From:  Steve Sevits

     Date:  August 3, 2016

Subject:  Lookiing for Items

August 02, 2016
The NYS military museum has several AFVN logo items (logo 1 - 5) which have been donated to them (thanks guys).
Attached find a picture of what they have and the item they need “AFVN pin” which I believe came as both a colored metal pin and I believe also as an embroidered cloth patch.
If anyone can donate pin or patch these would make a valuable addition to the forthcoming exhibit.
Questions, contact me.
Steve Sevits

-- Items Received --

    From:  Steve Sevits

     Date:  July 28, 2016

Subject:  AFVN Museum Exhibit

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Today I got a phone call from the NYS Military Museum.  A few months ago I donated an AFRS sport shirt with an unofficial embroidered logo, circa 1963.  A copy of the English language Observer with the article celebrating the first anniversary was also given to them.
The subject of today’s call was to advise me the museum is planning an exhibit on Viet Nam and a portion of the exhibit will include emphasis on AFRS/AFVN.  In a couple of weeks I’ll probably go to Saratoga Springs, the site of the museum, to discuss aspects of the proposed exhibit.  The museum is treating me as an “original source,” and as a portal to ALL of YOU, who were in broadcasting in Viet Nam.
The museum would like a patch and the AFVN pin which weren’t in use while I was there.  My donations to the museum and my experience in the museum field have put me close enough to the decision makers so that we who were involved in broadcasting in Viet Nam can actually exert influence over how the museum tells OUR story.  This has been my goal.  It’s our story and we have the right to have it told our way.
Currently I’m working on the possibility of raising funding so the museum can send somebody to Raleigh in September.  The museum is interested in interviewing AFVN people.  Rubbing shoulders with you guys and gals in Raleigh could be beneficial to all concerned.
In the near future the museum will assemble a “wish list” of things for their exhibit.  I do know that they will be looking for photos of facilities, people, etc.  As soon as more information is available on their needs, I’ll post new info.
Meanwhile, check your photos and artifacts.  This is a real opportunity for the AFRS/AFVN story to be told in a major museum.  Normally once one museum mounts a permanent exhibit and establishes an archive, it’s considered groundbreaking.  Other museums often come to them when they desire to do similar exhibitions or borrow artifacts from the original museum.  In essence by substantial input we are in effect exerting great influence over the AFVN story and how the public understands who we were and what we did.
Meanwhile if anyone has an AFVN pin they’d be willing to part with, it would be a very important contribution to the museum effort.
More later.  Comments, questions, etc. contact me.
Steve Sevits

character22@juno.com

Tel.: 518/766-2059 (eastern time)


New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center - 2

March - August 2015 & July - August 2016

AFVN Group Conversations

    From:  Jim White

     Date:  July 28, 2016

Subject:  AFVN Museum Exhibit

For everyone's information, following are (1) a message from Mark Kozoi, Curator at the NY State Military Museum. which I received through the AFVNVETS.NET webmaster address and (2) my reply. 
Jim W

[Both messages, dated July 27, 2016, are at the top of this page.]


    From:  Jim White

     Date:  July 30, 2016

Subject:  AFVN Images

Ron,
My apologies for not realizing that I was CC on your earlier message.
I forwarded your message as below but as best I can tell your message shouldn't have bounced.   I apologize for the change in font size but I hit the send button in error.   Since it appears that they want only 2 or 3 photos--I really don't know what they will use.
Too bad that you can't make the reunion.
Best wishes,
Jim W


    From:  Steve Sevits

     Date:  July 29, 2016

Subject:  AFVN Museum Exhibit

The museum is sending me a JPG of what they have received, just to be sure.


    From:  Jim White

     Date:  July 30, 2016

Subject:  AFVN Images

Ron Turner said that his message below had bounced and asked that I forward it to you.   All of the files and photos of Hue he is referring to are on the AFVN website at https://www.afvnvets.net/afvn-org-det5hue-story.html  They include the one of Hue which I recommended to you.  In his request to me, Ron added: "I figured the museum might want to make a quality large print. If you can contact them, please advise them of my willingness to send them, by mail if needed, a high resolution file of one or more of the Hue photos".
Jim W


    From:  Steve Sevits

     Date:  July 28, 2016

Subject:  AFVN Museum Exhibit

Thanks, it is time the museum guys and I started some record keeping.
Steve


    From:  Steve Sevits

     Date:  July 29, 2016

Subject:  AFVN Museum Exhibit

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Today another call from the museum and they are bringing in the big guns on the Viet Nam exhibit.  This one has been assigned to the chief curator which means they consider it very important.
The museum has received some AFVN pins, they’ll send me pix so we can be sure they have the right stuff.
As the Museum is funded by the state of NY, they asked for a listing of people from NY and any NY related people and events to include them.
It looks like we’re on our way.
Steve Sevits AFRS News Saigon 1963

character22@juno.com
518/766-2059


    From:  Steve Sevits

     Date:  July 28, 2016

Subject:  AFVN Museum Exhibit

I'll check when I see them.  Thanks for reminding me.
Steve


    From:  Paul Kasper

     Date:  July 28, 2016

Subject:  AFVN Museum Exhibit

Thanks, sir.  The pin belonged to Cal [LaMartiniere] so you have history with him.


    From:  Paul Kasper

     Date:  July 28, 2016

Subject:  AFVN Museum Exhibit

What about the items I donated- it included a pin and other items? 


    From:  Jim White

  Dated:  July 27, 2016

Subject:  AFVN Images for Exhibition

Dear Mark,
I can understand your wanting only 2 or 3 images but that's a tall order in that I have well over 10,000 images that ALL depict some aspect of AFVN.  How do I boil this down to 2 or 3?
Since you wrote via the AFVNVETS.NET contact page, I know that you are a little familiar with our website.  Therefore, I'm going to direct you to perhaps a half-dozen different photos/pages and you can further refine the list down to 2 or 3.
The group photo near the top of page https://www.afvnvets.net/afvn-photos---stories-1.html shows that were military as well as broadcasters.  The two "signs" behind everyone are (on the left) the MACV patch and (on the right) the AFVN badge.  This was taken in early 1971.
But the photo at https://www.afvnvets.com/s-ashley-30.html shows that we were broadcasters as well as military.  This was taken in November 1972 and shows our studio set up to show the results of the 1972 presidential elections.
The photo at https://www.afvnvets.net/afvn-history.html shows some soldiers out in the field listening to AFVN radio--the sounds of home.
We covered news, international and local, serious topics and the mundane:  Here is a photo of an AFVN crew videotaping VP Humphrey when he visited Saigon in 1966.  https://www.afvnvets.com/d-ellis-18.html  and then here is a photo of a local Vietnamese show being broadcast from Det 2, Da Nang.  https://www.afvnvets.net/afvn-org-det2.html  (scroll about half-way down).
And, at https://www.afvnvets.net/afvn-org-det5hue-story.html you can find a number of photos of what was left of Det 5, Hue, after it was overrun during TET '68.  In other, AFVN was not all wine and roses.
Please let me know if there anything more I can do to help.
Jim W
PS:  Somewhat in joking, but perhaps you should just setup a computer and browser directed to AFVNVETS.net and let people could "wander at will."

    From:  Ron Turner

     Date:  July 29, 2016

Subject:  AFVN Images

        To: Mark J. Koiziol

       CC:  Jim White

I have the original files and photos of Hue and would be happy to provide a high resolution scan or copy (sometimes I copy with a Leica Reprovit) of any of the Hue photos you might wish to use. Same holds true for the AFVN files of Hue that are in the same location on the web site. Regards, Ron


    From:  Steve Sevits

     Date:  December 14, 2016

Subject:  AFVN Quilt

This AFVN picture quilt, made by Ron and Joyce Hesketh, was purchased by Steve Sevits who could not get to the Raleigh Reunion.  Pictured are Steve (with the hat - on the left) and Mark Koziol of the  NYS Military Museum.  Steve bought the quilt for donation to the museum which is doing a Vietnam exhibit, including AFVN materials. 

The below photo  shows the entrance to the museum.

    From:  Mark J. Koziol

  Dated:  July 27, 2016

Subject:  AFVN Photos for Exhibit

I am Mark Koziol, curator at the NY State Military Museum.  The Museum is creating a permanent Vietnam War exhibition and we are looking for digital images depicting the AFVN.  Last year we had an AFVN veteran donate his jacket, patches and history of his years with the Armed Forces Vietnam Network so we wish to exhibit these items and tell the story of network.  Email me if you can help locate 2 or 3 images for the exhibition.

    From:  Steve Sevits

     Date:  August 1, 2015

Subject:  NYS Military Museum

Just now I looked over material from Jim White including correspondence between the NYS Military Museum and Paul Kasper for his emblem material (AFVN patch) donation to the museum.  Although the donation took place in May I was unaware of it until now.
Good show Paul, you deserve a public thanks.
To put the museum relationship into perspective, earlier this year was my first contact with this museum, but decades ago I did my graduate work at the Cooperstown Graduate Program which trains museum personnel.  This gives me some insight into the "rules of the road" in dealing with museums.
It turns out that an old school mate of mine heads a company which has made substantial donations in support of the NYS Military Museum and at the appropriate time I'm going to see if I can get them to underwrite the expenses of Mr. Morton of the museum staff for the purpose of attending the 2016 Raleigh Reunion.  I am of the opinion that rubbing shoulders and bending elbows with AFVN personnel could greatly assist him when it comes time to do an exhibit on Vietnam.  Having experience with "original source" personnel is a valuable experience for museum people..
 Decades ago when I was with a museum they were awash in funding, but today money is scarce so I'll have to rely on old school ties to solicit money for a museum representative to join us in Raleigh.
 Good information in your post Jim.  Anybody else who has any artifacts to contribute can directly contact:
 Christopher Morton
NYS Military Museum
61 Lake Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
 Thanks for the good work everybody.
 Steve Sevits