Scope and Contents
Approximately half of a linear foot of documents, slides, museum objects, a newspaper, and a map donated to the archive by Stephen Barnes Eberly's sister Donna Jordan. The materials are all from Stephen Eberly's service in Vietnam from November 1967 through November 1968 with the 61st Assault Helicopter Company. The collection includes letters written by Eberly to his parents, slides taken by him while in Vietnam, the Pentax camera he used to take the slides, and medals awarded to Eberly for his service.
Biographical / Historical
Specialist Stephen Barnes Eberly was born in Denver, Colorado on July 30, 1946. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in December 5, 1966 and served from 1966-1969. He served one year in Vietnam, 1967 to 1968. While in Vietnam, Specialist Eberly served in the 61st Assault Helicopter Co. and the 170th Assault Helicopter Co. as part of the 1st Aviation Brigade in Bong Son and Plieku. He worked as a helicopter crew chief and aircraft mechanic for the UH-1 Huey. During his tour, Specialist Eberly provided support to the 173rd Airborne during the Tet Offensive; supported the 4th Infantry from July 20, 1968 to October, 1968 at Dak To; and supported the 5th Special Forces and 1st Infantry from August 26, 1968 to October 2nd, 1968 at Duck Lap. Subsequently Specialist Eberly was awarded various medals including the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, and the Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars. Upon completing his tour in Vietnam he was then assigned to the 4th Army in Fort Hood in 1968. Specialist Eberly was honorably discharged on December 4, 1969. From 1971 to 1972 he was part of the U.S. Army Reserves. After his military service, Specialist Eberly went on to attend El Centro Junior College and University of Texas at Arlington, graduating in 1974 with an Architectural Degree. He worked at Thompson Associates in Dallas, Texas as an architect. Examples of his work are located in Kansas City, Amarillo, and Dallas. Specialist Stephen Barnes Eberly passed away in 2006.