Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Title
James Willbanks Collection
Association
Counterpart Association
Collection Number
340
Date(s)
Undated
Size
1.7 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
D084.5C-D, Cold Storage Vault
Processed by
J. Saffell, Jan. 2002[Updated: Apr. 2011 by M. Barnard]
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 two CD-ROMs, one film, and photocopies of papers written and presented by James Willbanks for conferences and other academic gatherings document various topics related to the Vietnam Conflict. The papers all date from the post-war period, primarily 1999-2001 and include topics such as: the end of the Vietnam Conflict, military forces in Vietnam, the defeat of the South Vietnamese, the Thai army in Vietnam, the battle for Hue, and the 1972 Easter Offensive. One CD-ROM contains documents dating from 1962 to 2004 and includes: the Analysis of Khe Sanh Battle (5 April 1968), Helicopter Operations in Counterinsurgency, Combined Action Program (CAP) Histories, and Viet Cong Improvised Mines and Booby Traps. The other disc contains various Vietnames language documents translated by Merle Pribbenow. The film footage dates from the war era.

Biographical Note

James Willbanks served with the United States Army in Vietnam, 1971-1972. He served as an officer with the Special Liaison Detachment, Royal Thai Army Volunteer Force in Vietnam. He later served with Advisory Team 87, the Combat Assistance Team assigned to the 18th ARVN Division. At the time of his 2007 donation to the Vietnam Archive, Willbanks was Director of the Department of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Restricted: Social Security Numbers

Collection Inventory

Contents
Box
Folder
Location
Monograph: Thiet Giap! The Battle of An Loc, April 1972
1
1
D084.5C
Conference Papers given by Willbanks between 1999 and 2001
2
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Reports - Texas Traveler, 24-27 November 1969
3
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Civic Action Reports August - November 1969
4
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Report, Enemy Attacks in Northern Long Binh Province, 10-13 August 1969
5
2d Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Annual Historical Summary, 1970
6
Exit Interview with Major Bahnsen, Commander, 1/11th ACR, Februray - September 1969
7
2d Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Periodic Operation Report, 1 May 1969
8
Historical Summaries, 1969:
9
1/11 Armored Cavalry Regiment
2/11 Armored Cavalry Regiment
3/11 Armored Cavalry Regiment
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Report, Operation Montana Raider, 12 April - 14 May 1969
10
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Report, Operation Kentucky Cougar, 22 June 1969 - 31 January 1970:
11
Report dated 1 October 1969
Report dated 8 October 1969
Report dated 21 October 1969
Report dated 13 January 1970
Report dated 4 February 1970
Report dated 9 March 1970
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Quarterly Evaluation Ending 30 June 1969
12
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Report, Operation Long Reach I, 7 - 23 November 1970
13
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Report, Operation Long Reach II, 5 - 26 December 1969
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Report, Airlift of Troop B, 2/11 ACR, to Bu Dop, 9 - 22 November 1969
14
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Report, Operation, The Search and Seal of Minh Duc, 1 - 2 November 1969
15
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Report, Firefight near Bo Duc, Battle of Crescent, 20 January 1970
16
1/11 Armored Cavalry Regiment, LTC Reed's Operational Notes, 30 January- 7 March 1970
17
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Report, L Troop, Recon Mission, 10 March 1970
18
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Report, Recon Mission West of Loc Ninh, 2 March 1970
19
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Report, B and D Troops, Attack on a NVA School, 31 March 1970
20
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Report, (Historian) Operation Atlas Wedge, 17-24 March 1969
21
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Report, A Troop, Rome Plow Defense, 7 February 1970
22
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Report, C Troop, Recon Mission, 14 February 1970
23
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Report, Successful Defense of Fire Support Base Kramer, 15 April 1970
24
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Report, Defense of Fire Support Base Fort Defiance, 9 April 1970
25
'Armored Cavalry - Rome Plow Marriage,' Presentation by LTC William M. Stokes III, 2d Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Before 1971 Armor Conference, Republic of Vietnam, 28 July 1971
26
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Exit Interviews:
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Capt. Jon D. Collins, 31 January 1968 (2 copies)
Major Kenneth F. Melton, 18 October 1968
Capt. Paul S. Renschen, 20 February 1969
Capt. Edward H. Alling, 17 March 1969
Capt. William W. Hansen, 21 March 1969
Major Philip Scozzaro, 13 May 1969
LTC Glenn G. Finkbinder, 25 August 1969
LTC Lawrence S. Wright, 6 September 1969
LTC John M. Norton, 9 February 1970
Major John N. Sloan, 10 February 1970
Major Robert D. Foley, 11 April 1970
Capt. Ralph A. Miles, 6 November 1970 (3 copies)
Capt. Arnold H. Gaylor, 18 December 1970
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Report, Ambush, 23 May 1967
28
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Report, Ambush, 5 December 1966
29
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Report, Convoy Ambush, 21 November 1966
30
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Report, Operation Santa Fe, 1 November - 3 December 1967
31
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Report, Operation Valdosta, 1-6 September 1967
32
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Interview Report, Sgt. Richard J. House 29 October 1970
33
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Report, A Troop NDP, 2 October 1970
34
Air Cavalry Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Unit History Reports:
35
1 January - 31 December 1967
1 January - 31 December 1968
1 January - 31 December 1969
May - December 1971
3/11 Armored Cavalry Regiment, Annual Historical Summary 1967, 1968.
36
2/11 Armored Cavalry Regiment, Annual Historical Summary 1966, 1967, 1968
37
1/11 Armored Cavalry Regiment, Annual Historical Summary 1967, 1968
38
919th Engineer Co., Annual Historical Summary, 1967, 1968, 1969
39
919th Engineer Co., Operational Report for Quarterly Period Ending 30 April 1968 (2 copies)
2/11 Armored Cavalry Regiment, Quarterly Evaluations:
40
22 September 1970
Period Ending 31 December 1969 (2 copies)
30 January 1970 (4 copies)
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Quarterly Evaluation Report, 30 September 1968
41
2/11 Armored Cavalry Regiment, Weekly Operational Summaries, 28 December 1970 - 21 March 1971
42
2/11 Armored Cavalry Regiment, Commander's Notes, Number 1-22, 18 July 1971 - 24 February 1972
43
Major Giral L. Brookshire Notes, 6 November 1967
44
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Report, Riverine Navy 14 - 26 September 1968
45
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Report, Cordon and Search Operation, 8 - 11 August 1968
46
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Headquarters Troop, Annual Historical Summary, 1968
47
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Reports:
48
Operation Glen Burnie, 3 January 1967
Operation Lion, 5 - 9 July 1967
Operation Rhino, 19 - 23 June 1967
Operation Manhattan, 23 April - 11 May 1967
Maintenance Stand-down, 1 - 21 July 1970
Operation Clifton Corral, 15 - 26 April 1968
Operations Quicksilver, Fargo, Casey, Adairsville, Valley Forge, Harrisburg, Alcorn Cove, dated between 5 December 1967 - 6 April 1968
Operation Dan Tam 81, 16 November 1966 - 12 January 1967
Operation Dallas, 17 - 26 May 1967
3/11 Armored Cavalry Regiment, Narrative of Battle of Slope 30, 19 June 1967
49
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Report, Operation Quyet Thang "Resolved to Win", 1 March - 12 April 1968
50
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Report, Operation Quicksilver, 4 - 21 December 1967
51
3/11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Combat Operations After Action Report 15 - 21 September 1967
52
3/11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, After Action Report, Combined Operation, 2 - 6 December 1970
53
Headquarters II, Field Force Vietnam, Operational Report - Lessons Learned, 1 November 1968 - 31 January 1969
54
1st Infantry Division documents:
55
Memorandum for CofS, RE: Night Convoys between Long Binh and Phu Loi, 16 September 1968
Commander's Notes #8-9, Reporting of Statistics, 26 November 1968
After Action Report, Operation Atlas Wedge, 18 March - 2 April 1969
After Action Report, Convoy Ambushes on 12 and 14 August 1969, Battle of Binh Long Province
After Action Report, Combined US Armor/RF Infantry Ops Against Local VC, 17 October 1969
1/4 Cavalry Documents:
56
Battle of Ap Bau Bang, 20 November 1967
After Action Report, Operation at Loc Ninh and Quan Loi
Quarterly Evaluation Report, 1 October 1968
Operational Report, Lessons Learned, 1 November 1968 - 31 January 1969
Quarterly Evaluation Report, 5 July 1969
Cover and Deception Report, 1 November 1969 - 31 January 1970
1st Cavalry Division After Action Report, Battle of Binh Long Province, August 1969
57
1st Cavalry Division After Action Report, The Shield and the Hammer
58
1st Cavalry Division Memorandum, Enemy Activity in Cambodia Base Areas, 17 June 1970
59
1st Cavalry Division, Speech for Cambodian Incursion
1st Cavalry Division, Intelligence Newsletters:
60
#7 Cache Detection Operations, 10 November 1970
#8 VC Tactics and Operational Procedures, 19 November 1970
2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division Operational Report, Lessons Learned for period ending 31 July 1970
61
3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Operational Report, Lessons Learned for period ending 31 July 1970
62
1st Cavalry Division, Forecast of Operations, 26 October - 8 November 1969
63
Senior Officer Debriefing Reports:
2
1
D084.5D
1st Cavalry Division, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 1 - 31 March 1970
USARV, III Corps, Brigadere General Carleton Preer, III Corps Advisor 1 May - 30 November 1969
USARV Combat Lessons Bulletin #9, Convoy Security, 9 July 1969
2
USARV Combat Notes, Armor in Vietnam, 1967-1969
3
25th Infantry Division Support Command, Operational Reports, Lessons Learned:
4
Period 1 November 1968 - 31 January 1969
Period 1 February - 30 April 1969
Period 1 May - 31 July 1969
Period 1 August -31 October 1969
Period 1 February - 30 April 1970
History of 2d Battalion 34th Armor, 1 October 1969 - 1 September 1970
5
2-34 Armor, After Action Report, Blocking Force Nui Ba Den, 21 October 1969
2-34 Armor. After Action Report, Attack Against Nui Ba Den, 25 November 1969
25th Infantry Division, After Action Reports:
6
Combined US/ARVN Operation, 4 - 5 September 1969
Operation Bold Lancer I, 6 May - 14 May 1970
Operation Bold Lancer II, 15 May - 28 June 1970
4th Battalion (Mechanized), 23d Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, After Action Report, Operation Labrador Retriever, 8 August 1969
7
2d Battalion (Mechanized), 22d Infantry, After Action Reports:
8
Search and Destroy Operations, 19 September 1968
Reaction Force for Light Infantry in Contact, 27 November 1968
Sweep and Clear Route 14, 21 December 1968
Sweep and Convoy Reaction Force, 14 January 1969
Rome Plow Security, Reaction to Enemy Attack, 1 February 1969
Stay Behind Ambush, 9 - 10 February 1969
Defend NDP, 18 - 19 February 1969
Defend NDP, 21 - 22 February 1969
Road Security and NDP, 21 - 22 February 1969
Rear Detachment Defense of Base Camp, 22 - 23 February 1969
RIF North of Ben Cui, 6 March 1969
RIF, 14 March 1969
Stay Behind Ambush, 20 March 1969
RIF in Boi Loi Woods, 7 December 1969
2d Battalion (Mechanized), 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, 1968 Annual History
9
2d Battalion (Mechanized), 2d Infantry, 1st Infantry Division Documents:
10
Commander's Note #4, (Maintenance), 2 January 1970
Report of Investigation, February 1970
1st Battalion (Mechanized), 5th Infantry:
11
1968 Annual History
After Action Report, RIF, 21 August 1969
3d Squadron, 4th Cavalry:
12
After Action Report, RIF Lower Boi Loi Woods, 28 February 1969
After Action Report, RIF and NDP, 10 - 11 March 1969
Operational Report, Lessons Learned, 1 November 1968 - 31 January 1969
541st Military Intelligence Detachment, Annual History 1968
13
BSR-3334, Analysis of Vietnamization: A Description of the War, 1967-71, Technical Report, (draft) Interim Report, December 1971-May 1972
14
BSR-4033A, Analysis of Vietnamizaton: Summary and Evaluation, Final Report, Volume I, November 1973
15

Separated Materials

Electronic Media
340EM0203: Miscellaneous Vietnam Documents, 1962-2004.

340EM0371: Miscellaneous North Vietnamese documents translated by Merle Pribbenow.
Moving Images
340VI0176: Combat Camera Coverage, Battle of An Loc, Binh Long Province.

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.