Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Title
Gamewardens of Vietnam Association Collection
Association
Gamewardens of Vietnam Association
Collection Number
1096
Date(s)
Undated
Size
3.25 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
D084.3C, D083.1A, Photograph Collection, Cold Storage Vault, Periodical Collection, Newsletter Collection, Museum Objects
Processed by
T. Lovelady, Feb. 2003[Updated: Dec. 2014 by C. Martinez]
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

The Gamewardens of Vietnam Association Collection contains materials pertaining to the Gamewardens of Vietnam Association which was formed in 1968 to honor the men who served in Task Force 116 in Vietnam denying the Viet Cong the use of the inland waterways. It is divided into eleven series: Founding Documents, Minutes of Meetings, Chapter Information, Membership, Financial Material, Newsletters, Reunions, Correspondence, Scholarship, Newspaper and Periodical Clippings, and Research Materials. The materials date from 1965 during Operation Gamewarden to 2004.

Biographical Note

As a result of recommendations made by Naval authorities in September of 1965, a river patrol force, designated Task Force 116 and code named Game Warden was established. This force was assigned the responsibility of helping Vietnamese river forces in denying the Viet Cong the use of the inland waterways. The Gamewardens of Vietnam Association was formed in December of 1968 to: 1. Perpetuate the name of the Naval Task Force 116 known as Operation Gamewarden. 2. Continue those friendships commenced in Vietnam by those personnel who served in Task Force 116 (Operation Gamewarden). 3. Foster the security of our Nation by supporting all measures calculated to strengthen the Armed Forces of the United States and to support the Constitution of the United States of America. 4. Revere the memory of our shipmates who sacrificed their lives in Vietnam.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Collection Inventory

Contents
Box
Folder
Location
Gamewardens of Vietnam Association Corporate Archives 
Founding Documents 
Box 1
D084.3C
Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws for Gamewardens of Vietnam Association
1
Internal Revenue Service determination of tax status for Gamewardens of Vietnam Association
2
Annual Reports submitted to the State of Virginia by Gamewardens of Vietnam Association
3
Listing of Board Members of the Gamewardens of Vietnam Association
4
List of Gamewardens of Vietnam Chapters and area representatives
5
Minutes of Association meetings 
Box 2
Board Meetings
1
Board Meetings
2
Business Meetings
3
Business Meetings
4
Executive Board Meetings
5
Annual Meeting of the Executive Directors
6
1992 Annual Reunion
7
1994 General Membership Meeting
8
Five Year Plan
9
Chapters of the Gamewardens of Vietnam Association 
Chapter Guidance
10
East Coast Chapter
11
Hawaii Chapter
12
Northeast Chapter
13
Northwest Chapter
14
Southeast Chapter
15
Texas Chapter
16
West Coast Chapter (1 of 2)
17
West Coast Chapter (2 of 2)
18
Membership 
Blank Gamewardens of Vietnam Association membership form
19
Completed applications 1960s-1980s
20
Completed applications 1986
21
Completed applications 1988 (1 of 2)
22
Completed applications 1988 (2 of 2)
23
Completed applications 1989
24
Completed applications 1993
25
Completed applications (various dates)
26
Completed applications (various dates)
27
Association mailings returned to sender
28
West Coast Chapter membership applications (blank)
29
Design and purchase of Gamewardens decal
30
Financial Material 
Box 3
January 1973-December 1977
1
1980
2
1981
3
1982
4
1983
5
1984
6
1985
7
1986
8
1987
9
May 1988
10
1989
11
1996
12
Balance sheet 24 June 1988
13
Balance sheets for 1989
14
Balance sheets for 1991
15
Balance sheets for 1992
16
Balance sheets various dates
17
Kay Witham Memorial
18
Account books and signature books
19
Postal
20
Gamewardens of Vietnam Association Newsletters 
Box 4
#1, November 1968
1
#2, March 1969
2
#4, September 1969
3
#5, January 1970
4
#6, May 1970
5
#7, May 1971
6
#8, May 1972
7
#9, September 1972
8
#10, February 1973
9
#11, June 1973
10
#12, December 1973
11
#13, June 1974
12
#14
13
#15, February 1976
14
#17, July 1977
15
#18, November 1977
16
#19, May 1978
17
#20, January 1979
18
#27 July 1982
19
March 1983 letter, (between issues #27 and 28)
20
#28, July 1983
21
#29, May 1984
22
#30, July 1985
23
#31, July 1986
24
#32, May 1988
25
#33, May 1989
26
#34, May 1990
27
March 1991 letter
28
#35, January 1993
29
#36
30
undated newletter materials
31
Texas Chapter newletters
32
West Coast Chapter newsletters
33
Southeast Chapter newsletters
34
USS Garrett County
35
USS Peterson
36
USS Radford
37
various non-Gamewardens of Vietnam Association newsletters
38
Brown Water Log, Winter 2006
39
Reunions 
1968
1
1969
2
1983
3
1984
4
1985
5
1986
6
1987
7
1988
8
1990
9
1992
10
1994
11
1996
12
1983 Northwest Chapter
13
1984 West Coast Chapter
14
1988 West Coast Chapter
15
1991 West Coast Chapter
16
Correspondence 
5
Correspondence with lawyers
1
1968-1970
2
1970-1978
3
1973-1974
4
1975
5
1976
6
1977
7
1978
8
1982
9
1983
10
1984
11
1985
12
1986
13
1988
14
1989
15
1989
16
1989
17
April 1989
18
1993
19
undated
20
return to sender/change of address
21
unsolicited material
22
Gamewardens of Vietnam Scholarships 
6
1982
1
1986
2
1987
3
1989
4
1991
5
1992
6
1992
7
1994
8
Newspaper and Periodical Clippings 
Articles from "All Hands, 1966-1973"
9
A Bibliography of the U.S. Navy and the Conflict in SEA, 1950-1975
10
Articles from "Combat Illustrated", 1979-1982
11
U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Examination of U.S. Policy Towards POW/MIAs
12
Articles from "National Geographic" 1962-1968
13
Article "Navy Gunship Helicopters in the Mekong"
14
Article "The Navy in Vietnam"
15
Pamphlet: The Navy in New Orleans
16
Articles from "Our Navy"
17
Poems of a Navy Padre by William Henry Bell
18
"River Patrol Force TF 116"
19
"River Patrols Relearned by Commander" S.A. Swartztrauber
20
"Riverine Warfare: The U.S. Navy's Operations on Inland Waters"
21
Articles from "Sea Classics"
22
Articles from "U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings"
23
"Welcome Aboard" pamphlet produced on behalf of the Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Vietnam
24
Other Periodicals
25
Newspapers clippings (original)
26
Newspapers clippings (reproductions)
27
Cartoons
28
Research Materials 
7
Small Craft Insignia
1
Operation Gamewardens insignia
2
Secretary of the Navy instructions concerning Foreign Awards to U.S. Military Personnel (1970)
3
Secretary of the Navy instructions concerning Foreign Awards to U.S. Military Personnel (1972-1973)
4
Operation Gamewardens Unit Citations
5
U.S. Navy Unit Awards (1967-1973)
6
U.S. Navy Unit Awards (1969-1971)
7
U.S. Navy Unit Awards (1973)
8
U.S. Navy Unit Awards (1973-1976)
9
U.S. Navy Unit Awards (1977-1979)
10
U.S. Navy Unit Awards and Campaign Participation 1987
11
River Patrol Flotilla 5 Command History 1968
12
River Squadron 5 Command History, 18 January 1968
13
River Squadron 5 Certificate of River War Service in Vietnam
14
River Division 521 information
15
River Division 523 member list
16
River Section 531 information
17
River Section 543 information
18
River Section 544 information
19
River Section 553 information
20
River Section 593 information
21
River Section 593 information
22
LST's earning battle stars in Vietnam
23
Cruisebook: U.S. Naval Support Activity, Saigon: May 1966-May 1967
24
Helicopter Attack Squadron 3 information
25
U.S. Naval Vessels named in honor of Operation Gamewarden members
26
Lt. John C. Brewton and the USS Brewton (DE-1086)
27
LCDR Arthur Elliot and the USS Elliot (DD-967)
28
GM Patrick Ford and the USS Ford (FFG-54)
29
SN David G. Ouellett and the USS Ouellett (DE-1077)
30
CPO Quincy Truett and the USS Truett (DE-1095)
31
ACTOV-The U.S. Navy's Accelerated Turnover Program
32
Agent Orange
33
Proposal for "An Encyclopedia of Military Leaders"
34
Friends of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
35
Gamewardens of Vietnam Association Awards
36
Gamewardens History Book
37
Gamewardens of Vietnam Association acquisition of a PBR
38
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
39
Patriot's Point
40
Thirty-one foot Patrol River Boat
41
Synaposis and Outline for the 10000 Mile Route: Inside the VC/NVA
42
Your Navy: From the Viewpoint of the Nation's Finest Artist
43
Proposal for "Vietnam at the Movies"
44
Vietnam book report newsletter
45
Vietnam Veterans of America
46
Vietnam Veterans state bonus
47
Operation Gamewarden Press Releases
8
1
Memo: Subjects that might be raised at Pentagon Press Briefing
2
Pentagon Press Briefing by Admiral Zumwalt (20 October 1969)
3
Questions/Answers for CINCPACFLT Saigon Press Conference 3 Octover 1969
4
Jere Beery
5
Robert Earl Cannon
6
Terrence J. Freund
7
Clayton Hartwig
8
Admiral Ward
9
Admiral Zumwalt
10
General Subjects (1966-1970)
11
General Subjects (1968-1984)
12
General Subjects (1972-1979)
13
General Subjects (1973-1981)
14
General Subjects (1975-1981)
15
Veterans Association Hospital
16
Archival Holdings
17
Addresses
18
Gamewardens of Vietnam Vietnam Association Press Releases
19
UDT-12 Familgram (October/November 1969)
20
Vietnam related book catalogs
21
Assorted Materials
22
Restricted Materials 
9
Oversize original newspapers, periodicals and clippings
10 (Oversize)
D083.1A
Empty Reference Material Three Ring Binder
11 (Oversize)
Empty Reference Material Three Ring Binder
12 (Oversize)
Newspapers, 1983-1986
13 (Oversize)

Separated Materials

Photographs
VA030448 - VA030451.

33 photographs taken during Operation Gamewarden.

27 Photos taken during Gamewarden's reunions and dedications.

25 Photos of The Moving Wall.

1 Photo of PBR Mark II.

5 Photos of the USS Truett.

12 Photos of the USS Ouellet.

1 Photo of the USS Brewton.
Slides
VAS031977: Slide of Task Force 116 plaque.
Museum Objects
1096museum1491: Combat Action Ribbon (7).

1096museum1492: Bumper sticker "Vietnam: I was there, and proud to serve! 1958-1975".

1096museum1493: Bumper sticker "Vietnam: I was there, and proud to serve! 1960-1975".

1096museum1494: Bumper sticker "Vietnam: I wasn't there, but I care! 1958-1975".

1096museum1495: flag holding harness.

1096museum1496: USS Elliot (DD-967) patch.

1096museum4617- Model of a Patrol Boat, River (PRR).
Audio
1096AU1479: Audio Tape, "America Still Waits" by Robert Reordon.

1096AU1480: Audio Tape various songs relating to Vietnam.
Periodicals
All Hands (April 1978) (2 copies).

DAV: The Official Voice of the Disabled American Veterans and DAV Auxiliary (August 1993).

Military (November 1987).

Military (January 1988).

Military (June 1988).

Psychology Today (November 1981).

Soldier of Fortune (March 1985).

Surface Warfare (November 1980).

Veteran (June 1988).

Vietnam (August 1991).

Vietnam (October 1992).

Vietnam (August 1993).

USNI Proceedings (November 1969).

USNI Proceedings (October 1969).

USNI Proceedings (May 1971).

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