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Map and Photographs of the Vietnam War era

Identifier: 2018-00-00-15
The Map and Photographs of Vietnam War era is a very small collection comprised of a map and three (3) photographs related to Vietnam War, circa 1960s.

The collection contains a large, double-sided, waterproof map dated January 1966. One side covers China, Laos, and Vietnam and the other covers China and Vietnam. There is also one (1) label from plastic baggie that the map was folded into which reads "EVC 1/2 AUX KIT I39."

In addition, there are three (3) photographs, circa 1960s. There is one (1) 3x5" color print of a group of six (6) airmen in flight suits in front of an aircraft, possibly a Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, with a caption on back "The Dirty Half-Dozen, [Sumner?] EW Nov [illegible], Cornell Ross [She?][illegible], Allen Pridwell Red Searc[illegible]." The other two (2) photographs are 8x10" and are black-and-white. One is a group portrait of military personnel, in dress uniform, in front of U.S. Air Force aircraft (Tail Number O-21137). The other image features seven (7) airmen in flight suits with a trophy. Three men are facing the camera enough that their last names are visible on patches of the suits: Krause, Smith, and Johansen.


  • circa 1960s

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.


0.03 Cubic Feet (1 letter size folder and 1 oversize folder)


The Map and Photographs of Vietnam War era is a very small collection comprised of a map and three (3) photographs related to Vietnam War, circa 1960s.

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to The Museum of Flight in August 2017 by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.


No further accruals are expected.
Guide to the Map and Photographs of Vietnam War era
Completed - Level 3
J. Parent
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
2nd Edition

Revision Statements

  • 2019 April 2: Updated container locations and minor clean-up post-migration 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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