Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Title
Gary W. Moss Collection
Association
Gamewardens of Vietnam Association
Collection Number
1413
Date(s)
Undated
Size
0.5 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
D083.5D; D083.1; Map Collection (Section 12, Drawer 14); Poster Collection (Section 12, Drawer 14); Museum Artifacts; Photograph Collection; Cold Storage Vault
Processed by
C. Trobridge, Aug. 2004[Updated: Jan. 2010 by J. Saffell]
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

Photographs, Captured Communist documents, News releases, River Division histories, Vietnamese money, Photocopied and original articles, Certificates, Artifacts, a Family gram, films and a Chieu Hoi pass document Gary W. Moss' tours of duty in Vietnam as a PBR Captain in River (Section) Divisions 532 and 571 and as a Naval Advisor to Vietnamese PBR Units 63 and 53 over the period of April 1968 to August 1971.

Biographical Note

Gary W. Moss was born in 1944 in Terrell, Texas. In 1961, Moss volunteered for the United States Navy, beginning his twenty year service with the United States Military. In 1967, Moss volunteered to fight in the Vietnam Conflict and spent a total of two years and seven months in Vietnam. As a Petty Officer First Class, he served as a River Patrol Boat (PBR) Captain, first with River Division 532 from April 1968 through April 1969, and then with River Division 571 from January 1970 through October 1970. After this, Moss was promoted to Chief Petty Officer and became a Naval Advisor (River Patrol Boats) with the Naval Advisory Group (RPD-53,63) from October 1970 through August 1971. While in Southeast Asia, he was stationed at My Tho, Tra Cu, and Mol Hoa in the Republic of South Vietnam and was involved in Operation Giant Slingshot. He received the following awards/citations: Navy Achievement with Combat V, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V, Bronze Star Medal with Combat V, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Commendation, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Technical Service, Vietnam Civil Action, Small Craft Insignia, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. The last eight years of Moss' service he was stationed in Japan until he retired from the military in 1980. He spent the next nineteen years as a Navy Junior ROTC Instructor for a high school, finally retiring in July 2005. He is a member of the Gamewardens of Vietnam Association and the River Patrol Boat (PBR) Forces Veterans Association.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Collection Inventory

Contents
Box
Folder
Location
Military documents and publications
1
1
D083.5D
River Division 571: Patrol Operations: Statistics and Historical Material (April-May 1970)
2
Captured North Vietnamese documents
3
Chart and map segments
4
newspaper clippings
5
assorted material
6
Newspaper clippings
2(oversize)
1
D083.1F

Separated Materials

Photographs
VA043389: PBR #131 after three B-40 rocket hits, River Division 532.

VA043388: My Tho Protestant Church after TET 1968, repaired afterwards.
Maps
Section of An Thanh (sheet 6231-III)(1:50,000) (2 copies).

Can Giuoc (Sheet 6330-III) (1:50,000).

Section of Duc Hoa (Sheet 6230-I) (1:50,000).

Go Cong (Sheet 6329-IV) (1:50,000) (2 sheets).

Hieu Thien (Sheet 6231-II) (1:50,000).

Section of Hieu Thien (Sheet 6321-II) (1:50,000) (2 copies).

Section Khiem Ich (Cai Lay) (Sheet 6229-IV) (1:50,000).

Moc Hoa (Sheet 6130-1) (1:50,000).

My An (Sheet 6130-II) (1:50,000).

Section of My Tho (Sheet 6229-I) (1:50,000).

Section of Tan An (Sheet 6230-II) (1:50,000).
Posters
Viet-Nam Cong-Hoa.

Vietnam: Fun Capital of the World.
Museum Objects
1413museum1979: sandles.

1413museum1980: pith helmet.

1413museum1981: belt.

1413museum1982: lighter.

1413museum1983: crucifix.

1413museum1984-85: "War" ring and medallion.

1413museum1986: gun oil can.

1413museum1987: key ring with knife and sandal tightening device.
Moving Images
1413VI1659 through 1413VI1676 Super eight films.

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