Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Arthur Price Collection
Collection Number
1.0 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
D076.3, Photograph Collection, Slide Collection, Periodical Collection
Processed by
T. Reynolds, Aug. 2005[Updated: Feb. 2008 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

Documents and photographs pertain to the United States Naval involvement in the Vietnam War, particularly Operation Gamewarden - Task Force 116, which were collected by Arthur Price during his service in Vietnam.

Biographical Note

Arthur Whyte Price Jr. was born in November 1920 in Trenton, New Jersey. In November 1939, Price enlisted in the Navy and was present in Hawaii in December 1941 during the Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbor. In August 1966, Price took command of the new amphibious ship USS Duluth (LPD -6) and spent the following fifteen months as Commander River Patrol Force (CT-116) in the Mekong Delta. In July 1970, he assumed command of the Amphibious Squadron ELEVEN and sommanded the Seventh Fleet Amphibious Ready Group. In April 1971, he was promoted to Rear Admiral and became Deputy Commander of the Naval Forces Vietnam, then Commander NAVFORV, and ultimately Chief Naval Advisory Group MACV (Military Assistance Command, Vietnam). Then in October 1972, Price assumed command of Amphibious Group ONE/Amphibious Force, U.S. Seventh Fleet and in 1974 became the Deputy Commander of the Amphibious Force Pacific at the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado, California. One 1 July 1980, Price retired from the Navy, having served a total of forty years and eight months in the United States Military. He has thrice been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (two awards), Bronze Star Medal (three awards), Air Medal (three awards), Purple Heart, and the Combat Action ribbon in addition to unit awards, campaign and several foreign awards.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Collection Inventory

Notes on Psychological Opportunities in the Republic of Vietnam (Special Operations Research Office, the American University)
Telegraph - November 1967
Letter: Professional Knowledge Gained from Amphibious Experience in South Vietnam
Historical Summary: January 1968
Historical Summary: February 1968
Resume of Operations, Task Force 117: 1 Jan 68 to 16 Feb 1968
MACV Command Information Pamphlet Number 5-68: The Constitution of the Republic of Vietnam
COMNAVFORV Quarterly Evaluation Report - 31 March 1968
Memo for Admiral W. H. House: Discussion with Captain Price on ltr of 6 & 9 Apr 1968
Navy News Release: Joint Navy Effort Boosts Saigon Defenses by RM3 Chan Cochran, USN
"Game Warden" Manpower - Aug 1968
The LSSC (Light SEAL Support Craft) Saigon Briefing - 29 Aug 68
Telegraph - Heaven Dragon - Sep 68
Commander River Patrol Flotilla Five Awards Guidance - 23 September 1968
Navy News Release No. 195-68 - Sept. 30, 1968
Awards Summary: April 1966 - 30 Sep 1968
Operation Game Warden
Chonology of Significant Events: Operation Game Warden
Bunker Brief on Operation Game Warden
Commendations Received by COMRIVPATFOR Commands
Game Warden Locator - 31 Dec 68
Telegraph - April 1969
Current Operations Brief - 1 April 1969
Memorandum: Distribution of VNN Personnel - 28 April 1969
Awards Summary: April 1966 - 30 April 1969
Summary of Game Warden Vital Statistics from May 1966 to May 1969
Navy News Release No. 567-69: Secretary of the Navy Awards Presidential Unit Citation
Awards Summary: April 1966 - 31 May 1969 (2 copies)
Barrier Statistics as of May 27, 1969
Marine Police Resources Control on the Mekong-Bassac Rivers Complex by E. Swann, Working Paper WP-9 - November 1969
Operational Highlights - October 1968-December 1969
Part of end of tour report from 1970 made by Price
Letter: Accelerated Turnover to the VNN (U)
An Analysis of Interdiction Barrier Operations and Effectiveness on Sealords Operations, Tran Hung Dao, Barrier Reef, and Giant Slingshot by Dr. Roger A. Shorack - July 1970
Telegraph: RVN All Finished - May 1975
Operation Game Warden folder
Pamphlet: Welcome Aboard River Patrol Flotilla Five
Biographical information on RADM Arther Whyte Price Jr.
Game Warden: A Visual Briefing for Commander Task Force 116, Binh Thuy, Republic of Vietnam
Document on contract for PBR Mobile Base Complex - June 1967
Document: Navy Cross awarded to GM2 Patrick O. Ford
Development of Ooperation Giant Slingshot
Unknown written document
Rung Sat Special Zone (RSSZ) Fact Sheet
Partial statistics sheet with casualties included
Unknown documents
Operation breakdown
Newsweek article: "Patrolling the Mekong" - August 5, 1968
Reader's Digest Reprint: Vietnam - "The Facts and the Falsehoods" by Hanson W. Baldwin
Letter and copy of an ad placed in the July 1969 issue of United States Naval Institute Proceedings
Christmas card from "the officers and men of Naval Support Activity Saigon"
"The Navy in Vietnam" - informational booklet
Index to Map of Viet Nam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand from the National Geographic Society
Alphabetical list of soldiers' names (presumably of those killed in action)
Chronological list of soldiers' names (presumably of those killed in action)
Organizational list of soldiers' names (presumably of those killed in action)
Newspaper clipping: "April 10, 1969 marked the third anniversary of the U.S. Navy river patrol boats vigil surveilance of the rivers and canals of South Vietnam"

Separated Materials

The Jackstaff News, Vol. III, No. 15 - June 4, 1969.

Uniflite News - Volume Four (October 1967) and Five (October 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