Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Title
Donald L. Swafford, Jr. Collection
Collection Number
280
Date(s)
Undated
Size
0.2 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
Individual Collections-S, Photograph Collection, Slide Collection, Poster Collection, Museum Objects, Inner Vault, Periodical Collection, Newsletter Collection
Processed by
J. Saffell, Jan. 2002[Updated: Sep. 2012 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 correspondence, a biographical sketch, photographs, slides, various books and miscellaneous artifacts document Donald L. Swafford's service with 3rd Battalion, Platoon 311, US Marine Corps, 1966-1970. Correspondence and images all date from the war-era and describe Swafford's experiences during training in San Diego, California and his three year tour of duty in Vietnam.

Biographical Note

Donald L. Swafford, Jr., (Lubbock, Texas) joined the United States Marine Corps on January 6, 1966 at the age of nineteen. He completed boot camp at MCRD San Diego, California and infantry training at Camp Pendleton, California. He received certification as Occupational Specialty of Ammunition Technician and completed ammo school at Quantico, Virginia before going through staging battalion at Camp Pendleton in preparation for Vietnam. He departed for Vietnam on June 21, 1966. He served as lance corporal thirty-six consecutive months in that country with Forced Logistics Unit #2 Ammunition Company at Phu Bai where he participated in Operation Hastings. For three months he served in a replacement line company guarding the perimeter of Phu Bai. From October 1966 until July 1967 he was with MAG-12 at Chu Lai in the Bomb Dump. From August 1967 until June 1969 He was with Ammo Platoon ILS6 "Bravo" at Chu Lai. After the TET offensive of 1968 he volunteered to work with Explosive Ordinance Disposal (E.O.D.) and was awarded the Commanding General's Letter of Commendation for his work in the recovery and disposal of hazardous ammunition. Swafford was discharged honorably at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina on January 31, 1970. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (with 4 stars), Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and Navy Unit Commendation Medal.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Collection Inventory

Contents
Box
Folder
Location
Biographical Sketch and Collection Information, December 17, 1991
1
1
Ind. Coll. - S
Letters Home, January 1966-July 15, 1966
2
Letters Home, July 22, 1966-December 25, 1966
3
Letters Home, January 4, 1967-December 26, 1967
4
Letters Home, February 25, 1968-June 21, 1968
5
Letters Home, April 3, 1969-May 31, 1969
6
Newspaper clipping, "News About Area Men in Service" 1966
7
Certificate of Commendation, May 4, 1969
8
Scrapbook Items, 1966 Occupational Specialties Handbook USMC
9
USMC Yearbook 3rd Battalion, Platoon 311, 1966
10

Separated Materials

Photographs
VA005875 - VA005970, VA005991 - VA006075:.

14 binder pages of photographs.

221 Loose Photographs.

15 Photographs taken from 1966 Scrapbook.
Slides
VAS002429 - VAS002515: 5 binder pages of slides.
Posters
2 posters (Pride in America - Ask A Marine).
Museum Objects
280museum4133: Confederate flag that was damaged during the Tet Offensive (Located in the Inner Reading Room Vault, Drawer 1).

2 Pride in America-Ask a Marine posters.

280museum0250: 1 pair of Vietnamese sandals.

280museum0249, 0251: 2 empty photo albums labeled "Views from Viet Nam".

2 bumper stickers I am A Proud Vietnam Veteran! (red, yellow and green) Vietnam Veterans Marching Along Together Again (Blue and White).
Newsletters
2 VFW 1968 magazines.

4 Leatherneck Magazine of the Marines, 1966, 67, 68.
Periodicals
1 two page newspaper layout (encapsulated).

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