George Robert Prater papers

George Robert Prater papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Prater, George Robert
Title: George Robert Prater papers
Dates: 1965-1966
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (34 items in portfolio)
Abstract:The collection consists of papers of George Robert Prater from 1965-1966. The papers include correspondence from Rolland A. Schearer during his army service in Vietnam from August 1965 - January 1966. The letters discuss patrols, Viet Cong snipers, the Vietnamese people, and news of mutual friends. The collection also contains correspondence from John S. MacCord, Jr. of the 39th Signal Battalion during his service in Vietnam from May - September, 1965. The letters discuss the social life in Tan Son Nhut (Vietnam), his administrative duties, and news of friends.
Coll. Number: ms2403

Biographical/Historical Note

The letters are TO George Robert Prater ("Bob") and are from two of his friends - Rolland Schearer and John McCord, who also knew each other prior to service. The Vietnam War, (1954–75), was the protracted conflict between South Vietnam (with its principal ally, the U.S.) and North Vietnam, in which South Vietnam was fighting to prevent being united with North Vietnam under communist leadership.

The South Vietnamese government fought to preserve a Vietnam more closely aligned with the West. U.S. military advisers, present in small numbers throughout the 1950s, were introduced on a large scale beginning in 1961, and active combat units were introduced in 1965. By 1969 more than 500,000 U.S. military personnel were stationed in Vietnam.

-- The Vietnam War. Britannica. (


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

MacCord, John S.
Schearer, Rolland D.
Soldiers--United States.
United States. Army. Signal Battalion, 39th.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George Robert Prater papers. MS 2403. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

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