Register of the Shirley Mae Stark papers

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Title: Shirley Mae Stark papers
Date (inclusive): 1963-1981
Date (bulk): 1967-1974
Collection Number: 91032
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 18 manuscript boxes, 3 oversize boxes (11.1 linear feet)
Abstract: The papers of Shirley Mae Stark, wife of American prisoner of war William Stark and advocate on behalf of the American prisoners of war (POWs) in Vietnam, consist of correspondence, newsletters, press releases, bulletins, clippings, other printed matter, photographs, and memorabilia relating to American POWs during the Vietnam War and their families. The papers include correspondence with and issuances of the Department of the Navy, other American government officials, and voluntary organizations concerned with the welfare of prisoners of war, especially the National League of Families of American Prisoners in Southeast Asia. Also included are numerous letters from members of the public.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Stark, Shirley Mae.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Shirley Mae Stark papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1991.

Accruals

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Biographical Note

28 February 1930 Shirley Mae Stark (nee Gust) born in Michigan City, Indiana
28 May 1930 William Robert Stark born to George and Gladys Stark in Michigan City, Indiana
22 October 1949 Shirley and William Stark married in Key West, Florida
29 October 1951 Daughter Susan born
19 May 1967 William Stark shot down and captured just south of Hanoi in Vietnam
circa 1967-1973 Shirley Stark worked part-time as a teller at Bank of America and volunteered with POW/MIA advocacy groups
4 March 1973 William Stark released during Operation Homecoming

Scope and Content of Collection

The Shirley Mae Stark papers, the bulk of which date from 1967 to 1974, document the experience of American POWs and their families during the Vietnam War through correspondence, newsletters, press releases, clippings, other printed matter, photographs, and memorabilia.
After her husband was captured in Vietnam, Shirley Stark became involved with various advocacy groups, particularly the National League of Families of American Prisoners in Southeast Asia, that worked to raise awareness of the plight of missing and captured American soldiers. As a member of these groups, she received correspondence and newsletters providing information about efforts on behalf of POWs/MIAs, which can be found in the Correspondence series, under POW/MIA advocacy groups. She also participated in fundraising activities, which included the sale of rubber stamps, bumper stickers, and bracelets. Examples of some of these items can be found in the Memorabilia series.
Of particular note are the bracelets, each of which featured the name and date of capture of a POW. Individuals who purchased the bracelets could opt to receive further information about the POW and his family, and many went on to correspond with family members and the returned POWs. William Stark’s name was on one of the bracelets, and as a result, there is a large amount of correspondence from members of the public, particularly after his release, inquiring about his well-being and welcoming him home. This can be found in the Correspondence series, General, particularly in the folders for 1973.
Shirley Stark also received regular updates from the Department of the Navy relating to her husband’s pay and benefits, instructions for sending mail and packages to Vietnam, and the POW situation generally. These letters, many of which included informational attachments, can be found in the Correspondence series, under Department of the Navy. Other Navy and POW-related publications can be found in the Printed Matter series, which also contains clippings collected by Shirley Stark about the experiences of the POWs and their families, the work of the government and advocacy groups, and the return of the POWs to the United States. Some of these articles are specifically about the Stark family. Additional clippings, as well as some correspondence, photographs, and printed matter, can be found in the albums created by Shirley and Gladys Stark in the Oversize Materials series.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia.
Navy wives.
Prisoners of war.
United States--Armed Forces.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Prisoners and prisons, North Vietnamese.

Box 1-13

Correspondence, 1967-1974

Box 1-7

General, 1967-1974

Scope and Contents note

The majority of this series consists of letters received (and in some cases sent) by Shirley Mae Stark and her husband, William Stark. Some letters received by their daughter Susan are included as well. There is also a file of letters received by Mrs. Gladys Stark, William Stark's mother.
Box/Folder 1 : 1

undated

Box/Folder 1 : 2-3

1967

Box/Folder 1 : 4

1968-1969

Box/Folder 1 : 5-6

1970

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence relating to the activities of the National League of Families of American Prisoners in Southeast Asia, mostly in the form of letters requesting bumper stickers or rubber stamps.
Box/Folder 1 : 7

1971

Box/Folder 1 : 8, Box/Folder 2 : 1-2

1972

 

1973

Scope and Contents note

Making up the bulk of this series, the correspondence from 1973 consists of a large number of cards and letters reacting to news of William Stark's release from the POW prison in Vietnam and welcoming him home. Much of this correspondence came from school children, particularly those who had worn the POW bracelet with his name on it.
Box/Folder 2 : 3-5

undated

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence received in 1973 (as evidenced by references to William Stark's return from Vietnam) that is undated.
Box/Folder 3 : 1-2

January

Box/Folder 3 : 3-4

February

Box/Folder 3 : 5-6, Box/Folder 4 : 1-4

March

Box/Folder 4 : 5, Box/Folder 5 : 1

April

Box/Folder 5 : 2-3

May

Box/Folder 5 : 4

June

Box/Folder 5 : 5

July-December

Box/Folder 6 : 1-3

Invitations

Scope and Contents note

File created by Shirley Stark consisting of invitations sent to William Stark after his release from Vietnam. Other invitations that were not contained in this file may be found within the rest of the folders of the 1973 subseries.
Box/Folder 6 : 4

1974

 

Mrs. Gladys Stark, 1967-1973, undated

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence received (and in some instances sent) by Mrs. Gladys Stark, mother of William Stark.
Box/Folder 6 : 5

undated, 1967-1972

Box/Folder 6 : 6

1973

Box/Folder 7 : 1

Letters sent to William Stark in Vietnam, 1969-1972

Scope and Contents note

Handwritten and typed drafts of letters by Shirley and Susan Stark to William Stark while he was a POW in Vietnam. Includes some correspondence from the Department of the Navy, Naval Intelligence Command with suggested revisions to a few of the letters.
Box/Folder 7 : 2

Letters sent by William Stark from Vietnam, 1967-1973

Scope and Contents note

The majority of the letters are photostats or transcriptions handwritten by Shirley Stark.
Box/Folder 7 : 3

William Stark's response to well-wishers, 1973

Scope and Contents note

Form letter sent by William Stark after his return from Vietnam to friends, family, and other well-wishers (particularly those who had worn the POW bracelet with his name on it) expressing gratitude for their support and providing an update on himself and his family.
Box/Folder 7 : 4

Addressed to others, 1970

Scope and Contents note

Consists of correspondence, presumably forwarded to Shirley Stark, addressed to others (there are similar items intermingled with the rest of the general correspondence, though those usually included a note or envelope addressed to Shirley Stark). Of note are letters from the United Nations, the Swedish Embassy, the Swedish Royal Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs addressed to a Mr. and Mrs. Fitz in response to their letters regarding William Stark and other POWs in Vietnam.
Box 7-9

Department of the Navy, 1967-1973

Box/Folder 7 : 5-8, Box/Folder 8 : 1-6

Bureau of Naval Personnel, 1967-1973

Box/Folder 9 : 1

CACO (Casualty Assistance Calls Officer), 1969-1973

Box/Folder 9 : 2

Naval Air Station Miramar, 1967-1972

Box/Folder 9 : 3

Naval Air Station North Island, 1968-1972

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence from Commander Fleet Air San Diego and Commander Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Box/Folder 9 : 4

Naval Intelligence Command, 1968-1972

Box/Folder 9 : 5

Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, 1970-1973

Box/Folder 9 : 6

Other, 1968-1973

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence from other branches of the Department of the Navy in San Diego, CA, including: Commandant, Eleventh Naval District; Naval Development and Training Center; Naval Hospital; and the Navy Medical Neuropsychiatric Research Unit (Center for POW Studies).
Box 9-12

POW/MIA advocacy groups, 1967-1974

Box/Folder 9 : 7, Box/Folder 10 : 1

Committee of Liaison with Families of Servicement Detained in North Vietnam, 1970-1973

Box/Folder 10 : 2-5

Concern for Prisoners of War, Inc., 1970-1972

Box/Folder 10 : 6

League of Wives of American Vietnam Prisoners of War, 1967-1970

Box/Folder 10 : 7, Box/Folder 11 : 1-5, Box/Folder 12 : 1-2

National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia, 1969-1974

Box/Folder 12 : 3

United We Stand, 1970

Box/Folder 12 : 4-5

VIVA (Voices in Vital America), 1971-1973

Box/Folder 12 : 6-7

Other, 1969-1973

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence sent to Shirley Stark from a variety of other POW/MIA and peace advocacy groups, including the Allied War Prisoners Rescue Mission, American Friends Service Committee, Inc., Rescue Line, and POW/MIA Families for Immediate Release, among others.
Box/Folder 12 : 8

Petitions [blank] and sample letters, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes blank petitions produced by various advocacy groups addressed generally to heads of state and governments of the world (and specifically to the President of Vietnam and Xuan Thuy of the North Vietnamese Delegation to the Paris Peace Talks) appealing for adherence to the Geneva Conventions in relation to the treatment and release of POWs. Also included are addresses of foreign dignitaries and press for letter-writing campaigns, as well as sample letters.
Box/Folder 13 : 1-3

US government, 1968-1973

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence sent to Shirley, Susan, and William Stark from The White House, the Department of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the Veterans Administration. Also includes instructions and forms for applying for insurance benefits under the Social Security Act and for compensation for those who were POWs in Vietnam.
Box/Folder 13 : 4

Notes and drafts, circa 1967-1973

Scope and Contents note

Shirley Stark's (mostly) handwritten notes and drafts of outgoing correspondence. Includes drafts of letters to her husband in Vietnam, as well as to politicians and military personnel regarding the POW situation in Vietnam.
Box/Folder 13 : 5

Subject File, 1980-1981

 

Iran hostage bracelet project

Scope and Contents note

Includes a copy of a letter from Ken Taylor, who was the Canadian ambassador to Iran during the Iran hostage crisis, to Barbara Wyatt, publisher of We Came Home (a book honoring Vietnam POWs), thanking her for sending a copy of the book and referencing a hostage bracelet he received. An excerpt from We Came Home is included. There are also two informational sheets about the Voices for Freedom hostage bracelet project, an order form (which references the Vietnam POW/MIA bracelets), and photocopies of newspaper articles about the hostage crisis and the bracelet project.
Box 13, 21

Photographs, undated

Box/Folder 13 : 6

William Stark

Box/Folder 13 : 7, Box/Folder 21 : 1

Family and friends

Box/Folder 13 : 8

Navy and POW-advocacy

Box/Folder 13 : 9

Negatives and slides

Box 20-21

Oversize Material, 1967-1972

 

Scrapbooks, 1967-1972

Scope and Contents note

Consists of five scrapbooks, organized chronologically, one of which appears to have been created by Gladys Stark (mother of William Stark). Mainly filled with newspaper clippings, the scrapbooks also contain some correspondence, invitations, photographs, programs, and newsletters. Loose material from the front and back of each scrapbook was placed into an envelope and kept with the relevant scrapbook.
Box 14, 21

Memorabilia, circa 1970s

 

Awards, 1970, 1974

Box/Folder 14 : 1

Coronado Floral Association, 1970 April

Scope and Contents note

Certificate and second prize ribbon from the Coronado Flower Show awarded to 465 "C" Ave (Shirley Stark's address) for home front.
Box/Folder 21 : 2

Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, 1974 February

Scope and Contents note

Mounted honor certificate given to William Stark in the category of Singing American POWs, 1973, "an outstanding achievement in bringing about a better understanding of the American way of life."
Box/Folder 14 : 2

Name tags and patch, circa 1973

Scope and Contents note

Includes Navy visitor badges for Shirley, Susan, and Gladys Stark; name tags for Shirley and William Stark for the Vietnam Veterans Homecoming Celebration; and an Operation Homecoming Flight to Freedom patch.
 

POW advocacy, undated

Scope and Contents note

Consists of items produced by POW advocacy groups and sold to raise awareness about the POW situation in Vietnam.
Box/Folder 14 : 3

Bracelets, undated

Scope and Contents note

The bracelets are engraved with the names of POW/MIA American soldiers (including Commander Stark) and the date they were captured or went missing. Many of the individuals who bought and wore these bracelets corresponded with the families of the soldiers and eventually returned the bracelets to the soldier when he was released.
Box/Folder 14 : 4-5

Bumper stickers, undated

Scope and Contents note

Also includes bumper stickers in support of President Nixon.
Box/Folder 14 : 6

Pin-back buttons, undated

Box/Folder 14 : 7

Stickers and stamps, undated

Box/Folder 14 : 8

Returned parcels packaging, 1967, 1971-1972

Scope and Contents note

Outer packaging and tags for care packages sent by Shirley Stark to William Stark while he was in captivity that were refused by the Vietnam Postal Service.
Box 15-19

Printed Matter, 1963-1974

Scope and Contents note

Some of these items were originally attachments to letters (many sent by the Department of the Navy) that had been separated from the original letters and thus placed with other printed matter.
Box/Folder 15 : 1

Air Force and Space Digest, "The Forgotten Americans of the Vietnam War: A Special Report on POWs," 1969 October

Box/Folder 15 : 2

All Hands, 1972-1973

Scope and Contents note

Two issues of this publication of the Bureau of Naval Personnel: October 1972 and June 1973.
Box/Folder 15 : 3

The Amphibian, 1970

Scope and Contents note

Bi-weekly publication mailed to all ships and units of the Pacific Fleet Amphibious Force by the Force Public Affairs Office. Includes two issues: October 2, 1970 and December 11, 1970.
Box/Folder 15 : 4

Bridge & Bay: The Coronado Magazine, Summer 1973

Box/Folder 15 : 5

Bureau of Social Science Research, Inc., 1963

Scope and Contents note

Includes two papers: "Necessary, Permissible, and Obligatory Discourse with Captor Personnel," by Albert D. Biderman, August 1963; and "Roles--Not Rules--For the POW," by Dr. Edgar H. Schein, September 1963.
Box/Folder 15 : 6

Commanders Digest, 1970

Scope and Contents note

Published by the Department of Defense. Includes Vol. 8, No. 8, May 23, 1970; Vol. 8, No. 11, June 13, 1970; and Vol. 8, No. 15, July 11, 1970.
Box/Folder 15 : 7

Congressional bills and resolutions, 1969

Scope and Contents note

Includes the following bills and resolution related to the Vietnam conflict, specifically pertaining to POWs: H.R. 9485, March 25, 1969; H.R. 9486, March 25, 1969; H.R. 9487, March 25, 1969; and H. Con. Res. 360, September 17, 1969.
Box/Folder 15 : 8

Congressional committee prints, 1970, 1972

Scope and Contents note

Includes the following:
Annual Report for the Year 1969, House Committee on Internal Security, 91st Congress, 1970.
The Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War With Reservations, if Any, by Governments Participating in Hostilities in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos , House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on National Security Policy and Scientific Developments, 91st Congress, 1970.
The Human Cost of Communism in Vietnam, Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee to Investigate the Administration of the Internal Security Act and Other Internal Security Laws, 92nd Congress, 1972.
Communist Treatment of Prisoners of War: A Historical Survey, Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee to Investigate the Administration of the Internal Security Act and Other Internal Security Laws, 92nd Congress, 1972.
Box/Folder 15 : 9-10

Congressional hearings, 1971-1973

Scope and Contents note

Includes the following:
Hearing on Problems of Prisoners of War and Their Families Before the Committee on Armed Services, 91st Congress, March 6, 1970.
American Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia, 1970, Hearings Before the Subcommittee on National Security Policy and Scientific Developments of the Committee on Foreign Affairs , 91st Congress, April 29, May 1, 6, 1970.
American Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia, 1971, Hearings Before the Subcommittee on National Security Policy and Scientific Developments of the Committee on Foreign Affairs , 92nd Congress, March 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, April 1, 6, 20, 1971.
American Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia, 1971, Hearings Before the Subcommittee on National Security Policy and Scientific Developments of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Part Two , 92nd Congress, June 29, August 3, September 28, 1971.
The Human Cost of Communism in Vietnam, II: The Myth of No Bloodbath, Hearing Before the Subcommittee to Investigate the Administration of the Internal Security Act and Other Internal Security Laws of the Committee on the Judiciary , 93rd Congress, January 5, 1973.
Box/Folder 16 : 1

Congressional Record, 1969-1971

Scope and Contents note

Includes Vol. 115, No. 149; Vol. 116, No. 18; an excerpt from February 18, 1970; Vol. 116, No. 183; and Vol. 117, No. 33.
Box/Folder 16 : 2

Current Foreign Policy, "The United States and the People's Republic of China," 1971 August

Box/Folder 16 : 3

Department of Defense, 1964, 1969, 1972, 1973

Scope and Contents note

Includes two pamphlets and two booklets: Code of the U.S. Fighting Man, 1964; Revised Uniformed Services Health Benefits Program, 1969; Information Pamphlet for Families of United States Servicemen Who Are Prisoners of War or Are Missing in Action in Southeast Asia , 1972; and Employment Assistance for Repatriated POW Personnel, January 1973.
Box/Folder 16 : 4

Department of the Navy, 1969-1973

Scope and Contents note

Includes three booklets: Missing in Action and Prisoners of War Family Information, 1969; Missing in Action and Prisoners of War Family Information, 1970; and Egress Recap: Comeleven Plan for the Repatriation of Prisoners of War and Other Detained Navy Personnel from Southeast Asia, 1972. Also included are a printout of recovered prisoners of war, 1973, and a list titled "Fitness Report Information," circa 1973, which were originally tucked inside the Egress Recap booklet.
Box/Folder 16 : 5

Fighting Man's Bible, Life Publications, 1967

Box/Folder 16 : 6

The Forge, 1974 April

Scope and Contents note

Published by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, San Diego County Women's Chapter.
Box/Folder 16 : 7

In Brief for the P.O.W., a Catch-up on News from Missing Years, 1973

Box/Folder 16 : 8

Ladycom, 1970 March

Scope and Contents note

"The magazine serving military and diplomatic ladies around the world."
Box/Folder 16 : 9

Life, 1971-1972

Scope and Contents note

Includes excerpts from two issues:
"These Men Had Dropped from Sight," February 12, 1971.
"When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again - or Doesn't," "It's Like Planning to Get Married Again," and "No Bells for Peace," November 10, 1972.
Box/Folder 16 : 10

The Link, 1973 July

Scope and Contents note

A magazine for armed forces personnel.
Box/Folder 16 : 11

My God, How Can It Be?, Holmes, Joseph R., 1967

Box/Folder 16 : 12

Navy Wifeline, Spring 1970

Box/Folder 16 : 13

North Islander, 1973-1974

Scope and Contents note

Includes two issues: Vol. XXX, No. 26, July 6, 1973; and Vol. XXXI, No. 10, January 25, 1974.
Box/Folder 16 : 14

The Prisoner of War Problem, 1970 December 28

Scope and Contents note

Special analysis published by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.
Box/Folder 16 : 15

"Questions About the POWs...Before We Make Them Heroes," an Indochina Peace Campaign Report, circa 1973

Box/Folder 16 : 16

Trident, 1973 April

Scope and Contents note

The professional magazine of the Brigade of Midshipmen.
Box/Folder 17 : 1

U.S. News & World Report, 1973

Scope and Contents note

Includes excerpts from two issues:
"Was Vietnam Worth It?," April 2, 1973.
"How the POW's Fought Back," John S. McCain III, May 14, 1973.
Box/Folder 17 : 2

Veterans Administration, 1969-1973

Scope and Contents note

Informational booklets provided by the VA to Commander Stark upon his return from Vietnam. Titles include:
National Service Life Insurance: Information and Premium Rates for RH Policies for Service-Disabled Veterans, September 1969.
Servicemen's Group Life Insurance Certificate, September 1970.
Pointers for the Veteran Homeowner, May 1971.
Questions & Answers on Guaranteed and Direct Loans for Veterans, May 1971.
To the Home-Buying Veteran, July 1972.
Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents, January 1973.
Box/Folder 17 : 3

Viet-Nam Information Notes, 1970 April

Box/Folder 17 : 4

The Voice of POWs and MIAs, 1972-1973

Scope and Contents note

Published by VIVA (Voices in Vital America). Includes five issues: Vol. I, No. 2, October 1972; Vol. I, No. 3, November 1972; Vol. II, No. 1, January/February 1973; Vol. II, No. 3, April 1973; and Vol. II, No. 6, August/September 1973.
Box/Folder 17 : 5

Miscellany, 1967-1973, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes the following:
Blank postcards depicting the Washington [D.C.] Hilton and the ROA's Minute Man Memorial, undated.
Flyer in support of Bob Wilson's campaign for Congress, undated.
"Send a Letter to North Vietnam," Red Cross PSA, undated.
Reproduction of a political cartoon by Jeff MacNelly for The Richmond News Leader featuring a North Vietnamese man on a tricycle with a sweater that reads "Jane Fondle for President," undated.
"My Turn: Col. Robinson Risner. A POW Replies," undated.
"P.O.W.S. And Now a Darker Story," undated.
"SVNLNF's Policy Towards the Officers and Men in the U.S. and Alien Army," The South Vietnam National Front for Liberation, undated.
"Our Policy Toward U.S. and Satellite Prisioners [sic] of War in South Vietnam," The High Command of the South Vietnam Liberation Armed Forces, undated.
"A Prayer for Prisoners," Kelly, James W., Rear Admiral, CHC, USN, Chief of Chaplains, undated.
"A Litany for Peace," undated.
"A Litany for Our POWs and MIAs," undated.
"World Famous Fighting Falcons Social Roster," October 2, 1967.
"Social Revolution for the Military," Schweitz, Bob, March 20, 1968.
"North Vietnam Camp Regulations," February 15, 1969.
"Mrs. O'Grady Is a Widow," Look Magazine, May 5, 1970.
Excerpt from "Protocol to the Agreement on Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Viet-Nam Concerning the Return of Captured Military Personnel and and Foreign Civilians and Captured and Detained Vietnamese Civilian Personnel," from the treaty "Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Viet-Nam," circa 1973.
"It Was a Long Time Between Shows: A Former POW Tells How Television Changed During the Years He Was a Captive, Terry, Clifford, TV Guide, July 21, 1973.
Box/Folder 17 : 6

Newsletters, 1967, 1970, 1973

Scope and Contents note

Includes the following: USS Enterprise Family Newsletter, March 10, 1967; Cross Beams, First United Methodist Church, April 1970; Michigan City DeMolayan, circa 1973; and Mig Sweep, Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association, Spring 1973.
 

Newspapers and clippings, 1966-1978

Scope and Contents note

Newspapers and clippings collected by Shirley Stark about American POWs in Vietnam and their eventual release. Largely from The San Diego Union and The Evening Tribune, there are also some clippings from other local papers, such as The Coronado Reminder and The Coronado Journal, as well as out-of-state and national newspapers. The bulk of the clippings are from 1973 and cover the return of the POWs and their stories about their time in Vietnam.
Box/Folder 17 : 7

Chicago Sunday Sun-Times, Viewpoint section, 1973 December 23

Box 19

San Diego Union, "News in Capsule for Armed Forces," 1967-1973

Box 19

San Diego Union, selected articles, 1973 January-April

Scope and Contents note

Consists of articles from The San Diego Union (and some from The Evening Tribune) about POWs and their release clipped and stapled together by Shirley Stark almost daily from January 23 - April 3, 1973.
Box/Folder 17 : 8

Vietnam Courier, 1967-1968

Scope and Contents note

Four issues: No. 119, July 17, 1967; No. 143, December 25, 1967; No. 164, May 13, 1968; and No. 195, December 16, 1968.
Box/Folder 17 : 9-10

William Stark and family, circa 1969-1975

Box/Folder 17 : 11

Family and friends of POWs, 1969-1973

Box/Folder 17 : 12

POW advocacy and support, circa 1969-1973

Scope and Contents note

Includes selection of articles about H. Ross Perot and his attempts to deliver supplies to POWs in Vietnam.
Box/Folder 18 : 1-2

POW release and return, 1973, 1978

Scope and Contents note

Includes selected articles about James Stockdale.
Box/Folder 18 : 3

Vietnam War and POWs/MIAs, general, circa 1966-1974

Box/Folder 18 : 4

Press releases, 1969-1971

Scope and Contents note

Selected news releases from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs), as well as one press release from the United States Mission to the United Nations. Other news releases can be found as attachments to correspondence received from the Department of the Navy, Bureau of Naval Personnel.
Box/Folder 18 : 5

Programs, 1967-1974

Box/Folder 18 : 6

Reprints, 1969-1973

Scope and Contents note

Includes the following:
"Excerpts from Remarks by Honorable James D. Hittle, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Navy Federal Credit Union." Original speech delivered August 29, 1969.
"At Least I Know Jim's Alive," Wylie, Evan McLeod, reprinted from Good Housekeeping Magazine. Original issue date: February 1970.
"Release and Repatriation of Vietnam Prisoners," Havens, Charles W., III, reprinted from American Bar Association Journal. Original issue date: January 1971.
"P.O.W.'s Withdrawal Key to Prisoner Release," Hersh, Seymour M., reprinted from Journal-Herald, Dayton, Ohio. Original issue dates: February 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 1971.
"Inside the Prisons of Hanoi," Stockstill, Louis R., reprinted from Reader's Digest. Original issue date: April 1971.
"Greater Love Hath No Man: Eight Years of Commentary on American Prisoners of War and Americans Missing in Action," reprinted from The San Diego Union, 1973. Contains text of articles published in that paper from October 1965 to March 1973.
"Mystery of Missing GI's," reprinted from U.S. News & World Report. Original issue date: June 18, 1973.
Box/Folder 18 : 7

Speech transcripts, 1969-1973

Scope and Contents note

Includes the following transcripts:
"Briefing Outline for Remarks by Captain G.E. Hill, Public Affairs Officer, COMNAVAIRPAC, Prestented to the Wives of NAVAIRPAC Naval Aviators Deployed to the Western Pacific," undated.
"News Briefing, Bethesda Naval Hospital," [news briefing held by returned POWs Lt. Robert Frishman and Seaman Douglas Hegdahl], September 2, 1969.
"Public Opinion Influences Hanoi - You Are Public Opinion," written by Sybil Stockdale for use by members of the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia (also includes sample questions and answers and speaking suggestions), circa 1970.
"Remarks by Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Chief of Naval Operations, at the Navy Luncheon for the National League of Families Navy Next of Kin," September 28, 1971.
"Challenge My Sermon," Cole, Dr. Edward B., November 7, 1971.
"When They Return: Plans for PW/MIA Repatriation Detailed," Nutter, G. Warren, 1972.
"A Service of Thanksgiving and Prayer for Our Prisoners of War and Those Missing in Action," Capen, Richard G., Jr., March 11, 1973.
"A Shot in the Arm for America," Capen, Richard G., Jr., March 27, 1973.
Also included is a guide for public speaking engagements for the returned POWs with suggestions of topics to cover.