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Philip G. Levesque slide collection Edit

Summary

Identifier
MCC-00432

Dates

  • 1967-1969 (Creation)
  • Date acquired: 2016/08/16 (Other)

Extents

  • 0.14 Cubic Feet (Whole)
    3 albums

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Notes

  • Biographical

    Philip G. Levesque, the son of Hercule Levesque and Jeannette Dube, was born in 1948 in Frenchville, Maine. Phil attended Dewey School in Frenchville up to the 8th grade and graduated high school in Madawaska in 1966. Phil was drafted in the military in 1967 and was sent to Vietnam during the Vietnam War. After the war, he married Karen Plourde of St. David and lived in Connecticut for a while. Coming back to Maine, Phil served as the Frenchville Town Manager from 1982 to 2011 when he retired. He served as the president of the Frenchville Snowmobile Club; served as administrator of the Northern Aroostook Regional Incinerator Facility; served as a board member of the Frenchville Historical Society.
  • Historical

    Vietnam War, (1954–75), a protracted conflict that pitted the communist government of North Vietnam and its allies in South Vietnam, against the government of South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States. Called the “American War” in Vietnam (or, in full, the “War Against the Americans to Save the Nation”), the war was also part of a larger regional conflict (see Indochina wars) and a manifestation of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union and their respective allies.

    At the heart of the conflict was the desire of North Vietnam, which had defeated the French colonial administration of Vietnam in 1954, to unify the entire country under a single communist regime modeled after those of the Soviet Union and China. The South Vietnamese government, on the other hand, fought to preserve a Vietnam more closely aligned with the West. U.S. military advisers, present in small numbers throughout the 1950s, were introduced on a large scale beginning in 1961, and active combat units were introduced in 1965. By 1969 more than 500,000 U.S. military personnel were stationed in Vietnam. Meanwhile, the Soviet Union and China poured weapons, supplies, and advisers into the North, which in turn provided support, political direction, and regular combat troops for the campaign in the South. The costs and casualties of the growing war proved too much for the United States to bear, and U.S. combat units were withdrawn by 1973. In 1975 South Vietnam fell to a full-scale invasion by the North.

    The human costs of the long conflict were harsh for all involved. Not until 1995 did Vietnam release its official estimate of war dead: as many as 2 million civilians on both sides and some 1.1 million North Vietnamese and Viet Cong fighters. The U.S. military has estimated that between 200,000 and 250,000 South Vietnamese soldiers died in the war. In 1982 the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C., inscribed with the names of 57,939 members of U.S. armed forces who had died or were missing as a result of the war. Over the following years, additions to the list have brought the total past 58,200. (At least 100 names on the memorial are those of servicemen who were actually Canadian citizens.) Among other countries that fought for South Vietnam on a smaller scale, South Korea suffered more than 4,000 dead, Thailand about 350, Australia more than 500, and New Zealand some three dozen
  • Scope and Contents

    This collection consists of 1,350 slides. The slides are mostly about the everyday life of Mr. Levesque while he was a soldier during the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1969. Also included are slides from different places in the US where Mr. Levesque was stationed and visited such as Fort Knox, Kentucky, San Francisco, Alaska, Mississippi, Washington and Oregon States. Mr. Levesque also has slides from Australia in 1969 and from his Maine home town of Frenchville.
  • Language of Materials

    Collection materials are in English.
  • Technical Access Restrictions

    A slide projector or a computer/scanner with slide viewing capabilities is needed to access this collection.
  • Restrictions

    None.
  • Copyright

    Copyright has been assigned to the Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes
  • Preferred Citation

    Philip G. Levesque slide collection, MCC-00432, Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes, University of Maine at Fort Kent
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Material was acquired from Phil Levesque in 2016.

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