Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Persian Gulf War Era, 1990-2001; Cold War
  • Branch of Service: Coast Guard
  • Unit of Service: Joint Task Force
  • Location of Service: Cape May, New Jersey; Petaluma, California; New York City, New York; Detroit, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Washington, DC; Portsmouth, Virginia; Port au Prince, Haiti; Auckland, New Zealand
  • Highest Rank: Master Chief Petty Officer

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"It goes back to what my mother had said, "Nothing’s going to change unless you do it." (Audio interview, 25:22)

Inspired by his older brother, Vincent William Patton III attempted to enlist in the Navy in 1972--only to mistakenly walk into the Coast Guard recruiting office. Following a discussion with his parents, he committed whole-heartedly to the Coast Guard, despite the racist treatment he received aboard ship during the earliest years of his career. Rising in the ranks, he was chosen as a senior enlisted advisor on a joint task force to send troops into Haiti--the first person from the Coast Guard to ever serve in such a capacity. From 1998 to 2002, he served as Master Chief of the Coast Guard, and focused his tenure on developing a branch-wide culture of diversity and support for Coast Guards of all races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations.

Vincent William Patton, III Collection
Interview / Recording

About this Item

Title

  • Vincent William Patton, III Collection

Names

  • American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER)
  • Estes, Steve
  • Patton III, Vincent William
  • Ballard, Lara

State of Birth

  • MI

Home State

  • VA

Headings

  • -  Patton III, Vincent William
  • -  Cold War -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Coast Guard.
  • -  Persian Gulf War Era, 1990-2001 -- Personal Narratives

Repository

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

Gender

  • Male

Race

  • Black or African American

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • Cold War

    • Branch of Service: Coast Guard
    • Unit of Service: Joint Task Force
    • Location of Service: Cape May, New Jersey; Petaluma, California; New York City, New York; Detroit, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Washington, DC; Portsmouth, Virginia; Port au Prince, Haiti; Auckland, New Zealand
    • Highest Rank: Master Chief Petty Officer
    • Dates of Service: 1972-2002
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: Veteran
  • Persian Gulf War Era, 1990-2001

    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 4/23/2004)
  • Audio: Audio Cassette [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 4/23/2004)
  • Manuscript: Clippings [2 items] -- Typewritten document (collected 2000 - 2002)
  • Manuscript: Biographical information [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected unknown)
  • Manuscript: Printed matter [2 items] -- Typewritten document (collected unknown)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/43230

Cite as

  • Vincent William Patton, III Collection (AFC/2001/001/43230), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • audio
  • image
  • pdf

Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

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Citing VHP Materials

Please use the following formats when citing Veterans History Project materials (substituting the appropriate name and collection ID number).

Materials as a whole:

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

Manuscript material:

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

Recording:

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

Photograph:

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

Computer file:

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

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), 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:

American Veterans For Equal Rights, Steve Estes, Vincent William Patton Iii, and Lara Ballard. Vincent William Patton, III Collection. 1972. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.43230/.

APA citation style:

American Veterans For Equal Rights, Estes, S., Patton Iii, V. W. & Ballard, L. (1972) Vincent William Patton, III Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.43230/.

MLA citation style:

American Veterans For Equal Rights, et al. Vincent William Patton, III Collection. 1972. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.43230/>.