Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Title
Floyd Alexander Collection
Association
FSB Ripcord Association
Collection Number
1463
Date(s)
Undated
Size
2.5 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
D060.1D, D213.5; Cold Storage Vault, Museum Artifacts, Photograph Collection
Processed by
C. Trobridge, Nov. 2004[Updated: Jan. 2010 by K. Conness]
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

Military papers, photocopied articles, artifacts, photographs and 8mm film document Floyd Alexander's tour of duty in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division at Firebase Ripcord.

Biographical Note

Floyd Edward Alexander volunteered for the United States Army in 1969. He was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and Fort Hood, Texas. Within his two years of active duty with the Army he spent 11 months in Southeast Asia, where he served with B Battery, 2 Battalion (Airmobile), 319th Artillery, 101st Airborne Division and A Company, 2 Battalion, 506th Infantry Company from 1970 to 1971. While in Vietnam, his rank was Specialist 4th Class(Grade) and he served as a radio-telephone operator during combat operations in Thua Thien Province and in the A Shau Valley. While in Vietnam Alexander received the following citations: Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Unit Citation, Army Meritorious Unit Citation, Bronze Star (three), Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Brave Eagle Award, and Combat Gallantry Cross (Badge). Alexander was discharged as a Specialist 4th Class in 1971 and was a worker in a steel mill.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Collection Inventory

Contents
Box
Folder
Location
Business card, "Death on Call" C Battery, 4th Battalion, 77th Artillery, 101st Airborne Division
2 (oversize)
1
D060.1D
10 cent Military Payment Certificate
Card signed by Richard B. Ogilvie governor of Illinios
Floyd Alexander's International Certificates of Vaccination
General Orders #10561 issued by Headquarters 101st Airborne Division awarding Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device to SP4 Edward Alexander
Special Orders #31 issued by Headquarters 1st Cavalry Division for purpose of assigning enlisted men for purpose of separation processing
Photocopy of Floyd Alexander's Authorization for Issuance of Awards
Floyd Alexander's Addendum to DA Form 1577
Letter from Keith Nolan concerning the actions of SP4 Floyd Alexander during the battle for Firebase Ripcord
Photocopy of articles pertaining to Firebase Ripcord and Floyd Alexander
Freedom Team Salute Letter
2
Certificate of Appreciation Floyd E. Alexander
Ripcord: A Biography of Floyd Alexander by Blake Davis
Honor Those Who Serve Bookmark

Separated Materials

Photographs
88 photographs documenting Floyd Alexander's tour of duty in Vietnam.
Museum Objects
1463museum1438: Bible carried by Floyd Alexander in Vietnam.

1436museum1439: State of Illinois flag sent by Governor Richard B Ogilvie.

1463museum1431: Uniform Jacket.

1463museum1432: Lightweight U.S. Army fatigue jacket.

1463museum1433: U.S. Army Service Cap.

1463museum1434: "Alexander" name tag.

1463museum1435: Bronze Star box with lapel pin "V" device and oak leaf.

1463museum1436: Bronze Star box and ribbon bar.

1463museum1437: Bronze Star box with lapel pin.

1463museum3364 - Silver Star Service Banner.

1463mseum3365 - U.S. Army Pin.

1463museum3413: Army Good Conduct Medal and Ribbon Bar.

1463musuem3413: Bronze Star with Lapel Pin and Ribbon Bar with V Device.

1463museum3415: National Defense Medal and Ribbon Bar.

1463museum3416: Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with 1960 Device.

1463museum3417: Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm.

1463musuem3418: Republic of Vietnam Service Medal and Ribbon Bar.

1463museum3419: Air Medal with Ribbon Bar and Lapel Pin.

1463museum3420: Army Commendation Medal with Ribbon Bar and Lapel Pin.
Moving Images
1463VI1701: 8mm fim.

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