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Rutherford Vincent Brice, 19 years old, in flight outfit [1945]

Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Korean War, 1950-1953; World War, 1939-1945; Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Branch of Service: Navy; Army
  • Service Unit/Ship: C Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division; Operations Section, II Corps; 114th Assault Helicopter Company; MACV AFRS Vietnam; CASU-14 (Carrier Aircraft Service Unit)
  • Location of Service: Pacific Theater
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/5397

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"I was one of those, I would say, fortunate blacks. I was one of the fortunate 143 'experimental' blacks who were sent to the Aviation Machinists Mate school." (Audio Interview, 2:05)

Rutherford Brice spent almost 25 years in the armed forces, first in the segregated Navy, where he lucked into a position as an aviation machinist. Then, after attending college, he joined the Army just in time to head off to the Korean War, this time as a commissioned officer. Through tours of duty that took him around the world, including two tours of Vietnam, he broadened his skill set, taking full advantage of every career possibility he was offered.

Rutherford Vincent Brice Collection
Interview / Recording

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About this Item

Title

  • Rutherford Vincent Brice Collection

Names

  • Brice, Rutherford Vincent
  • Brown, William F.
  • Wallace, Frederick C.
  • AARP, Georgia

Home State

  • Georgia

Headings

  • -  Brice, Rutherford Vincent
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Navy.
  • -  Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.
  • -  Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Male

Race

  • Black or African American

Status

  • veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Navy
    • Service Unit/Ship: CASU-14 (Carrier Aircraft Service Unit)
    • Location of Service: Pacific Theater
    • Dates of Service: 1942-1946
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: veteran
    • Service History Note: In 1950 veteran became the first ROTC graduate from Morgan State College.
  • Korean War, 1950-1953

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Service Unit/Ship: C Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division
    • Military Status: veteran
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Service Unit/Ship: Operations Section, II Corps; 114th Assault Helicopter Company; MACV AFRS Vietnam
    • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
    • Military Status: veteran

Materials

  • Audio: Audio Cassette [2 items] -- Oral history interview (collected 2003-04-22)
  • Audio: CD [1 item] -- Reference copy (collected 2003-04-22; 2006-03-17)
  • Computer File: Floppy Disk [1 item] -- Electronic file of manuscript (collected 2003-04-22; 2006-09-03)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Transcription of audio recording (collected 2003-04-22)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/5397

Cite as

  • Rutherford Vincent Brice Collection (AFC/2001/001/5397), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • audio
  • image
  • online text

Additional Metadata Formats

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Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Brice, Rutherford Vincent, William F Brown, Frederick C Wallace, and Georgia Aarp. Rutherford Vincent Brice Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.05397/.

APA citation style:

Brice, R. V., Brown, W. F., Wallace, F. C. & Aarp, G. (1942) Rutherford Vincent Brice Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.05397/.

MLA citation style:

Brice, Rutherford Vincent, et al. Rutherford Vincent Brice Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.05397/>.