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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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Slide
Item Number: VAS087590   (Click For More Item Information)
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Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 16 Apr 2018[Updated: 16 Apr 2018]
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Item Number: VAS087589   (Click For More Item Information)
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Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 16 Apr 2018[Updated: 16 Apr 2018]
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

Added: 26 Mar 2018[Updated: 26 Mar 2018]
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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 Letter from Ray to John - re: Fallen RTO at LZ X-Ray
Item Number: 27700443001   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 5]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 20 Apr 2018[Updated: 20 Apr 2018]
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Leave and Earnings Statement AR 36-104-3 - DA Form 3686
Item Number: 27700623009   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 20 June 1972

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 16 Oct 2018[Updated: 16 Oct 2018]
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Letter from The Linn family to Madeline Coleman and her family - re: personal updates
Item Number: 27700618013   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 23 January 1966

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 10 Oct 2018[Updated: 10 Oct 2018]
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Major Jean D. Coleman - Army Personnel Inprocessing Sheet
Item Number: 27700623010   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 16 Oct 2018[Updated: 16 Oct 2018]
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Jean D. Coleman Reassignment - Department of the Army - Special Orders No. 74
Item Number: 27700623011   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 3]

Item Creation Date: 14 April 1972

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 16 Oct 2018[Updated: 16 Oct 2018]
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Revocation of the Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device - 1st Cavalry Division - General Orders Number 5623
Item Number: 27700623012   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 3]

Item Creation Date: 12 April 1970

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

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Award of the Bronze Star Medal - 1st Cavalry Division - General Orders Number 5253
Item Number: 27700623013   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 07 April 1970

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

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Revocation of the Award of the Bronze Star Medal - 1st Cavalry Division - General Orders Number 6341
Item Number: 27700623014   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 20 April 1970

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

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Award of the Legion of Merit for Major Jean D. Coleman
Item Number: 27700623016   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 19 May 1972

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 17 Oct 2018[Updated: 17 Oct 2018]
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Leave and Earnings Statement AR 37-104-3 - DA Form 3686
Item Number: 27700623017   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 3]

Item Creation Date: 31 October 1977

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 17 Oct 2018[Updated: 17 Oct 2018]
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Award of the Meritorious Service Medal for Major Jean D. Coleman
Item Number: 27700623018   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 26 March 1976

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 17 Oct 2018[Updated: 17 Oct 2018]
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Recommendation for Meritorious Service Medal AR 672-5-1 - DA Form 638
Item Number: 27700623019   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 18 February 1976

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 17 Oct 2018[Updated: 17 Oct 2018]
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Memorandum from Captain Harold L. Arison III to Lieutenant Colonel Jean D. Coleman - re: amended award for Bronze Star Medal
Item Number: 27700623020   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 07 February 1979

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 17 Oct 2018[Updated: 17 Oct 2018]
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Jean D. Coleman Assigned to 11th Air Assault Division, Fort Benning, Georgia - Special Orders number 178
Item Number: 27700623021   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 5]

Item Creation Date: 26 July 1963

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 17 Oct 2018[Updated: 17 Oct 2018]
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Enlistment form Jean Duane Coleman - MD Form Number 67
Item Number: 27700623022   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 16 April 1948

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 17 Oct 2018[Updated: 17 Oct 2018]
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Message from Secretariat of selection to Promotion Board - re: Promotion of Major Jean D. Coleman to Lieutenant Colonel
Item Number: 27700623023   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 19 April 1974

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 17 Oct 2018[Updated: 17 Oct 2018]
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Message from Major Laura C. Coupe to Chief of the Office of Personnel Operations - re: Transmittal of Physical Examination
Item Number: 27700623024   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 19 June 1963

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 17 Oct 2018[Updated: 17 Oct 2018]
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Individuals Promoted/Advanced and Commissioned in the Army of the United States - List
Item Number: 27700623025   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 17 May 1976

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 17 Oct 2018[Updated: 17 Oct 2018]
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Jean D. Coleman Soldier Qualification Card
Item Number: 27700623027   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 17 Oct 2018[Updated: 17 Oct 2018]
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Jean D. Coleman Enlisted Qualification Record - DA Form 20
Item Number: 27700623028   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 17 Oct 2018[Updated: 17 Oct 2018]
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Letter from Chief H.V. Krichbaum to Commanding General of the Fifth US Army - re: Trasmittal of Physical Exam
Item Number: 27700623029   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 19 June 1963

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 17 Oct 2018[Updated: 22 Oct 2018]
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Computation of Date of Rank AR 600-20 - AGPZ Form 220
Item Number: 27700623030   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 17 February 1964

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 17 Oct 2018[Updated: 17 Oct 2018]
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Wire Message from Helena, Montana to Washington DC - re: Jean D Coleman
Item Number: 27700623031   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 4]

Item Creation Date: 15 July 1964

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 17 Oct 2018[Updated: 22 Oct 2018]
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Joint Message from the Adjutant General's Officer to Captain J.D. Coleman and Captain Edward F Neary - re: Placed on Temporary Duty Assignment - DA Form 173
Item Number: 27700623032   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 08 July 1966

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 17 Oct 2018[Updated: 17 Oct 2018]
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e9-16-45848-1 Form [incomplete]
Item Number: 27700623026   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 17 Oct 2018[Updated: 22 Oct 2018]
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Message from AGPF - re: verification of active and inactive service
Item Number: 27700623033   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 13 July 1964

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 17 Oct 2018[Updated: 17 Oct 2018]
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Jean D. Coleman Record of Emergency Data - DD Form 93
Item Number: 27700623034   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 4]

Item Creation Date: 24 November 1957

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 17 Oct 2018[Updated: 22 Oct 2018]
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Jean D. Coleman Medical Qualification and Examination - DD Form 173
Item Number: 27700623035   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 13 June 1963

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

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Jean D. Coleman Record of Emergency Data for the United States Army - DA - 41
Item Number: 27700623036   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 03 October 1951

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 17 Oct 2018[Updated: 17 Oct 2018]
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Jean D. Coleman Army Reserve Change of Address and Status Report AR 140-244 - DA Form 603
Item Number: 27700623037   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 08 April 1962

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 17 Oct 2018[Updated: 17 Oct 2018]
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Indochina Monographs: Intelligence - US Army Center of Military History
Item Number: 27700543001   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 251]

Author(s): Colonel Hoang Ngoc Lung

Item Creation Date: 1984

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 26 Sep 2018[Updated: 01 Oct 2018]
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Letter from Major General H.G. Moore to J.D. Coleman - re: Thanks for working hard on a presentation
Item Number: 27700632004   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 16 March 1973

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 06 Nov 2018[Updated: 06 Nov 2018]
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Defense Information School Graduation Exercises - Flyer
Item Number: 27700633001   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 3]

Item Creation Date: 04 November 1966

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 06 Nov 2018[Updated: 06 Nov 2018]
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Cited for Meritorious Service - Source Unknown - Newspaper Article
Item Number: 27700633002   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 06 Nov 2018[Updated: 13 Nov 2018]
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Nothing Special - Source Unknown - Newspaper Article
Item Number: 27700633003   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Author(s): W.B.S.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 06 Nov 2018[Updated: 06 Nov 2018]
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Who Dies in War?/Major Coleman Graduates from Staff College - Army Times - Magazine Article
Item Number: 27700633004   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Author(s): J.D. Coleman

Item Creation Date: 24 October 1988

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 06 Nov 2018[Updated: 13 Nov 2018]
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Cited for Meritorious Service - Source Unknown - Newspaper Article
Item Number: 27700633005   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 06 Nov 2018[Updated: 06 Nov 2018]
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Authorization for Deposit of Federal Recurring Payments - Standard Form 1199A
Item Number: 27700634001   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 4]

Item Creation Date: 13 July 1979

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

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Letter from Major Mary L. Wood to Lieutenant Colonel Jean D. Coleman - re: Retirement
Item Number: 27700634002   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 08 June 1979

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

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Letter from Captain J.R. Honeycutt to Lieutenant Colonel Jean D. Coleman - re: Assignment details
Item Number: 27700634003   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 12 June 1979

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

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Disposition Form from Lt. Colonel John O. Scott to Lt. Colonel Jean D. Coleman – re: Monthly Retirement Review
Item Number: 27700634004   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 11]

Item Creation Date: 18 June 1979

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 06 Nov 2018[Updated: 13 Nov 2018]
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Disposition Form from Captain Harold L. Arison III to Lt. Colonel Jean D. Coleman – re: Reason for Separation
Item Number: 27700634005   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 30 June 1979

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

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Jumps-Army Retired/Annuitant Pay Statement - USAFAC Form 20-11
Item Number: 27700634006   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: August 1979

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 06 Nov 2018[Updated: 06 Nov 2018]
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Application for Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card - DD Form 1172
Item Number: 27700634007   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 24 January 1986

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

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