops load onto trucks after debarking at Qui Nhon (September 12, 1965); soldiers unloading an airplane; Vietnamese workers take a break from their work to eat their afternoon meal; Major General Kinnard (Commanding General of 2nd Corps) and General Westmoreland; troop berthing area; General Kinnard greets incoming troops at Qui Nhon; CH-47 Chinooks on the flight deck of the USNS Boxer at anchor in Qui Nhon Harbor (September 12, 1965); Vietnamese workers receive their pay in exchange for clearing the area around An Khe for the 1st Air Calvary Division as part of Operation Golf Course (September 12, 1965); troops disembarking from a helicopter; Captain Haynes gives a Vietnamese boy his pay in exchange for clearing the area around An Khe for the 1st Air Calvary Division as part of Operation Golf Course (September 12, 1965); troops of the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade load up on their way to a search and destroy operation north-east of Bien Hoa; an airplane taking off; a 1st Cavalry medic treats a wounded skytrooper on the beach near Bongson during Operation Thayer II; a ship carrying 1st Cavalry Division troops pulls into Pearl Harbor; 1st Calvary Division troops load onto the USNS Upshur headed to Vietnam; soldiers prepare helicopters to be shipped to Vietnam; battle scenes; Sergeant Hines instructs a Vietnamese interpreter on work priorities in An Khe during Operation Golf Course (September 12, 1965); UH-1Bs provide air support for the 173rd Airborne Brigade during a search and destroy operation at Pleiku; a soldier sprays a helicopter with a protective agent prior to shipment to Vietnam; a soldier points things out on a map of Vietnam during an in-country orientation class; Vietnamese villagers line up to receive medical aid; the stern of the USS Boxer flight deck loaded with CH-47 Chinooks of the 1st Calvary Division at Qui Nhon Harbor (September 12, 1965); two soldiers dash away from a helicopter in Bien Hoa after hooking up a cargo net filled with supplies destined for combat units; a 1st Air Calvary medic treats a wounded skytrooper during a firefight on the beach near Bongson during Operation Thayer II (January 1967); 1st Calvary troops disembark from the USS Buckner at Qui Nhon (September 12, 1965); Vietnamese laborers wait to be assigned their work for the day during Operation Golf Course near An Khe (September 12, 1965); soldiers loading onto a helicopter; a 1st Calvary Division flying crane (CH-54) lifts a bulldozer near the Phu Cat Mountains (January 1967); a signal installation on Hon Cong Mountain overlooking the 1st Cavalry Division base of Camp Radcliff (1966); b&w, color transparencies; various sizes

11 photographs – a bus full of enlisted men passes Gate #1 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina enroute to Columbia Municipal Airport (July 23, 1958); the Company A, 3rd Battalion, 77th Armor barracks at Fort Carson (November 6, 1970); 1st Lieutenant George Zell, USAF, kisses his wife goodbye as she and their infant son prepare to board a plane at Taipei Airport for a return flight to the United States (October 1, 1958); Private Bruce Merrin, US Army, waits at Air Terminal Operations at Andrews AFB, Maryland for the next available flight (1967); difficult terrain operation of tactical type vehicles by students of the light vehicle drivers course, 4th Training Regiment, 3rd Week Committee at Fort Jackson Area 041 (October 12, 1962); troops destined for Southeast Asia aboard a World Airway Airliner prior to leaving Travis Air Force Base (May 23, 1966); members of the 121st Signal Battalion aboard an aircraft at the Manhattan, Kansas Airport headed for the west coast (September 20, 1965); Specialist Sidney Speller (2nd Field Force) and Specialist Bradley Lockhart (199th Light Infantry Brigade) disembark from a jet at Travis AFB upon their return from Vietnam (October 26, 1967); troops at Fort Jackson Area 319 load their duffle bags onto a bus headed for Columbia Municipal Airport (July 23, 1958); Private First Class Leonard Romanelli taking a shower (August 10, 1942); b&w; 8 x 10 inches

Unidentified soldier in amphibious vehicle; color; 7.5” x 9.5”; framed

Portrait of unidentified man; b&w; 7” x 5”; framed

6 photographs – 2nd Award Combat Infantryman Badge; Senior Parachutist Badge; color, negatives; 4 x 6 inches

2 photographs – Portrait of unidentified soldier (2 copies); negative; 5 x 4 inches

2 photographs – Panel discussion featuring Coleman and Charlie Black; Black in war correspondent’s uniform; b&w, color; 8 x 10 inches, 6 x 4 inches

Charlie Black receiving an award; b&w; 8 x 10 inches

4 negative strips (18 photographs) – scenes from Vietnam (e.g. soldiers crossing a river, manning artillery), maps of the Vietnam-Cambodian border; color Sign reading “No Sick Call/Gone to Cambodia”; color; 3” x 3”

10 photographs - Site of ambush of an ARVN column moving to the relief of Plei Me; infantrymen of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Calvary crossing Chu Ho, south of the Plei Me CIDG Camp (the Pleiku Campaign’s Objective Cherry); site of a battle between an NVA battalion and the 1st Squadron, 9th Calvary over a North Vietnamese hospital and surgical station (ZA 0450032); site of an arms cache captured by the 2nd Battalion, 12th Calvary (ZA 086065); a representative collection of NVA arms captured during the Pleiku Campaign; site of a battle between an NVA battalion and two companies of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Calvary near LZ Bird; battle site for the 1st Squadron, 9th Calvary on the south bank of the Ia Drang; soldiers evacuating by helicopter; LZ Xray; LZ Albany; b&w; various sizes

27 photographs and 4 proof sheets - Bill Ellis with guitar; a 1st Calvary Division funeral; soldiers wading through a river, guarding a supply cache; a map of positions along the Vietnam-Cambodia border (including COSVN); artillery; b&w, color, negative; various sizes

Major General George Forsythe, Commanding General, USACDC, Fort Belvoir, Virginia; b&w; 10” x 8”

14 photographs - Noel; b&w; 10” x 8” (13 copies), 8” x 5” (1 copy)

Portrait of Coleman in uniform; b&w; 7" x 5" (2 copies)

Portrait of Coleman in uniform; b&w; 5" x 4", 1986 (4 copies)

Portrait of Coleman; b&w; 7" x 5"

28 photographs - Coleman's retirement review at Fort Mcpherson's Hedekin Field, his promotion to Lieutenant Colonel at Fort McPherson, Georgia in 1976, award ceremonies, and other milestones; a command post group of the 1st Air Calvary Division in a bomb crater near Khe Sanh during Operation Pegasus; an unidentified steel bridge; b&w, color; various sizes

6 photographs - Unidentified individuals; a Defense Information School presentation; Vietnamese officers training at the Post Information Office at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana; b&w, negative; various sizes

42 photographs - award ceremonies and other milestones (including Coleman's bronze star at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana in 1967; his promotion to Lieutenant Colonel at Fort McPherson, Georgia in 1976); speeches; Coleman's graduation from Defense Information School; Company B in Vietnam; Operation Crazy Horse; Coleman with fellow 1st Calvary Division soldiers; Coleman's Defense Information School class photo; b&w, color; various sizes 6 photographs – Korean battle locations (e.g. Massacre Valley, Hoengsong); the 7th Infantry Division Band playing during ceremonies at which soldiers of the 187th Airborne RCT, U.S. 8th Army, are awarded medals for bravery, in Chechon, Korea (February 25, 1951); Twin Tunnels (between Wonju and Chipyong-Ni); b&w, color; 8 x 10 inches, 4 x 6 inches

A destroyed M8 tank; b&w; 11 x 8.5 inches

Donald Roberts and Master Sergeant Adlick during the Sillim-Ni operation (February 20, 1951); b&w; 4.5 x 3.25 inches

2 photographs – A large crowd of soldiers aboard an unidentified vessel; b&w; 5 x 7 inches

An unidentified group of veterans at a reunion; color; 4 x 5.25 inches

2 photographs – Coleman with two unidentified men at an unknown army function (November 1983); color; 3.5 x 4.5 inches

Coleman with an unidentified woman at a Coors brewing company event; color; 4 x 3.5 inches

Bill Ellis playing his guitar; b&w; 10 x 8 inches

6 photographs – unidentified man; unidentified woman; Uncles Lorris, Ovid, George, and Joe; James Dougas La Breche; portrait of Coleman; a rainbow; b&w, color; 4.5 x 3 inches, 6 x 4 inches, 10 x 8 inches

8 photographs – Bill Schiebler, a Vietnam veteran friend of Coleman’s; Schiebler’s self-built house; color; 3.5 x 5 inches

Swanson Hudson, Aero-Rifle Plt. Air Cav TRP, 11 ACR (Blackhorse) in Quan Loi, RVN (Summer 1969), with inscription dedicated to Coleman; color; 10 x 8 inches

5 photographs – PFC Garry Bruckner, Co. D 2/8 1st Air Cav Division: Quad Fifties at Bu Dop (1970); Cambodia Picatinny East Cache (1970), 120mm mortar Chicom hand grenade (1970) U.S. Army Forces Command Band at Fort McPherson, Georgia (June 27, 1978); color; 8 x 10 inches

9 photographs – scenes from the February 13, 1997 unveiling of a monument commemorating the battle at Massacre Valley, Hoengsong, Korea, February 12th and 13th, 1951; American POWs recovered from the Chinese (March 12, 1951); color, b&w; 4 x 6 inches

2 photographs – scenes from the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment Chi Pyong-Ni Memorial Ceremony (February 14, 1985); b&w; 5 x 7 inches

3 photographs - Coleman at unidentified events; color; 3.5 x 4.5 inches

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Slides

VAS086247-VAS086463; VAS087589-VAS087672

7 slides – Coleman’s graduation; soldiers in Vietnam; unidentified artifacts; color

38 slides – 1st Cavalry Association presentation outtakes; color (damaged)

37 slides – slides accompanying a speech regarding General Creighton Abrams; color

60 slides – Information Officer briefing (1979); color

6 slides – Coleman at Phouc Vinh, Vietnam (1969-1970); color

2 slides – an unidentified unit; an unidentified base (September 1962); color

9 slides – a soldier talking on the phone; a soldier repairing a helicopter; aerial views of Pleiku sites; artillery; soldiers conferring; soldiers taking positions; an airstrike at LZ Xray (November 1965); a helicopter; b&w

84 slides – battle scenes from the defense of the Plei Me Special Forces camp and the opening battle of the Pleiku Campaign; helicopters; casualties; Coleman; color

33 slides – street scenes of Vietnam (e.g. Duc Co district), 1st Calvary Division Cambodian data, Coleman with fellow soldiers

35 slides – soldiers in Vietnam (e.g. manning artillery, walking through a field), a 1st Calvary Division ceremony (January 1985), the USS Holmes County, a weapons cache, helicopters in flight, offices, parachute jumpers

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Audio

2770AU2662, 2770AU2663 2 Track Stereo - First Cav: Impressions of a Skytrooper, Special Vietnam Memorial Reissue (2)

2770AU2667 microcassette - Untitled

2770AU2668 microcassette - Hal Moore

2770AU2669 cassette - Col. Ed Manning Interview about the Plei Me Battle of October 1965

2770AU2664 reel-to-reel - Cargo Slide Show Narration: Safety Copy

2770AU2665 reel-to-reel - Cargo Slide Show Narration: Original

2770AU2666 reel-to-reel - Air Cargo Show- Mixed Master

2770AU2659, 2770AU2660 2 Track Stereo - First Cav: Impressions of a Skytrooper (2)

2770AU2661 2 Track Stereo - #2-147 With You/ #2-148 I Want Your Love

2770AU2670 micro-cassette - Side A: Clarence Dunford Interview

2770AU2671 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: KTC George Long

2770AU2672 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: MACOI member

2770AU2673 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: MG Frank Ianni

2770AU2674 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: LTG Elvy Roberts

2770AU2675 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: Harry Kinndad

2770AU2676 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: Col. Jack Gibnes

2770AU2677 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: CBS

2770AU2678 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: Gen. Walter "Dutell" Kerwin

2770AU2679 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: Col. Bob Soriel

2770AU2680 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: Joe Knisstor

2770AU2681 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: Gen. Shy Meger

2770AU2682 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: Bill Laceh

2770AU2683 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: LTG Robert Gard

2770AU2684 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: Gen. Jack Galvin

2770AU2685 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: Intsums and Sit Reps

2770AU2686 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: LTC Dick Wood

2770AU2687 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: Gen. Bob Shoumaker

2770AU2688 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: MG Pete Taylor

2770AU2689 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: Gen. Pont Starry

2770AU2690 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: Julian Ewell

2770AU2691 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: John Talbot

2770AU2692 micro-cassette - Incursion Interview Tape: Datrith I

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Electronic Media

3.5" Floppy Disk - Image of Hoengsong 2770EM0649

3.5" Floppy Disk - Hoengsong 3 and 4 2770EM0650

3.5" Floppy Disk - Neil Aikin Hoengsong 6, 7 2770EM0651

3.5" Floppy Disk - Neil Aikin Hoengsong 3, 4, 5 2770EM0652

3.5" Floppy Disk - Neil Aikin Hoengsong 1 and 2 2770EM0653

3.5" Floppy Disk - Hoengsong 1 and 2 2770EM0654

3.5" Floppy Disk - Neil Aikin Hoengsong 8 2770EM0655

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Museum Objects

Felt marker drawing of a 1st Calvary Division Solder in Vietnam; 12 x 9 inches (framed) 2770museum4862

Two holsters 2770museum4868; 2770museum4869

Cotton duck bag 2770museum4870

Two harnesses 2770museum4871; 2770museum4872

Duffel bag 2770museum4873

Backpack 2770museum4874

U.S. Army Airborne School helmet 2770museum4875

Two ammunition cases 2770museum4876; 2770museum4877

Scythe head 2770museum4878

Helmet 2770museum4879

Camouflage helmet covering 2770museum4880

Shelter-Half Tent 2770museum4881

Bullet Fragment 2770museum4882

Set of Plastic Cutlery 2770museum4883

Acrylic painting of Bill Ellis with a Guitar; 17 x 17 inches; 2770museum4864

Framed acrylic painting of a fire in the jungle; 26 x 30 inches; 2770museum4865

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Posters

Signed photograph of Major General Harry Kinnard 2770poster0008

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Maps

2770map0064 Fragment of a 1:50000 map of part of western Quang Ngai province Sheet 6755-4

2770map0130 - Chart of Northern III Corps Showing VC Infiltration

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Microforms

2770Micro612 - Operational Report, Lessons Learned (ORLL), Headquarters, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), (U) - For quarter ending 31 July 1970

2770Micro613 - Operational Report, Lessons Learned (ORLL), Headquarters, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) (U) - For quarter ending 31 October 1970

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Pub Credit Line
27700000000, J. D. Coleman Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 14 Oct 2016 [Updated: 12 Sep 2019]