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Joy Wilkerson Collection (1526) Finding Aid
Item Number: 15260000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

Correspondence, photographs and negatives, newspapers and newspaper clippings, books, VHS tapes, audio magnetic tapes, Hollywood magazines, TV scripts, internet printouts, and race car paraphernalia document Joy Wilkerson's career in entertainment during the 1960s and 1970s, including her trip to Vietnam in 1967 where she was given the title 'Miss South Vietnam.' Among the correspondence are letters from military servicemen in Vietnam that Wilkerson adopted as pen pals.

Added: 23 May 2005[Updated: 01 Oct 2019]
Photograph
Item Number: VA056217   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 02 Feb 2010[Updated: 02 Feb 2010]
Photograph
Item Number: VA056415   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

March 1967, Hill 190, approximately 6 miles Northwest of Danang Vietnam/then Staff Sergeant Clarence (Tony) Anthony later commissioned as a 2nd LT on April 17 1967 on Hill 55, Danang Vietnam

Item Creation Date: 1967

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 11 Feb 2010[Updated: 11 Feb 2010]
Photograph
Item Number: VA056416   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

April 2007 Lt. Col. Clarence (Tony) Anthony USMC (Ret) Hill 190 in approximately position as picture taken in March 1967, 40 years does make a difference

Item Creation Date: 2007

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 11 Feb 2010[Updated: 11 Feb 2010]
Photograph
Item Number: VA041428   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

man sitting with airplanes; Note on back:Joy, Lots of luck with USO; we need more of you. Walt.

Item Creation Date: 01 August 1966

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 15 Jun 2005[Updated: 15 Jun 2005]
Photograph
Item Number: VA041429   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Robert Carey standing in soldier uniform.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 15 Jun 2005[Updated: 15 Jun 2005]
Photograph
Item Number: VA041430   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Joy Wilkerson in bathing suit.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 15 Jun 2005[Updated: 15 Jun 2005]
Photograph
Item Number: VA041431   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

USS Exploit on the water.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 15 Jun 2005[Updated: 15 Jun 2005]
Photograph
Item Number: VA041432   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Jerry Knight standing next to bushes, To joy: you are one of the prettiest girls alive! lots of luck on your career! Love you, Jerry.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 15 Jun 2005[Updated: 15 Jun 2005]
Photograph
Item Number: VA041433   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Joy with Bentley Ryan at his home. Bentley was a librarian and Courged Hiltons lawyer also a very heavy drinker.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 15 Jun 2005[Updated: 15 Jun 2005]
Photograph
Item Number: VA041434   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Joy at Bentley Ryan Xmas Party with a bud from Wash. D.C. Just before she left in April for Vietnam.

Item Creation Date: 01 January 1967

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 15 Jun 2005[Updated: 15 Jun 2005]
Photograph
Item Number: VA041435   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Joy Wilkerson and Bentley Ryan standing together with cocktails

Item Creation Date: 01 January 1967

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 15 Jun 2005[Updated: 15 Jun 2005]
Photograph
Item Number: VA041437   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Bentley Ryan with joy at home in Beverly Hills.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 15 Jun 2005[Updated: 15 Jun 2005]
Photograph
Item Number: VA041438   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Bentley Ryan with Joy Wilkerson and Anthony Cardoza at Bentley's Annual Xmas party at his home in Beverly Hills.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 15 Jun 2005[Updated: 15 Jun 2005]
Photograph
Item Number: VA041439   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Tony Cardoza standing outside.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 15 Jun 2005[Updated: 15 Jun 2005]
Photograph
Item Number: VA041444   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Joy Wilkerson with George who wanted her to tour with him but Joy wouldn't leave her children.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 16 Jun 2005[Updated: 16 Jun 2005]
Photograph
Item Number: VA041445   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Joy met Captain Billy Phillips aboard the Ti Conderya in Vietnmam Capt. Phillips was a fighter pilot and visited Joy and the children when he returned from Vietnam at her home on Wordley Ave. Granola Hills. Joy saw Capt. Phillips again in San Diego City, 1975.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 16 Jun 2005[Updated: 16 Jun 2005]
Photograph
Item Number: VA041446   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

To a gun moll who is really a bundle of joy! Best to always, Love Tony, 1968. Joy met Tony Cardoza at his office in paramount studios, sent by her agent Glen Show Tony Cast Joy as a Gun Moll in a film to be made with George Raft. Film was never made. Joy and Tony started dating in 1968 and were

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Item Creation Date: 00 January 1968

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 16 Jun 2005[Updated: 16 Jun 2005]
Photograph
Item Number: VA041447   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Joy Wilkerson at the John Robert Lowers Modeling School, 1962.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 16 Jun 2005[Updated: 16 Jun 2005]
Photograph
Item Number: VA041436   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Joy's boyfriend with hand on Stephanie 2 in balis T. shoulder. Joys's boyfriend neglected to tell her that he was married! to a then famous red-headed actress named Jeannice who starred in film, 'State Fair.'

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 15 Jun 2005[Updated: 15 Jun 2005]
Photograph
Item Number: VA041440   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

House Joy shared with her husband Anthony Cardoza and her 3 children after Vietnam.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 15 Jun 2005[Updated: 15 Jun 2005]
Photograph
Item Number: VA041442   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Tony Cardoza at our home on Vohiled Ave. North Hollywood Ca.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 15 Jun 2005[Updated: 15 Jun 2005]
Photograph
Item Number: VA041443   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Tony Cardoza riding motorcycle.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 16 Jun 2005[Updated: 16 Jun 2005]
Photograph
Item Number: VA041448   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Joy Wilkerson at school in the John Roberts Modeling School in Encino, CA.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 16 Jun 2005[Updated: 16 Jun 2005]
Interview with Joy Wilkerson
Item Number: OH0814   (Click For More Item Information)
 Oral History

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[Number of Pages: 1]

In this interview Joy Wilkerson describes her experiences as a pen pal to US troops in Vietnam and a USO entertainer. She travelled to Vietnam to entertain the troops in 1967.

Author(s): Jason Stewart

Item Creation Date: 16 December 2010

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 18 Apr 2011[Updated: 18 Apr 2011]
Letter From G Bentley Ryan To Joy Wilkerson Dated May 26, 1966
Item Number: 15260101001   (Click For More Item Information)
 Document

[Number of Pages: 3]

Item Creation Date: 26 May 1966

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 24 Jun 2005[Updated: 24 Jun 2005]
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Empty Envelope Addressed to Joy Wilerson
Item Number: 15260101002   (Click For More Item Information)
 Document

[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 22 June 1964

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 24 Jun 2005[Updated: 24 Jun 2005]
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Letter FRom G Bentley Ryan To Joy Wilkerson Dated February 2, 1967
Item Number: 15260101003   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 17 February 1967

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 24 Jun 2005[Updated: 24 Jun 2005]
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Letter From G Bentley Ryan To Joy Wilkerson Dated March 21, 1968
Item Number: 15260101004   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 21 March 1968

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 24 Jun 2005[Updated: 24 Jun 2005]
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Photograph Of Don Stewart
Item Number: 15260101005   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 24 Jun 2005[Updated: 24 Jun 2005]
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Photograph Of William Stevens
Item Number: 15260101006   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 24 Jun 2005[Updated: 24 Jun 2005]
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Greeting Cards on Military Stationery (No Dates)
Item Number: 15260102001   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 15]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 24 Jun 2005[Updated: 24 Jun 2005]
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Silk Lined Greeting Card From Captain Rod Bateeko From Vietnam
Item Number: 15260103001   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 24 Jun 2005[Updated: 24 Jun 2005]
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Silk Lined Greeting Card From Saigon, Vietnam
Item Number: 15260103002   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 3]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 24 Jun 2005[Updated: 24 Jun 2005]
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Silk Lined Greeting Cards From American Solidiers in Vietnam
Item Number: 15260103003   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 14]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 24 Jun 2005[Updated: 24 Jun 2005]
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Correspondence From Major Al Thieme Dated July 14, 1966
Item Number: 15260104001   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 14 July 1966

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 27 Jun 2005[Updated: 27 Jun 2005]
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Correspondence from Major Al Thieme Dated July 31 1966
Item Number: 15260104002   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 31 July 1966

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 27 Jun 2005[Updated: 27 Jun 2005]
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Correspondence from Major Al Thieme Dated September 12, 1966
Item Number: 15260104004   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 3]

Item Creation Date: 12 September 1966

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 27 Jun 2005[Updated: 27 Jun 2005]
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Correspondence from Major Al Thieme Dated 26 September 1966
Item Number: 15260104006   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 5]

Item Creation Date: 26 September 1966

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 27 Jun 2005[Updated: 27 Jun 2005]
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Correspondence from Major Al Thieme Dated 29 October 1966
Item Number: 15260104012   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 4]

Item Creation Date: 29 October 1966

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 27 Jun 2005[Updated: 27 Jun 2005]
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Correspondence from Major Al Thieme Dated 19 November 1966
Item Number: 15260104014   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 19 November 1966

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 27 Jun 2005[Updated: 27 Jun 2005]
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Correspondence from Major Al Thieme Dated 21 November 1966
Item Number: 15260104015   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 3]

Item Creation Date: 21 November 1966

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 27 Jun 2005[Updated: 27 Jun 2005]
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Greeting Cards and Holiday Cards
Item Number: 15260106001   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 25]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 27 Jun 2005[Updated: 27 Jun 2005]
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Letter Of Appreciation From Commanding Officer, US Naval Hospital, Oakland California
Item Number: 15260107001   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 20 December 1965

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 27 Jun 2005[Updated: 27 Jun 2005]
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Picture Postcard From Dick Nussell
Item Number: 15260108001   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 27 Jun 2005[Updated: 27 Jun 2005]
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Letter From Harvey Henry Dated 13 June 1966
Item Number: 15260108007   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 3]

Item Creation Date: 13 June 1966

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 28 Jun 2005[Updated: 28 Jun 2005]
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Letter From Tom Shalvay Dated 14 June 1966
Item Number: 15260108008   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 14 June 1966

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 28 Jun 2005[Updated: 28 Jun 2005]
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Letter From C F Knapp Dated 20 June 1966
Item Number: 15260108009   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 20 June 1966

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 28 Jun 2005[Updated: 28 Jun 2005]
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Letter From Richard Horton (Undated)
Item Number: 15260108010   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 3]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 28 Jun 2005[Updated: 28 Jun 2005]
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Letter From C F Knapp Dated 30 June 1966
Item Number: 15260108011   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 3]

Item Creation Date: 30 June 1966

Collection: Joy Wilkerson Collection

Added: 28 Jun 2005[Updated: 28 Jun 2005]
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