Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Title
Duane Keele Collection
Association
Air America Association
Collection Number
1295
Date(s)
Undated
Size
2 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
D104.6A: Cold Storage, Museum Object Collection
Processed by
C. Evans, Apr. 2004[Updated: Jun. 2009 by R. Dorn]
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

Air America reunion scrapbooks, 1984-1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 (facsimile), 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000. Poster of Air America Helicopter pilots, 1960-1973, information and photographs compiled in 1984. Also, a mannequin named 'George' and an Air America uniform displayed at Air America reunions over the years.

Biographical Note

Duane Keele was born in 1939 in Gatesville, Texas. In 1963, he volunteered for the United States Marine Corps, where he served for a total of six years, one of which was served in Southeast Asia. During this time, Keele was assigned to HMM 161 (Medium Helicopter Squadron 161) from May 1965 through September 1965 and to HMM 165 from September 1965 through May 1966. Ranked first as a First Lieutenant and then as a Captain, Keele served as a helicopter pilot and as a schedules officer at Chu Lai and Phu Bai. His secondary service was with Air America, Inc. He served with Air America from 1968 to 1974, for a total of six years, as a helicopter pilot based out of Udorn, Thailand, and flew throughout Laos and Thailand.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Collection Inventory

Contents
Box
Folder
Location
Air America reunion scrapbooks, 1985, 1986, 1988, and 1990.
1
D104.6A
Air America reunion scrapbooks, 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994,
2
D104.6B
Air America reunion scrapbooks, 1995 (facsimile), 1996.1997, and 1998.
3
D104.6C
Air America reunion scrapbooks, 1999 and 2000.
4
D104.7A

Separated Materials

Posters
Air America Helicopter pilots, 1960-1973, compiled in 1984.
Museum Objects
1295museum1374: George the mannequin wearing an Air America uniform.

George's left hand with 1807museum2902.
Electronic Media
1295EM0224: Air America Association Reunion scrapbooks, 1988, 1989 and 1990.

1295EM0225: Air America Association Reunion scrapbooks, 1991.

1295EM0226: Air America Association Reunion scrapbook, 1992.

1295EM0227: Air America Association Reunion scrapbook, 1993 (1 of 2).

1295EM0228: Air America Association Reunion scrapbook, 1993 (2 of 2).

1295EM0229: Air America Association Reunion scrapbook, 1994.

1295EM0230: Air America Association Reunion scrapbook, 1996.

1295EM0231: Air America Association Reunion scrapbook, 1997 (1 of 2).

1295EM0232: Air America Association Reunion scrapbook, 1997 (2 of 2).

1295EM0233: Air America Association Reunion scrapbook, 1998 (1 of 2).

1295EM0234: Air America Association Reunion scrapbook, 1998 (2 of 2).

1295EM0235: Air America Association Reunion scrapbook, 1999 (1 of 2).

1295EM0236: Air America Association Reunion scrapbook, 1999 (2 of 2).

1295EM0302: Air America Association Reunion scrapbook, 1984.

1295EM0303: Air America Association Reunion scrapbook, 1986.

1295EM0304: Air America Association Reunion scrapbook, 1987.

1295EM0305: Air America Association Reunion scrapbook, 1994.

1295EM0306: Air America Association Reunion scrapbook, 2000.

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