Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Title
Edwin L. Oswald Collection
Collection Number
1206
Date(s)
Undated
Size
0.3 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
Individual Collection O; Slide Collection; Individual Collections-Oversized; Cold Storage Vault; Library
Processed by
T. Lovelady, Sep. 2003[Updated: Jan. 2006 by C. Trobridge]
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

Books, audio captions, VHS tape, CD, and photocopied articles donated by Edwin Oswald. Various books and the VHS tape (River Patrol: The Game Wardens of Vietnam) document the role of the US Navy river patrol boats in Vietnam. The CD (Chet Atkins Plays Back Home Hymns) is an example of the kind of music Oswald and his crew listened to while in Vietnam. The articles in the collection deal with a number of various topics including alcoholism, veterans' adjustment to society after the war, and an article about the music of Chet Atkins by Edwin Oswald. An article, written in Russian, is also included and deals with Russian veterans recovering from alcoholism.

Biographical Note

Edwin L. (Larry) Oswald was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1945 and graduated from Benedictine High School in 1963. Oswald held a Navy ROTC scholarship at Rice University and after graduating in 1967, he attended Navy Supply Corps School at Athens, Georgia. In March, 1968, Oswald was assigned to Naval Support Activity (NSA), Saigon, and then as Supply Officer on YRBM-16. He aided in the refitting of the craft in Sasebo, Japan, and accompanied it to its mooring near Chau Duc, where he remained until leaving Vietnam in February 1969. Oswald was assigned to El Toro Naval Base in California, where he was on the security detail for Air Force One. He left the Navy in 1971 with the rank of Lieutenant. Oswald went to the Soviet Union in 1988 as part of a delegation of Vietnam veterans advising on the adjustment of Red Army veterans after the USSR's war in Afghanistan.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Collection Inventory

Contents
Box
Folder
Location
Articles 
1
Individual O
Photocopied excerpt from unknown source: Game Wardens National News and History of the Vietnam War (focus on PBRs)
Photocopied article from Mister Guitar: Journal of the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society (Issue 51, February 2001) by Edwin Oswald: My Favorite Chet Album
Photocopied excerpt from a Russian publication
Photocopied excerpt from Sallyport: The Magazine of Rice University (Vol 45 No 1, Fall 1988): Soul Survivor
Houston Chronicle article The Things I Left Behind (24 April 2005)
2 (oversize)
1
Big Easy Musicians taking Texas stages article from the Houston Chronicle (9 September 2005).
2
Faulkner's Next Job Will be Here from City & State (9 September 2005)
Vietnamese Evacuees Shun Shelters from the Houston Chronicle (10 September 2005)
Executives at Houston Endowment Leave Posts from the Houston Chronicle

Separated Materials

Books
Tet Offensive 1968.

From a Dark Sky: The Story of US Airforce Special Operations.

Sniper.

Hazardous Duty.

Never Fight Fear.

Unhearlded Victory.

Point Man.

The Naked Warriors.

Swimmers Among the Trees.

Seals, Udt, Frogmen: Men Under Pressure.

Inside the Crosshairs: Sinpers in Vietnam.

Vietnam at the Movies.

Why Didn't You Get Me Out.

Hunters and Shooters.

First Seal.

Walking Point.

SOG.

The Secret War Against Hanoi.

Papa Bravo Romeo: US Navy Patrol Boats at War in Vietnam by Wynn Goldsmith.
Slides
VAS022637-VAS022697.
Moving Images
1206VI1680: River Patrol: The Game Wardens of Vietnam (VHS tape).
Audio
1206AU1442: Chet Atkins Plays Back Home Hymns (Audio CD).

1206AU1331: YRBM-16 Slides Narrative (Audio tape).

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

Oral History

An Oral History Interview has been conducted with this individual. Use the link below to view a record for this interview.

Although the interview has been conducted, the audio and/or the transcript may not yet be available.