May 31, 2011
Maj. Samuel B. Cornelius is one of the first veterans featured on the Techsans in the Vietnam War site. Read more about him here.
Since 1775, more than 1.2 million Americans have sacrificed their lives in the nation’s conflicts. In memory, Texas Tech Vietnam Center and Archive launches a new site to honor Techsans in the Vietnam War.
Amy Mondt is the reference archivist for the Vietnam Center and Archive overseeing the project.
“Our goal is to have a site dedicated to honoring or memorializing Texas Tech graduates who served in Vietnam and Southeast Asia,” Mondt said. “Ideally we would like to have a page featuring a biography and photo of every graduate who served.”
Anyone can nominate a veteran for this program. The only requirements are that they served in Vietnam from 1960-1975, and graduated from Texas Tech University, either before or after their service.
If the Vietnam Center and Archive already has documents or images of an honoree in its collection, they will be included on the honoree’s page. Submissions received without any biographical or supporting information will be added to the site as a graduate who served, but will not be given an individual page.
Participants are encouraged to donate original images and documents to the archive, so that they may be preserved with materials received from other graduates and friends of Texas Tech.
Founded in 1989, the Texas Tech Vietnam Center is one of the largest collections of Vietnam-era related documents in the world. Only the Pentagon has more material on the Vietnam War.
Founded in 1989, the Texas Tech Vietnam Center and Archive houses the largest collection
of materials related to the Vietnam conflict outside of the U.S. National Archives.
Its mission is to support and encourage research and education regarding all aspects
of the American Vietnam experience.
In 2017, the archive was renamed the Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive to honor U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, a former prisoner of war who worked as an advocate for troops and veterans following his 29-year career in the U.S. Air Force.
The mission of the Archive of Modern American Warfare is to encourage, promote, support and enhance the long term study and preservation of all aspects of America's diplomatic and military experiences and involvements on a global scale, beginning in 1975 and continuing to the present. Through this, the Archive strives to help researchers develop a better understanding of America’s modern military experiences.