Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Anthony LaRusso Collection
Collection Number
Physical Location(s)
Individual Collection -L; Individual Collections - Oversize; Slide Collection; Photograph Collection; Periodical Collection; Museum Objects; Map Collection
Processed by
C. Trobridge, Feb. 2005[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

Slides, photographs, artifacts, newspapers and newspaper clippings, manuals, internet printouts, orders, certificates, and maps that document Anthony LaRusso's tour of duty as an advisor in Vietnam from 1963 to 1964.

Biographical Note

Anthony LaRusso was born in Buffalo, New York in 1938. In 1962, he was drafted into the United States Army, where he served two years active duty, one year of which was in Vietnam. From 1963 through 1964, LaRusso served with the 330 Transportation Company at Vung Tau as a Private First Class Specialist 4, where he repaired helicopter rotors and fixed-wing props. He also helped to set-up the airfield at Vung Tau during the Advisory Campaign. While serving in Vietnam, LaRusso received the Good Conduct Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (later the Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Service Star), the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation, and the National Defense Service Medal. In 1964, LaRusso was discharged as a Specialist 4, after which he worked at the Bethlehem Steel Co. for 17 years and later retired from Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority for the State of New York after 20 years of service. For his military service in Vietnam, LaRusso also received the New York State Department of Military and Naval Forces Medal of Merit and Conspicuous Service Star. He is currently a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Association.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Collection Inventory

U.S. ArmyTraining Materials 
Individual Collections - L
U.S. Army Transportation School: Aircraft Engine and Power Train Allied Subject (AM-300)
U.S. Army Transportation School: Army Aircraft Propellers Advance Sheet (AM-350)
U.S. Army Transportation School: Component Parts of Rotor Blades Advance Sheet (AM-383)
U.S. Army Transportation School: Technique of Solving Problems
U.S. Army Transportation School: Aircraft Rotor and Propeller Repair Course Weekly Schedule
U.S. Army Transportation School: Certificate of Proficiency
Orders and identification 
Certificate of Proficiency from the deHavilland Aircraft Company
Weapons Charge-out card
Armed Forces of the United States Code of Conduct
U.S. Army Transportation School Special Orders #198 (29 October 1962)
Sharpe Army Depot Movement Order #1 for the 330th Transportation Company (11 March 1963) and amendments
memo for Anthony La Russo serving abroad on U.S. government assignment
U.S. Army Support Command, Vietnam Special Orders #61 (12 March 1964)
330th Transportation Company Unit Order #22 (15 April 1964)
Money and informational booklets about Vietnam 
1 Dong note
5 Dong note (2 different types)
10 Dong note
20 Dong note
Vietnamese Language Familiarization Manual prepared by Education Services for the Department of Defense
Saigon Roundup (20 December 1963)
Seven Days in Saigon (1964)
Receipts and a calendar 
Computer printouts 
Information about Vung Tau
Information about 36th Evacuation Hospital
Information about Agent Orange
Information about the Vietnam Venture Group - Cua Lap Resort Project
Information about Vung Tau Army Airfield
"Victor Tango-25 Years Later" by Bob Cascisa
History Central: November 2, 1963 "Diem Overthrown"
History Central: June 11, 1963 "Buddhist Monk Sets Himself on Fire"
Page from the Buffalo Evening News (11 June 1969) "South Vietnam Military Map"
2 (oversize)
Page from the Buffalo Evening News (16 May 1970) "Where the Men are in Vietnam"
Thoi Bao (11 November 1963)

Separated Materials

VAS030839 - VAS030924: Vung Tau.

VAS030792 - VAS030838: Saigon.
Ban Do Viet-Nam Luoc Do Hinh-The Va Duong-Sa (1962) (Section 12, Drawer 16).
Museum Objects
1508museum1514: 1 Dong coin.

1508museum1515: 50 Su coin.

1508museum1516: 330th Transportation Company patch.

1508museum1517: Vietnamese Christmas card.

1508museum1519-1508museum1523: Five paintings on silk depicting Vietnamese life.

1508museum1518: Empty photo album with Vietnamese scene painted on cover.
Newsweek (22 February 1965).

The Observer (18 January 1964), (15 February 1964), (14 March 1964).

Pacific Stars and Stripes (4 November 1963) (31 January 1964).

The Saigon Post (17 February 1964), (29 February 1964).

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.