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

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.

Added: 14 Oct 2016[Updated: 12 Sep 2019]
Cavalair (U.S. Army Vietnam, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile))
Item Number: 2770Newspaper610612   (Click For More Item Information)
 Newspaper

[Number of Pages: 8]

Volume: 1

Issue: 25

Publication Date: May 5, 1966

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 20 Jan 2017[Updated: 26 Aug 2019]
Panorama (Fort Ord Information Office)
Item Number: 2770Newspaper610613   (Click For More Item Information)
 Newspaper

[Number of Pages: 7]

Volume: 34

Issue: 16

Publication Date: 18 January 1974

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 20 Jan 2017[Updated: 29 Aug 2019]
Panorama (Fort Ord Information Office)
Item Number: 2770Newspaper610614   (Click For More Item Information)
 Newspaper

[Number of Pages: 8]

Volume: 34

Issue: 26

Publication Date: 29 March 1974

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 20 Jan 2017[Updated: 29 Aug 2019]
The American Traveler (1st Infantry Division Information Office)
Item Number: 2770Newspaper610615   (Click For More Item Information)
 Newspaper

[Number of Pages: 8]

Volume: 31

Issue: 12

Publication Date: 03 April 1970

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 20 Jan 2017[Updated: 30 Aug 2019]
Cavalair (U.S. Army Vietnam, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile))
Item Number: 2770Newspaper610616   (Click For More Item Information)
 Newspaper

[Number of Pages: 7]

Volume: 4

Issue: 16

Publication Date: 22 April 1970

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 20 Jan 2017[Updated: 26 Aug 2019]
Cavalair (U.S. Army Vietnam, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile))
Item Number: 2770Newspaper610617   (Click For More Item Information)
 Newspaper

[Number of Pages: 7]

Volume: 4

Issue: 31

Publication Date: 05 August 1970

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 20 Jan 2017[Updated: 26 Aug 2019]
Cavalair (U.S. Army Vietnam, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile))
Item Number: 2770Newspaper610618   (Click For More Item Information)
 Newspaper

[Number of Pages: 8]

Volume: 1

Issue: 26

Publication Date: 12 May 1966

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 20 Jan 2017[Updated: 26 Aug 2019]
Cavalair (U.S. Army Vietnam, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile))
Item Number: 2770Newspaper610619   (Click For More Item Information)
 Newspaper

[Number of Pages: 8]

Volume: 1

Issue: 29

Publication Date: 02 June 1966

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 20 Jan 2017[Updated: 26 Aug 2019]
Incursion Interview Tape: Bill Laceh
Item Number: 2770AU2682   (Click For More Item Information)
 Audio

NOT DIGITIZED

Interview with Bill Laceh. The interview was used as research for J.D. Coleman's book Incursion.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 27 Feb 2017]
Incursion Interview Tape: LTG Robert Gard
Item Number: 2770AU2683   (Click For More Item Information)
 Audio

NOT DIGITIZED

Interview with Lieutenant-General Robert Gard in November, 1988. The interview was used as research for J.D. Coleman's book Incursion.

Item Creation Date: November 1988

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 27 Feb 2017]
Incursion Interview Tape: Gen. Jack Galvin
Item Number: 2770AU2684   (Click For More Item Information)
 Audio

NOT DIGITIZED

Interview with General Jack Galvin on January 13, 1990. The interview was used as research for J.D. Coleman's book Incursion. The interview is recorded on two micro-cassettes.

Item Creation Date: 13 January 1990

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 27 Feb 2017]
Incursion Interview Tape: Intsums and Sit Reps
Item Number: 2770AU2685   (Click For More Item Information)
 Audio

NOT DIGITIZED

Interview with an unidentified individual regarding intelligence summaries and situation reports conducted in February, 1969. The interview was used as research for J.D. Coleman's book Incursion. Ton an MC60 cassette tape in February, 1969. The tape has a note saying "Forward".

Item Creation Date: February 1969

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 27 Feb 2017]
Incursion Interview Tape: LTC Dick Wood
Item Number: 2770AU2686   (Click For More Item Information)
 Audio

NOT DIGITIZED

Interview with Lieutenant-Colonel Dick Wood, c.v. 2/8 Cav- G-3, on August 7, 1990. The interview was used as research for J.D. Coleman's book Incursion. The interview is recorded on two micro-cassettes.

Item Creation Date: 07 August 1990

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 27 Feb 2017]
Incursion Interview Tape: Gen. Bob Shoumaker
Item Number: 2770AU2687   (Click For More Item Information)
 Audio

NOT DIGITIZED

Interview with General Bob Shoumaker. The interview was used as research for J.D. Coleman's book Incursion.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 27 Feb 2017]
Incursion Interview Tape: MG Pete Taylor
Item Number: 2770AU2688   (Click For More Item Information)
 Audio

NOT DIGITIZED

Interview with Major General Pete Taylor. The interview was used as research for J.D. Coleman's book Incursion. The interview is recorded on three micro-cassettes.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 27 Feb 2017]
Incursion Interview Tape: Gen. Pont Starry
Item Number: 2770AU2689   (Click For More Item Information)
 Audio

NOT DIGITIZED

Interview with General Pont Starry on november 10, 1989. The interview was used as resaerch for J.D. Coleman's book Incursion.

Item Creation Date: 10 November 1989

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 27 Feb 2017]
Incursion Interview Tape: Julian Ewell
Item Number: 2770AU2690   (Click For More Item Information)
 Audio

NOT DIGITIZED

Interview with Julian Weel. The interview was used as research for J.D. Coleman's book Incursion.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 27 Feb 2017]
Incursion Interview Tape: John Talbot
Item Number: 2770AU2691   (Click For More Item Information)
 Audio

NOT DIGITIZED

Interview with John Talbot. The interview was used as research for J.D. Coleman's book Incursion.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 27 Feb 2017]
Incursion Interview Tape: Datrich I
Item Number: 2770AU2692   (Click For More Item Information)
 Audio

NOT DIGITIZED

Interview with Datrich. The interview was used as research for J.D. Coleman's book Incursion. The tape appears to be contain the first part of a longer interview.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 13 Feb 2017[Updated: 27 Feb 2017]
Image of Hoengsong
Item Number: 2770EM0649   (Click For More Item Information)
 Electronic Media

NOT DIGITIZED

The disk contains one JPEG image of a camp in Hoengsong at the base of a mountain.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 16 Feb 2017[Updated: 17 Feb 2017]
Hoengsong 3 and 4
Item Number: 2770EM0650   (Click For More Item Information)
 Electronic Media

NOT DIGITIZED

The disk contains two JPEG images, the first is of a road in Hoengsong with cannons and artillery along the shoulder of the road, and the second is of a tank in Hoengsong.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 16 Feb 2017[Updated: 17 Feb 2017]
Neil Aikin Hoengsong 6 and 7
Item Number: 2770EM0651   (Click For More Item Information)
 Electronic Media

NOT DIGITIZED

The disk contains two JPEG images, the first is of a helicopter landing in Hoengsong, and the second is of the grounded helicopter and the pilot standing beside it talking to another man.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 16 Feb 2017[Updated: 17 Feb 2017]
Neil Aikin Hoengsong 3, 4, 5
Item Number: 2770EM0652   (Click For More Item Information)
 Electronic Media

NOT DIGITIZED

The disk contains three JPEG images. The first image is of a road in Hoengsong with cannons and artillery along the shoulder of the road. The second image is of a tank in Hoengsong. The third image is of a parked helicopter, with the words "Yellow Cab" written on it.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 16 Feb 2017[Updated: 17 Feb 2017]
Neil Aikin Hoengsong 1 and 2
Item Number: 2770EM0653   (Click For More Item Information)
 Electronic Media

NOT DIGITIZED

The disk contains two JPEG images. The first is of a curving road in Hoengsong. The second is of a river along the mountains in Hoengsong, with what seems like a small camp or supply stash next to the river.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 16 Feb 2017[Updated: 17 Feb 2017]
Hoengsong 1 and 2
Item Number: 2770EM0654   (Click For More Item Information)
 Electronic Media

NOT DIGITIZED

The disk contains two jpeg images. The first is of a curving road in Hoengsong. The second is of a river along the mountains in Hoengsong, with what seems like a small camp or supply stash next to the river.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 16 Feb 2017[Updated: 17 Feb 2017]
Neil Aikin Hoengsong 8
Item Number: 2770EM0655   (Click For More Item Information)
 Electronic Media

NOT DIGITIZED

The disk contains one JPEG image. The image depicts a row of Jeeps parked on a road, with soldiers sitting and standing on both shoulders of the road. In the background of the photo, there is a small grey cloud from a small explosion, and most of the men in the image are looking in that direction.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 16 Feb 2017[Updated: 17 Feb 2017]
Drawing of a 1st Cavalry Division Soldier in Vietnam
Item Number: 2770museum4862   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 10 Mar 2017[Updated: 07 Apr 2017]
Painting of Bill Ellis with Guitar
Item Number: 2770museum4864   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 10 Mar 2017[Updated: 07 Apr 2017]
Painting of a Fire in the Jungle
Item Number: 2770museum4865   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 10 Mar 2017[Updated: 07 Apr 2017]
Holster
Item Number: 2770museum4868   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 07 Apr 2017[Updated: 12 Jul 2017]
Holster
Item Number: 2770museum4869   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 07 Apr 2017[Updated: 12 Jul 2017]
Cotton Duck Bag
Item Number: 2770museum4870   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 07 Apr 2017[Updated: 12 Jul 2017]
Harness
Item Number: 2770museum4871   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 07 Apr 2017[Updated: 12 Jul 2017]
Harness
Item Number: 2770museum4872   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 07 Apr 2017[Updated: 12 Jul 2017]
Duffel Bag
Item Number: 2770museum4873   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 07 Apr 2017[Updated: 12 Jul 2017]
Backpack
Item Number: 2770museum4874   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 07 Apr 2017[Updated: 12 Jul 2017]
U.S. Army Airborne School Helmet
Item Number: 2770museum4875   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 07 Apr 2017[Updated: 12 Jul 2017]
Ammunition Case
Item Number: 2770museum4876   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 07 Apr 2017[Updated: 12 Jul 2017]
Ammunition Case
Item Number: 2770museum4877   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 07 Apr 2017[Updated: 12 Jul 2017]
Scythe Head
Item Number: 2770museum4878   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 07 Apr 2017[Updated: 12 Jul 2017]
Helmet
Item Number: 2770museum4879   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 07 Apr 2017[Updated: 12 Jul 2017]
Camouflage helmet covering
Item Number: 2770museum4880   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 07 Apr 2017[Updated: 12 Jul 2017]
Shelter-Half Tent
Item Number: 2770museum4881   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 07 Apr 2017[Updated: 12 Jul 2017]
Bullet Fragment
Item Number: 2770museum4882   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 07 Apr 2017[Updated: 12 Jul 2017]
Set of Plastic Cutlery
Item Number: 2770museum4883   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 07 Apr 2017[Updated: 12 Jul 2017]
Quang Ngai (fragment)
Item Number: 2770map0064   (Click For More Item Information)
 Map

[Number of Pages: 1]

Scale: 1:50000

Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 14 Jul 2017[Updated: 10 Apr 2018]
Chart of Northern III Corps Showing VC Infiltration
Item Number: 2770map0130   (Click For More Item Information)
 Map

[Number of Pages: 1]

Date: No Date

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 01 May 2018[Updated: 02 May 2018]
Operational Report, Lessons Learned (ORLL), Headquarters, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), (U) - For quarter ending 31 July 1970
Item Number: 2770Micro612   (Click For More Item Information)
 Microform

NOT DIGITIZED

[Number of Pages: 2]

AD514580 - Adjutant General's Office (U.S. Army), Washington, D.C.
Aug 70
GP-4
U.S. Department of Commerce, National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia
OACSFOR-OT-UT-703016 ; FLD/GP 15/7

14 August 1970 - ORLL Report Date
22 March 1971 - Distributed by Major

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Publication Date: August 1970

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 12 Sep 2019[Updated: 12 Sep 2019]
Operational Report, Lessons Learned (ORLL), Headquarters, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) (U) - For quarter ending 31 October 1970
Item Number: 2770Micro613   (Click For More Item Information)
 Microform

NOT DIGITIZED

[Number of Pages: 2]

AD516259 - Adjutant General's Office (U.S. Army), Washington, D.C.
Nov 70
GP-4
U.S. Department of Commerce, National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia
OACSFOR-OT-UT-704030 ; FLD/GP 15/7

14 November 1970 - ORLL Report Date
22 June 1971 - Distributed by Major

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Publication Date: November 1970

Collection: J. D. Coleman Collection

Added: 12 Sep 2019[Updated: 12 Sep 2019]