Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Emmett H. Tidd Collection
Collection Number
1.4 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
Individual Collections-T; Individual Collections - Oversized; Cold Storage Vault; Library; Periodical Collection; Photograph Collection
Processed by
J. Saffell, Jan. 2002[Updated: Aug. 2007 by A. Alford]
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

Over one linear foot of books, photographs, CD-ROMs, periodicals, articles, internet printouts and correspondence document Vice Admiral Emmett Tidd's service in the U.S. Navy and his continued interest in world issues. Materials range in date from the war era up through the 2000s.

Biographical Note

Emmett Tidd was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on October 6, 1923. He is the son of a retired Army Colonel. He attended the University of Oklahoma at Norman, graduating in 1945 with a B.S. degree. While there he enlisted in the US Naval Reserve in December 1942 and was a member of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit. On February 24, 1945, he was commissioned as an Ensign. In November 1953, Tidd transferred from the Naval Reserve to the US Navy with the rank of Lieutenant. Tidd became Chief of Staff and Aide to Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., commander of the U.S. Naval Force in Vietnam and Chief of the Naval Advisory Group, MACV, in May 1969. Tidd served in that position until the middle of 1970 when he received a promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral. On March 5, 1974, he was promoted to Vice Admiral.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Collection Inventory

Letter from Admiral Zumwalt to Tidd
Ind. Coll. - T
Copy of a study about Operation Sealords by Lt. Cmdr. Bill McQuilkin.
Three part Washington Post article: Peace Church, Vietnam, an American Journey (July 19 - 21, 1998)
British Prime Minister Tony Blair's address to members of the United States Congress. July 17, 2003 (3 copies printed from the Internet)
Computer printout of Washington Post Letter to the Editor "I Was there in the Gulf of Tonkin" by Kenneth Loveland (3 May 2004)
Naval Institute Proceedings article The Day it Became the Longest War by Lt. General Charles Cooper, USMC (RET) May 1996
Photocopy of Pacific Stars and Stripes newspaper article concerning the "Alleged Massacre at My Lai" (12 December 1969)
Computer printout of listing for Sailor: Vintage Photos of a Masculine Icon
Letter of condolence to the Zumwalt family from Tom Nielson concerning the death of Mouza Zumwalt
Funeral Program for Mrs. Mouza Coutelais-Du-Roche Zumwalt Eulogy for Mrs. Mouza Coutelais-Du-Roche Zumwalt
"Welcome Aboard" packet for the USS America (CVA-66)
Correspondence from Captain W.E. McGarrah to Vice Admiral Emmett H. Tidd, 30 August 1976 (original in restricted access file)
Commissioning card for USS Kinkaid (DD 965), 10 July 1976
Newspaper article "Personal Approach Revists the Past with a Point of View" (2 copies)
Individual Collections - Oversized
Navy Times 26 August 1996
Clipping from The Washington Post, 1 December 1981 - "Senate Vote Gives Battleship Iowa Second Lease on Life"
Clipping - "Collision between Hobson, Wasp claimed lives of 176 sailors" by Robert F. Dorr
Clipping from Navy Times, 29 June 1992 - "Atlantic Fleet finalizes permanent battle groups"
Clipping form Navy Times, 26 September 1994 - "Old ships never die - well, almost"

Separated Materials

Around the World With a Camera (1910).

Collier's Photographic History of the European War (1917).

Hammond's Home and Office Atlas of the World (1914).

The Keel-Recruit Training Command Yearbook.

Mitchell's New Intermediate Geography (1890).

Naval Officer Candidate School Seachest 7202 yearbook.

Philadelphia Public Ledger's Unrivaled Atlas of the World.

Rand McNally and Company's New Ideal State and County Survey and Atlas (1911).

USS America 1971 Yearbook.

Vane Scott's Many Faces of Old Glory by Vane Scott, 2006 (Audio CD included).
VA045903 - VA045918: 2 photographs of USS America (CVA 66).

1 photograph of Captain Thomas B. Russell, Jr.

1 photograph of Vice Admiral Emmett Tidd.

12 photographs of the commissioning of the USS Kinkaid (DD 965).

1 photograph of Admiral Elmo and Mouza Zumwalt on 15 February 1999,VA042109-VA042111.

2 photographs of Admiral and Mrs. Zumwalt's grave site memorial.
Electronic Media
284EM0278: CD-Rom containing two images of VADM Emmett H. Tidd, USN (Retired), Mouza Zumwalt, Margaret ("Muggs") Tidd and Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. USN (Retired) (standing left to right), at the Zumwalt's summer home, Silvanidus (Peaceful Forest) in Pinehurst, NC in 1996 or 1997.

284EM0363: CD-Rom Containing photographs of Vice Admiral Tidd, Admiral Zumwalt, Jr., and President G.H.W. Bush.
The New York Times, 22 August 1959.

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

Oral History

An Oral History Interview has been conducted with this individual. Use the link below to view a record for this interview.

Although the interview has been conducted, the audio and/or the transcript may not yet be available.