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Oral History Interview with Alan W. Saunders, October 8, 2004

Description: Interview with Alan W. "Buck" Saunders, a pilot during World War II. He discusses joining the Army Air Corps, becoming an airplane mechanic, and going to flight school for pilot training. He was stationed in India and flew supplies into China over the Himalayas (known by pilots as "the Hump"). In China, he traded items such as jewelry or opium for information on Japanese troop placements in Burma. He also discusses his meetings with native Burmese and talks about later experiences he had after the war and during the Vietnam War.
Date: October 8, 2004
Creator: Cox, Floyd & Saunders, Alan W.
Item Type: Sound
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Valentin R. Ybarra, April 29, 2004

Description: Interview with Valentin R. Ybarra regarding his experiences during World War II. He discusses his wartime experiences in Peleliu and Okinawa as well as occupation duty in Japan and China. He also had an assignment in Spain. He remembers the Cuban Missile Crisis, the revolt in the Dominican Republic, and his service in Vietnam.
Date: April 29, 2004
Creator: Misenhimer, Richard & Ybarra, Valentin R.
Item Type: Sound
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with Hazael R. Olivares, March 29, 2003

Description: Interview with Hazael R. Olivares, a serviceman in the U. S. Navy during World War II. Olivares dropped out of high school and decided to join the U. S. Navy after hearing about the attack on Pearl Harbor. He took his 16-week basic training course at Great Lakes in Illinois where he learned how to fire various guns and recognize aircraft. After basic training, he was assigned to Algiers, Louisiana where he learned how to weld. Aboard the USS Bordelon (DD-881), he served as a Ship Fitter in the damage control department. After WWII, he remained in the reserves and was called up for duty in Korea. He served aboard the USS Sitkoh Bay (CVE-86). After Korea, he worked as a civilian for the Army Corps of Engineers as an oiler on a dredge. He then served in the Merchant Marines, hauling refined petroleum products from South America to North America. He also discusses going to French Indochina (Vietnam) and traveling up the Saigon River in a merchant vessel.
Date: March 29, 2003
Creator: Misenhimer, Richard & Olivares, Hazael R.
Item Type: Sound
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

[Letter from John J. Herrera to Douglas M. Herrera]

Description: A letter from John J. Herrera to his son, Douglas M. Herrera, says that John is proud of his son's military service and that Douglas is missed by his family.
Date: unknown
Creator: Herrera, John J.
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

[Letter from Douglas M. Herrera to John J. Herrera - 1967-12-25]

Description: Letter to John J. Herrera from his son, Douglas M. Herrera. The letter describes Christmas celebrations at his military base in Vietnam including Christmas dinner provided by the Red Cross, the Bob Hope Show, and President Lyndon Johnson's visit to Vietnam.
Date: December 25, 1967
Creator: Herrera, Douglas M.
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

[Letter from Douglas M. Herrera to Mr. and Mrs. John J. Herrera - 1967-11-19]

Description: Letter to John J. Herrera and wife from their son, Douglas M. Herrera, November 19, 1967. The letter describes Douglas's travels from California to Guam to Saigon, reporting for military duty. Douglas indicates that he was docked a week's pay (Article 15) but was not put before a court martial.
Date: November 19, 1967
Creator: Herrera, Douglas M.
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

[Letter from Douglas M. Herrera to John J. Herrera - 1967-06-12]

Description: Letter from Douglas M. Herrera to his father, John J. Herrera, describing his time at a military base in Vietnam and thanking his father for the care packages that were sent.
Date: June 12, 1967
Creator: Herrera, Douglas M.
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

[Letter from Douglas M. Herrera to John J. Herrera - 1967-10-22]

Description: Letter to John J. Herrera in which his son, Douglas M. Herrera, explains his reasons for leaving the military and his opposition to the war in Vietnam. Douglas states that he will not and can not go back to serve in the military and plans to start a new life in San Francisco.
Date: October 22, 1967
Creator: Herrera, Douglas M.
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

[Portrait of Wilmer Wayne Wilson]

Description: Portrait of Wilmer Wayne Wilson in his sailor uniform. The text on the bottom of the photograph says: "Wilmer Wayne Wilson Killed in action April 16, 1968 in Vietnam Awarded the Vietnamese Military Merit Medal and the Cross of Gallantry son of Wilmer Dayton and Margie Wilson. Brother to Gary, Buford and Lawrence Wilson, Bonnie Wilson and Linda Wilson."
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Pioneer City County Museum

[Portrait of 1st Lieutenant W. Roy Coplen Watt]

Description: Portrait of 1st Lieutenant W. Roy Coplen Watt of the 7th [Cavalry] 1st Air Division U. S. Army. The text on the bottom of the photograph contains information about his birth, death, and service in Vietnam, along with the medals he won and the names of his parents: "1st Lt. W. Roy Coplen Watt 7th Cavalry 1st Air Div...Killed in action Feb. 29, 1968 Republic of Vietnam...Posthumously awarded The Silver Star for gallantry in action, Bronze Star Medal for heroism...Son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray B. Coplen."
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Pioneer City County Museum

[Photograph of Major Donald N. Kennon U. S. M. C.]

Description: Photograph of Major Donald N. Kennon standing outside in his full dress uniform. The text on the bottom of the photo has information of his rank and the location of his death: "Donald N. Kennon Major U. S. M. C. Died in combat near Quang Tum Province, Republic of Vietnam."
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Pioneer City County Museum