Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Title
Jack L. Coan Collection
Collection Number
1872
Date(s)
Undated
Size
0.5 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
Individual Collections-C; Museum Objects; Photograph Collection; Cold Storage Vault
Processed by
T. Reynolds, Jan. 2007[Updated: Dec. 2011 by S. Montgomery]
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

Less than one linear foot of photographs, a patch, Vietnamese currency, Chieu Hoi leaflets, military administrative documents, awards, articles, and flight records document Jack L. Coan's service in the Vietnam Conflict in the United States Navy with Helicopter Attack (Light) Squadron 3 Seawolves (HAL-3) in Vietnam, May 1970 - July 1971, and his involvement in post-war reunions. Materials date from both the war and post-war periods. Some photographs are in poor condition, with the bulk of the rest of the collection in good condition.

Biographical Note

Jack L. Coan was born in DeLeon, Texas. In June 1968 he joined the United States Navy and after completing Avionics Technical (AT) School in March 1970, Coan was assigned to VF-121 in Miramar, California. In October of that same year, Coan volunteered for service in Vietnam with Helicopter Attack (Light) Squadron 3 (HAL-3). Benefits for joining this squadron included increased tax-free pay and double credit for each year served, one year with HAL-3 counted for two years service of Sea Duty.



Coan's first station was at Binh Thuy, the home base for HAL-3 Seawolf, where he flew refurbished Army UH-1 Huey helicopters, known as the UH-1 Iroquois in the Navy. In January 1971 Coan was reassigned to Seawolf Detachment 1, stationed at Nam Can on the Cu Lon River. After his three year service, Coan was honorably discharged in July 1971.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Collection Inventory

Contents
Box
Folder
Location
Biographical note with information on Coan's film (1872VI2359)
1
1
Individual Collections-C
Military ID cards including a liberty pass and a MACV payroll card (Some originals in Restricted Access due to personal information)
Military Payment Certificates (MPCs)
Helatkltrron-3 paper insignia
Photocopy of J. L. Coan patch
Vietnamese Dong currency notes
Chieu Hoi leaflets
Various certificates and award citations (Some originals in Restricted Access due to personal information)
Various reunion materials
Enlisted Flight Training and Operation Logs for Jack Coan, November 1970 - June 1971
2

Separated Materials

Photographs
VA049617-VA049800 184 photographs of Jack Coan's service with HAL-3 and the reunions that he attended.
Museum Objects
1872museum2091 - Sealords Delta Taxi Service Inc. patch.
Moving Images
1872VI2359 - Jack Coan's service with HAL-3 Seawolves in Vietnam, May 1970 - July 1971 (8mm film).

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