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Gates T. Richards Papers

Identifier: MS-0505
The collection consists of slides, photographs, printed material, leaflets and propaganda material, and miscellaneous documents dating from Richards' service in a Psychological Operations unit during the Vietnam War, 1966-1967


  • 1966 - 1967


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Collections in the VMI Archives are made available for educational and research use. The VMI Archives should be cited as the source. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright and for adhering to publication requirements. Materials from our collections may not be redistributed, published or reproduced without permission. Contact the VMI Archives for additional information.


1 cubic feet

Biographical / Historical

Gates T. Richards graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1961 and subsequently attended law school. He served as a U. S. Army officer from August 1965-October 1967, including a tour of duty in Vietnam with with 245th Psychological Operations Company.

Physical Location

Manuscripts Stacks

Photographs and Slides Inventory

An inventory listing details about individual photographs and slides is available. This inventory was created by Mr. Richards.

Vietnam service details

June 1966 - April 1967
245th Psychological Operations Company, Nha Trang, South Vietnam-Captain- Military Intelligence

Assigned to organize and direct Intelligence Section which collected and evaluated reports of enemy activity within the Central Area of South Vietnam. When Intelligence Section became self-sufficient was made Administrative Officer to maintain liaison and coordination with all tactical forces in the area, Battalion Headquarters in Saigon and various Vietnamese and Korean military units.

Supervised training of two Psychosocial Operations Companies of the Republic of Korea in all phases of Psychological Operations and advised same for remainder of tour. Assisted in creation of leaflets and tapes for dissemination as required by tactical units by joint effort and interviews with North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong prisoners and returnees as well as close coordination with South Vietnamese civilians Army personnel and Governmental officials.

Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Military Institute Archives Repository

VMI Archives
Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450