Vietnam Center & Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive News and Updates

Friday, March 7, 2014

We are on TV! Check us out on Monday, March 10th

The new America’s Heroes Channel debuted on March 3rd, 2014. The channel will highlight all war efforts of the true American heroes.

On Monday, March 10th, 2014, the channel will be airing a new series entitled, “Against the Odds.”

The series will included a special episode, “The Marines at Hue,” that will feature moving images from the Vietnam Center and Archive.

Narrated by Rob Low, the series Against the Odds unveils the harsh realities of war. The episode will included archival footage and first-hand interviews to illuminate U.S. troops who banded together during battle.

The episode with focus on three U.S. Marines battalions that, along with two Army battalions and South Vietnamese troops, beat the odds to defeat entrenched North Vietnamese troops and the Viet Cong in the South Vietnamese city in 1968.

For more details, click on any of these links.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

TET – The Vietnamese New Year

The Vietnam Center and Archive celebrates TET – The Vietnamese New Year this Friday!

   The Vietnam Center and Archive cordially invites you to join us as we celebrate the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, Tet, on Friday, January 31st, 2014. Please come sample Vietnamese cuisine and learn more about the rich heritage and culture that makesVietnam remarkable.

   Friday, January 31st, 2014 ushers the Luna Year of the Wooden Horse. InVietnam, one of the 12 animals of the zodiac represents each year. People born in the Year of the Horse are believed to be the most reasonable out of the five types of Horse signs. People born in the Year of the Wooden Horse are self-disciplined, organized, social and happy, but refused to be dominated.

   Tet is the Vietnamese peoples most important holiday. Preparation for the celebration is very time consuming. Preparation includes, cooking, cleaning and painting their homes.

   The Vietnam Center and Archive will start the celebration on Friday, January 31st, 2014 at 4:00pm in the

International Cultural Center at Texas Tech University. The event is open for everyone. We hope to see you there!

 For more information, please visit or

call (806) 742-9010.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Vietnam Center and Archive Email and Phone Numbers

Texas Tech University is in the process of transitioning to a new communications system.  Over the next few days the Vietnam Center and Archive will be converting to the new system.  Today (Friday), our departmental email addresses are being transitioned.  During this transition, the following addresses are unavailable:

Messages sent to these addresses may result in an Undeliverable response.  Messages that have been sent during the transitiion will not be delivered, so you will need to resend them to our new address, or call us at 806-742-9010.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Happy Birthday Marines!

Today the U. S. Marine Corps turns 237, and the Vietnam Center and Archive wants to wish the Marine Corps and all U. S. Marines a very happy birthday!  To celebrate we have created a small exhibit of Marine related materials.  To view the exhibit, please click on the link below.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Happy Birthday U. S. Navy

Today is the Navy’s 237th birthday, and the Vietnam Center and Archive wants to wish the Navy and all Navy personnel a very happy birthday.  We have prepared a small exhibit of Navy materials from our collection to commemorate the occasion.  Please click on the link below.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Happy Birthday U. S. Air Force

Today the Air Force turns 65!  The Vietnam Center and Archive wants to wish the Air Force and all of its service men and women a very happy birthday.  To commemorate this event, we have created a small of exhibit of our Air Force related materials.  You can view the exhibit by clicking on the link below.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Happy Birthday U.S. Coast Guard!

Happy Birthday U. S. Coast Guard!

On August 4, 1790 the U. S. Congress authorized the construction of ten vessels to provide a new military branch for the country, the Revenue Cutter Service.  This service enforced tariff and trade laws, prevented smuggling and ensured the collection of federal revenue from ships and marine trade.  Over its life time the Revenue Cutter Service took on new duties: protecting the nation’s shore line, search and rescue and maintaining all of the country’s light houses.  In 1915 they changed their name to the U. S. Coast Guard.  The Coast Guard not only protects our nation’s shores it also serves under the Department of the Navy in all of our armed conflicts.  Today the Coast Guard turns 222 and we have gathered a few Coast Guard related items from our collection to commemorate the occasion.  To all the men and women of the Coast Guard, thank you for your service and Happy Birthday!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Happy Birthday U. S. Army

Today is the Army’s 237th birthday.  So happy birthday to the US Army and all the men and women who have served and are currently serving in the Army. 

We have created a small exhibit featuring Army materials from our collection to celebrate.  To view the exhibit click on the link below.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Vietnam Center and Archive is Hiring

Specialist IV (Archival Specialist)
*This is a full-time, temporary position (1 year)

Description: The Vietnam Archive seeks an archival specialist to provide assistance with the development of the Virtual Vietnam Archive. Working with the professional staff of the Vietnam Center and Archive, the Archival Specialist will assist in hiring, training and supervision of student employees; digitize archival collections; conduct quality control checks of digital files and records. The successful candidate will work closely with Archive staff and faculty in fulfilling their mission to collect and preserve primary documentation related to all aspects of the Vietnam War Era, to include military, diplomatic, cultural, and social history.

Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree, experience using PCs, scanners, and database software, work experience in a library, archive, or museum setting, interest in and/or knowledge of American history, military history, the Vietnam War era, Southeast Asia; strong organizational skills; strong oral and written communication skills; strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to build successful working relationships with a wide variety of individuals.

Salary and Benefits: Salary range is $10.29-$14.76/hour, commensurate with education and experience. Benefits include health insurance, optional dental, life, and disability insurance; retirement plan; vacation, sick, and holiday leave; longevity pay.

Note: This is a one-year temporary position.

To Apply: Apply online at, requisition number 86120. TTU is an EEO/AA/ADA Employer. Special Instructions to Applicants: Please attach cover letter, resume or CV, and a list of three references with contact information when applying for this position. Review of applications will begin June 7 and continue until the position is filled.

Departmental Contact: Mary Saffell

Friday, May 18, 2012

Latest Issue of Friends of the Vietnam Center Newsletter Available Online

The Winter 2012 issue of the Friends of the Vietnam Center Newsletter is now available online.  This issue includes articles on our project to digitize the Orderly Departure Project Application files of the FVPPA/VAHF collection; information about the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument; a listing of the 2011 donors to the Archive; an overview of our Audio/Visual digitization efforts; information about our Techsans in the Vietnam War project, and an article about staff changes at the Archive that have occurred over the past few months.

If you would like to receive a full color printed version of this newsletter in your mailbox, please consider becoming a friend of the Vietnam Center. Membership information can be found on our Firends of the Vietnam Center webpage.


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