Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Title
Edward C. Kraft, Jr. Collection
Association
Ranch Hand Association Vietnam
Collection Number
1967
Date(s)
Undated
Size
1.5 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
D104.2, D105.3, Newsletter Collection, Serial Collection, Museum Object Collection;Periodicals Collection
Processed by
K. Conness, Sep. 2010[Updated: Sep. 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

Agent Orange related articles, documents, letters, health studies, newsletters, and a pair of jungle boots donated by Ed Kraft.

Biographical Note

Edward Kraft was born in 1936 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He entered into the United States Air Force ROTC in 1958. Kraft served 25 years and 8 months with 1 year of services in Southeast Asia. He was assigned to the 12th Air Command Squadron from August 1967 to December 1967 and HQ 7th Air Force Herbicide Plans from December 1967 to August 1968 while in Vietnam. Kraft held the positions of Combat Qualified Navigator and Herbicide Plans Officer. He was stationed Bien Hoa Air Base and Tan Son Nhut Air Base during his service in Vietnam. Kraft held the rank of Captain during his tour in Vietnam. He was involved in four campaigns including the Tet Offensive. Kraft received one bronze star, three Air Medals, Vietnam Service Medal, and Vietnam Gallantry Medal for his actions in Vietnam. He retired from the USAF on September 1, 1984 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Kraft currently is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Restricted: Social Security Numbers and Member Directory

Collection Inventory

Contents
Box
Folder
Location
Various of newspaper articles about Agent Orange, Dioxion, and the health risks
1
1
Various magazine articles about Agent Orange and the health risks on veterans
2
Agent Orange Victims International Newsletters
3
Navigation Training Record for flying defoliation and crop missions in Vietnam
4
Reprints of historical documents ordering guide
5
Copied Picture of Members of the 3rd Marine Division say their last respects, Da Nang Vietnam
Sample Methodology, and Results for Herbicide Orange Spraying on Marine Corps Infrantry Battalions
"The Role of Airpower in Vietnam" by General J.P. McConnell
"Last Flight of the C-123" by Maj. Tony Epifano
Air Force Policy Letters for Commanders regarding "The Ranch Hand" study
6
Summary of the 1997 Report by the Air Force Health Services regarding dioxin in Veterans
Executive Summary 1987 Followup Morbidity Report
Letters to Colonel Kraft from the USAF regarding the Air Force Health Investigation involving former Ranch Hand members
Season Greetings Letters from the Air Force Health Services
Air Force Health Study, "An Epidemiologic Investigation of Health Effects In Air Force Personnel Following Exposure to Herbicides"
Edward Kraft's Air Force Health Study Case File conducted by Kelsey SeyBold Clinic
7
Documents regarding the examination procedures of the Air Force Health Study
Edward Kraft U.S Air Force Health Study folder with personal notes inscribed inside.
Veteran Administration Documents relating to the claim process for Agent Orange health risks for Edward Kraft
8
Pennsylvania Vietnam Veterans Health Initiative Update, "Area of Operations"
9
Letter and newsletter from U.S. Senator Arlen Specter regarding Veteran Issues
Letter from Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh regarding Agent Orange exposure to veterans
Notice of Proposed Settlemet of Class Action and Claim Form, "Agent Orange v. Dow Chemical Company"
10
Letter to Col. Edward Kraft from Louis Harris and Associates regarding USAF Health Study
Letter from Andrew L. Cruickshank to Col. Edward Kraft regarding Agent Orange
Personal notes from Ed Kraft regarding Agent Orange
11
Ranch Hand History Project documents
12
1974 Ranch Hand Reunion agenda
Ranch Hand Vietnam Association Newsletters
2
1
Oversized
Various of newspaper articles about Agent Orange, Dioxion, and the health risks
2

Separated Materials

Museum Objects
Jungle Boots, 1967museum4002.

Edward "Ed" Kraft Football Columbia Area Chapter Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Plaque, 1967museum4003.
Newsletters
Afterburner, May 2000.

Afterburner, January 2001.

Agent Orange Review, July 1984.

Agent Orange Review, February 1985.

Agent Orange Review, March 1986.

Agent Orange Review, October 1989.

Agent Orange Review, May 1990.

Agent Orange Review, August 1990.

Agent Orange Review, February 1991.

Agent Orange Review, April 1991.

Agent Orange Review, August 1991.

Agent Orange Review, December 1991.

Agent Orange Review, September 1992.

Agent Orange Review, April 1992.

Agent Orange Review, February 1993.

Agent Orange Review, September 1993.

Agent Orange Review, October 1994.

Agent Orange Review, May 1995.

Agent Orange Review, August 1996.

Agent Orange Review, November 1997.

Agent Orange Review, May 2000.

Agent Orange Review, August 2000.

Agent Orange Review, December 2000.

Agent Orange Review, July 2001.
Periodicals
Coin World, January 1, 2007.

F & M Today, Franklin and Marshall College, August 1987.

Officer Review , May 2001.

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