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Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Korean War, 1950-1953; World War, 1939-1945; Vietnam War, 1961-1975; Cold War
  • Branch of Service: Air Force; Army Air Forces/Corps
  • Service Unit/Ship: Sciences, Office of Scientific Research, Headquarters United States Air Force; Plans and Operations, Air Force Research Division (Office of Aerospace Research), Air Research and Development Command; 51st Tactical Air Control Wing (TCW); European Air Transport Service; Analysis Division, Research Directorate, Headquarters, Air Force Special Weapons Center; California Radiation Laboratory (Lawrence Radiation Laboratory); Headquarters Air Force Special Weapons Center
  • Location of Service: Pine Bluff, Arkansas; Lubbock Army Air Field, Texas; Harlingen Army Air Field, Texas; Tarrant Army Air Field, Texas; Laughlin Army Air Field, Texas; Laredo Army Air Field, Texas; Ellington Army Air Field, Texas; Eglin Field, Florida; Germany; Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Livermore, California; Washington, DC; Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland
  • Highest Rank: Captain; Lieutenant Colonel; Major; Brigadier General
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/76474

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Raymond Arthur Gilbert Collection
Interview / Recording

About this Item

Title

  • Raymond Arthur Gilbert Collection

Names

  • Gilbert, Raymond Arthur
  • Courtnage, Lee
  • OASIS of Albuquerque, New Mexico

Home State

  • New Mexico

Headings

  • -  Gilbert, Raymond Arthur
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army Air Forces/Corps.
  • -  Cold War -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Air Force.
  • -  Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Air Force.
  • -  Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Air Force.

Repository

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

Gender

  • Male

Race

  • White

Status

  • veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Army Air Forces/Corps
    • Location of Service: Pine Bluff, Arkansas; Lubbock Army Air Field, Texas; Harlingen Army Air Field, Texas; Tarrant Army Air Field, Texas; Laughlin Army Air Field, Texas; Laredo Army Air Field, Texas; Ellington Army Air Field, Texas; Eglin Field, Florida
    • Highest Rank: Captain
    • Dates of Service: 1941
    • Entrance into Service: Drafted
    • Military Status: veteran
    • Service History Note: The veteran served as an instructor pilot. As an aviation cadet, the he met actress Eleanor Parker who appeared in "Soldiers in White" and would later go on to play Baroness Elsa Schraeder in "The Sound of Music."
  • Cold War

    • Branch of Service: Air Force
    • Service Unit/Ship: 51st Tactical Air Control Wing (TCW); European Air Transport Service
    • Location of Service: Germany
    • Highest Rank: Major
    • Entrance into Service: Commissioned
    • Military Status: veteran
  • Korean War, 1950-1953

    • Branch of Service: Air Force
    • Service Unit/Ship: Analysis Division, Research Directorate, Headquarters, Air Force Special Weapons Center; California Radiation Laboratory (Lawrence Radiation Laboratory); Headquarters Air Force Special Weapons Center
    • Location of Service: Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Livermore, California
    • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
    • Entrance into Service: Commissioned
    • Military Status: veteran
    • Service History Note: The veteran served as first director and commander of the Air Force Weapons Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base. He then served as chief of the analysis division and later as director of the research directorate, Air Force Special Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base. He designed a fusion test device that was tested as part of Operation Teapot.
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975

    • Branch of Service: Air Force
    • Service Unit/Ship: Sciences, Office of Scientific Research, Headquarters United States Air Force; Plans and Operations, Air Force Research Division (Office of Aerospace Research), Air Research and Development Command
    • Location of Service: Washington, DC; Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland
    • Highest Rank: Brigadier General
    • Dates of Service: 1970
    • Entrance into Service: Commissioned
    • Military Status: veteran
    • Service History Note: The veteran severed as the Director of Laboratories for Air Force Systems Command (AFSC).

Materials

  • Audio: Audio Cassette [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 2010-06-03)
  • Manuscript: Biography [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 1970-04)
  • Manuscript: Biographical information [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 2010-05-18)
  • Photograph: Digital print [9 items] -- Photographs (collected 1941-1998)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/76474

Cite as

  • Raymond Arthur Gilbert Collection (AFC/2001/001/76474), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • audio

Additional Metadata Formats

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.

Veterans and interviewers contribute these materials to the Library for scholarly and educational purposes, retaining any copyright they may hold. Therefore, permission must be obtained before using the interview or other materials in exhibition or publication. Researchers or others who would like to make further use of these materials should contact the Veterans History Project for assistance.

As a publicly supported institution, the Library generally does not own rights to material in its collections. Therefore, it does not charge permission fees for use of such material and cannot give or deny permission to publish or otherwise distribute material in its collections. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item from the Library’s collections and for securing any necessary permissions rests with persons desiring to use the item.

Please contact us with questions.

Obtaining Copies of VHP Materials

In order for VHP materials to be duplicated, we must receive written permission from the interviewee for you to obtain a copy of the recording unless the proposed use is limited to personal use, research, or other uses permissible by copyright law. If the interviewee is deceased, their next-of-kin may grant written permission.

Please contact VHP for assistance if you need to contact a veteran for permission to use their materials in exhibition or publication, or if you have received permission from the veteran and need access to high-resolution copies of VHP collection materials.

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/[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:

Gilbert, Raymond Arthur, Lee Courtnage, and New Mexico Oasis Of Albuquerque. Raymond Arthur Gilbert Collection. 1941. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.76474/.

APA citation style:

Gilbert, R. A., Courtnage, L. & Oasis Of Albuquerque, N. M. (1941) Raymond Arthur Gilbert Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.76474/.

MLA citation style:

Gilbert, Raymond Arthur, Lee Courtnage, and New Mexico Oasis Of Albuquerque. Raymond Arthur Gilbert Collection. 1941. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.76474/>.