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Vietnam Operational History Section Subject Files

Dates: 1965-1973

Collection Number: AR/69 (Formerly COLL/660)

Finding aid (PDF, 92 KB)


This collection was previously titled “Vietnam Subject Files, OpReps, 1959-1973.”

Scope and Content Notes

These records are the primary source materials used by the Vietnam Operational History Section of the Naval Historical Center to prepare classified monthly summaries of the U.S. Navy's operations in Southeast Asia. The series, entitled "United States Naval Operations, Vietnam” and the Vietnam Operational History Section were ended in late 1970. However, the records provided by naval operating forces continued to be received and processed to the end of 1973.

Messages make up the bulk of this record group, but correspondence, reports, miscellaneous papers, and newspaper clippings also are included.


The sources were arranged, as they were received, according to the following subject categories:

1. U.S. Navy Buildup, Augmentation

2. Naval Air Support

3. Naval Air Surveillance

4. Electronic Warfare

5. Naval Gunfire Support

6. Sensors (Incl. Duffle Bag)

7. Weapon Systems (e.g. Snoopy)


9. Coastal Warfare

10. Riverine Warfare

11. Mine Warfare

12. Amphibious Operations

13. Ground Operations

14. Vietnamese (RVN) Armed Forces

15. Logistics

16. Redeployment

17. T-Day and Post T-Day

18. Communications

19. Statistics

20. Public Information/Press

21. Intelligence

22. Unconventional Warfare (Except PW)

23. Psychological Warfare/Civic Action

24. Casualties (Ships and Aircraft)

25. Casualties (personnel)

26. Defense (Area, Harbor, Force)

27. Location of Major U.S. Forces

28. Vietnamization


Open but very limited access.



Kyl-Lott review conducted October 2004. The vast majority of the records have been referred to other agencies for further declassification review. A few of the records have been exempt from declassification.

Published: Wed Jul 19 10:06:45 EDT 2023