Edmund H. Gleason Collection

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator -
Gleason, Edmund Hall, 1915-1986
Edmund H. Gleason collection
Date [inclusive]
1.0 Cubic feet , papers, photographs, scrapbooks, film
Material Specific Details note
Reels 1 and 2 of the Passage to Freedom film and the 1967 Vietnam film have been digitized (2010). The DVDs are in folder 13 and have also been copied onto a hard drive.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing,Michigan".

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Biographical Note

Edmund H. Gleason was born in Newton, Massachusetts and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1949 with a degree in Public Health. He joined the U.S. Navy and was promoted to Lieutenant (Medical Service Core) in 1951; to Lieutenant Commander in 1955; and to Commander in 1961. He retired from the Navy on July 1, 1970 with the rank of Commander. He served two tours in Vietnam (1954 and 1967 - 1968). He was involved with Operation Passage to Freedom from August - September 1954. Operation Passage to Freedom was the term used by the U.S. Navy to describe its transportation in 1954 - 1955 of 310,000 Vietnamese civilians, soldiers and non-Vietnamese members of the French Army from communist North Vietnam (the Democratic Republic of Vietnam) to South Vietnam (the State of Vietnam, later to become the Republic of Vietnam). He died on September 24, 1986 at the age of 71.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains flyers, posters, scrapbooks, photographs, slides and film related to the naval career of Commander Edmund Gleason.

Of particular note are the materials related to the U.S. Navy Passage to Freedom Operation in 1954. The Passage to Freedom material includes a photograph scrapbook of refugee camps, transport ships, and other related activities; 2 reels of film documenting the operation; Vietnamese political flyers and posters; newspaper clippings about the operation; and correspondence with his family.

There are also materials related to his tour in Danang, Vietnam in 1967-1968. These include film, slides, and a photo of the Preventive Medicine Staff.

The collection also includes materials related to the 1966 NEY Award competition (photo scrapbook) and materials related to fellow U.S. Navy officer Thomas A. Dooley (book and clippings).

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections December 2009

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  June 2010

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Immediate Source of Acquisiton

Sandra Gleason,HC 00830,1,cu. ft.,Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Vietnam -- History


  • Evacuation of civilians -- Vietnam (Democratic Republic)
  • Humanitarian assistance, American -- Vietnam
  • Operation Passage to Freedom, 1954-1955

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Collection Inventory


Passage to Freedom Operation 

Box Folder

Clippings 1954-1955 

1 1

Flyer (South Vietnamese) Circa 1954 

1 2

Introduction Speech for Passage to Freedom film Undated 

1 3

Poster Circa 1954 

1 4
Box Folder

Vietnam Tour 1967 - Slide Information 1967 

1 5

Dr. Tom A. Dooley 

Box Folder

Clippings 1961, Undated 

1 6

"Deliver Us From Evil" (Book) 1956 

1 7

Edmund H. Gleason 

Box Folder

Obituary 1986 

1 8

Resume Undated 

1 9

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Audio / Visual Materials 

Box Folder


1 10

Preventive Medicine Unit Staff 1967 


Box Folder

3 inch reel 8mm - Vietnam 1967 

1 11

6 inch reel 8mm - French Indo-China Passage to Freedom Reel 1 1954 

1 12

5 inch 8mm - French Indo-China Passage to Freedom Reel 2 1954 

1 12

Digital Media 

Box Folder

DVDs (6) - Digitized Versions of folder 11 and 12 2010 

1 13

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Scrapbook 1 - Passage to Freedom Operation 1954   Contains photos of refugee camps, ships, and other activities; correspondence with family

Scrapbook 2 - NEY Award Competition 1967   Contains photos of competition to determine best general mess in the U. S> Navy.

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Oversized Material 



17 1/2 x 25in. South Vietnamese poster (untranslated) Undated 

19 1/2 x 25 in. South Vietnamese poster ("Come to the south where there is prosperity and rich rice fields") 

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