Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Title
Leon Robinson Collection
Collection Number
709
Date(s)
Undated
Size
2.3 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
Individual Collections-R; Photograph Collection; Negative Collection; Slide Collection; Periodical Collection; Cold Storage Vault; Map Collection; Museum Objects; Library; Map Collection
Processed by
M. E. Mclain, Jul. 2002[Updated: Oct. 2009 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

Two linear feet of material including newspapers, printed material, photographs, slides, artifacts, video, maps and a CD of digitized images from his scrapbook document his service in the Vietnam War where he was stationed at the Commander U.S. Naval Forces Vietnam Photo Laboratory as a petty officer of the shooting crew and went on missions with the U.S. Navy Seals, the Vietnamese Navy River Assault Groups (RAGS), the U.S. Navy River Patrol Boats (PBRs) and the U.S. Navy Seabees.

Biographical Note

Leon Robinson was born in November 1931. In 1950, he volunteered for the United States Navy as a Combat Photographer, ranked a Photographers Mate 1st Class (PH1). Robinson was stationed at the Commander U.S. Naval Forces Vietnam Photo Laboratory as a petty officer of the shooting crew, but frequently went on missions with the U.S. Navy Seals, the Vietnamese Navy River Assault Groups (RAGS), the U.S. Navy River Patrol Boats (PBR's) and the U.S. Navy Seabees. During the Vietnam Conflict, he was involved in campaigns such as the 1968 Tet Offensive and received the following medals: Air Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal (sixth award), the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal (5 Bronze Stars), the National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), the Presidential Unit Commendation Medal, the Navy Unit Commendation Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon. After twenty-one years in the United States Navy, two years of which was served in Southeast Asia, Robinson retired in 1971 as a PH1 - E6. He then worked for the United States Postal Service for twenty-one years and later became involved in the Angel Fire Vietnam Memorial in New Mexico and the Vietnam Archive at Texas Tech University.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Collection Inventory

Contents
Box
Folder
Location
Naval Aviation News, January 1967
1
1
Individual Collections-R
All Hands: The Bureau of Naval Personnel Career Publication, April 1968
Naval Aviation News, June 1968
two small memoranda notebooks
2
Vietnam Veterans National Memorial information including Memorial Day Weekend 2002 information

correspondence

poem

timeline of Vietnam War era.
3
Postcard: Seasons Greetings from U.S. Navy Photographic Lab Commander U.S. Naval Forces, Vietnam
4
Section of Saigon Daily News 26 April 1966
The Vietnam Guardian, July 21, 1966
Oversize
The Jackstaff News, April 1, 1968
The Observer, April 17, 1968
Sangre de Christo Chronicle Enchantment, Summer, 2002.
Saigon Daily News (18 July 1966)

Separated Materials

Books
The Vietnam Experience: America Takes Over.

The Vietnam Experience: Setting the Stage.

The Vietnam Experience: America Takes Over.

The Vietnam Experience: Setting the Stage.

The Vietnam Experience: Combat Photographer.
Photographs
VA028868-VA02909.

Negatives VAN000001-VAN001816.

Photographs of Angel Fire, NM, Vietnam Veteran National Memorial and Texas Panhandle War Memorial VA029220 - VA029243 (negatives included).
Slides
VAS012814-VAS013094.

VAS013585-VAS013943.

VAS014048-VAS014066.

VAS014048-VAS014066.

VAS012814-VAS013094.

VAS013585-VAS013943.

VAS014048-VAS014066.

VAS012814-VAS013094.

VAS013585-VAS013943.

VAS014048-VAS014066.

VAS012814-VAS013094.

VAS013585-VAS013943.
Maps
Map of Vietnam - Welcome Home 1964 - 1975: Location: Drawer 4 Section 12 Folder 5.

Vietnam and Neighboring Countries, 1968.
Museum Objects
709museum0565: NVA Pith Helmet.

709museum0569: Light table for slide viewing.

709museum0631: Viet Cong Silk Flag.

709museum1612: Set of Commemorative coins depicting: The Vietnam Wall, The Servicemen Statue, POW/MIA, Department of the Army Navy Air Force and Marine Corps seals.
Electronic Media
709EM0057: Digitized scrapbook with photographs and documents pertaining to Mr. Robinson's service in Vietnam.
Moving Images
Vietnam: Echoes from the Wall, curriculum package used for teaching history of the Vietnam war.

Includes books, teacher's guide, video tape and printed material.

Vietnam Combat Video Series-Vietnam at War, Jungle Warfare, The Viet Cong, Of Heroes &.

Helicopters, Air Power in Vietnam, Here Come the Marines, The Navy in Vietnam.

709VI1986: Service with Honor - Vietnam Soldiers' Story: Ambush: The Battle of Ia Drang.

709VI1987: Service with Honor - Vietnam Soldiers' Story: Tet: The Battle for Hearts & Minds.

709VI1988: Service with Honor - Vietnam Soldiers' Story: War in the Skies.

709VI1989: Service with Honor - Soldiers' Story: Secret War, Secret Men.

709VI1990: Service with Honor - Guns of Valor.

709VI1991: Service with Honor - Vietnam Soldiers' Story: From the River to the Sea.

709VI1992: Service with Honor - Vietnam Soldiers' Story: Invisible Enemy.

709VI2129: Service with Honor: Dust Off.

709VI2130: Service with Honor: The FACs.

709VI2131: Vietnam Combat: A Long and Brutal War.

709VI2132: Vietnam Combat: The Helicopter War.

709VI2133: Vietnam Combat: The Grunt's War.

709VI2134: Vietnam Combat: The Enemy.

709VI2135: Vietnam Combat: The Air Force at War.

709VI2136: Vietnam Combat: Here Come The Marines.

709VI2137: Vietnam Combat: The Navy In Vietnam.

709VI2615 - VHS - Service with Honor - Rolling Thunder.

709VI2616 - VHS - Service with Honor - The Jolly Greens.
Periodicals
Life Magazine (November 1992).

VFW (May 2005).

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