Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Title
Americal Division Veterans Association Collection
Association
Americal Division Veterans Association
Collection Number
1387
Date(s)
Undated
Size
8.5 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
D060.4F: D058.1E (Oversized); Photograph Collection; Library; Newsletter Collection; Newspaper Collection; Periodical Collection; Cold Storage Vault; Museum Objects
Processed by
C. Trobridge, Jul. 2004[Updated: Sep. 2009 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

Approximately eight and a half linear feet of documents, programs, newsletters, audio, periodicals, books, artifacts, photographs, and memorabilia document the actions and reunions of the Americal Division Veterans Association. Materials included date from the 2004 Reno, Nevada reunion and the 2006 Portland, Oregon reunion. The bulk of the collection was donated by Leonid Kondratiuk. Donor Dr. Richard Burkes Verrone attended reunions on behalf of the Vietnam Center and Archive and included his nametag for the 2004 reunion and various other memorabilia.

Biographical Note

The Americal Division was constituted 24 May 1942 in the Army of the United States as Headquarters, Americal Division. Activated 27 May 1942 in New Caledonia. Inactivated 12 December 1945 at Fort Lawton, Washington. Redesignated 1 December 1954 as Headquarters, 23d Infantry Division, and alloted to the Regular Army. Activated 2 December 1954 at Fort Amador, Canal Zone. Redesignated 25 September 1967 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 23d Infantry Division, and activated in Vietnam. Inactivated 29 November 1971 at Fort Lewis, Washington. While serving in Vietnam the Americal Division participated in the following operations: Counteroffensive Phase II and IV-VI, Tet Counteroffensive, Tet 69/Counteroffensive, Sanctuary Counteroffensive and Consolidation I.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Collection Inventory

Contents
Box
Folder
Location
Postcard from John Ascuaga's Nugget Hotel, Reno Nevada
1
1
D060.4F
Saturday Night Program from Americal Division Veterans Association 2004 National Reunion
Buffet Dinner ticket (Saturday June 26, 2004) from Americal Division Veterans Association 2004 National Reunion
Envelope which held tickets for Americal Division Veterans Association 2004 National Reunion
Program from Americal Division Veterans Association 2004 National Reunion
Reno Reunion Pocket Guide from Americal Division Veterans Association 2004 National Reunion
Schedule of Events of the Americal Division Veterans Association Portland Reunion, 2006
2
Americal Division Veterans Association Scholarship Fund Operating Rules
3
2006 Americal Division Veterans Association Scholarship Awards
2006 Americal Division Veterans Association Scholarship Applicants
Americal Division Veterans Association Constitution and By-Laws
4
Information from the Americal Division Veterans Association Executive Council Meeting, 24 June 2006
5
Americal Division Veterans Association Welcome Pamphlets
6
Letters of Commendation, Citations, Certificates, Other Correspondence (some materials in Restricted Access)
7
The Americal History-Vietnam (photocopied)
8
Clippings, Photocopied photos
9
Two Americal posters
2 (Oversized)
1
D058.1E
Three Americal calendars
Two issues of Southern Cross, newspapers

Separated Materials

Books
Airmobile: The Helicopter War in Vietnam by Jim Mesko, 1984.
Photographs
VA050675 - VA050803: 130 Photographs of Americal Division in Vietnam.
Posters
Three Americal photo calendars (Oversized).

Two Americal insignia posters (Oversized).
Museum Objects
1387museum1306: 2004 Americal Division Reunion lapel pin.

1387museum1307: 2004 Americal Division Reunion mug.

1387museum1308: 2004 Americal Division Reunion nametag and laynard for Richard Verrone.

1387museum1309: 2004 Americal Division Reunion tote bag.

1387museum3067: Task Force Oregon patch.

1387museum3068: Button for Vietnam Veterans Memorial Celebration in New York on May 7 1985.

1387museum3069: Button with photo of Vietnam Wall memorial.

1387museum3070: Button with illustrated scenes of the Vietnam War. Text: Remembering Those Who Fought, Those Who Fell.

1387museum3071: Button for Agent Orange Victims International with text: Agent Orange Destroys, 1962-'74.

1387museum3072: Button for P.O.W./M.I.A. Welcome Home Parade in Houston, Texas on May 21-24 1987.

1387museum3073: Button for the Vietnam Women's Memorial Project. Color button corresponds with similar black and white button in collection.

1387museum3074: Button for the Vietnam Women's Memorial Project. Black and white button corresponds with similar button in collection with color design.

1387museum3075: Button with text: TOGETHER THEN, TOGETHER AGAIN. VIET-NAM, D.C. 82.

1387museum3076: WELCOME HOME Illinois patch button (large).

1387museum3077: WELCOME HOME Illinois patch button (small).

1387museum3078: POW/MIAs: They Still Wait button.

1387museum3079: Photo button of a statue at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C.

1387museum3080: VIET-CONG HUNTING CLUB button.

1387museum3081: VIET VET button.

1387museum3082: VIETNAM VETERAN'S MEMORIAL button, Washington, D.C., November 11 1984.

1387museum3083: UNLOVED SOLDIER "62-74" button.

1387museum3084: TOGETHER THEN, TOGETHER AGAIN button. Chicago, June 13 1986.

1387museum3085: 11th Infantry Brigade patch button.

1387museum3086: Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans button from Chicago, June 13 1986.

1387museum3087: Americal Division patch button.

1387museum3088: WESTY'S WARRIORS button.

1387museum3089: I SUPPORT VIETNAM VETERANS button.

1387museum3090: Red P.O.W./M.I.A. short-sleeved t-shirt.

1387museum3091: Camouflage Viet Cong helmet.

1387museum3092: North Vietnamese pith helmet.

1387museum3093: Folding fan with autographs.

1387museum3094: "Ours Was A Noble Cause" Banner.

1387museum3095: 723D banner in memory of David M. Withrow.

1387museum3096: South Vietnamese flag.

1387museum3097: Americal Division flag.

1387museum3098: 196th Infantry Brigade flag.

1387museum3099: Field radio. One shorter and heavier antenna piece is housed with the radio. Another longer antenna piece (artifact 1387museum3105) is housed and processed separately.

1387museum3100: Field telephone.

1387museum3101: Field radio antenna case. Contains one shorter and heavier antenna piece. A longer antenna piece (artifact 1387museum3105) is house and processed separately.

1387museum3102: North Vietnamese pistol belt.

1387museum3103: Montagnard rice knife.

1387museum3104: Montagnard rice knife.

1387museum3105: Longer antenna piece for field radio (artifact 1387museum3099). Corresponds with shorter antenna piece and carrying case (1387museum3101).

1387museum3106: U.S. Navy diving apparatus hose.

1387museum3107: Americal Vietnam plaque to Robert L. Cherry from the men of the 23rd Infantry Division, CID Chu Lai RVN, June '70, June '71.

1387museum3108: Americal plaque in honor of Roland T. Castronova, Americal Division 11th Infantry Brigade, 196th Infantry Brigade, 198th Infantry Brigade, Vietnam 25 September 1967 - 29 November 1971.

1387museum3109: Wooden plaque with Americal Division insignia.

1387museum3134: Field radio backpack (corresponds with artifact 1387museum3099).

1387museum3136: French helmet dating from World War I era.

1387museum3137: Mess kit with fork and spoon.

1387museum3138: Americal Division t-shirt with 11th, 196th and 198th brigade insignia.

1387museum3139: 18th Field Artillery Brigade patch.

1387museum3140: 1st Battalion, 73rd Field Artillery Brigade crest.

1387museum3141: 3rd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment.

1387museum3142: 3rd Ordinance Battalion, 59th Ordinance Brigade pin.

1387museum3143: Warrant Officer One pin.

1387museum3144: Chief Warrant Officer Two pin.
Electronic Media
1387EM0374: CD containing photographs of Americal Division in Vietnam.
Audio
1387AU2339: Linda Bryant Jordan's vinyl single for "Together Then... Together Again".
Newsletters
Americal Newsletter: April, May, June 2006.

Americal Newsletter: September-October 1991 (2 copies).

Americal Newsletter: November-December 1991.
Periodicals
Americal, The Quarterly Magazine of the Americal Division, Vietnam: July 1969 (2 copies).

Americal, The Quarterly Magazine of the Americal Division, Vietnam: Fall 1970 (2 copies).

Fort Devens, 1977.

Tour 365, Summer 1971.

Southern Cross, 1 January 1970 (Oversized).

Southern Cross, 4 June 1971 (Oversized).

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