Gustav Edward Kappler Papers, 1951-2014

Collection Number: 7041

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Gustav Edward Kappler, papers, 1951-2014
Collection Number:
7041
Creator:
Gustav Edward Kappler, 1940-
Quantity:
.8 cubic feet
Forms of Material:
Photographs, manuscripts, audio recordings, ephemera.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Collection of color slides, tape recordings and transcripts describing the vascular surgeon's experiences during the Vietnam War.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Gustav Kappler, Cornell University Class of 1961, M.D. 1965, was a vascular surgeon during the Vietnam War.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Includes color slides, with a tape recording and transcript describing the slides, 1984; also a DVD of a presentation by Dr. Kappler and David Leeser given at Weill Auditorium on February 13, 2012 and a DVD with a Powerpoint presentation of the slides. Also tapes sent home, telegrams, and correspondence, 1970-1984; photograph albums; Vietnamese currency and other memorabilia; and manuscript draft for article.
Booklet compiled for the 2008 Reunion of staff from the Phu Bai/85th Evacuation Hospital, 1971/72, with information about their later lives. Folder of materials from the 2010 Reunion, including updates on their lives, CDs with photographs and songs, and information about Hilton Head.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Kappler, Gustav Edward, 1940-
Vietnam War Veterans Archives.

Subjects:
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975.
Surgeons.

Places:
Vietnam.

Form and Genre Terms:
Money.
Photographs.
Color Slides.
Telegrams.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Restrictions on Use:
Publication of written, pictorial, or recorded material prohibited without consent of donor.
Cite As:
Gustav Edward Kappler Papers, #7041. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
SERIES LIST

Series I. General Items Box 1-4
Series II. Tape Recordings tr. 4538 to tr. 4544; tr. 5173 to tr. 5178; tr. 5179a to tr. 5184a
Series III. DVD's, CD's Box 1: DVD-798, DVD-1150 & 1151 CD-418, CD-1643 & 1644

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Series I. General Items
Box 1 Folder 1
Patch - Regimental I-Corps (would not have been worn in Vietnam - too brightly colored)
Box 1 Folder 2
Passport
Box 1 Folder 3
Love beads, Broken Peace sign, St. Martha medal
Box 1 Folder 4
Insignia - crest from 85th Evac. (worn on shoulder), major's and medical pins, Vietnamese commendation
Box 1 Folder 5
Vietnam currency
Box 1 Folder 6
4 original cassettes, tr. 10158-10161 (copied onto seven reels, tr. 4538-4544) [NOT TO BE USED]
Box 1 Folder 7
Telegrams
1971
Box 1 Folder 8
Draft of article published in The Chatterbox, newsletter of WASAMA (Women's Auxiliary to the Student American Medical Association - Robin Kappler was National President)
Box 1 Folder 9
Letters home
1970-1971
Box 1 Folder 10
Photograph album
Box 2
Slides (5 boxes). Corrected carbon of slide talk transcript, April 6, 1984, tr. 4544
Box 3 Folder 1
Letters home from Cornell
1950s
Box 3 Folder 2
Letters home from Cornell
1958-1959
Box 3 Folder 3
Letters home from Cornell
1960-1961
Box 3 Folder 4
Letters home from Cornell
1962-1963
Box 4 Folder 1
Agent Orange Report
1990
Box 4 Folder 2
Vietnam Commemoration
n.d.
Box 4 Folder 3
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
n.d.
Box 4 Folder 4
Phu Bai Reunion, Hilton Head
2010
Box 4 Folder 5
Phu Bai Reunion
2006
Box 4 Folder 6
Group photo
n.d.
Box 4 Folder 7
Travel itinerary
2008
Box 4 Folder 8
Phu Bai Reunion
2014
Box 4 Folder 9
2008 reunion
2008
Series II. Tape Recordings
Reel-to-Reel Tapes
tr. 4538
Long Binh - first few days
tr. 4539
Phu Bai
tr. 4540
Phu Bai - side 1; Bob Hope - side 2
tr. 4541
Phu Bai later - side 1
tr. 4542
Phu Bai later - side 2
tr. 4543
Vietnam reminiscences, 3-8-84
tr. 4544
Vietnam slides, 4-6-84
tr. 5173
Gus Kappler
May 7, 1971
Vietnam War tape-recorded letters home - side 1- 3 3/4 ips
tr. 5174
Case
May 25, 1971
Steve Deressner - CU
Roger King - M.C.V. (we trained together)
Helene & Jimmy - sister
Ft. Carson H (EM) CORPORECTOMY
2 Digit midget = short; softball; leisure - at last
Background from Hooch Musk;
Gus Kappler - taped letters home, Vietnam War - side 1
tr. 5175
Gus Kappler
Aug. 16, 1970
Vietnam War Tape - recorded letters home sent to the Kapplers, III San Antonio, Texas - side 1
tr. 5176
Gus Kappler
Aug. 1970, Nov. 9 1970
Vietnam War tape - recorded letters home - sides 1 and 2
tr. 5177
Gus Kappler
Vietnam War tape - recorded letters home - sisters
Description - 85th, Pt. to Saigon
106 units - styrofoam
Arvan - hosp.
PACEX
Payoffs
Booby traps
There 1 month
Copper in background
Robin - side 1
tr. 5178
Gus Kappler
Vietnam War tape-recorded letters home -
CCN
Busy OR - Vietnamese hepatectomy
Bob - roommate
FNG
EM - enlisted man
Bob building
Building - Bob - side 1
Cassette Tapes
tr. 5179a
Gus Kappler
May 7, 1971
Vietnam War tape-recorded letters home - side 1- 3 3/4 ips
tr. 5180a
Case
May 25, 1971
Steve Deressner - CU
Roger King - M.C.V. (we trained together)
Helene & Jimmy - sister
Ft. Carson H (EM) CORPORECTOMY
2 Digit midget = short softball leisure - at last
Background from Hooch Musk;
Gus Kappler - taped letters home, Vietnam War - side 1
tr. 5181a
Guss Kappler
Aug. 16, 1970
Vietnam War Tape - recorded letters home sent to the Kapplers, III San Antonio, Texas - side 1
tr. 5182a
Gus Kappler
Aug. 1970, Nov. 9 1970
Vietnam War tape - recorded letters home - sides 1 and 2
tr. 5183a
Gus Kappler
Vietnam War tape - recorded letters home - sisters
Description - 85th, Pt. to Saigon
106 units - styrofoam
Arvan - hosp.
PACEX
Payoffs
Booby traps
There 1 month
Copper in background
Robin - side 1
tr. 5184a
Gus Kappler
Vietnam War tape-recorded letters home -
CCN
Busy OR - Vietnamese hepatectomy
Bob - roommate
FNG
EM - enlisted man
Bob building
Building - Bob - side 1
Series III. DVD's, CD's
Box 1 CD-418
85th Evac. 38th reunion - Napa
Box 1 CD-1643
Audio CD, Vietnam era music
Box 1 CD-1644
"Book list"(contains several different pdf files)
Box 1 DVD-798
Battlefield trauma
Box 1 DVD-1150
Vietnam combat trauma
Box 1 DVD-1151
Phu Bai Reunion