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J. D. Coleman Collection (2770) Finding Aid
Item Number: 27700000000   (Click For More Item Information)
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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.

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Operational Report, 1st Cavalry Division - Lessons Learned
Item Number: 27700319001   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 122]

Author(s): Kenneth Wickham

Item Creation Date: 24 March 1970

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 07 Mar 2018[Updated: 07 Mar 2018]
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Senior Officer Debriefing Report, IV Corps - Maj. Gen. G.S. Eckhardt
Item Number: 27700349001   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 89]

Item Creation Date: 16 June 1969

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 21 Mar 2018[Updated: 21 Mar 2018]
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Informational Sheet – re: Prerequisites for the Valor Award
Item Number: 27700350001   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 21 Mar 2018[Updated: 29 Mar 2018]
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Newspaper Article, Army Times - Blame Loss of the Vietnam War on Ineptitude
Item Number: 27700350004   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Author(s): Harry Summers

Item Creation Date: 28 September 1989

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 21 Mar 2018[Updated: 21 Mar 2018]
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Newspaper Articles (3), The Cavalair - Ode to a Chaplain: The Grunt's Friend / 2nd Bn, 5th Cav--Come Together / 15th Admin Earns Meritorious Award
Item Number: 27700350002   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Author(s): Spec. 4 Harry Russin

Item Creation Date: 29 July 1970

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 21 Mar 2018[Updated: 21 Mar 2018]
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Letters between Maj. J.D. Coleman and Department of the Army - re: Request for Copies of Efficiency Report
Item Number: 27700351001   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 22 October 1969

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 21 Mar 2018[Updated: 21 Mar 2018]
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Operational Report - Fire Bases Constructed and Closed
Item Number: 27700352001   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 5]

Item Creation Date: 31 July 1970

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 21 Mar 2018[Updated: 21 Mar 2018]
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Manuscript - Pleiku: The Dawn of Helicopter Warfare in Vietnam, Part 1
Item Number: 27700353001   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 20]

Author(s): J.D. Coleman

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 21 Mar 2018[Updated: 23 Mar 2018]
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Manuscript - Pleiku: The Dawn of Helicopter Warfare in Vietnam, Part 2
Item Number: 27700353002   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 24]

Author(s): J.D. Coleman

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 22 Mar 2018[Updated: 23 Mar 2018]
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Manuscript - Pleiku: The Dawn of Helicopter Warfare in Vietnam, Part 3
Item Number: 27700353003   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 26]

Author(s): J.D. Coleman

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 22 Mar 2018[Updated: 29 Mar 2018]
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Manuscript - Pleiku: The Dawn of Helicopter Warfare in Vietnam, Part 4
Item Number: 27700353004   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 24]

Author(s): J.D. Coleman

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 22 Mar 2018[Updated: 23 Mar 2018]
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Operations Report - 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Division
Item Number: 27700357004   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 3]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 29 Mar 2018[Updated: 29 Mar 2018]
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Operations Report - 545th Military Police Squadron
Item Number: 27700357005   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 29 Mar 2018[Updated: 29 Mar 2018]
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Operations Report - 13th Signal Battalion
Item Number: 27700357006   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 29 Mar 2018[Updated: 29 Mar 2018]
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Operations Report - Third Brigade Headquarters Company
Item Number: 27700357007   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 29 Mar 2018[Updated: 29 Mar 2018]
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Summary and Chapter Outline - Pleiku Campaign
Item Number: 27700401001   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 13]

Author(s): J.D. Coleman

Item Creation Date: 1986

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 29 Mar 2018[Updated: 29 Mar 2018]
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Letter from J.D. Coleman to Maj. Bruce Bell - re: Request for Contact Information for 1st Cav Officers
Item Number: 27700401002   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 8 January 1987

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 29 Mar 2018[Updated: 29 Mar 2018]
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Presidential Unit Citation - 1st Cavalry Division Airmobile
Item Number: 27700401003   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Author(s): President Lyndon Johnson

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 29 Mar 2018[Updated: 29 Mar 2018]
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Handwritten Notes - re: Richard Knowles
Item Number: 27700402001   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 29 Mar 2018[Updated: 29 Mar 2018]
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Magazine Article, Vietnam - Down, Dirty, and Deadly
Item Number: 27700402002   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 16]

Author(s): Tom Mangold, John Penycate

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 30 Mar 2018[Updated: 06 Apr 2018]
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Handwritten Notes - re: Meeting with Richard Knowles
Item Number: 27700402003   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 30 Mar 2018[Updated: 30 Mar 2018]
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Handwritten Notes - re: Richard Knowles
Item Number: 27700402004   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 30 Mar 2018[Updated: 30 Mar 2018]
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Interview Transcript - Interview with Lt. Gen. Richard Knowles - re: Attack on LZ Albany
Item Number: 27700402005   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 8]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 30 Mar 2018[Updated: 30 Mar 2018]
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Letter from Lt. Gen. Richard Knowles to Lt. Gen. H.G. Moore and Enclosure - re: LZ X-Ray
Item Number: 27700402006   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 9]

Item Creation Date: May 1983

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 30 Mar 2018[Updated: 30 Mar 2018]
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Handwritten Notes - re: Col. Franklin Trapnell at Fort Benning
Item Number: 27700354011   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 26 Mar 2018[Updated: 26 Mar 2018]
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Article - re: Premier Nguyen Cao Ky's Visit to 1st Air Cavalry Division
Item Number: 27700354012   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 26 Mar 2018[Updated: 26 Mar 2018]
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Daily Bulletin - re: 1st Cavalry Division Operations at Plei Me
Item Number: 27700354013   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 26 Mar 2018[Updated: 26 Mar 2018]
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Book Flap Copy- Pleiku: The Dawn of Helicopter Warfare in Vietnam
Item Number: 27700354014   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 26 Mar 2018[Updated: 26 Mar 2018]
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Letter from Richard Barrett to J.D. Coleman - re: Response to Request for Memories of Pleiku Campaign
Item Number: 27700354015   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 26 Mar 2018[Updated: 26 Mar 2018]
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Handwritten Memo from CW3 James Smith to J.D. Coleman - re: 498th Air Ambulance in Qui Nhon
Item Number: 27700354016   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 9 October 1985

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 26 Mar 2018[Updated: 26 Mar 2018]
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Handwritten Letter from Clifford Smith to J.D. Coleman - re: 188th Company during Pleiku Campaign
Item Number: 27700354017   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 11 October 1985

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

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Handwritten Notes - re: 1st Sgt. Roger Redd
Item Number: 27700354018   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 26 Mar 2018[Updated: 26 Mar 2018]
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Handwritten Notes - re: Kurt Turner
Item Number: 27700354019   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 3]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 26 Mar 2018[Updated: 26 Mar 2018]
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Letter from Glenn Sheathelm to J.D. Coleman - re: Battle at LZ Albany
Item Number: 27700354020   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 14 October 1985

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

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Letter from LTC Charles Sturgeon to J.D. Coleman - re: 15th Support Battalion During Pleiku Campaign
Item Number: 27700354021   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 15 October 1985

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 26 Mar 2018[Updated: 26 Mar 2018]
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Handwritten Notes - re: Walter S. Mullins
Item Number: 27700354022   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 26 Mar 2018[Updated: 26 Mar 2018]
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Letter from Griffin Dodge to J.D. Coleman - re: Division Support Command at Ia Drang
Item Number: 27700354023   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 13 November 1985

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

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Handwritten Notes - re: Phone Call with Ben Marcus
Item Number: 27700354024   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 26 Mar 2018[Updated: 26 Mar 2018]
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Handwritten Notes - re: Contact Information for Pleiku Campaign Participants
Item Number: 27700354025   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 5]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

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General Orders No. 385, 1st Cavalry Division - re: Award of the Bronze Star Medal to Cpt. John Avera
Item Number: 27700421004   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Author(s): Col. George Beatty Jr.

Item Creation Date: 27 December 1965

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

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General Orders No. 2170 - re: Award of the Bronze Star Medal to Lt. Gregory Floyd
Item Number: 27700421005   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 27 December 1965

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

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General Orders No. 163, 1st Cavalry Division - re: Award of the Bronze Star Medal to Lt. Col. Earl Ingram
Item Number: 27700421006   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 9 January 1966

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

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Report, 1st Cavalry Division - History of the First Battalion, Fifth Cavalry Regiment
Item Number: 27700421007   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 24]

Author(s): Capt. Harold Aldrich III

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

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Casualty List, 1st Cavalry Division - Pleiku Campaign
Item Number: 27700421008   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 12]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

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General Orders No. 75, 1st Cavalry Division - re: Award of the Purple Heart
Item Number: 27700421009   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 17 November 1965

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

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General Orders No. 71, 1st Cavalry Division - re: Posthumous Award of the Purple Heart
Item Number: 27700421010   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 17 November 1965

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

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Letter from Lt. F.W. Trapnell Jr. to Capt. Samuel Linton III and Attachment - re: Recommendation for Bronze Star
Item Number: 27700415008   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 4]

Item Creation Date: 22 March 1966

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

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Newspaper Article, The Baltimore Sun - City Soldier Squeezing Out Reds
Item Number: 27700415009   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 3]

Author(s): Ralph Kennan

Item Creation Date: 10 June 1965

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 09 Apr 2018[Updated: 09 Apr 2018]
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Letter from Chuck Teague to J.D. Coleman - re: Invitation to Northern Rocky Mountain Retirees Association
Item Number: 27700421014   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 30 May 1997

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

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