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Ben G. Crosby Collection (1936) Finding Aid
Item Number: 19360000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

Less than one linear foot of photographs, a training manual on finding and destroying Viet Cong tunnels, operation reports from the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry and the the 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry, document Ben G. Crosby's service in Vietnam. The materials date from the war era.

Added: 07 Mar 2007[Updated: 27 Apr 2007]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050274   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

A likely spot, notice the bamboo

Item Creation Date: July 1967

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 08 Mar 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050275   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

The author points out the hole

Item Creation Date: July 1967

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 08 Mar 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050276   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

A closer look, can you detect the hole?

Item Creation Date: July 1967

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 08 Mar 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050277   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Camouflage removed, the trapdoor is exposed

Item Creation Date: July 1967

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 08 Mar 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050278   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

The trapdoor is opened

Item Creation Date: July 1967

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 08 Mar 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050279   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

The 'Victor Charlie' comes out

Item Creation Date: July 1967

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 08 Mar 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050280   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

The enemy surrenders

Item Creation Date: July 1967

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 08 Mar 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050281   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

The hole as seen from above

Item Creation Date: July 1967

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 08 Mar 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050282   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Photograph of Viet Cong tunnel with cover installed

Item Creation Date: July 1967

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 09 Mar 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050283   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Photograph of the same tunnel with the cover removed

Item Creation Date: July 1967

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 09 Mar 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050284   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

The tunnel entrance as seen from above

Item Creation Date: July 1967

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 09 Mar 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050285   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

The trap door that covered the entrance

Item Creation Date: July 1967

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 09 Mar 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050286   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

V.C. tunnel with concrete cover after camouflage has been removed

Item Creation Date: July 1967

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 09 Mar 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050287   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

A Viet Cong breathing tube exposed to view

Item Creation Date: July 1967

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 09 Mar 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050288   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

A wicker breathing tube after being removed from the tunnel

Item Creation Date: July 1967

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 09 Mar 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050289   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Entrance to a beach hole with the cover removed

Item Creation Date: July 1967

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 09 Mar 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050290   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

The 'beach hole' with an entrance in the bamboo thicket

Item Creation Date: July 1967

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 09 Mar 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050291   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

A hospital complex unearthed near the beach showing the bamboo lattice-work used to reinforce the side walls.

Item Creation Date: July 1967

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 09 Mar 2007[Updated: 28 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050292   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

A poorly camouflaged secret tunnel with the cover exposed and the cover removed

Item Creation Date: July 1967

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 09 Mar 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050293   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

A Viet Cong tunnel lies hidden beneath these leaves

Item Creation Date: July 1967

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 09 Mar 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050294   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

A closer look at the concealed entrance

Item Creation Date: July 1967

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 09 Mar 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050295   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Removing part of the camouflage exposes the outlines of the trap door.

Item Creation Date: July 1967

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 09 Mar 2007[Updated: 28 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050296   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

The beveled edges of the door fit snuggly into the frame.

Item Creation Date: July 1967

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 09 Mar 2007[Updated: 28 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050297   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

The enemy decides to come out

Item Creation Date: July 1967

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 09 Mar 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050298   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

A V.C. tunnel hidden by a basket

Item Creation Date: July 1967

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 09 Mar 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050299   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Cut timber construction of a beach hole

Item Creation Date: July 1967

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 09 Mar 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050300   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

A typical bamboo clump showing the cut bamboo

Item Creation Date: July 1967

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 09 Mar 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050301   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

A V.C. tunnel concealed by rocks heaped upon a wire mesh cover

Item Creation Date: July 1967

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 09 Mar 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050302   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

A close up of the breathing tube

Item Creation Date: July 1967

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 09 Mar 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050902   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Building -- Nghia Hanh District, Aug 1971, Driving Piles Vietnamese Style

Item Creation Date: August 1971

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 27 Apr 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050903   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Building - Nghia Hanh District, August 1971, Driving Piles Vietnamese Style

Item Creation Date: August 1971

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 27 Apr 2007[Updated: 27 Apr 2007]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050904   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Building - Nghia Hanh District, August 1971, The Dam Nears Completion

Item Creation Date: August 1971

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 27 Apr 2007[Updated: 27 Apr 2007]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050905   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Building - Nghia Hanh District, August 1971, The Dam Nears Completion

Item Creation Date: August 1971

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 27 Apr 2007[Updated: 27 Apr 2007]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050906   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Helping Vietnamese Help Themselves, November 1971, Building Houses

Item Creation Date: November 1971

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 27 Apr 2007[Updated: 28 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050907   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Helping Vietnamese help Themselves, November 1971, A Safe Home for Refugees Soon.

Item Creation Date: November 1971

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 27 Apr 2007[Updated: 27 Apr 2007]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050908   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Helping Vietnamese help themselves, November 1971, The District Chief, Major Do, checks construction

Item Creation Date: November 1971

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 27 Apr 2007[Updated: 27 Apr 2007]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050909   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Major Do in camoflage inspects

Item Creation Date: September 1971

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 27 Apr 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050910   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Tools are old fashioned

Item Creation Date: September 1971

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 27 Apr 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050911   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Enemy territory to the west

Item Creation Date: September 1971

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 27 Apr 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050912   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Major Crosby gets two medals.

Item Creation Date: September 1971

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 27 Apr 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050913   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Major Crosby medal ceremony

Item Creation Date: September 1971

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 27 Apr 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050914   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Major Do speaks

Item Creation Date: September 1971

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 27 Apr 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050915   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

The 'yards' are happy.

Item Creation Date: September 1971

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 27 Apr 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050916   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Major Crosby's helicopter

Item Creation Date: September 1971

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 27 Apr 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050917   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Montagnard's and their families lived in our compound.

Item Creation Date: September 1971

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 27 Apr 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050918   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Montagnard's and their families lived in our compound.

Item Creation Date: September 1971

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 27 Apr 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050919   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

A Joint American-Vietnamese Picnic

Item Creation Date: September 1971

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 27 Apr 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050920   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

Major Crosby presents S.P. Ralph Casale with a Dubious Award.

Item Creation Date: September 1971

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 27 Apr 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
Photograph
Item Number: VA050921   (Click For More Item Information)
 Photograph

[Number of Pages: 1]

One of our interpreters enjoys an American beer.

Item Creation Date: September 1971

Collection: Ben G. Crosby Collection

Added: 27 Apr 2007[Updated: 22 Jan 2008]
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