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Charles T. Bryant Vietnam War correspondence

 Collection — Box: Vietnam 5, Folder: 12, Folder: 1
Identifier: 2019-036-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains seven correspondence from CWO Charles T. Bryant, USNavy to his brother Bernard Bryant during the Vietnam War.

During his correspondence, CWO Bryant tells his brother all of the places he has been and will go, providing details and dates as to his ship, USS Ticonderoga, and their travel plans. Of note, on January 1, 1966 he explains that he is leaving Sasebo, Japan for "Yankee Station" in the Gulf of Tonkin off the coast of North Vietnam for air strikes and then provides a 24-hour detail of that routine. He also mentions, on December 17, 1966, inspections from Washington while during a "line period" (that is on the front lines in Tonkin) to ensure there was not another tragedy like the fire that killed many sailors on the USS Oriskany earlier in the fall.

On February 14, 1968 he discusses their first "alpha strike," a joint effort of all carriers in "Yankee Station" to hit Vinh Air Base. Some of the bombs they dropped have a delayed fuse to intentionally explode later when the Vietnamese are conducting repairs on the base. Also mentioned is the loss of a pilot to a SAM missile.

On April 7, he says that the "new limits on strikes didn't have much effect on our days business. Naturally we all hope for peace talks and a halt to the war. I have my doubts about how effective the pause will be."

The last letter talks briefly about his plans for the future and hoping to be stationed in an exchange or commissary in the southeast US when he rotates out in October 1968.

Dates

  • 1966 January 1 - 1968 May 12

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Use of some or all of the materials in this collection are restricted. See Archivist for details.

Extent

0.01 Linear feet (1 folder)

Overview

This collection contains seven correspondence from CWO Charles T. Bryant, USN to Bernard Bryant during the Vietnam War.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Bernard Lee Bryant II.
Title
Finding Aid for the Charles T. Bryant Vietnam War correspondence
Status
Completed
Author
Andrew Harman
Date
4/30/2019
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Contact:
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States