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Gerard S. Tomczak Collection (3047) Finding Aid

Item Number: 30470000000
 Collection

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of approximately 1.25 linear feet of materials documenting Captain Gerard Tomczak's service with the 525th Military Intelligence Group, United States Army Vietnam in Gia Dinh Province near Saigon between October 1966 and September 1967. Other subjects include Tomczak's temporary duty assignment with the 191st Military Intelligence Detachment, 1st Cavalry Division at An Khe and a visit to the 196th Light Infantry Brigade Forward Headquarters at Tay Ninh near the Cambodian border. The materials include flyers/pamphlets (including propaganda); periodicals; newsletters; fact sheets; Viet Cong Use of Terror (U.S. Mission in Vietnam study); contact lists; clippings; detainee cards; newspapers; a greeting card; photocopies of maps (e.g. Saigon facilities, Ho Chi Minh City); artifacts; photographs; slides; images; a certificate of honorable service; VC/NVA Employment of Mines & Booby Traps (booklet); Chien Cu (VC/NVA weapons and equipment identification handbook); military orders (e.g. TDY, release from active duty, appointment to court martial); correspondence and letters of appreciation; personal recollections; list of VC tactics; POW handling instructions; memos; reports; award citations; service records; and notes on KIA Captain George Horsman. The materials are dated predominately 1963, 1966-1969, and 1975.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1963, 1966-1969, and 1975

Biographical / Historical

Gerard S. Tomczak was born in July 1939 in Chicago, Illinois. He was commissioned into the U.S. Army through the DePaul University ROTC program. He spent over 5 years on active duty followed by over 16 years of Army Reserve and National Guard service. During the Vietnam War, Tomczak served with the 513th Military Intelligence Group (April 1964 - December 1965), HQ U.S. Army Europe (December 1965 - September 1966), and the 525th Military Intelligence Group (October 1966 - September 1967). He worked as a debriefing officer, debriefing intelligence officers about intelligence operations and order of battle information both midtour and before rotation. He worked with U.S. military units and Army advisors, as well as with RVN corps and divisions. During his time in Vietnam, he was stationed in Saigon. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service. In 1990, Tomczak retired from the military at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Following his military service, he worked as a professional photographer.

Language of Materials

English

Title
Gerard S. Tomczak Collection (3047) Finding Aid
Date
2019-06-11
Length (Linear Feet)
1.25
1
Newsletters

Hội Việt-Mỹ (Hoi Viet-My): 1967: January

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1
Newspapers

Pacific Stars & Stripes: 1967: July 8

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2
Audio

3047AU3295 - CD - Vietnam with the American Fighting Man Side One

3047AU3296 - CD - Vietnam with the American Fighting Man Side Two

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3
Electronic Media

3047EM1149 - DVD - Duc Hoa

3047EM1150 - DVD - 1st Cavalry Division Vietnam

3047EM1151 - DVD - 196th Light Infantry Brigade Vietnam

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3
Books

Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes, 2010

The Role of Military Intelligence 1965-1967 by Major General Joseph A. McChristian, 1974 (Vietnam Studies)

Vinh Long by Harvey Meyerson, 1970

3
Moving Images

3047VI3901 - DVD - Viet Nam Part One

3047VI3902 - DVD - Viet Nam Part Two

3047VI3903 - DVD - Viet Nam Part Three

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8
Serials

The Vietnam Observer: Vol. 2 No. 2, Vol. 2 No. 4, Vol. 2 No. 7; 1967: March

Time Asia Edition: 1967: May 5

Time: 1975: March 24

Newsweek: 1966: December 5; 1967: July 10

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12
Museum Objects

3047museum5377 - Name patch

3047museum5378 - Name patch

3047museum5379 - United States Army Vietnam insignia patch

3047museum5380 - Unidentified plastic patch

3047museum5381 - United States Army Vietnam subdued insignia patch

3047museum5382 - United States Army Vietnam subdued insignia patch

3047museum5383 - MACV insignia patch

3047museum5384 - Vietnam Service medal pin

3047museum5385 - Vietnam Service medal with ribbon bar

3047museum5386 - Bronze Star medal with ribbon and ribbon bar

3047museum5387 - Dog tags

3047museum5388 - 525th MI Group S3 Debriefing Branch cloth sign

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110
Photographs

2 photographs - Gerard Tomczak, Ray Bosnich, Floyd Smith and others posing with 525th MI Group S3 Debriefing Branch cloth sign; b&w; 3.5 x 4.25 inches

26 photographs - scenes from Binh Loi boys' orphanage, 525th Military Intelligence Group HQ at Gia Dinh, and Long Binh: Ray Bosnich and Floyd Smith; Gerard Tomczak; a Vietnamese civilian employee of 525th HQ; a grenade damaged truck; landscapes; building construction; a garden; Saigon River; 266th Army Band performing; b&w, color; 3.5 x 4.25 inches

38 photographs - scenes from Binh Loi boys' orphanage and 525th Military Intelligence Group HQ at Gia Dinh: Gerard Tomczak; Santa giving Christmas gifts to orphans; Vietnamese civilian employees; a children's classroom; office spaces; soldiers doing office work, checking maps, training, reading; a river; a grenade damaged truck; street scenes; a truck filled with supplies; a garden; 266th Army Band performing; wildlife; a USO show featuring Jonathan Winters, Glenn Ash, and Lynn Kellog; b&w, color; 3.5 x 4.25 inches

3 photographs - Gerard Tomczak receiving a certificate of honorable service and a Bronze Star medal from LTC Powers; b&w; 5 x 7 inches

10 b&w negative strips - an unidentified airfield; helicopters; a helicopter cockpit; scenes from the 1st Cavalry takeover of a Vietnamese village

7 b&w negative strips - scenes from the 196th Light Infantry Brigade forward headquarters at Tay Ninh near the Cambodian border: VC activity; an air drop

2 photographs - Gerard Tomczak standing by a tree (mounted); Tomczak with children at Binh Loi boys' orphanage; b&w; 6.75 x 9 inches, 8 x 10 inches

2 photographs - George Sachtelben by a jeep and by a dock; color; 3.5 x 3.5 inches, 3.5 x 5 inches

7 b&w negative strips - scenes from an orphanage near Gia Dinh

7 b&w negative strips - street scenes; a Philippine band at the Hotel Majestic; an officer's club in Saigon

6 b&w negative strips - scenes from Saigon

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289
Slides

153 slides - scenes from Saigon

95 slides - scenes from Saigon and 525th Military Intelligence Group HQ

22 slides - scenes from Camp Radcliff, An Khe

19 slides - scenes from Saigon

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1
Oral History

OH1048 Interview with Gerard Tomczak

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  • Box 1: [1] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D016.5]]
  • Box 1000: [1000] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, 2nd Floor, Stacks, Individual Collections Oversize Box 06 [Individual Collections Oversize Box 06]]

Inventory

  • Chien Cu (VC/NVA weapons and equipment identification handbook) (1966)
  • VC/NVA Employment of MInes and Booby Traps - Tech Intel Branch, Combined Intelligence Center, Vietnam (No Date)
  • Fact sheets and booklets re: Vietnam, the ARVN, and the Viet Cong
  • Who Are The Viet Cong? (No Date)
  • Vietnam: Yesterday and Today (No Date)
  • USARV Fact Sheet (20 May 1967)
  • Viet Cong Use of Terror - United States Mission in Vietnam (March 1967)
  • Personal recollections, award citation, clippings (1963, 1967)
  • Contact lists, clippings, propaganda leaflets, detainee cards, greeting card (1966-1967)
  • Saigon facilities map (photocopy) (No Date)
  • Ho Chi Minh city map (website printout) (2005)
  • An Khe, 1st Cavalry Division, 191 MID - military orders, correspondence, images, personal recollections (1967, 2018)
  • 196th Light Infantry Brigade HQ near Cambodian border - personal recollections and images (1967, No Date)
  • Personal notes and letters (1967-1969, No Date)
  • Military orders and service records (1966-1967)
  • Notes on Cpt. Horsman (No Date)
  • Oversize
  • Certificate of Honorable Service (ca. 1967)
  • Clippings (1967)
1
Newsletters

Hội Việt-Mỹ (Hoi Viet-My): 1967: January

Click here to view all Newsletters
1
Newspapers

Pacific Stars & Stripes: 1967: July 8

Click here to view all Newspapers
2
Audio

3047AU3295 - CD - Vietnam with the American Fighting Man Side One

3047AU3296 - CD - Vietnam with the American Fighting Man Side Two

Click here to view all Audio
3
Electronic Media

3047EM1149 - DVD - Duc Hoa

3047EM1150 - DVD - 1st Cavalry Division Vietnam

3047EM1151 - DVD - 196th Light Infantry Brigade Vietnam

Click here to view all Electronic Media
3
Books

Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes, 2010

The Role of Military Intelligence 1965-1967 by Major General Joseph A. McChristian, 1974 (Vietnam Studies)

Vinh Long by Harvey Meyerson, 1970

3
Moving Images

3047VI3901 - DVD - Viet Nam Part One

3047VI3902 - DVD - Viet Nam Part Two

3047VI3903 - DVD - Viet Nam Part Three

Click here to view all Moving Images
8
Serials

The Vietnam Observer: Vol. 2 No. 2, Vol. 2 No. 4, Vol. 2 No. 7; 1967: March

Time Asia Edition: 1967: May 5

Time: 1975: March 24

Newsweek: 1966: December 5; 1967: July 10

Click here to view all Serials
12
Museum Objects

3047museum5377 - Name patch

3047museum5378 - Name patch

3047museum5379 - United States Army Vietnam insignia patch

3047museum5380 - Unidentified plastic patch

3047museum5381 - United States Army Vietnam subdued insignia patch

3047museum5382 - United States Army Vietnam subdued insignia patch

3047museum5383 - MACV insignia patch

3047museum5384 - Vietnam Service medal pin

3047museum5385 - Vietnam Service medal with ribbon bar

3047museum5386 - Bronze Star medal with ribbon and ribbon bar

3047museum5387 - Dog tags

3047museum5388 - 525th MI Group S3 Debriefing Branch cloth sign

Click here to view all Museum Objects
110
Photographs

2 photographs - Gerard Tomczak, Ray Bosnich, Floyd Smith and others posing with 525th MI Group S3 Debriefing Branch cloth sign; b&w; 3.5 x 4.25 inches

26 photographs - scenes from Binh Loi boys' orphanage, 525th Military Intelligence Group HQ at Gia Dinh, and Long Binh: Ray Bosnich and Floyd Smith; Gerard Tomczak; a Vietnamese civilian employee of 525th HQ; a grenade damaged truck; landscapes; building construction; a garden; Saigon River; 266th Army Band performing; b&w, color; 3.5 x 4.25 inches

38 photographs - scenes from Binh Loi boys' orphanage and 525th Military Intelligence Group HQ at Gia Dinh: Gerard Tomczak; Santa giving Christmas gifts to orphans; Vietnamese civilian employees; a children's classroom; office spaces; soldiers doing office work, checking maps, training, reading; a river; a grenade damaged truck; street scenes; a truck filled with supplies; a garden; 266th Army Band performing; wildlife; a USO show featuring Jonathan Winters, Glenn Ash, and Lynn Kellog; b&w, color; 3.5 x 4.25 inches

3 photographs - Gerard Tomczak receiving a certificate of honorable service and a Bronze Star medal from LTC Powers; b&w; 5 x 7 inches

10 b&w negative strips - an unidentified airfield; helicopters; a helicopter cockpit; scenes from the 1st Cavalry takeover of a Vietnamese village

7 b&w negative strips - scenes from the 196th Light Infantry Brigade forward headquarters at Tay Ninh near the Cambodian border: VC activity; an air drop

2 photographs - Gerard Tomczak standing by a tree (mounted); Tomczak with children at Binh Loi boys' orphanage; b&w; 6.75 x 9 inches, 8 x 10 inches

2 photographs - George Sachtelben by a jeep and by a dock; color; 3.5 x 3.5 inches, 3.5 x 5 inches

7 b&w negative strips - scenes from an orphanage near Gia Dinh

7 b&w negative strips - street scenes; a Philippine band at the Hotel Majestic; an officer's club in Saigon

6 b&w negative strips - scenes from Saigon

Click here to view all Photographs
289
Slides

153 slides - scenes from Saigon

95 slides - scenes from Saigon and 525th Military Intelligence Group HQ

22 slides - scenes from Camp Radcliff, An Khe

19 slides - scenes from Saigon

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1
Oral History

OH1048 Interview with Gerard Tomczak

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Pub Credit Line
30470000000, Gerard S. Tomczak Collection, The Vietnam Center and Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 11 Jun 2019 [Updated: 17 Sep 2019]