Vietnam Center & Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive News and Updates

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Vietnam Center and Archive Website Back Up

The city of Lubbock experienced a massive power outage early this morning (July 21st) lasting for several hours.  During this time, the Vietnam Center and Archive website, including the Virtual Vietnam Archive, was unavailable.  Power has been restored and the website is functioning normally again.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have cause.

If you experience any problems with our online resources, please send a message to with the full details of the problem, including any error messages you may have received and the internet browser you are using.

Thank you.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Vietnam Center and Archive Closed Until Noon

Due to snow and icy conditions, the Vietnam Center and Archive will not open until noon today, February 13th.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

It wasn’t an earthquake or a hurricane…

just an electrical transformer that failed knocking out power to our building for most of the day.  The Vietnam Center and Archive’s online resources are now available, and onsite services will resume with normal business hours tomorrow (Thursday) morning.

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Labels: announcements,website
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Funeral Services for Ms. DaNita Buckley

Funeral services for DaNita Buckley will be on Saturday, February 19th at 11:00am at Oakwood Baptist Church, 6002 Ave. U, Lubbock, TX.  DaNita passed away on February 7th.  She spent the last 9 years at Texas Tech, and will be greatly missed.

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Labels: announcements,vietnam center
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Ms. DaNita Buckley

We are very sad to inform our friends and supporters that Ms. DaNita Buckley died yesterday, February 7, 2011.  She spent the last nine years with us at Texas Tech University and was a wonderful friend and colleague.  We miss her very much.  We will post information about memorial and funeral services when they become available.

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Labels: announcements,vietnam center
Friday, November 12, 2010

The Passing of Famous Anthropologist Gerald Hickey

The Vietnam Center and Archive was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Gerald Hickey in Chicago, Illinois on November 9, 2010.  Hickey was a prominent anthropologist who was best known for his work with Montagnard tribes in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.  His first work in Vietnam was with Michigan State University from 1956-1959 to help rural South Vietnamese develop a modern nation-state.  During this time he particularly became interested in working with the Montagnards.  In fact, Hickey returned to Vietnam in 1964 as an employee of the RAND Corporation where he spent nine years tirelessly fighting for improved political rights and economic conditions for the Montagnards.

We are proud to have close to 20 linear feet of material at the Vietnam Center and Archive in the Gerald Hickey Collection to include photographs, textiles, swords, and carvings as well as many rare books on Montagnard culture in French, Vietnamese, and English.  More than just being an important donor to the Vietnam Center and Archive, Gerald Hickey was a good friend.  He will be greatly missed.

Hickey’s Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 13 at Immaculate Conception Church, 1415 N. North Park, Chicago, Illinois.  Visitation will begin at 9:00 AM and last until the beginning of Mass.

For more information about Gerald Hickey including two issues of Friends of the Vietnam Center featuring articles on him and a list of the contents in his collection at the Vietnam Center and Archive, please view the following links:

Summer/Fall 2008 Issue of Friends of the Vietnam Center

Summer/Fall 2010 Issue of Friends of the Vietnam Center

Link to the contents of the Gerald Hickey Collection

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A Day in the Life of an American Soldier in Vietnam

As part of the ongoing 20th Anniversary celebration of the Vietnam Center and Archive, a photograph and artifact exhibit entitled “A Day in the Life of an American Soldier in Vietnam” is currently on display until mid December of this year.  Please visit the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Building on the Texas Tech University campus to experience elements of a typical day in the life of a US soldier during the Vietnam War.  Consisting of over 25 black and white photographs and a selected number of artifacts, this exhibit will provide the visitor with stimulating and descriptive highlights of our highly unique collection materials.  The exhibit is self guided and open to the public, free of charge, Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 5:00pm.  All of the staff at the Vietnam Center and Archive hope that you will join us in celebrating 20 years of success by stopping by to view this exhibit!

A Day in the Life of an American Soldier in Vietnam

Friday, August 28, 2009

Jake Bitonel Participates in LDAC

Jake Bitonel, a student assistant at the Vietnam Center and Archive since 2007, attended the United States Army ROTC Command’s Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) at Fort Lewis, Washington from June 25 – July 23, 2009.  The ROTC Command uses the program to evaluate the leadership skills learned by its cadets.  Every ROTC cadet goes through this 28 day program consisting of PT tests, garrison positions, weapons familiarization, and war games after his or her junior year.  We are proud to announce that Jake finished among the top of his LDAC Regiment.  The Vietnam Center and Archive congratulates Jake on the fine achievement.  You can learn more about Jake by reading his profile in the September 2009 issue of Study Breaks.

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Labels: student spotlight
Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Student Spotlight: Natalie Swindle

Natalie Swindle has worked as a graduate assistant for the Oral History Project of the Vietnam Archive since August of 2007. She came to the archive after graduating from Angelo State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Natalie is the interview transcription editor for the OHP, and she also conducts oral history interviews with Lubbock area veterans. Originally from Kerrville, Texas, Natalie is working on a Masters of Education in Counselor Education on the community counseling track. Her long term career plan is to become a counselor for veterans.
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Labels: oral history,student spotlight
Monday, September 15, 2008

Oral History Interview of Interest

We have recently posted to our Oral History web page an interview conducted with Mr. Michael Little. Little served in the Central Highlands with the 504th MP Battalion from August of 1967 until August of 1968. While in country, Little underwent a life changing experience when he developed a very close relationship with a group of Bahnar Montagnard children from a village near Pleiku. Following his departure from Vietnam in August of 1968, Little attempted to stay in contact with the children through friends in the 504th, but lost contact after the last of his buddies returned to the US. However, in 1994, after years of separation, Little was able to reconnect with his Montagnard family when the Vietnamese government opened the Central Highlands to foreign visitors. In this interview, Little recounts his experiences in Vietnam with particular focus on his continuing relationship with his Bahnar family. In addition to helping his “adopted” family, Little continues to aid the Montagnard people through his role as a board member of the Friends of Vinh Son Orphanage. Little’s story is one of a remarkable bond that could not be broken by time, distance, or the fortunes of war.

(Photo courtesy of Mike Little)

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