Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Title
Robert Lafoon Collection
Association
Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)
Collection Number
1071
Date(s)
Undated
Size
0.3 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
D102.5A
Processed by
R. Grau, Nov. 2002[Updated: Jun. 2013 by G. Lerma]
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

A scrapbook of collected materials documents Robert Lafoon's service with DASPO. Photographs make up the bulk of the scrapbook, but it also contains printed documents, press passes, newspaper photographs, etc. Published photos by Lafoon are represented in the Garrison newsletter and VFW magazine (May 1966). A book, Images of a Lengthy War, contains photos by Lafoon and other DASPO photographers. For preservation of the materials, the scrapbook has been disassembled, and the items kept in original order in acid-free folders.

Biographical Note

Robert Lafoon served in the infantry in an Armored Division at Ft. Hood, Texas, from February 1964 through April 1965. He then attended Army Photo School from May to September, 1965. Lafoon served as an Army still photographer for the Southeast Asia team at Ft. Shafter, Hawaii, from September 1965 until March 1968. During his service with DASPO, Lafoon covered multiple operations in Vietnam. After leaving the Army Lafoon continued to serve in the Army Reserves and saw active duty in logistics during the Gulf War.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Collection Inventory

Contents
Box
Folder
Location
Press passes
1
Letter from Harold Holt, the Prime Minister of Australia
Newspapers featuring Lafoon photos
Lafoon phoitos printed from the Internet
Award citation
Magazine covers featuring Lafoon photos
Propaganda leaflets in Vietnamese
DASPO correspondence
Photocopies of newspaper and magazine articles
5 Dong (Vietnamese currency) note given to Lafoon by Kermit Yoho shortly before Yoho was killed in action in 1966
The Garrison newsletter
VFW magazine
Images of a Lengthy War.
Sheets from the scrapbook with Lafoon's handwritten notes and descriptions of the photos.
2

Separated Materials

Books
Images of a Lengthy War: The US Army in Vietnam by Joel D. Meyerson.
Photographs
VA029639 - VA029957. Also in the collection is one negative VAN003857.

VA067729: Chief of Communications- Electronics Award for DASPO.
Newsletters
The Garrison (March 2001).
Periodicals
VFW (May 1966).

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