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E. Thomas Billard Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: PJM
Date: 13 Dec 2016

Biographical History

Edmund Thomas Billard (1946- ) is a former American military officer, a native of McLean, New York and a 1981 MBA graduate from Syracuse University. He was born in Catskill, NY.

Following his graduation from Cornell University in June 1968, Billard enlisted in the Army in July 1968. He attended Basic and Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Dix, New Jersey and then Engineer Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Following completion of the Engineer OCS course in June 1969, he received a commission in Military Intelligence and was assigned to the Army Security Agency. He served with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and volunteered to go to Vietnam, where he served from August 1970 to May 1971. While serving in Vietnam, Billard, in addition to writing traditional letters, sent a number of voice tapes recording his observations and travels during his tour of duty. Following the completion of his military service commitment, Billard left the Army in May 1971.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The E. Thomas Billard Papers includes audio cassette recordings, correspondence, photographs and other memorabilia from Billard's service in Vietnam and in the years immediately following.

Correspondence includes both written letters and audio recordings between Billard and his family in Upstate New York.

Memorabilia includes photographs and slides. Most are from Billard's tour in Vietnam but some are from trips to Thailand and Germany. The slides were received in two carousel boxes; one of these contained a loaded carousel, the other contained individual slides, some in smaller boxes as they would have come from the developer, others loose in the box. There is also a 25th Infantry military yearbook.

Miscellaneous includes military documents relating to Billard's service.

Arrangement of the Collection

Correspondence tapes are arranged chronologically. Other material is alphabetical by type or topic.


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Billard, E. Thomas.

Corporate Bodies

United States. -- Army. -- Infantry Division, 25th.


Soldiers' writings, American.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975.


Australia, Southeastern.
Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
Upstate New York (N.Y.)

Genres and Forms

Military records.
Paper money.
Slides (photographs)
Sound recordings.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

E. Thomas Billard Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of E. Thomas Billard, 2015, 2020.

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Note on alternate formats:

Many of the audiorecordings have been digitized and are available via SCRC Online, our digital portal, in the E. Thomas Billard Papers collection.