Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Title
Pat O. Clifton Collection
Collection Number
1460
Date(s)
Undated
Physical Location(s)
Individual Collections-C, Photograph Collection, Slide Collection, Negative Collection, Map Collection (12-6-3); Cold Storage Vault
Processed by
C. Trobridge, Oct. 2004[Updated: Feb. 2006 by H. 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

Slides, photographs, DVD and documents that document Colonel Pat Clifton's service in Vietnam from September 1967 through September 1968.

Biographical Note

Colonel Pat Clifton, USAF (Ret.) served in Vietnam from September 1967-September 1968 as a Captain and was Officer in Charge of a Photographic Interpretation Team. Pat Clifton graduated from Oklahoma State University and received his commission in 1964. From September to December 1967 Captain Clifton served with the 6470th RTC, transferring to the 460th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron where he served until September 1968. While in Vietnam, Captain Clifton participated in Operation Niagara, Tet 1968 and the May Offensive of 1968. While in Vietnam, Clifton received two Bronze Stars, Presidential Unit Citation with a "V" (with the 460th RTW), Air Force Outstanding Unit Achievement Award (with the 460th TRW), Vietnam Service Medal with three stars and two Republic of Vietnam medals.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Collection Inventory

Contents
Box
Folder
Location
Computer printout of a photograph of Col. Pat O. Clifton, USAF (Ret.) 1964-1993
1
1
Individual Collection - C
Photocopy of Form DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (original in restricted file)
Form 889 Request and authorization change of station - military
Computer printout of Leaflets dropped to offer Viet Cong a "peaceful" repatriation
Computer printout of coupons used for Sunday breakfast
Computer printout of insurance papers for a motorcycle
Computer printout of Thai military paypment certificate
Computer printout of Stillwater News-Press article "Nearly 6,000 Commies Dead

Bigger Drives are Forecast
Computer printout of rent receipt for house in Saigon
Computer printout of Daily Oklahoman newspaper headline "5,000 Red Guerrillas Die in Three Days of Attacks on Saigon, Other Centers
Computer printout of menu from Thanksgiving 1967 at Tan Son Nhut Air Base
Computer printout of Aur University Review commentary "The Vietnam Victory" by Lt. Col. Patrick O. CLifton, USAF
Undated manuscript of "My Life as an Okie" by Pat Clifton (pages 2-34 missing)
Thumbnails of slides taken by Pat Clifton in South East Asia

Separated Materials

Photographs
8 photos: undated photographs of Saigon and U.S. aircraft, VA041931-VA042009.

35 photos: Photos of Saigon ,19 May 1968, 12th RITS.

14 photos: Saigon, 17 February 1968, Operation Niagara.

5 photos: helicopters in free fire zone.

15 photos: Photographs taken from Pat Clifton's apartment in Saigon.

VAN007388 - VAN007413: Negatives, many correspond to photos from apartment.
Slides
VAS033825 - VAS033854: Various aircraft, carrier trip, USS Ticonderoga, geography of Southeast Asia.

VAS033855 - VAS033890: Republic of Vietnam 1967-1968.

VAS033891 - VAS033920: Saigon street scenes and Tet.

VAS033921 - VAS033958: Tet February 1968 and May Offensive.

VAS033959 - VAS033994: Thailand, Timland, NKP, Nakon Phenom.

VAS033995 - VAS034035: Bangkok and Temples.

VAS034036 - VAS034069: Thailand 1968: Temple, floating market, geography of Southeast Asia.
Maps
City of Saigon, December 1964, 1:12,500.
Electronic Media
1460EM0253: DVD: Pat Clifton's tour in Vietnam 1967-1968.

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.