Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Joseph V. Potter Collection
Collection Number
3.8 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
D202.6D, D122.2B, D010.7E, D147.1I, 147.1F, D202.5A, Map Collection, Museum Objects, Cold Storage Vault, Serial Collection, Newsletter Collection, D227.6, D158.1 and D160.1 Video Overflow, D162.1 Audio Overflow; Top of Map Drawers
Processed by
R. Grau, Mar. 2004[Updated: Oct. 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

General William C. Westmoreland's Brigadier General's "Quarters Flag" and a copy of Survivors: Vietnam POWs Tell Their Stories by Zalin Grant (1975, 1994) comprise the Potter collection. Excerpt from the Spring 2008 edition of the Town of Coventry Newsletter announces the dedication of the Connecticut Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Approximately half a linear foot of articles, books, DVDs, and a periodical donated to the Vietnam Archive by Joseph Potter concerning a variety of topic including the war in Laos and the plight of the Hmong after the war.

Biographical Note

Joseph V. Potter was born in San Diego in 1941 and graduated from San Diego State University in 1963 receiving a commission in the United States Air Force ROTC. Potter subsequently received Masters Degrees from the University of Colorado, Pepperdine University, and the University of Hawaii. He served three tours of duty in Vietnam and flew over 400 combat missions. Potter retired from the Air Force as a Colonel in 1991 and accepted a commission in the Vermont State Militia as a Brigadier General and served as Vice President, Commandant of Cadets and National Services academic chairman. He retired from that position two years later. Potter was appointed as a Brigadier General, Deputy Commander and 8th Brigade Commander in the American Volunteer Reserve (Colorado, Montana, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming) in 2002.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Collection Inventory

Newspaper and Magazine clippings from 1984-2008
"U.S., Vietnam work to contain dioxin at former air base"
"Why Men Love War"
The Library of Vietnam Project, Pamphlet
Excerpt from the Spring 2008 edition of the Town of Coventry Newsletter- Dedication of the Connecticut Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Various magazine clippings and internet articles regarding the Service Medal Recipients and various topics on Vietnam and World War II.
Biographical note on Potter's military career
Photocopy of an article from the August 2007 issue of Veterans of Foreign Wars, entitled, Going Gets Rough on Go Noi Island
Photocopy of book review of Every Marine
Photocopy of book review of Public Affairs
Various magazine clippings dealing with aspects of the Vietnam War
Various magazine clippings dealing with aspects of the Vietnam War
General Vang Pao memorial program
Correspondence to Joseph Potter
Correspondence to sent to the US government (August 21, 2008-December 6, 2010)
National Security Action Memorandums from the Johnson adminstration (1965-1969)
National Security Action Memorandums from the Kennedy adminstration (1961-1963)
Foreign Relations of the United States 1964-1968 Volume XXVIII Laos
Foreign Relations of the United States 1964-1968 Volume XXVIII Laos
US Armed Forces Clandestine Vietnam War Report (1961-1975)
Articles on various battles of the war
Narrations by Khiem Tran on the fall of Da Nang
Stories about veteran's combat experiences and awards
Photos, maps, and political cartoons of Vietnam
Articles on Hmong and their influence in Vietnam
Article clippings from several newspapers about veterans and their service (June 2006-December 2012)
'Freedom Fighter' article
Honoring the Freedom in America magazine
Aurora Salute Veterans magazine
The History of the Secret War in Laos (1953-1975)
Two copies of The War in Laos (1960-1975)
Articles on the theory of secret wars happening in Laos
Articles on the affect of the Vietnam War on pop culture
Vietnam veteran memorial articles
Article discrediting government officals and writers
Application for certificate of authority foreign corporation
Article on CIA hiding evidence on Vietnam MIAs
Photocopy of 'Skipping Stone' multicultural magazine
Articles on American intentions in Vietnam
Newspaper clippings about veterans and their lives many years after the Vietnam War (February 6, 2010-November 7, 2010)
Oversized 2

Separated Materials

Ride the Thunder: A Vietnam War Story of Honor and Triumph by Richard Botkin.

Chicken Soup for the Veteran's Soul, by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Sidney R. Slagter.

Road to America The Ho Chi Minh Trail, Hank Cheranichit, Arthur J. Lingle, 2010.

Sock it to 'em Baby: Forward Air Controller in Vietnam, by Garry Cooper and Robert Hillier.

American Patriot: The Life and Wars of Colonel Bud Day, Robert Coram.

Up Country, by Nelson Demille.

Fighter Pilot: The First American Ace of World War II by William R. Dunn.

Marine Corps Tank Battles in Vietnam Oscar E.

Gilbert , 2007.

Survivors: Vietnam POWs Tell Their Stories by Zalin Grant.

You Are Not Forgotten: A Family's Quest for Truth and the Founding of the National League of Families, by Evelyn Grub and Carol Jose (Inscribed by Carol Jose).

Glossy Black Cockatoos, Dan Guenther, 2009.

About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior by Colonel David H. Hackworth and Julie Sherman.

Jungle Fighter Pilots by Bernie Hale.

Tragic Mountains: The Hmong, the Americans, and the Secret Wars for Laos, 1942-1992, by Jane Hamilton-Merritt.

Public Affairs: The Military and the Media 1968-1973, by William M. Hammond.

Leaving Brogado Marshall Harrison, 2010.

American Myth and the Legacy of Vietnam by John Hellmann.

America's Longest War: The United States and Vietnam 1950-1975 (2nd Edition)by George C. Herring.

Vietnam A Surgeon's Odyssey Colonel Ed Krekorian MC, USA Retired, 2002.

The Phantom of Ben Het, by John D. Lamerson 2 copies.

Veterans and Families' Guide to Recovering from PTSD, by Stephanie Laite Lanham.

Stories of Faith and Courage from the Vietnam War Spivey Larkin , 2007.

The Impact of Globalization and Trans-Nationalism on the Hmong Dr.

Gary Yia Lee Ph.D , 2009.

Webster's New World Dictionary of the Vietnam War, edited by Marc Leepson with Helen Hannaford.

Escaping the Tiger Laura Manivong, 2010.

Eyewitness Books: Vietnam War by Stuart Murray.

Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds by Robin Olds with Christina Olds and Ed Rasimus.

Brave Hearts Under Red Skies, by Jeff O'Leary.

Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry, by John E. O'Neiell and Jerome R. Corsi.

Glory Denied: The Saga of Vietnam Veteran Jim Thompson, America's Longest Held Prisoner of War, by Tom Philpott.

Vietnam Voices: Perspectives on the War Years, 1941-1982, compiled by John Clark Pratt.

Loas Caught in the Web: The Vietnam War Years by Judy Rantala.

Every Marine 1968 A Battle for Go Noi Island Robert A.

Simonsen, 2008.

Beyond Glory: Medal of Honor Heroes in Their Own Words by Larry Smith.

The Vietnam War Experience, by Gerry and Janet Souter.

To Set the Record Straight: How Swift Boat Veterans, POWs and the New Media Defeated John Kerry by ScottSwettand Tim Ziegler.

Surviving Hell A POW's Journey Leo ThorsnessScott W. Johnson , 2011.

Blood & Tears on Truong Son Mountain's Back Reading the 'Diary of Dang Thuy Tram' Hai Trieu, 2007.

Blood & Tears on Truong Son Mountain's Back Reading the 'Diary of Dang Thuy Tram' Hai Trieu, 2007.

Major General Vang Pao: an Illustration of His Remarkable Live by Noah Vang.

The Tiger Man of Vietnam: The Remarkable Story of Australian War Hero Barry Peterson Frank Walker, 2009.

By Duty Bound: Survival and Redemption in a Time of War, by Ezell Ware, Jr. and Joel Engel.

Rogue Warrior by Richard Marcinko with John Weisman.
2 photographs of Vietnam War memorials in the United States honoring veterans-VA067881, VA067882.

1 photograph of two miltary leaders together-VA067883.
Section 12, Drawer 13: Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand- National Geographic Society, 1967, 1:1,900,800.

Top of Map Drawers: Colored Relief Map of Vietnam.
1299museum4554- Section 12, Drawer 13-Shift boat PCF-70 poster.
Museum Objects
1299museum3480 - American Flag Ribbon Magnet.

1299museum1083 - William Westmoreland's Brigadier General's 'Quarters Flag'.

1299museum4550- Lao Hmong American Coalition secret war patch.

1299museum4551- P38 can opener.

1299museum4552- Royal Laotian Armed Forces Medal.

1299museum4553- Forward Air Controller Reunion Colorado Springs hand bag.
Electronic Media
Moving Images
1299VI2648 - DVD - Beautiful and Emotional Hmong Music, 28 July 2009.

1299VI2759: DVD: Beyond the Wall: Honoring the Citizenship of American's Veterans.


1299VI2797 - DVD-For the Children Please Watch Me (2 copies).


1299VI2798 - DVD-R: Hunted Like Animals (2 copies).



1299VI2800 - DVD - Journey from the Fall (3 copies).

1299VI2806: VHS: Lao Veterans of America, Inc. 10-12 May 2000.

1299VI2801: DVD-R: Lu Doan USV.

1299VI2802: DVD-R: Nehemiah Medical and Charitable Mission.

1299VI2650- DVD-Returning Home.

1299VI2804: DVD: Secret Wars: An Exit Strategy in Action.

1299VI2571: DVD-Secret War in Laos, CIA.

1299VI2803: DVD-R: SGU.

1299VI2805: DVD-R: The Long Way Home Project.

1299VI2557 DVD- U.S. Congressional Proclamation of the Lao Hmong Recognition Day, July 24, 2004.

DVD - Vietnam: America's Conflict.

DVD-We Always Come Back.

1299VI3362-Gary Porter 'Portaits of Valor'- DVD-R.

1299VI3363-Returning Home- DVD-R.

1299VI3364a,b,c- Veterans History Project- DVD-R.

1299VI3365-Vietnam's Unseen War-DVD-R.

1299VI3366-The Long Way Home Project-DVD-R.

1299VI3367-The Secret Wars-DVD-R.

129968-USVAVA New Year's Parade-DVD-R.

1299VI3369-William Lair WWII-DVD-R.

1299VI3370a,b-William Lair Vietnam-DVD-R.

1299VI3371-Honoring Freedom in America-DVD-R.

1299VI3372-The Invisible Enemy-DVD-R.

1299VI3373-Evacution from Da Nang-DVD-R.

1299VI3374-General Vang Pao-DVD-R.

1299VI3375-Di Tan-DVD-R.

1299VI3376-Lao-Hmong American Coalition-DVD-R.

1299VI3377-USVAVA Trip to the Midway Museum-DVD-R.

1299VI3379-Legends of Air Combat Jets over Vietnam-DVD.

1299VI3380-The Betrayal-DVD.

1299VI3381- Vietnam in HD-DVD.

1299VI3382-Heart of Darkness-DVD.

1299VI3383-Goodbye Vietnam-DVD.

1299VI3384-Apocalyspe in the Jungle-DVD.

1299VI3385-The Fall of Saigon-DVD.

1299VI3386- Rescue Dawn-DVD.

1299VI3387-Vietnam War Stories-DVD.

1299VI3388-Battlefield Vietnam-DVD.

1299VI3389-Helping the Disabled Orphans-DVD.

1299VI3390-Vietnam The Battles-DVD.

1299VI3391-Battleground Vietnam-DVD.

1299VI3392-Battleground Vietnam Fighting Forces-DVD.
1299AU2461: CD-R: Audio Recording of theJohn Duffy Rescue of Survivors from the 11th Viet Parachute Battalion in Kontum during the Easter Offensive, 15 April 1972.
LHAC Newsletter Lao-Hmong American Coalition, Winter 2008.

NMPFVN (Nehemiah Medical Project for Vietnam), December 2007.

NMPFVN (Nehemiah Medical Project for Vietnam), February 2008.
Newsweek, 16 November 2009.

Smithsonian, March 2008.

Veterans Magazine, April 2008.

Vietnam, October 2009.

Vietnam, December 2009.

United States of America Veterans Magazine, April 2008.

Dac San: September 2010.

Nguyet San KBC: 2011: September, November, December.

2012: January, February.

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