Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Shannon Lancaster Collection
Collection Number
0.5 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
Photograph Collection, Slide Collection, Museum Object Collection
Processed by
R. Dorn, Mar. 2009[Updated: Nov. 2009 by T. Lovelady]

Scope and Content

Less than one linear foot of slides, photographs, and artifacts document Shannon Lancaster's service with the 509th Radio Research Group (RRG) in Vietnam, September 1967 - October 1969.

Biographical Note

Shannon Lancaster was born in 1947 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In 1967 he volunteered for the United States Army and served for a total of three years with twenty-five month stent in Southeast Asia. Assigned to the 509th Radio Research Group (Army Security Agency) from September 1967 to October 1969, he held the position of Personell Specialist (72H30) while based at Davis Station, Ton Son Nhut Air Base, Saigon. Throughout his service in Southeast Asia he held the rank of E-5 and was involved in the Tet Offensive. Upon discharge in 1969, he continued to hold the rank of E-5. After military service, he returned to college. As of late, Lancaster does not belong to any Vietnam Veteran Associations.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Separated Materials

29 Photos displaying Viet Cong weapons at MACV Headquarters in Long Binh, 1968.
VAS048386 - VAS048454, VAS049669 - VAS049749, VAS049806 - VAS049945.

3 slides depicting the Living Compound for the 509th RRG (HQ for Army Security Agency), Ton Son Nhut, 1968.

32 slides of a display of Viet Cong Weapons at the MACV Headquarters in Long Binh, 1968.

150 slides of merchants, merchandise, paintings, pictures, the black market, and sidewalk art in Saigon.

69 slides of Viet Cong at Tan Son Nhut Airfield the day after the launching of the Tet Offensive, 1968.
Museum Objects
2160museum3314: 4 Vulcan brand "Mate" lighters with Phu Lam STRATCOM insignia and depiction of South Vietnam on front.

on back of one lighter there is an etching of Snoopy on top of his dog house with the words "Fuck it" inscribed above.

2160museum3315: 1 lapel/hat pin for the 509th Radio Research Group (RRG).