Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Title
Oren Harnage Collection
Association
Air America Association
Collection Number
1026
Date(s)
Undated
Size
0.1 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
D055.4B, Photograph Collection
Processed by
R. Grau, Sep. 2002[Updated: Apr. 2011 by M. Barnard]
Digitization Status
Items from this collection have been digitized and are available in the Virtual Vietnam Archive.

To search for items within this collection, or within all of the holdings of the Vietnam Archive, go to the Virtual Vietnam Archive

Scope and Content

Photographs document Air America activities in Vietnam, including images of crash wreckage, landing facilities, and a female Viet Cong prisoner, circa 1969. Also included in the collection is a facsimilie of Alan Shepard's Mercury flight record, 1961. Draft copy of the Agreement on Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Vietnam.

Biographical Note

Oren Harnage was born in 1926 in Tampa, Florida. In 1943, Harnage volunteered for the United States Naval Reserve and served a total of three years in the South Pacific, ending his tour in 1946. During this time, he served with USN Amphibious Assault and was stationed at Okinawa and the Philippines. Harnage then served as a paramilitary officer with the Central Intelligence Agency as a member of Air America. He was stationed at Vientiane, Laos, Udorn, Thailand, and Da Nang and Saigon, South Vietnam and was involved in the following events: the 1968 attack on Da Nang, the South Vietnamese evacuation in 1975 and the Saigon air evacuation by Air America in 1975. For his service in the CIA, Harnage received the Civilian Participation award and the Intelligence Star for Valor. After leaving the service in 1977 as a GS-13, Harnage became a private investigator, a real estate agent, and later became a motor home park manager. He is a member of the Air America Association, Veterans of Foreign War and the American Legion.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Collection Inventory

Contents
Box
Folder
Location
copy of official Mercury flight record of CMD Alan Shepard (May 5, 1961).
2
1
D055.4B
Agreement on Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Viet-Nam (draft copy)
2

Separated Materials

Photographs
(VA029244 - VA029249) Photographs of airplane wreckage, including three photos of an Air America C46 crash in Vietnam, 1969, and three photos of a Porter N-394R crash, undated. (VA029386 - VA029389) Photographs of a female VC prisoner from Hoi An,.

taken in Da Nang, 1969.

photograph of airplane destroyed by a rocket, undated.

two photos of Da Nang landing strip, undated.

Digitized Materials

Items from this collection have been digitized and are available in the Virtual Vietnam Archive.

To search for items within this collection, or within all of the holdings of the Vietnam Archive, go to the Virtual Vietnam Archive