2 Replies Latest reply on Jun 18, 2019 8:32 PM by James Parker

    Seeking Vietnam Unit Documents - C Troop (Air) 16th Cavalry


      I am looking for any records for C Troop (Air) 16th Cavalry from 1970 to the end of the conflict.  This unit operated out of Can Tho Army Airfield in IV Corps. This might include -- Daily Operations Reports, any Orderly Room created documents, Unit Rosters, Aircraft Maintenance records, TDY Orders, Reassignment Orders, or the like.

        • Re: Seeking Vietnam Unit Documents - C Troop (Air) 16th Cavalry
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Mr. Parker,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Cavalry Unit Records, ca. 1965 - ca. 1973 in the Records of the U.S. Forces in Southeast Asia, 1950-1976 (Record Group 472) that include an organizational history, 1970- 1972 (Box 356); daily journals, 12 July 1970 - 31 January 1973 (Boxes 357-358); and command reports, 1970-1972 (Box 359) of Troop C, 16th Cavalry. These records are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2). To access these records, please contact RDT2 at archives2reference@nara.gov.

          The semi-annual rosters (i.e., April and October) for 1960-74 for Army units are attached to the morning reports of the respective units. All rosters for the period are not available and usually list only enlisted personnel. Paper copies may be obtained from microfilm by writing to NARA’s National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. Research and reproduction fees are charged for this service. Please use the GSA Standard Form 180 to request this information.

          Unit records in our custody do not include the record of temporary duty (TDY) assignments or reassignment orders for individuals. Under normal Department of the Army records management procedures, such documentation would be destroyed after initial administrative use. A copy of these records should have been placed in the Official Military Personnel File of the individual soldiers.

          Army aircraft flight records, DA Form 2408-12, are retained by the aircraft’s unit for a period of six months then are destroyed by the Army in accordance with regulatory guidance. Likewise, aircraft maintenance records or not retained permanently.  Maintenance records for aircraft that are sold to individuals or corporations are transferred to the buyer. Maintenance records for aircraft dropped from the inventory due to scrappage or cannibalization are destroyed two years after the aircraft is dropped. Maintenance records for aircraft destroyed by crash are destroyed after 30 years.

          For more information see US Army Records Control Schedules and our topic page on the Vietnam War.


          We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!


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