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Arthur J. Van Puymbrouck Collection (1915) Finding Aid

Item Number: 19150000000
 Collection

Scope and Contents

Less than one linear foot of personal correspondance, photographs, Purple Heart and Bronze Star Awards, and books detail Arthur Van Puymbrouck's military service in Vietnam with the 25th Infantry Division.

Dates

  • 01 February 2007

Biographical / Historical

Arthur J. Van Puymbrouck was born in 1945 in Duluth, Minnesota. Van Puymbrouck was accepted into the Air Force on a delayed entry when he was drafted. The draft board would not wait for the Air Force delayed entry so Van Puymbrouck joined the US Army, beginning a two year service contract. He attended Basic and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Dix, New Jersey from 30 October 1967 through March 1968, at which point he transferred to NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer) School at Ft. Benning, Georgia. In June of that year, Van Puymbrouck returned to Ft. Dix as a Squadron Leader until he was shipped to Vietnam ranked as a Staff Sergeant (SSG) Squadron Leader for 1st Platoon, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. On 21 January 1969, Vanpuymbrouck became the Ammunitions Chief for Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) of the 2nd/12th/25th Infantry Division.

During his service, Van Puymbrouck received the following medals: Bronze Star with V, four Purple Hearts, National Defense Service Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon. In 1969, Van Puymbrouck was discharged from the US Army as a Staff Sergeant E-6. He then served as a police officer in Seattle, Washington, for over 25 years until his retirement.

Title
Finding Aid
Length (Linear Feet)
0.5
Pages
1
Location(s)
D112.7D; D111.7B; Library; Photograph Collection
3
Books

Tropic Lightning: A History of the 25th Infantry Division
Tropic Lightning Combat Art, Volume IV, July-December 1968
Vietnamese Phrase Book, Department of the Army Pamphlet, July 1962

1
Photographs

VA049816 - VA049829: 14 photographs document Arthur Van Puymbrouck's tour of duty in Vietnam with the 25th Infantry Division

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  • Box 1: [1] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D112.7D ]]
  • Box 2: [2] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D111.7B Oversize ]]

Inventory

  • Personal correspondance dated: 12 January, 1968 through 5 June, 1969
  • Purple Heart Awards
  • Bronze Star Award
  • Honorable Discharge and other various recognitions
  • 5 Tropic Lightning Newspaper clippings; 16 September, 1968 and 4 November, 1968
  • Sansui speaker advertisment
  • Bronze Star Award
  • 25th Infantry participation certificate holder
  • 11 November, 1968 Tropic Lightning Newspaper clipping
  • Akai 4-track recorder advertisment
  • 5 Purple Heart Award holders
  • 25th Infantry Division participation certificate
3
Books

Tropic Lightning: A History of the 25th Infantry Division
Tropic Lightning Combat Art, Volume IV, July-December 1968
Vietnamese Phrase Book, Department of the Army Pamphlet, July 1962

1
Photographs

VA049816 - VA049829: 14 photographs document Arthur Van Puymbrouck's tour of duty in Vietnam with the 25th Infantry Division

Click here to view all Photographs

Pub Credit Line
19150000000, Arthur J. Van Puymbrouck Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 01 Feb 2007 [Updated: 20 Sep 2016]