Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Title
William E. Howard Collection
Association
USS Frank E. Evans Association
Collection Number
1465
Date(s)
Undated
Physical Location(s)
Library; Photograph Collection; D055.6
Processed by
C. Trobridge, Nov. 2004[Updated: Jul. 2005 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

Books, photographs and documents collected by William Howard during his tour of duty with the Military Sea Transportation Service, Far East.

Biographical Note

William Howard was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1942. Howard volunteered for the United States Navy in 1960 and served until 1964. He joined the Military Sea Transportation Service, Pacific as a civilian following college in 1969, transferring to the Far East branch in the his first year. While in the Military Sealift Command he helped operate the support ships of U.S. military forces and its allies. Howard was on ships for several years transporting cargo to Saigon, Vung Tau, Nha Trang, Qui Nhon, Da Nang, Cam Ranh Bay and parts of the Mekong Delta. His ships also operated into Kompong Som following the U.S. incursion into Cambodia. Howard also joined the United States Coast Guard Reserve from which he retired in December 2002.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Collection Inventory

Contents
Box
Folder
Location
U.S. Coast Guard Certificate of Registry identifying William Eugene Howard as Chief Purser (1 July 1971)
1
1
D055.6
Photocopy of U.S. Coast Guard Certificate of Registry identifying William Eugene Howard as Third Assistant Engineer of Steam Vessels of any Horsepower (26 August 1981) (original in restricted files)
Photocopy of U.S. Coast Guard Certificate of Registry identifying William Eugene Howard as Mate Ocean Steam and Motor Vessels not more that 500 gross tons (15 July 1988) (original in restricted files)
Photocopy of William Howard's U.S. Merchant Mariner's Document ratings card (original in restricted files)
Photocopy of William Howard's American Legion (Saigon Post) membership card (original in restricted files)
Photocopy of William Howard's Contnous Sea Service Record and Training Record (original in restricted files)
Card certifying that William E. Howard has been awarded The Vietnam Service Bar

Separated Materials

Books
China Sea Phil's "Any Old Port..." Ballads and Verse of an American Merchant Seaman by Philip Stoegerer (signed by author).

Dateline: Asia.

25 Years of History as Reported by Pacific Stars and Stripes.

Strictly Scuttlebutt: Ballads and Verse of an American Merchant Seaman by Philip Stoegerer (signed by author).

U.S. Navy: Vietnam 1970 Photography by Robert D. Moesser.

Vietnam in Flames by Nguyen Manh Dan and Nguyen Ngoc Hanh.
Photographs
VA038803-VA038854: Photographs mostly of Saigon, Vung Tao, Qui Nhon and Cam Ranh Bay from William Howard's time in the MSTS in Vietnam.
Museum Objects
1465museum1429: Vietnam Service ribbon bar.

1465museum1429: Dog Tag issued to William Howard identifying him as civilian employee of MSTS.

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