Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Anthony G. Borra Collection
Collection Number
3.0 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
D060.7F; Individual Collections-Oversize; Photograph Collection; Periodical Collection; Map Collection; Museum Objects
Processed by
C. Peoples, Feb. 2002[Updated: Dec. 2010 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

Over 2 linear feet of maps, photographs, newspaper and magazine clippings, periodicals, and military artifacts document Anthony G. Borra's service in the United States Air Force from 1962 to 1970, particularly the 22 months he spent in Southeast Asia. Items of note in this collection include a brass vase made from a 105mm shell and a 1992 Air Force health study on herbicides. Anthony Borra wishes to dedicate his donation to the Vietnam Archive in honor and memory of 1 Lt. Leonard R. Purdy, 1 Lt. Barry L. Brown, 1 Lt. Robert W. Burnes, 1 Lt. Anthony F. Cavalli, Capt. William O. Fuller, CMSgt. Stephen Kish, Capt. Michael K. McCuiston, Capt. John A. Quinn, and in honor of the men and women of the United States Air Force for their dedication, for their service, and for their sacrifices.

Biographical Note

Anthony G. Borra, originally from Queens, New York City, New York, served in the United States Air Force from 1962 until 1970. He spent 22 months in Southeast Asia as a C-130 pilot with the 772nd Tactical Airlift Squadron based in the Philippines (at both Mac Tan and Clark Air Force Base). In country, Borra was based our of Saigon and Cam Ranh Bay with the 463rd Tactical Airlift Wing and flew over 1000 combat sortie hours including missions into the A Shau Valley and Khe Sanh during the 1968 Tet Offensive.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Collection Inventory

DD-214 AF 899 with amendment
New York Times Magazzine article, "Confessions of a Military Wife" by Alex Witchel (6 November 2005)
Newspaper and magazine clippings regarding the Vietnam War and its effects
Notes regarding Anthony G. Borra's dedication of the materials donated to the Vietnam Archive
Vietnam Memorial, Washington, D.C. postcard
2004 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Calendar titled "Rememberances"
Vietnamese language pamphlet
Yankee Doodle Magazine, 30 April 1968
United States Air Force Health Study titled "An Epidemiologic Investigation of Health Effects in Air Force Personnel Following Exposure to Herbicides" 31 August 1992
Alliance Magazine Article regarding a play titled Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue by Freddie Ashley
Playbill and Review of play "9 Parts of Desire" by Heather Raffo
Personal notes to Archive Staff from Borra about donations
US Air Force Thunderbirds pamphlet
US Air Force Thunderbirds brochure
Booklet: Confederate Air Force Fighter Group, Rio Grande Valley Air Show, 14 March 1965
Manual: Flying Training, Instrument Flying, 1 April 1968
Manual: Aircraft Performance, Reciprocationg and Turbine Engine Aircraft, 25 March 1968
Manual: Weather for Aircrews, 1 September 1962
Manual: Air Navigation, Volume I, 1 August 1968
Newspaper Article: "All Grunts Together" (Book review of Black Virgin Mountain by Larry Heinemann)
Various newspaper and magazine articles regarding the Vietnam War and its effects
Various USAF newsletters

Separated Materials

VA045566-VA045626: 155 photographs documenting Anthony Borra's 22 months in Southeast Asia as a C-130 pilot.

3 photographs of Anthony F. Cavalli that accompany Anthony G. Borra's donation dedication.

VA056179-VA056180: Photos of the US Air Force Thunderbirds (See Box 1 Folder 7).
Chavan, Laos - 1:250,000 (Section 12 Drawer 14).

Cram's Modern Series Map of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, China, and Mongolia (Section 12 Drawer 14).

Da Nang (Tourane), Vietnam - 1:250,000 (Section 12 Drawer 14).

Hue, Vietnam - 1:250,000 (Section 12 Drawer 14).

Qui Nhon, Vietnam - 1:250,000 (Section 12 Drawer 14).

Special S.E.A. Operational Navigation Chart for Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam - 1:1,000,000 (Section 12 Drawer 14).

USAF Jet Navigation Chart for the United States (Section 12 Drawer 14).
Museum Objects
519museum2421: United States Air Force aviator's gloves.

519museum2422: United States Air Force aviator's sunglasses with blue case.

519museum2423: Prescription aviator sunglasses with brown case.

519museum2424: Reading glasses with blue case.

519museum2425: United States Air Force garrison cap with captain insignia.

519museum2426: Vase made from United States military 105mm shell purchased in Pleiku area.

519museum2427: United States Air Force green issue T-shirt.

519museum2428: United States Air Force blue uniform shirt.

519museum2429: United States Air Force tropical combat coat.

519museum2430: United States Army issue field coat.

519museum2431: United States Army issue rain poncho.
Air Force Magazine, May 1971.

August 1971.

September 1971.

October 1971.

May 1972.

March 1973.

April 1973.

May 1973.

Air Force and Space Digest, May 1970.

Aviation Week and Space Technology, 28 April 1969.

Flying, November 1966.

The New York Times Magazine, 13 February 1983.

Newsweek, 14 December 1981.

Newsweek, 15 April 1985.

Time, 15 April 1985.

US Air Force Thunderbirds Commemorative Publication.

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.