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Robert Sparks Collection (2700) Finding Aid

Item Number: 27000000000
 Collection

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of approximately one linear foot of manuscript material, VHS tapes, DVDs, and slides pertaining to the military service of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Sparks, the unit history of the 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Division from 1967 to 1970, and reunion materials from 1994 to 2006. The manuscript material includes Sparks' memoir about his Vietnam experience, a unit history, a unit Vietnam history, unit rosters, unit and individual orders, press releases, and news articles, unit operations logs, unit KIAs (Killed In Action), a booklet entitled Faces of the Famous Fighting Fourth, a booklet entitled 2nd Squadron 1st Cavalry, a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request on Captain Benjamin Robert Bostick, and other Vietnam Studies and reports, some of which mention D Troop (Air), which was assigned to the 173rd Airborne Infantry Brigade. The materials are dated 1967-2006 and 2015.

The collection also includes two roadside bomb pressure detonators planted by Viet Cong or North Vietnamese Army troops on Highway 1 between Phan Thiet and Song Mao in Binh Thuan Province during Fall 1969 through Winter 1970. They were discovered by troops of the 3rd Platoon, B Troop, 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry, Task Force South, 1st Field Force during road clearing and security operations.

Dates

  • 1967-2006, 2015

Biographical / Historical

Robert Sparks was born in 1945 in Winchester, Kentucky. He enrolled in the Army ROTC program and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Armor Corps upon graduation from the University of Kentucky in May 1968. He was called to active duty in late August 1968, and was assigned to the 6th Battalion, 32nd Armor in the 194th Armored Brigade at Fort Knox. He received orders to Vietnam in April 1969. First he attended the Jungle Operations Training Center in Panama. He later arrived in Vietnam where he learned that he would be serving in 3rd Platoon, B Troop, 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry (Armored). He served in Bihn Thuan Province near Song Mao, Phan Rang and Whiskey Mountain, achieving the rank of First Lieutenant while in Vietnam. After almost two years of active duty, he stayed in the Army Reserves and National Guard for an additional 19 years. He went to graduate school on the GI Bill and received an MBA from the University of Dayton. He retired in 1994 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Title
Robert Sparks Collection (2700) Finding Aid
Author
Kevin Harrison
Date
2018-03-09
Length (Linear Feet)
0.5
Language of description
English
2
Museum Objects

2700museum5329 - Roadside bomb pressure detonator

2700museum5330 - Roadside bomb pressure detonator

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5
Electronic Media

2700EM0878 - CD - Blackhawks In Vietnam 1970

2700EM0879 - CD - OD Logs 1968 - 1969

2700EM0880 - CD - 2-1 Cavalry Reunion 2002

2700EM0881 - CD - Blackhawk Reunion '04

2700EM1092 - CD - Robert Sparks' memoir and slide captions

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Moving Images

2700VI3573 DVD 2-1 Cavalry Reunion Ft Knox KY 9/98
2700VI3574 DVD 2/1 Cav- Blackhawks (67-68), LTC Gay's Photos DVD Slideshow
2700VI3575 DVD Kansas 1996 July 24-27
2700VI3576 DVD Ft Knox Kentucky 1998, September 3-4-5-7
2700VI3577 DVD Ft Knox Kentucky 1998, September 4-6
2700VI3578 DVD Ft Knox Kentucky 1998, September 3-7 Lori Woodard's Contribution "Duck Tape"
2700VI3579 DVD Washington DC 2000, August 31 - September 3
2700VI3580 DVD Washington DC 2000, September 2
2700VI3581 DVD Ft Carson Colorado 2002, August 22-25
2700VI3582 DVD Gettysburg Pennsylvania 2006, August 30 - September 2
2700VI3583 VHS 2/1 Cav-1967-68 Snow-Esselman-Marino 1/1 Cav-1967-68 Leonard Kycbra 2/1 Cav-Fall 1969-Dec 1969 LTC John Fairey
2700VI3584 VHS Vietnam 1968
2700VI3585 VHS 2-1 CAVALRY VIETNAM June - December 1969
2700VI3586 VHS My Story - Lt Robert Sparks 2-1 CAVALRY VIETNAM 1969-70
2700VI3587 VHS 2/1 Cav 5/70 to 8/70
2700VI3588 VHS 2/1 Cav 3/70-10/70 Nelson M Walker-Paramount-1953 Nelson M Walker-14 July 1998 Ghostship
2700VI3589 VHS 2/1 Cavalry Reunion 3-6 Sep 98 Firebase Barker 3 Sep 98 - Hospitality Suite - Presley's Pub 4 Sep 98 - Harmeyer Welcome - Static Display – Simulations - Messhall 2/1 Cavalry Dedication/Memorial Service
2700VI3590 VHS 2/1 Cav Reunion 9/4/98
2700VI3591 VHS 4 Sep 98 - Pictures - Hospitality Suite – Garrett 5 Sep 98 - Business Mtg - Legion - Cavalry Communion 6 Sep 98 - Ky Nam Memorial - Arthur Kelly 7 Sep 98 - Daniel Boone Grave - Vets Cemetery
2700VI3592 VHS 1998 2/1 Cavalry Reunion Frankfort/Ft Knox Kentucky
2700VI3593 VHS 2-1 Cav Reunion Video
2700VI3594 VHS 2-1 Cav Reunion Video
2700VI3595 VHS Closing A Chapter On The Past: A Veteran’s Solo Return To Vietnam
2700VI3596 VHS Vietnam - George Greenbanes

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Slides

4th Infantry Division base camp; Troop B firebase at Luong Son; the platoon members of 3rd Platoon, B Troop, 2-1 Cavalry; the cavalry unit dogs; the means of transportation; the sleeping arrangements; 2-1 Cavalry squadron headquarters at Song Mao; 2-1 Cavalry rear headquarters at Phan Rang; Phan Ri, a fishing village; Phan Thiet, the capital of Binh Thuan Province; LZ Sherry; rice paddies; guarding Rome plows in Le Hong Phong forest; Whiskey Mountain; ACAV B32; vehicles after hitting land mines; Road 8B; a USO show

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  • Box 1: [1] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D177.5]]

Inventory

  • 2nd Squadron 1st Cavalry Squadron History
  • Map of Camp Enari
  • History of the USNS General Walker
  • 2nd Squadron 1st Cavalry Operational Report - Lessons Learned for Period Ending 31 October 1969
  • Memorial Service Program for Killed In Action, Thanksgiving Day Message from Commanding Officer 1968
  • B Troop 2nd Squadron 1st Cavalry Combat After Action Report July 1969
  • Transcript of Oral History by Lieutenant Colonel Charles Graham
  • General Orders Awarding Unit Citations and Various Individual Medals and Citations
  • Letter from Lieutenant Colonel Robert Sparks in ARMY December 1994
  • 2nd Squadron 1st Cavalry Officer Rosters 1 February 1968, 19 June 1970
  • 2nd Squadron 1st Cavalry Roster 14 April 1968
  • B Troop 2nd Squadron 1st Cavalry Roster 1 July 1969
  • Headquarters 2nd Squadron 1st Cavalry Roster 10 August 1969 - 31 December 1969
  • C Troop 2nd Squadron 1st Cavalry Roster 1 August 1970
  • Headquarters 2nd Armored Division Movement Orders 25 April 1967, 6 May 1967
  • Headquarters III Corps Movement Orders 10 May 1967 - 16 October 1967
  • 2nd Squadron 1st Cavalry Movement Schedule, Travel Orders, Promotions and Appointments 27 July 1967 - 24 September 1970
  • United States Army Aviation School Assignments 28 August 1967
  • B Troop 2nd Squadron 1st Cavalry Promotions 15 September 1967
  • Headquarters 4th Infantry Division Awards, Promotions, Separations and Travel Orders 8 October 1967 - 19 August 1969
  • Headquarters I Field Force Vietnam Awards, Travel Orders and Unit Movements 25 September 1969 - 20 October 1970
  • Headquarters United States Army Personnel 20 October 1969 - 4 October 1970
  • D Troop 2nd Squadron 1st Cavalry Unit Orders 27 November 1969
  • United States Army in Vietnam Press Release
  • 4th Infantry Division Newsletter "Ivy Leaf" 22 October 1967 - 9 March 1969 (Photocopies)
  • Pacific Stars and Stripes 14 November 1967, 17 January 1968
  • Memo Hosmer, Cal 5 September 2000
  • Headquarters 2nd Squadron 1st Cavalry Daily Staff Journals, Memos and Spot Reports June 1968, January - February 1969, July 1970, 4th Infantry Division Operational Report - Lessons Learned 31 October 1969 pages 3 - 5
  • Correspondence Sparks, Robert Regarding 2nd Squadron 1st Cavalry Unit Killed In Action and Reunion Organization
  • "Faces of the Famous Fighting Fourth" Booklet
  • 2nd Squadron 1st Cavalry Unit Booklet 1967
  • Freedom of Information Act Request Response on Captain Benjamin Robert Bostick IV
  • Vietnam Studies Airmobility by Lieutenant General John J Tolson
  • Annual Supplement to History of the 173rd Support Battalion (Airborne) 1967
  • 1st Battalion (Mechanized) 50th Infantry Quarterly Historical Report 1 October 1968 - 31 December 1968
  • My Tour in Vietnam as an Armored Cavalry Platoon Leader 1969-1970 by LTC Robert Sparks (May 2015)
2
Museum Objects

2700museum5329 - Roadside bomb pressure detonator

2700museum5330 - Roadside bomb pressure detonator

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5
Electronic Media

2700EM0878 - CD - Blackhawks In Vietnam 1970

2700EM0879 - CD - OD Logs 1968 - 1969

2700EM0880 - CD - 2-1 Cavalry Reunion 2002

2700EM0881 - CD - Blackhawk Reunion '04

2700EM1092 - CD - Robert Sparks' memoir and slide captions

Click here to view all Electronic Media
24
Moving Images

2700VI3573 DVD 2-1 Cavalry Reunion Ft Knox KY 9/98
2700VI3574 DVD 2/1 Cav- Blackhawks (67-68), LTC Gay's Photos DVD Slideshow
2700VI3575 DVD Kansas 1996 July 24-27
2700VI3576 DVD Ft Knox Kentucky 1998, September 3-4-5-7
2700VI3577 DVD Ft Knox Kentucky 1998, September 4-6
2700VI3578 DVD Ft Knox Kentucky 1998, September 3-7 Lori Woodard's Contribution "Duck Tape"
2700VI3579 DVD Washington DC 2000, August 31 - September 3
2700VI3580 DVD Washington DC 2000, September 2
2700VI3581 DVD Ft Carson Colorado 2002, August 22-25
2700VI3582 DVD Gettysburg Pennsylvania 2006, August 30 - September 2
2700VI3583 VHS 2/1 Cav-1967-68 Snow-Esselman-Marino 1/1 Cav-1967-68 Leonard Kycbra 2/1 Cav-Fall 1969-Dec 1969 LTC John Fairey
2700VI3584 VHS Vietnam 1968
2700VI3585 VHS 2-1 CAVALRY VIETNAM June - December 1969
2700VI3586 VHS My Story - Lt Robert Sparks 2-1 CAVALRY VIETNAM 1969-70
2700VI3587 VHS 2/1 Cav 5/70 to 8/70
2700VI3588 VHS 2/1 Cav 3/70-10/70 Nelson M Walker-Paramount-1953 Nelson M Walker-14 July 1998 Ghostship
2700VI3589 VHS 2/1 Cavalry Reunion 3-6 Sep 98 Firebase Barker 3 Sep 98 - Hospitality Suite - Presley's Pub 4 Sep 98 - Harmeyer Welcome - Static Display – Simulations - Messhall 2/1 Cavalry Dedication/Memorial Service
2700VI3590 VHS 2/1 Cav Reunion 9/4/98
2700VI3591 VHS 4 Sep 98 - Pictures - Hospitality Suite – Garrett 5 Sep 98 - Business Mtg - Legion - Cavalry Communion 6 Sep 98 - Ky Nam Memorial - Arthur Kelly 7 Sep 98 - Daniel Boone Grave - Vets Cemetery
2700VI3592 VHS 1998 2/1 Cavalry Reunion Frankfort/Ft Knox Kentucky
2700VI3593 VHS 2-1 Cav Reunion Video
2700VI3594 VHS 2-1 Cav Reunion Video
2700VI3595 VHS Closing A Chapter On The Past: A Veteran’s Solo Return To Vietnam
2700VI3596 VHS Vietnam - George Greenbanes

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217
Slides

4th Infantry Division base camp; Troop B firebase at Luong Son; the platoon members of 3rd Platoon, B Troop, 2-1 Cavalry; the cavalry unit dogs; the means of transportation; the sleeping arrangements; 2-1 Cavalry squadron headquarters at Song Mao; 2-1 Cavalry rear headquarters at Phan Rang; Phan Ri, a fishing village; Phan Thiet, the capital of Binh Thuan Province; LZ Sherry; rice paddies; guarding Rome plows in Le Hong Phong forest; Whiskey Mountain; ACAV B32; vehicles after hitting land mines; Road 8B; a USO show

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Pub Credit Line
27000000000, Robert Sparks Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 09 Mar 2018 [Updated: 25 Jan 2019]