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James H. Platt Vietnam War Collection

Identifier: 2017-10-19
The James H. Platt Vietnam War Collection relates to the 1967-1968 military service of Platt, a U.S. Air Force First Lieutenant and Rescue Crew Commander stationed at Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Base in Thailand. The bulk of the collection is twenty (20) slides, taken by Platt. The slides do not have identifying information but generally depict military aircraft and surrounding locations.

Some images depict military aircraft such as Sikorsky (S-61R) HH-3E Jolly Green Giants, and three images feature a Lockheed C-130A Hercules accident at an airfield. One image shows helicopters, likely HH-3Es, parked at night. One image features an unidentified soldier in fatigues, and one features audio equipment. Four (4) slides are aerial shots of landscapes, and four (4) slides show civilian buildings and street scenes, possibly in Thailand or Laos.

At the end of the collection is a photocopied document of the citation that accompanied the Distinguished Flying Cross awarded to Platt.


  • 1967-1968


Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research and is accessible in the Dahlberg Research Center by appointment. For more information contact us.

Conditions Governing Use

The Museum of Flight (TMOF) Archives is the owner of the physical materials in the archives and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from TMOF archives before any publication use. TMOF does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.


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James H. Platt served in Vietnam from 1967-1968 as a United States Air Force Rescue Commander. The collection contains twenty (20) slides and one (1) photocopied document related to his service.

Biographical Note: James H. Platt

James H. Platt served in Vietnam from 1967-1968 with the U.S. Air Force. First Lieutenant Platt was stationed at Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Base (NKP), Thailand and was Rescue Crew Commander. The crew would rescue downed pilots in Laos and Thailand.

No further biographical information is known.


Biography derived from collection materials.
Historical Note: Vietnam War The Vietnam War, between North Vietnam and South Vietnam, lasted from approximately 1955 until 1975 and was fought with the goal of reunification. The North Vietnamese were aided financially and militarily by China and the Soviet Union, while South Vietnam was backed by the United States.

Regular U.S. deployments began after the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident. However, U.S. involvement peaked in 1968 following the Tet Offensive, which was an attempt by North Vietnam forces to execute surprise attacks on military and civilian command and control centers throughout South Vietnam. The Tet Offensive triggered the decline of support from the U.S. public, eventually dovetailing into the anti-Vietnam War movement. In May 1968, peace talks began between the United States and North Vietnam in Paris, France.

Gradual withdrawal of U.S. ground forces began in 1973 as part of "Vietnamization," a policy of President Richard Nixon's that sought to end American involvement by providing equipment and training to the South Vietnamese with the goal of transferring fighting solely to their forces. Additionally, President Nixon suspended military offensives against North Vietnam, and on January 15, 1973, direct U.S. involvement ended.

Despite all parties signing the Paris Peace Accords, fighting continued between North and South Vietnam, but South Vietnam was not able to sustain its defense against North Vietnam. The Vietnam War ended in April 1975 when the North Vietnamese Army captured Saigon, the capital city of South Vietnam. The countries reunified the following year.

Source and Further Reading:

Stanley Karnow, Vietnam: a history, New York: Viking Press, 1983.


No further accruals are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Materials from this collection have been digitized and are available at The Museum of Flight Digital Collections.

Related Archival Materials at The Museum of Flight

There is additional material related to the Vietnam War in the following collections:

Roy T. Church Vietnam War Photograph Collection (2017-09-29). The collection contains photographs, slides, and a map related to Church's service as a navigator and bombadier in Vietnam from 1968-1969.

Calvin and Yun Yau Kam Papers (2017-03-24). The collection contains military documents, photographs, and slides relating to the military service of Calvin H. Kam during Vietnam and photographs and clippings related to his father's, Yun Yau Kam, service during World War II and the Korean War.

Bruce Mennella Vietnam War Collection (2017-04-07). The collection contains photographs and a small amount of ephemera related to U.S. Navy Air Intelligence Officer Bruce Mennella's Vietnam service from 1968-1972.

Robert Withrow Vietnam War Collection (2008-10-15). Robert Withrow served as a U.S. Navy Fireman (E-3) aboard the USSKitty Hawk from 1965-1967. The collection contains photographs, patches, and yearbooks related to his service.


Guide to the James H. Platt Vietnam War Collection
Completed - Level 3
J. Parent
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
1st Edition

Revision Statements

  • November 2018: Finding aid migrated to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

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Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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