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Bryan Grigsby Collection (1048) Finding Aid
Item Number: 10480000000   (Click For More Item Information)
 Collection

Photographs, audiotape, printed material, and drawings document Bryan Grigsby's service with DASPO in Vietnam. The collection includes the Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine of January 31, 1998, which featured a photo essay, '20 Years of Vietnam' by Grigsby, 'DASPO: The Inside View, 1968-1969,' cartoons drawn by Grigsby, and an audiotape of a firefight recorded by Grigsby, at the French National Cemetery outside Saigon, May 6, 1968. Also present in the collection is material arranged by Grigsby to cover three subjects: 1. Grigsby's first combat operation with the 25th Infantry Division: Operation Tran Hung Doa II in February, 1968. 2. Material gathered by Grigsby during the post - Tet offensive in May, 1968. 3. Text of DASPO power point presentation written by Grigsby and his wife, Susan Van Dongen. Also included are personal recollections of Grigsby's regarding Tran Hung Doa and the May (1968) offensive. The collection also includes a wide assortment of equipment used by Grigsby while in the field in Vietnam. Also added to the collection is a VHS copy of 'Vietnam Veterans Issues and Answers' episode # 96: 'Combat Photographer'.

Added: 28 Oct 2002[Updated: 30 Sep 2019]
DASPO Critique-Still - re: 25th Infantry Division - 200-35C-68-VN - 29 February 1968
Item Number: 10480102002   (Click For More Item Information)
 Document

[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 15 March 1968

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 03 Feb 2003[Updated: 23 Apr 2010]
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Original sketches and cartoons - DASPO: the inside view, 1968-69
Item Number: 10480101001   (Click For More Item Information)
 Document

[Number of Pages: 48]

Author(s): Bryan K. Grigsby

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 18 Nov 2002[Updated: 30 Sep 2010]
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Cover and Article from INQUIRER: The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine - 20 Years of Vietnam: A Photographer's Portfolio from Tet To Penn's Landing (by Bryan K. Grigsby) - How Hollywood Fought the War (by Desmond Ryan)
Item Number: 10480101003   (Click For More Item Information)
 Document

[Number of Pages: 8]

Item Creation Date: 31 January 1988

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 18 Nov 2002[Updated: 30 Sep 2010]
Item is Copyrighted - It is not available outside the VNCA building
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Original Captions of Still Shots Taken During Operation Tra Hung Doa - DCS-200-35C-68-VN
Item Number: 10480102003   (Click For More Item Information)
 Document

[Number of Pages: 5]

Item Creation Date: 29 February 1968

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 03 Feb 2003[Updated: 09 Oct 2018]
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Personal Narrative - Seeing the Elephant: Operation Tran Hung Doa II, 28 February 1968
Item Number: 10480102001   (Click For More Item Information)
 Document

[Number of Pages: 6]

Author(s): Bryan Grigsby

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 03 Feb 2003[Updated: 23 Apr 2010]
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Safe-Conduct Pass - Chieu Hoi 'Open Arms' Pass
Item Number: 10480102004   (Click For More Item Information)
 Document

[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 29 February 1968

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 03 Feb 2003[Updated: 23 Apr 2010]
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Note from Bryan Grigsby Discussing Thunder Magazine
Item Number: 10480102005   (Click For More Item Information)
 Document

[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 03 Feb 2003[Updated: 03 Feb 2003]
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Thunder! Vol. 1, No. 1
Item Number: 10480102006   (Click For More Item Information)
 Document

[Number of Pages: 36]

Item Creation Date: Fall 1968

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 04 Feb 2003[Updated: 04 Feb 2003]
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Personal Narrative - The 1968 May Offensive
Item Number: 10480103001   (Click For More Item Information)
 Document

[Number of Pages: 6]

Author(s): Bryan Grigsby

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 04 Feb 2003[Updated: 23 Apr 2010]
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Griffith's Guerrillas - cartoon sketch of soldiers with cameras
Item Number: 10480103002   (Click For More Item Information)
 Document

[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 04 Feb 2003[Updated: 23 Apr 2010]
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Griffith's Guerrillas Membership Certificate - Motto: We're Right Behind You Sir!
Item Number: 10480103003   (Click For More Item Information)
 Document

[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 14 May 1968

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 04 Feb 2003[Updated: 23 Apr 2010]
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DASPO Critique-Still - ARVN ABN Repel NVA/VC Attack on Saigon filmed on 6 May 1968 - 200-77C-68-VN
Item Number: 10480103004   (Click For More Item Information)
 Document

[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 23 May 1968

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 04 Feb 2003[Updated: 23 Apr 2010]
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Original Captions of Still Shots Taken During the May Offensive of 1968
Item Number: 10480103005   (Click For More Item Information)
 Document

[Number of Pages: 3]

Item Creation Date: 6 May 1968

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 04 Feb 2003[Updated: 09 Oct 2018]
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Propaganda Leaflets Found During the May 1968 Offensive
Item Number: 10480103006   (Click For More Item Information)
 Document

[Number of Pages: 8]

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 04 Feb 2003[Updated: 04 Feb 2003]
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Handwritten note and Book Excerpt from 'Vietnam: The Decisive Battles'
Item Number: 10480103007   (Click For More Item Information)
 Document

[Number of Pages: 3]

Author(s): John Pimlott

Item Creation Date: 1990

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 04 Feb 2003[Updated: 23 Apr 2010]
Item is Copyrighted - It is not available outside the VNCA building
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DASPO Introduction - Text from PowerPoint
Item Number: 10480104001   (Click For More Item Information)
 Document

[Number of Pages: 6]

Author(s): Bryan Grigsby and Susan Van Dongen

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 04 Feb 2003[Updated: 30 Sep 2010]
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U.S. Army Special Photographic Detachment Pacific (DASPO) - Standing Operating Procedures
Item Number: 10480105001   (Click For More Item Information)
 Document

[Number of Pages: 36]

Item Creation Date: 1 May 1968

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 17 Mar 2003[Updated: 12 May 2015]
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Copy of photograph and caption - SP4 Bryan K. Grigsby records sounds of combat in the French National Cemetary
Item Number: 10480101002   (Click For More Item Information)
 Document

[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 06 May 1968

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 23 Apr 2010[Updated: 30 Sep 2010]
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Patches
Item Number: 1048museum0733   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

[Number of Pages: 1]

Rank and unit patches. Worn on shoulder and sleeve of uniform 1969. SPS Bryan Grigsby

Item Creation Date: 1969

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 19 Feb 2003[Updated: 19 Nov 2013]
Button
Item Number: 1048museum0815   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

[Number of Pages: 1]

Vietnam Veterans Against The War Button. Collected by Grigsby during the Gainsville 8 Trial in August 1973.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 03 Apr 2003[Updated: 19 Nov 2013]
Veterans Issues and Answers, Episode # 96: Combat Photography
Item Number: 1048VI1819   (Click For More Item Information)
 Moving Image

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 510. Vietnam Veterans Issues and Answers, episode # 96: Combat Photographer. Episode includes an interview with Bryan K. Grigsby.

Item Creation Date: 28 October 1995

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 11 Mar 2005[Updated: 15 Apr 2016]
Item is Copyrighted - It is not available outside the VNCA building
Hawaii Army Weekly (Public Affairs Office, U.S. Army Western Command)
Item Number: 1048Newspaper611555   (Click For More Item Information)
 Newspaper

NOT DIGITIZED

[Number of Pages: 12]

Volume: 3

Issue: 36

Publication Date: 8 November 1968

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 04 Mar 2019[Updated: 04 Mar 2019]
The Hurricane (16th Public Information Detachment, II Field Force Vietnam)
Item Number: 1048Serial611211   (Click For More Item Information)
 Serial

NOT DIGITIZED

[Number of Pages: 29]

Publication Date: March 1968

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 04 Mar 2019[Updated: 04 Mar 2019]
Patches
Item Number: 1048museum0734   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

[Number of Pages: 1]

Rank and unit patches. Worn on shoulder and sleeve of uniform 1969. SPS Bryan Grigsby

Item Creation Date: 1969

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 19 Feb 2003[Updated: 19 Nov 2013]
Plastic sleeve
Item Number: 1048museum0735   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

[Number of Pages: 1]

Handmade plastic sleeve to hold items needed in shooting assignments in Vietnam. Protected these items from sweat that generally soaked my uniform when out in the field. BKG 1. Slate card used to ID each roll of film. 2. Lens Tissue 3. Copy of mission orders, etc. to show host unit officers if

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Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 19 Feb 2003[Updated: 19 Nov 2013]
Pen
Item Number: 1048museum0736   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

[Number of Pages: 1]

Bic Pen taken off the body of Viet Cong Officer Killed on 28 Feb. 1969 outside Long Binh Combat Base by members of Company 'B', 2nd Bn, 18th Inf., 1st Inf. Div. The string attached to the pen was originally about 4 inches long and was tied to a safety pin. While Communist soldiers (Viet Cong) did

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Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 19 Feb 2003[Updated: 19 Nov 2013]
Pocket calendar
Item Number: 1048museum0737   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

[Number of Pages: 1]

Pocket calendar from U.S. Army Library Service.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 19 Feb 2003[Updated: 19 Nov 2013]
Notebook folder
Item Number: 1048museum0738   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

[Number of Pages: 1]

Notebook folder that originally contained that originally contained DASPO Standing Operating Procedures.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 19 Feb 2003[Updated: 19 Nov 2013]
Lens papers
Item Number: 1048museum0760   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

[Number of Pages: 1]

Lens papers

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 26 Mar 2003[Updated: 19 Nov 2013]
C-ration packet
Item Number: 1048museum0761   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

[Number of Pages: 1]

C-ration packet containing sugar, salt, instant coffee, creamer, and a book of matches

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 26 Mar 2003[Updated: 19 Nov 2013]
US Army sewing kit
Item Number: 1048museum0762   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

[Number of Pages: 1]

US Army sewing kit

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 26 Mar 2003[Updated: 19 Nov 2013]
AC adapters
Item Number: 1048museum0763   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

[Number of Pages: 1]

AC adapters

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 26 Mar 2003[Updated: 19 Nov 2013]
Can opener
Item Number: 1048museum0764   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

[Number of Pages: 1]

Can opener

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 26 Mar 2003[Updated: 19 Nov 2013]
Tumbler
Item Number: 1048museum0765   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

[Number of Pages: 1]

Collapsable aluminum tumbler

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 26 Mar 2003[Updated: 19 Nov 2013]
Pocket flashlight
Item Number: 1048museum0766   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

[Number of Pages: 1]

Pocket flashlight

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 26 Mar 2003[Updated: 19 Nov 2013]
Silverware kit
Item Number: 1048museum0767   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

[Number of Pages: 1]

Silverware kit

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 26 Mar 2003[Updated: 19 Nov 2013]
Canteen
Item Number: 1048museum0768   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

[Number of Pages: 1]

Army issue green plastic canteen

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 26 Mar 2003[Updated: 19 Nov 2013]
Knife with sheath
Item Number: 1048museum0769   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

[Number of Pages: 1]

Knife and sheath

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 26 Mar 2003[Updated: 19 Nov 2013]
Shoulder holster
Item Number: 1048museum0770   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

[Number of Pages: 1]

Army issue leather shoulder holster

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 26 Mar 2003[Updated: 19 Nov 2013]
Lunasix 3 light meter with case
Item Number: 1048museum0771   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

[Number of Pages: 1]

Lunasix 3 Light meter with neck cord and one half of the plastic carrying case.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 26 Mar 2003[Updated: 19 Nov 2013]
Towel
Item Number: 1048museum0772   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

[Number of Pages: 1]

Army issue green cotton towel

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 26 Mar 2003[Updated: 19 Nov 2013]
Toiletry bag
Item Number: 1048museum0773   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

[Number of Pages: 1]

Toiletry bag

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 26 Mar 2003[Updated: 19 Nov 2013]
Minolta 35mm camera
Item Number: 1048museum0774   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

[Number of Pages: 1]

Minolta 35mm camera

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 26 Mar 2003[Updated: 19 Nov 2013]
Portable Olympia typewriter
Item Number: 1048museum0775   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

[Number of Pages: 1]

Portable Olympia typewriter

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 26 Mar 2003[Updated: 19 Nov 2013]
Satchel bag
Item Number: 1048museum0776   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

[Number of Pages: 1]

Satchel bag carried by Grigsby

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 26 Mar 2003[Updated: 19 Nov 2013]
Backpack
Item Number: 1048museum0777   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

[Number of Pages: 1]

Backpack with external frame collected by Grigsby in Honolulu.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 26 Mar 2003[Updated: 19 Nov 2013]
Army Combat Photographer
Item Number: 1048VI0987   (Click For More Item Information)
 Moving Image

This film examines some of the conditions and challenges faced by the Army's Combat Photographers. Footage from several combat situations, including Tet '68.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 27 Mar 2003[Updated: 15 Apr 2016]
Firefight: French National Cemetery, May 6, 1968
Item Number: 1048AU0801   (Click For More Item Information)
 Audio

This recording is the sounds of war recorded by Specialist Bryan K. Grigsby (DASPO), at the French National Cemetery located outside of Saigon between Plantation Road and Tan Son Nhut Airbase. The battle was between elements of the ARVN 1st Airborne Headquarters and elements of the 104th Brigade,

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Item Creation Date: 06 May 1968

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 28 Oct 2002[Updated: 20 Nov 2013]
Patches
Item Number: 1048museum0731   (Click For More Item Information)
 Museum Object

[Number of Pages: 1]

Rank and unit patches. Worn on shoulder and sleeve of uniform 1969. SPS Bryan Grigsby

Item Creation Date: 1969

Collection: Bryan Grigsby Collection

Association: Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)

Added: 19 Feb 2003[Updated: 19 Nov 2013]