A Guide to the John A. Coulter Collection on Richard T. Shea, Jr., 1944-2001 Coulter, John A. Collection on Richard T. Shea, Jr. Ms2000-090

A Guide to the John A. Coulter Collection on Richard T. Shea, Jr., 1944-2001

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2000-090


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2000-090
Title
John A. Coulter Collection on Richard T. Shea, Jr., 1944-2001 (Bulk, 1944-1955)
Physical Characteristics
0.2 Cubic Feet 1 box
Creator
Coulter, John A., II, Lieutenant Colonel, 1953-
Language
English
Abstract
The collection contains information gathered by Lieutenant Colonel John A. Coulter II while he was researching the life and military service of Richard T. Shea, Jr. The materials include biographical information about Shea from the 1940's and 1950's and writings from the second half of the 20th century about him and the Battle of Pork Chop Hill.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the John A. Coulter Collection on Richard T. Shea, Jr. must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: John A. Coulter Collection on Richard T. Shea, Jr., Ms2000-090, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The John A. Coulter Collection on Richard T. Shea, Jr. was donated to Special Collections in 2000.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the John A. Coulter Collection on Richard T. Shea, Jr. was completed in January 2016.


Biographical Note

First Lieutenant Richard T. Shea, Jr. was born on January 3, 1927 in Portsmouth, Virginia and died on July 8, 1953 during the Battle of Pork Chop Hill in Sokkogae, Korea. He attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1944-45 before entering the United States Military Academy at West Point. He graduated from West Point in 1952 before serving in the United States Army. At the time of his death he was a First Lieutenant and was Executive Officer for Company A of the 17th Infantry Regiment of the United States Army. The circumstances surrounding his death during the July 1953 Battle of Pork Chop Hill in Sokkogae, Korea led to his being posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

Lieutenant Colonel John A. Coulter, II was born July 15, 1953 in Prince George, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1976. During the 1990s, Coulter wrote a number of articles on the history of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. In 2001, he published a book about Virginia Tech's Medal of Honor recipients and took over the role of Corps Historian.

Scope and Content

The collection contains information gathered by Lieutenant Colonel John A. Coulter II while he was researching the life and military service of Richard T. Shea, Jr. The materials include biographical information about Shea from the 1940's and 1950's and writings from the second half of the 20th century about him and the Battle of Pork Chop Hill. The earliest materials concern Shea's time in military academies including Virginia Polytechnic Institute and the United States Military Academy (West Point). These include academic records and descriptions of Shea's performance on the West Point track team. Also included are declassified records of Shea's military service and historical information about the Battle of Pork Chop Hill during the Korean War. There are multiple memorials about his life and service including the text of the memorial from the ceremony where he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. There is also a draft of Chapter 15 "Bells of Love, Sounds of War" from Coulter's book Ut Prosim "Above & Beyond": The Story of Virginia Tech's Medal of Honor Recipients. Most of the items in the collection are photocopies of original documents.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in files by subject and the files are in roughly chronological order.


Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Korean War, 1950-1953
  • Medal of Honor
  • University Archives
  • University History
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • Persons:

  • Coulter, John A., II, Lieutenant Colonel, 1953-
  • Shea, Richard T., Jr., First Lieutenant, 1927-1953

Contents List

Box-Folder 1-1
Time in school, 1944-1990 (Bulk, 1944-1959)
Box-Folder 1-2
Photographs, n.d.
Box-Folder 1-3
Military records, 1935-1953
Box-Folder 1-4
Battle of Pork Chop Hill, 1953, n.d.
Box-Folder 1-5
Correspondence, 1992-1998
Box-Folder 1-6
Newspaper articles, 1955
Box-Folder 1-7
Book chapters, n.d.
Box-Folder 1-8
Memorials, 1955-1991
Box-Folder 1-9
Draft of Chapter 15 from Ut Prosim "Above & Beyond": The Story of Virginia Tech's Medal of Honor Recipients, n.d.

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Coulter, John A., II, Lieutenant Colonel, 1953-
  • Shea, Richard T., Jr., First Lieutenant, 1927-1953