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  • Related Collections
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Title: Richard A. Stratton papers
    Date (inclusive): 1946-2015
    Date (bulk): 1952-1990
    Collection Number: 75044
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English, French, Spanish, and German
    Physical Description: 26 manuscript boxes, 3 videocassette boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 1 audio cassette box, 1 card file box, 4 motion picture film reels, 1 oversize tube (21.1 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, memoirs, speeches and writings, interview transcripts, memoranda, conference proceedings, flight logs, military records, personal documents, printed matter, and audiovisual material relating to American prisoners of war and persons missing in action during the Vietnam War, and to the treatment of released prisoners in North Vietnam. Includes some papers of Alice M. Stratton, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for forces support and family, and wife of Richard A. Stratton.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Stratton, Richard A., 1931-
    Contributor: Stratton, Alice M.


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items, computer media, and digital files. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos, films, or digital files during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual or digital material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Richard A. Stratton papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1975, with increments received in 1978, 1993, 2013, and 2015.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Related Collections

    Maerose J. Evans papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia miscellany, Hoover Institution Archives
    Paul B. Ryan papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Shirley Mae Stark papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Sybil Bailey Stockdale papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Juliene Williams papers, Hoover Institution Archives

    Biographical Note


    1931 October 14 Born, Quincy, Massachusetts
    1947-1948 Enlisted in Massachusetts National Guard
      Assigned Private in the 211th Calvary Reconnaissance Squadron
    1952-1954 Attended Oblate College
    1955 Bachelor of Arts, History and Government, Georgetown University
      Enlisted in Navy as naval aviation cadet
    1957 Designated Naval Aviator
    1958-1962 Joined Carrier Air Group Nine, Attack Squadron Ninety-four aboard USS Ranger; deployed to Western Pacific
      Commissioned Lieutenant
    1959 April 4 Married Alice M. (Robertson) Stratton
    1962 Assigned to Naval Reserve Office Training Corps Unit Stanford
    1964 Master of Arts, International Relations, Stanford University
      Commissioned Lieutenant Commander
      Assigned as aide and executive assistant to the Deputy Direction, Joint Strategic Planning Staff, Strategic Air Command Headquarters, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska
    1966 Joined Carrier Air Wing Nineteen, Attack Squadron One Ninety-two; deployed aboard the USS Ticonderoga to Tonkin Gulf, Southeast Asia
    1967 January 5 Captured as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam within Fourth Allied POW Wing, Hanoi, North Vietnam
    1969 May Commissioned Commander
    1973 March 3 Released as part of Operation Homecoming
    1973-1975 Executive Officer of Naval Plant Representative Office, Strategic Systems Project Office, Lockheed Missiles and Space Company
    1975 Assigned Commanding Officer, Navy Recruiting District, New York, East Meadow
      Commissioned Captain
    1977-1979 Commander, Recruiting Area Five, Great Lakes NTS, North Chicago, Illinois
    1979-1981 Deputy for Operations, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland
    1981-1986 Director, Naval Academy Preparatory School, NETC, Newport Rhode Island
    1986 Retired from active duty
    1988 Master of Social Work, Rhode Island College, School of Social Work
    1989-1995 Chairman, Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Prisoners of War
    1997-2001 Contract counselor for sailors and families at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia and Naval Station Mayport, Florida
    2001 Retired

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Richard A. Stratton papers consist of correspondence, speeches and writings, memoranda, interview transcripts conference proceedings, printed matter, and audiovisual material relating to American prisoners of war and persons missing in action during the Vietnam War, and to the treatment of released prisoners in North Vietnam. The collection includes some papers of his wife, Alice M. Stratton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Force Support and Families (sometimes also referred to as "Personnel and Families"). The collection reflects Stratton's career both as a Navy pilot and social worker, as well as Alice Stratton's work for families of Naval officers and American POWs.
    The Military Career File contains material relating to Richard Stratton's work in the Navy before and after the Vietnam War, including his Navy recruitment and courses he taught. The Alice M. Stratton File includes letters she received in response to a letter-writing campaign she conducted on behalf of Richard Stratton, as well as material relating to her work as deputy assistant secretary of the Navy after the Vietnam War. The Photographs series includes scenes of Stratton as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam's "Hanoi Hilton," as well as photographs by American photojournalist Lee Lockwood taken for Life magazine.
    Throughout the collection, Richard A. Stratton is also referred to as "Dick" and "The Beak."

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    United States. Navy--Officers.
    United States. Navy Department.
    Prisoners of war.
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Prisoners and prisons, North Vietnamese.