Preston L. Mabe papers, 1966-1972

Overview of the Collection

Mabe, Preston LeRoy
Preston L. Mabe papers
1966-1972 (inclusive)
1 cubic feet, (1 custom box (16" x 13.5") and 1 oversized box (15.5" x 11.5"))
Collection Number
MG 476
Preston L. Mabe was an American soldier who served in U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He worked for the 10th Pyschological Operations (PSYOPS) Battalion developing propaganda materials. This collection includes a scrapbook from his time in the military and a PSYOPS guidebook.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
Telephone: 2088850845
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Preston LeRoy (Lee) Mabe was born October 5, 1942 in Pocatello, Idaho. He graduated from the University of Idaho in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Two months after graduating he received a draft notice and was sent to Fort Lewis, Washington for training. He entered the U.S. Army infantry, graduating from the U.S. Army Special Warfare School in Fort Bragg, North Carolina in October 1967.

In 1968, Mabe was sent to Vietnam, where he served with the 10th Psychological Operations Battalion. While there he worked with the Propoganda Development Center (PDC). The PDC developed leaflets and tapes used to try and persuade members of the Viet Cong to return to the Vietnam government. Mabe was honorably discharged from the army in July 1967.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The primary material in this collection includes a scrapbook from Mabe's time serving in Vietnam between 1966-1967. Also in the collection is a guide book and media guide for the 10th Pyschological Operations Battalion. This includes propaganda leaflets with translations and guidelines for creating such materials.

Other materials include a poster in Vietnamese, some mailers, a Psyops form, and a couple of items in Vietnamese (one with a drafted translation).

Note that the scrapbook has unrelated photographs interspersed throughout.

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Preferred Citation

[DESCRIPTION OF ITEM], Preston L. Mabe papers, MG 476, Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, ID

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Materials transferred from College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences in 2017. (MA 2017-20 and MA 2017-23)

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 US Army Infantry Officer Candidate School Graduation Book 7 July 1967
1 2 US Army Training Center undated
1 3 Reminiscence of time in Psyops in Vietnam undated
1 4 10th Psychological Operations Battalion Guidebook and Media Guide (1 of 2) undated
1 5 10th Psychological Operations Battalion Guidebook and Media Guide (2 of 2) undated
2 6 Miscellaneous Propaganda Materials 1968-1969
2 7 Scrapbook 1966-1972

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Subject Terms

  • Propaganda
  • Psychological warfare
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975