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1.   Overview of the Collection

Repository: McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi

Creator: Donated by Mr. Courtney L. Frobenius via Dr. Andrew Wiest between 2001 and 2002 and March 2015

Collection Number: M396

Collection Title: Frobenius (Courtney L.) Vietnam Research Collection

Size: 7.62 cubic feet

Language: English

Dates: 1868; circa early 1900s; 1940; 1948; 1956; Bulk Dates from 1962 – 1971; 1979; 1983 – 1989; 1993 – 2002; Undated

Collection Status: Processed

Abstract: The collection contains various material, medals, and pictures regarding The Vietnam War. Items range from photocopies of books to a number of reports to several correspondences to a number of oversized maps.

 

2. Subjects

The Vietnam War

 

3. Biographical/Historical Note

Mr. Courtney Lynn Frobenius was born on April 11, 1948 in Hays, Kansas in Ellis County. His parents were Bruce Richard Frobenius and Charene Lucrica Utt. His father was born in Lincoln, Kansas (western Kansas) and his mother was born in Downs, Kansas which is in central north Kansas. Frobenius’s father was from a long line of Germans, but his grandfather married, Cecil Pratt, a woman from Michigan with a B.A. in Music granted in 1912 by the University of Michigan. Frobenius has two brothers, Richard Michael Frobenius and Charles Patrick Frobenius. According to Courtney, “One retired from the post office and the other went fishing in Alaska.”

Courtney Frobenius attended Brookhurst Elementary School and Fremont Junior High School in Garden Grove, California. He then went to Sycamore Junior High School and Anaheim High School in Anaheim, California. He was the editor of the humor page for his high school newspaper. The high school was desegregated during his senior year. Also during this same year, Frobenius says that the body bags of the class of 1965 began to come back from Vietnam. He graduated in 1966 in a class of 1,000 students.

Courtney Frobenius served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1971 where he rose from the rank of Private to Captain. In December 1968, the twenty-year old Second Lieutenant joined Bravo Company, 3/60th Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division as an infantry platoon leader. On June 10, 1969, after five months and twenty days in continuous combat, he led his platoon through a minefield to save downed pilots who were being closed in upon by a North Vietnamese company. An explosion that sent Courtney skyward. He landed on his tailbone and was unable to hear. The medic, “Doc Harnek” of Moses Lake, Washington, was instantly upon Frobenius and informed him that he had been hit in his right leg by two large pieces of shrapnel. Frobenius was transported to three different hospitals: the 3rd Surgical Hospital in Dong Tam, the 29th Evacuation Hospital in Can Tho, and the 7th Field Hospital at Bien Hoa near Saigon He was eventually evacuated to the military hospital at Camp Oji, Japan. He spent three months recuperating and learned how to walk again. In August 1969, Frobenius returned to the United States. One year later in July 1970 Courtney Frobenius, now a captain, received his orders to return to Vietnam. He returned to Vietnam in September 1970 where he advised a Vietnamese Ranger Battalion, the 43rd, in the Mekong Delta and was People’s Self Defense Forces (PSDF) Advisor for the Phu Yen Province, MAVC Advisory Team 28, in II Corps. Later, he was the Regional Force/Popular Forces (district/provincial) Advisor. In September of 1971, after five years in the military, Frobenius requested and received an honorable discharge from the Army. He was twenty-three.

Courtney Frobenius received many awards for his service in Vietnam. He received the Combat Infantrymen's Badge, Airborne Wings, Ranger Tab, and Purple Heart. He also received five valor awards, the Silver Star, three Bronze Stars with “V” Devices, and an Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device. For Frobenius, one of the greatest honors he received was being commissioned a second lieutenant of infantry when he was just nineteen years old. He is truthful about his awards, “I did nothing which any other member of my command didn't do.”

After completing his service in the Army, Courtney Frobenius went to Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. He majored in English, foreign languages (Russian and Spanish), and philosophy from 1971 to 1976. He also attended Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana where he majored in aviation administration and political science. He graduated with a degree in political science.

He managed airports after graduating from Wichita State University. He was at Hulnam Field Airport from 1977-1979 in Terre Haute, Indiana and Hollywood Burbank Airport where he was Deputy Director from 1980-1982. He rebuilt the entire airport and transitioned it from Lockheed ownership into public ownership. He also worked at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, Arizona from 1982-1983 as Airport Manager. Frobenius also owned an advertising company, Frobenius and Associates, for ten years. He did advertising for clients in the Arizona, New Mexico, and Southern California Markets. In 1994, Frobenius with his then wife, Trang My Tran (Vietnamese order, Tran My Trang) established Vietnam-Indochina Tours, which takes veterans and others to Vietnam and the Indochina region.

Courtney Frobenius has one child from a prior marriage, Julianna Kathryn Frobenius. She was born in Sydney, Australia on December 28, 1980. Frobenius said that Julianna had to live through his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and that she was the reason why he did not give up on life.

Courtney Frobenius gathered the materials in this collection over his lifetime. He acquired some of the items in Saigon, Vietnam in the 1990’s, where he lived from 1994-1998. He also gathered materials when he was in Vietnam during the war from December 1968 through June 1969 and September 1970 through September 1971.

Frobenius was able to donate his collection to the McCain Library and Archives through a fellow 9th Infantry Division trooper, John Young. Young introduced Frobenius to Dr. Andrew Wiest, University Distinguished Professor of History and Founding Director of the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society at the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Southern Mississippi. Courtney Frobenius said, “I donated everything I have regarding Vietnam to USM because Andy is teaching something that is important to our future: if we cannot learn the lessons of past mistakes we will repeat them. Perhaps in some way my collection will aid in that end.”

Courtney Frobenius resides in the West Coast of the United States. He enjoys playing chess, gardening, and continuing his studies in both the Cold War and Vietnam War. When asked why Vietnam was still a lasting part of his life, he said, “All of us are touched by things in our lives, which remain the central focus of our lives… There was too much blood, too many awful memories, too much curiosity, and too many questions . . . and a fantastically beautiful land so different from my own that I could never leave this 6 months [behind]: these 6 months of my life became my life.”

 

4. Scope and Content Note

The Frobenius (Courtney L.) Vietnam Research Collection is a fascinating group of materials that give an in depth look into the Vietnam War and the Indochina region. The collection starts out with original written letters from various friends and family to Courtney Frobenius and correspondences to Dr. Andrew Wiest, professor at The University of Southern Mississippi, describing the contents that he collected. Following the correspondences are original certificates and medals that Frobenius was awarded for his service. From the Bronze and Silver Star to the Purple Heart are just a few examples of the types of certificates and medals that he was awarded.

Next are various documents such as War Ruminations, a speech from former Prime Minister Nguyen Cao Ky, Operational Reports, After Action Reports, and a number of copies from books, and typescripts of personal memoirs. Additionally, there are fundamentals of Infantry Tactics, copies of newspapers, booklets, and magazines. However, of all the documents in this collection, the Phu Yen Documents, according to Courtney Frobenius, “are the most worthy, the most revealing, the most informative and the most valuable from the standpoint of understanding American involvement—and consequent failure—in Vietnam” (Quote taken from document in Box 2, Folder 4). There are thirty-six Phu Yen documents that Frobenius donated.

Following the various documents are over a 1,000 photographs ranging in size from 3½ x 3½ to 12 x 15 to numerous negatives. Nineteen rolls of negatives have been transferred to contact sheets so the viewer could better observe the photograph. The photographs were either in albums or envelopes and were kept in original order.

There are also over 30 original and copies of oversized maps. The maps include the areas of China, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.

Ending the collection is Courtney Frobenius’ Purple Heart Pin, Purple Ribbon Bar, and Purple Heart Medal. Items are available to view; however, the Curator needs to be consulted to observe.

This collection should be of interest to researchers of American history or military history.

 

5. Arrangement

The collection is arranged as follows: original letters, certificates, medals, pins, ribbon bars, patches, various documents, copies of newspapers and books, magazines, Vietnamese currency, over a 1,000 photographs, and oversized maps of Vietnam and the Indochina area.

 

6. Related Material

Related collections at the University of Southern Mississippi include:

·         M265 Wheat (Roy M.) Papers

·         M498 Wiest (Andrew A.) Collection

 

7. Administrative Information

Provenance: Donated by Mr. Courtney L. Frobenius via Dr. Andrew Wiest between 2001 and 2002 and March 2015         

Use Restrictions: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Reproduction of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Provision of photocopies or digital reproductions does not constitute permission to publish, distribute, provide internet access to, or otherwise display images of materials in this collection. Copyright is retained by the lawful copyright holder, and it is the responsibility of the permission seeker to contact and secure permission from the copyright holder. Where copyright permission is not granted, images are only for use in private study subject to the Fair Use exceptions made in U.S. Copyright Law.

Access Restrictions: No estrictions       

Preferred Citation Method: In citing these materials, the following information should be included: Item, title of collection, McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi.

Processing Information: Collection reprocessed and finding aid written by Shawna Guidry on October 16, 2015. Original donation processed and finding aid written by Stacey Mallett.

Sources: 

  • Case file
  • Contents of the collection
  • E-mail correspondence with Courtney L. Frobenius

8. Photograph Log

Photograph Log Available

9. Container List

Box 1              

Folder 1         List of Documents in the Collection as Described by Courtney L. Frobenius [2001]

Folder 2         Correspondence: Original letters to Courtney L. Frobenius from Various Friends and Family [1968]

Folder 3         Correspondence: Copies of letters to Courtney L. Frobenius from Various Friends and Family [1968]

Folder 4         Correspondence: Original letters to Courtney L. Frobenius from Various Friends and Family [1969]

Folder 5         Correspondence: Original letters to Courtney L. Frobenius from Various Friends and Family Continues [1969]

Folder 6         Correspondence: Copies of letters to Courtney L. Frobenius from Various Friends and Family [1969]

Folder 7         Correspondence: Copies of letters to Courtney L. Frobenius from Various Friends and Family Continues [1969]

Folder 8         Correspondence: Original letters to Courtney L. Frobenius from Various Friends and Family [1970]

Folder 9         Correspondence: Copies of letters to Courtney L. Frobenius from Various Friends and Family [1970]

Folder 10       Correspondences between Ngo Dinh Diem and the President Eisenhower and President Kennedy [October 23, 1954; December 14, 1961]

Folder 11       Correspondence between Dr. Andrew Wiest, Brian, and Courtney L. Frobenius [Undated]

Folder 12       Letter by Julian Ewell-Contains Materials Related to Receiving a Presidential Unit Citation for Action in Vietnam, 9th Infantry Division [1964-1994]

Folder 13       Letter by Julian Ewell-Contains Materials Related to Receiving a Presidential Unit Citation for Action in Vietnam, 9th Infantry Division Continues [1964-1994]

Folder 14       Certificate: Courtney L. Frobenius’ Honorable Discharge Papers [February 11, 1968]

Folder 15       Certificate: Courtney L. Frobenius’ Award of the Bronze Star Medal for Heroism with V Device for Heroism in Ground Combat and General Orders for the Award [March 26, 1969]

                        (Medal to go along with the certificate is found in Box 2, Folder 3)

Folder 16       Certificate: Courtney L. Frobenius’ Award of the Air Medal for Meritorious Achievement While Participating in Aerial Flight [April 5, 1969]

                        (Medal to go along with the certificate is found in Box 2, Folder 3)

Folder 17       Certificate: Courtney L. Frobenius’ Award of the Bronze Star Medal First Oak Leaf Cluster with V Device for Heroism in Ground Combat and General Orders for the Award [April 9, 1969]

                        (Medal to go along with the certificate is found in Box 2, Folder 3)

Folder 18       Certificate: Courtney L. Frobenius’ Award of the Bronze Star Medal Third Oak Leaf Cluster with V Device for Heroism in Ground Combat and General Orders for the Award [May 7, 1969]

                        (Medal to go along with the certificate is found in Box 2, Folder 3)

Folder 19       Certificate: Courtney L. Frobenius’ Purple Heart Award for Wounds Received in Action and General Orders for the Award [June 11, 1969]

                        (Box 9)

Folder 20       Certificate: Courtney L. Frobenius’ Silver Star Award for Gallantry in Action and General Orders for the Award [June 20, 1969]

                        (Medal to go along with the certificate is found in Box 2, Folder 3)

Folder 21       Certificate: Copy of Courtney L. Frobenius’ Bronze Star Medal Third Oak Leaf Cluster for Meritorious Achievement in Ground Operations Against Hostile Forces [September 22, 1971]

Folder 22       Green Case [Undated]

Folder 23       Green Case [Undated]

Folder 24       Patches: M396R-001 to M396R-007 [Undated]

Folder 25       Patches: M396R-008 Copy 1 to M396R-018 [Undated]

 

Box 2              

Folder 1         Patches: M396R-019 Copy 1 to M396R-025 Copy 2 [Undated]

Folder 2         Pins and Ribbon Bars: M396R-027 Copy 1 to M396R-034 [Undated]

Folder 3         Medals: M396R-035 to M396R-040 [1969;1971]

                        (Certificates to go along with the medals are found in Box 1, Folders 15 to Box 1, Folder 21)

Folder 4         The Phu Yen Documents given by Courtney L. Frobenius [January 30, 2002]

Folder 5         List of Phu Yen Documents

Folder 6         Phu Yen Document 1: Phu Yen Province Briefing Folder [September 6, 1971 (document); Undated (list)]

Folder 7         Phu Yen Document 1: Phu Yen Province Briefing Folder Continues [September 6, 1971 (document); Undated (list)]

Folder 8         Phu Yen Document 2: Security in Xa Hoa Tri [July 28, 1971 (document); July 20, 1971 (list)]

Folder 9         Phu Yen Document 3: Security in Xa An Tho [July 21, 1971]

Folder 10       Phu Yen Document 4: Security in Xa Hoa Dinh [July 26, 1971]

Folder 11       Phu Yen Document 5: Security in Ap’s Mau Lam, Ngoc Dong [August 3, 1971]

Folder 12       Phu Yen Document 6: Security in Xa Hoa Thanh [August 10, 1971]

Folder 13       Phu Yen Document 7: Security in Xa Hoa Kien [August 18, 1971 (document); Undated (list)]

Folder 14       Phu Yen Document 8: Security in Xa An Chan [Undated]

Folder 15       Phu Yen Document 9: Security in Xa Xuan Phouc [Undated (document); August 18, 1971 (list)]

Folder 16       Phu Yen Document 10: Security in Xa Hoa Quang [Undated]

Folder 17       Phu Yen Document 11: Author Memo on Ap’s Nho Lam & Hanh Lam [Undated]

Folder 18       Phu Yen Document 12: An Ninh Village [Undated]

Folder 19       Phu Yen Document 13: Ap Tuy Phoung 7 [Undated]

Folder 20       Phu Yen Document 14: Song Cau District Summary [Undated]

Folder 21       Phu Yen Document 15: Dong Xuan District Highway 6B [Undated]

Folder 22       Phu Yen Document 16: Dong Xuan Major Problems [May 26, 1971]

Folder 23       Phu Yen Document 17: RF/PF Losses and Gains [July 3, 1971]

Folder 24       Phu Yen Document 18: GVN Son Hoa After Action Report [June 18, 1971]

Folder 25       Phu Yen Document 19: Author’s Notes on Son Hoa A/A Rpt [Undated]

Folder 26       Phu Yen Document 20: Sweep Operation in An Ninh [May 18, 1971]

Folder 27       Phu Yen Document 21: RF Troop Disposition [July 1971]

Folder 28       Phu Yen Document 22: Bridge Defense Notes [Undated]

Folder 29       Phu Yen Document 23: RF Troop Disposition Notes [Undated]

Folder 30       Phu Yen Document 24: Tuy Hoa Defense Memo/Cpt. J. Jacobs [July 5, 1971]

Folder 31       Phu Yen Document 25: Tuy Hoa Defense Memo/Cpt. C. Frobenius [July 24, 1971]

Folder 32       Phu Yen Document 26: PSDF Looses 1 Jan. – 10 July ’71 [Undated]

Folder 33       Phu Yen Document 27: PSDF MACV Directive [July 9, 1969 (document); July 9, 1971 (list)]

Folder 34       Phu Yen Document 28: POW Report [June 28, 1971]

Folder 35       Phu Yen Document 29: CORDS Mission Statement [Undated]

Folder 36       Phu Yen Document 30: Gen Ngo Dzu’s Ltr to Rep. Steele [Undated]

Folder 37       Phu Yen Document 31: PSA Memo. On VN/ US Relations [July 13, 1971]

Folder 38       Phu Yen Document 32: Chieu Hoi Book Notes (VN Translation) [Undated]

Folder 39       Phu Yen Document 33: TET MACV Information [Revised December 1970]

Folder 40       Phu Yen Document 34: CORDS – Common Foods in Vietnam [July 1, 1971]

Folder 41       Phu Yen Document 35: VN Law 8/70 Rights and Benefits [July 9, 1970]

Folder 42       Phu Yen Document 36: Advisory Team 28 Newsletter [August 1972]

Folder 43       Courtney L. Frobenius’ War Ruminations (1994-1995) List [Undated]

Folder 44       War Ruminations: Fantasyland [Undated]

Folder 45       War Ruminations: Land! [Undated]

Folder 46       War Ruminations: Ewell’s Killing Machine Part 1 [Undated]

Folder 47       War Ruminations: Ewell’s Killing Machine Part 2 [Undated]

Folder 48       War Ruminations: The Viet Cong’s Own War of Attrition by Courtney L. Frobenius [Undated]

Folder 49       War Ruminations: The Invisible Battlefield [Undated]

Folder 50       War Ruminations: Our Allies [Undated]

Folder 51       War Ruminations: The Order of Battle (OB) [Undated]

Folder 52       War Ruminations: Was the War Moral? [Undated]

Folder 53       War Ruminations: Ho Chi Minh’s Point of View [Undated]

Folder 54       War Ruminations: Strategic Alternatives to the Body Count (H.2) Undated]

Folder 55       War Ruminations: Strategic Alternatives to the Body Count (L.2) [Undated]

 

Box 3

Folder 1         War Ruminations: An Analysis of the Tactical and Strategic Aspects of the Battle of Ap Bai (Hamburger Hill) [Undated]

Folder 2         War Ruminations: An Analysis of the Tactical and Strategic Aspects of the Battle of Ap Bai (Hamburger Hill) Continues [Undated]

Folder 3         War Ruminations: A Comparative of Infantry Casualty and Mortality Rates Among Five-American Wars [Undated]

Folder 4         Speech: Former Prime Minister Nguyen Cao Ky Speech sent via email [June 20, 2002]

Folder 5         Paper: Ho Chi Minh City Streets, a Window on Vietnam by Courtney L. Frobenius [Undated]

Folder 6         Copy from book: Vietnam Order of Battle: A Complete Illustration Reference to U.S. Army Combat and Support Forces in Vietnam 1961 – 1973 by Captain Shelby L. Stanton [2003]

Folder 7         Operational Report: Headquarters 2nd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division [Period Ending January 31, 1969]

Folder 8         Operational Report: Headquarters 2nd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division [Period Ending April 30, 1969]

Folder 9         After Action Report: Headquarters 2nd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division River Raiders Operation Truong Cong Dinh, Phase II [April – July 1968]

Folder 10       After Action Report: Headquarters 2nd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division River Raiders Operation Truong Cong Dinh, Phase II Continues [April – July 1968]

Folder 11       Document: Summary of Recommendation for Presidential Unit Citation, 9th Infantry Division, United States Army [January 25 – April 26, 1969]

Folder 12       Document: Summary of Recommendation for Presidential Unit Citation, 9th Infantry Division, United States Army Continues [January 25 – April 26, 1969]

Folder 13       Document: Summary of Recommendation for Presidential Unit Citation, 9th Infantry Division, United States Army Continues [January 25 – April 26, 1969]

Folder 14       Document: Fundamentals of Infantry Tactics for the 1st Infantry Division [1968]

Folder 15       Document: Fundamentals of Infantry Tactics for the 1st Infantry Division Continues [1968]

Folder 16       Document: Fundamentals of Infantry Tactics for the 1st Infantry Division Continues [1968]

Folder 17       Typescript of "A Personal Memoir, An Account of the 2nd Brigade 101st 18Airborne Division, Sept. 1967 - June 1968,” By John H. Cushman, Lt. Gen., USA (Ret.) [July 27, 1995]

Folder 18       Typescript of "A Personal Memoir, An Account of the 2nd Brigade 101st Airborne Division, Sept. 1967 - June 1968,” By John H. Cushman, Lt. Gen., USA (Ret.) Continues [July 27, 1995]

Folder 19       Typescript of "A Personal Memoir, An Account of the 2nd Brigade 101st Airborne Division, Sept. 1967 - June 1968,” By John H. Cushman, Lt. Gen., USA (Ret.) Continues [July 27, 1995]

Folder 20       Typescript of "A Personal Memoir, An Account of the 2nd Brigade 101st Airborne Division, Sept. 1967 - June 1968,” By John H. Cushman, Lt. Gen., USA (Ret.) Continues [July 27, 1995]

Folder 21       A Copied Image of Jerry Yonko and a List of Items Donated [Undated]

Folder 22       Jerry Yonko: Magazine: Tour 365 [Summer 1971 Issue]

Folder 23       Jerry Yonko: Copy of Newspaper: 1/5th Guards Northernmost Province [Souvenir Issue]

Folder 24       Jerry Yonko: Copy of Newspaper: Welcome to the ‘Nam [Welcome Edition]

 

Box 4

Folder 1         Art and Photography Booklet: “9th Infantry Division Vietnam 1968” [1968]

Folder 2         Booklet: Octofoil Quarterly Publication of the 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam The Grunt [April May June 1968 Vol. 2 No.2]

Folder 3         Book: “Combat Leadership: A Problem for Vietnam” By John Westover [December 8, 1965]

Folder 4         Book: “Combat Leadership: A Problem for Vietnam” By John Westover Continues [December 8, 1965]

Folder 5         Book: “Combat Leadership: A Problem for Vietnam” By John Westover Continues [December 8, 1965]

Folder 6         Book: “Combat Leadership: A Problem for Vietnam” By John Westover Continues [December 8, 1965]

Folder 7         Book: “Combat Leadership: A Problem for Vietnam” By John Westover Continues [December 8, 1965]

Folder 8         R & R Book: Serviceman’s Guide to Taipei [Undated]

Folder 9         Copy of R & R Book: Serviceman’s Guide to Taipei [Undated]

Folder 10       Book: Fort Ord, California U.S. Army Training Center Infantry Company A 2d Battalion 1st Brigade – A Boot camp Yearbook [1964]

Folder 11       Excerpts from a Book by a Platoon Medic in LTC David Hackworth’s Battalion, 1st Brigade [March 25, 1969]

Folder 12       Spiral Book: From the Commander River Assault Squadron Fifteen To the Director of Naval History on the Subject of Command History [1968-1969]

Folder 13       Spiral Book: Department of the Navy Judge Advocate General Investigation & Report on 11/1/68 Mining of U.S.S. Westchester County, LST-1167 [1968; Declassified and Released February 17, 1993]

 

Box 5

Folder 1         Spiral Book: Renovation and Vietnamese Society: The Changing Roles of Government and Administration by Carlyle A. Thayer [April 14, 1994]

Folder 2         Memoir Draft: “A Personal Memoir, An Account of the 2d Brigade and 2d Brigade Task Force, 101st Airborne Division, September 1967 through June 1968,” By John H. Cushman, Lt. Gen., U.S. Army Retired [Draft of July 8, 1996]

Folder 3         Plaque (1¾ x 3½): Cpt Courtney L. Frobenius Senior Advisor 43rd Rngr Bn Oct 70 – Feb 71 Dear Dau – Uy Frobenius, Sorry To See You Finis Us [Undated]

Folder 4         Courtney Frobenius’s Military Bond and Officer’s Club 9th Infantry Division Coupons [1969]

Folder 5         Safe Conduct Pass to be Honored by All Vietnamese Government Agencies and Allied Forces [Undated]

Folder 6         Vietnamese Currency [Undated]

Folder 7          Military and Government Currency

Folder 8         Christmas Party Sign and Christmas by the Pool Handout [September 12, 1994 and December 9, year unknown]

Folder 9         Photographs: M396-0027 Copy 1 to M396-0031 [1966; 1971; Undated]

Folder 10       Photograph Negatives: M396-0032 to M396-0331 [Undated]

Folder 11       Photograph Negatives: M396-0332 to M396-0642 [Undated]

Folder 12       Photograph Contact Sheets: M396-0032 to M396-0166 [Undated]

Folder 13       Photograph Contact Sheets: M396-0167 to M396-0346 [Undated]

Folder 14       Photograph Contact Sheets: M396-0347 to M396-0526 [Undated]

Folder 15       Photograph Contact Sheets: M396-0527 to M396-0642 [Undated]

Folder 16       Photographs: M396-0643 to M396-0652 Album #1 [Circa late 1960s]

Folder 17       Photographs: M396-0653 to M396-0662 Album #1 [Circa late 1960s]

Folder 18       Photographs: M396-0663 to M396-0672 Album #1 [July 1967; October 1969; circa late 1960s]

Folder 19       Photographs: M396-0673 to M396-0682 Album #1 [July 1967; circa late 1960s]

Folder 20       Photographs: M396-0683 to M396-0692 Album #1 [1967; circa late 1960s]

 

Box 6

Folder 1         Photographs: M396-0693 to M396-0702 Album #1 [1967]

Folder 2         Photographs: M396-0703 to M396-0712 Album #1 [1967; circa late 1960s]

Folder 3         Photographs: M396-0713 to M396-0722 Album #1 [1969; circa late 1960s]

Folder 4         Photographs: M396-0723 to M396-0732 Album #1 [Circa late 1960s]

Folder 5         Photographs: M396-0733 to M396-0738 Album #1 and M396-0739 to M396-0742 Album #2 [1969; circa late 1960s]

Folder 6         Photographs: M396-0743 to M396-0752 Album #2 [1969; circa late 1960s]

Folder 7         Photographs: M396-0753 to M396-0762 Album #2 [October 1969]

Folder 8         Photographs: M396-0763 to M396-0772 Album #2 [October 1969]

Folder 9         Photographs: M396-0773 to M396-0782 Album #2 [October 1969]

Folder 10       Photographs: M396-0783 to M396-0792 Album #2 [October 1969; circa late 1960s]

Folder 11       Photographs: M396-0793 to M396-0802 Album #2 [September 1969; circa late 1960s]

Folder 12       Photographs: M396-0803 to M396-0812 Album #2 [Circa late 1960s]

Folder 13       Photographs: M396-0813 to M396-0822 Album #2 [Circa late 1960s]

Folder 14       Photographs: M396-0823 to M396-0832 Album #2 [Circa late 1960s]

Folder 15       Photographs: M396-0833 to M396-0838 Album #2 and M396-0839 to M396-0842 Album #3 [Circa late 1960s]

Folder 16       Photographs: M396-0843 to M396-0852 Album #3 [Circa late 1960s]

Folder 17       Photographs: M396-0853 to M396-0862 Album #3 [Circa late 1960s]

Folder 18       Photographs: M396-0863 to M396-0872 Album #3 [Circa late 1960s]

Folder 19       Photographs: M396-0873 to M396-0882 Album #3 [Circa late 1960s]

Folder 20       Photographs: M396-0883 to M396-0892 Album #3 [Circa late 1960s]

Folder 21       Photographs: M396-0893 to M396-0899 Album #3 and M396-0900 to M396-0902 Courtney Frobenius #1 [September 1969; circa late 1960s; undated]

Folder 22       Photographs: M396-0903 to M396-0908 Courtney Frobenius #1 and M396-0909 to M396-0912 Courtney Frobenius #2 Set 2

Folder 23       Photographs: M396-0913 to M396-0917 Courtney Frobenius #3 Set 2 and M396-0918 to M396-0922 Courtney Frobenius #5 Set 2 [Undated] 

 

Box 7             (Please consult the photo log for detailed list)

Folder 1         Photographs: Courtney Frobenius #5 Set 2 [Undated]

Folder 2         Photographs: Courtney Frobenius #5 Set 2 and Courtney Frobenius #6 Set 2 [Undated]

Folder 3         Photographs: Courtney Frobenius #6 Set 2; Courtney Frobenius #8 Set 2 and Extras Courtney’s Set; Courtney Frobenius #9 Set 2 and Extras Courtney’s Set [Undated]

Folder 4         Photographs: Courtney Frobenius #9 Set 2 and Extras Courtney’s Set [Undated]

Folder 5         Photographs: Courtney Frobenius #8 Set 3 [Undated]

Folder 6         Photographs: Courtney Frobenius #8 Set 3 and Courtney Frobenius #9 Set 3 [Undated]

Folder 7         Photographs: Courtney Frobenius #9 Set 3 [Undated]

Folder 8         Photographs: Courtney Frobenius #10 Set 3 [Undated]

Folder 9         Photographs: Courtney Frobenius #10 Set 3 [Undated]

Folder 10       Photographs: Courtney Envelope [1959; January 1960; Undated]

Folder 11       Photographs: Courtney Envelope [April 1975; Undated]

Folder 12       Photographs: Courtney Frobenius Unlabeled Envelope [Undated]

Folder 13       Photographs: Courtney Frobenius Unlabeled Envelope [Undated]

Folder 14       Photographs: Courtney Frobenius Unlabeled Envelope [Undated]

Folder 15       Negatives found in #8 Courtney Set 3 and #10 Courtney Set 3

Folder 16       Photographs: M396-1034 to M396-1037 with a correspondence to Dr. Andrew Wiest from Courtney Frobenius explaining the photographs. [December 6, 2002; Undated]

Folder 17       Photographs: M396-1038 to M396-1044 with an unidentified document typed in Vietnamese [1966; Undated]

Folder 18       Photographs: M396-0027 Copy 2 and M396-0027 Copy 3 [Circa 1971]

 

Box 8

Folder 1         Photographs: M396-0001 to M396-0010 [1868; ca. 1900; undated]

Folder 2         Photographs: M396-0011 Copy 1 to M396-0018 [1911; undated]

Folder 3         Photographs: M396-0019 to M396-0026 [Undated]

Folder 4         A Blue Scarf Belonging to Courtney Frobenius– Mobile Riverine Force Mekong Delta [Undated]

Folder 5         Frobenius Military Name Patch [Undated]

Folder 6         Reserve Commissioned Officer Certificate [February 12, 1968]

Folder 7         Life Magazine [January 19, 1948]

Folder 8         Tempo Magazine [1940]

Folder 9         A Map with Typed description [Circa 1956]

 

Box 9             (Please consult the Curator to view items in this box)

Item 1             Included are the original box, Purple Heart Pin, Purple Ribbon Bar, and Purple Heart Medal [June 11, 1969]

(Certificate to go along with the medals is located in Box 1, Folder 19)

 

Oversize Materials: Map case

Folder 1         Maps [1962; 1965; 1968 – 1971]

Folder 2         Maps [1965; 1967; 1983]

Folder 3         Maps [1968; 1979; 1983; 1987 – 1989; 1993]

See map list for detailed listing.

 

9.  Item List

Photograph Log Link

 

Regalia Log

 

M396R-001               Combat Tracker Platoon 1st Cavalry Division Shoulder Patch

                                    (Box 1, Folder 24)

 

M396R-002               U.S. Army Patch

                                    (Box 1, Folder 24)

 

M396R-003               Frobenius Name Tag Patch

                                    (Box 1, Folder 24)

 

M396R-004               Officer’s Infantry Branch Insignia

                                    (Box 1, Folder 24)

 

M396R-005               Uniform Dark Green Patch with Black Crisscross Guns

                                    (Box 1, Folder 24)

 

M396R-006               6TH Army Shoulder Patch

                                     Copy 1                       (Box 1, Folder 24)

 

M396R-006               6TH Army Shoulder Patch

                                     Copy 2                       (Box 1, Folder 24)

 

M396R-006               6TH Army Shoulder Patch

                                     Copy 3                       (Box 1, Folder 24)

 

M396R-007               U.S. Army 9th Infantry Division Applique Patch

                                    (Box 1, Folder 24)

 

M396R-008               U.S. Army 9th Infantry Division Patch

                                     Copy 1                       (Box 1, Folder 25)

 

M396R-008               U.S. Army 9th Infantry Division Patch

                                     Copy 2                       (Box 1, Folder 25)

 

M396R-008               U.S. Army 9th Infantry Division Patch in a plastic cover

                                     Copy 3                       (Box 1, Folder 25)

 

M396R-009               Mobile Riverine Force Mekong Delta Patch in a plastic cover

                                    (Box 1, Folder 25)

 

M396R-010               Mobile Riverine Force Association Patch

                                    (Box 1, Folder 25)

 

M396R-011               Riverine Assault Force TF – 117 Patch

                                    (Box 1, Folder 25)

 

M396R-013               4th Infantry Division Ivy Patch

                                    (Box 1, Folder 25)

 

M396R-014               U.S. Airborne Paratrooper Garrison Cap Badge Insignia

                                    (Box 1, Folder 25)

 

M396R-015               1960s Vietnam Era U.S. Army Field Service Patch

                                    (Box 1, Folder 25)

 

M396R-016               23rd Infantry Americal Patch

                                    (Box 1, Folder 25)

 

M396R-017               U.S. Army 173rd Infantry Regiment

                                    (Box 1, Folder 25)

 

M396R-018               Early Vietnam Special Forces OD Subdued Green Patch Cut Edge

                                    (Box 1, Folder 25)

 

M396R-019               U.S. Army Infantry School Patch

                                     Copy 1                       (Box 2, Folder 1)

 

M396R-019               U.S. Army Infantry School Patch

                                     Copy 2                       (Box 2, Folder 1)

 

M396R-019               U.S. Army Infantry School Patch

                                     Copy 3                       (Box 2, Folder 1)

 

M396R-020               MACV Patch

                                    (Box 2, Folder 1)

 

M396R-021               Officer Candidate School Patch

                                    (Box 2, Folder 1)

 

M396R-022               Fatigue Patch shows the rank insignia of a Vietnamese captain

                                    (Box 2, Folder 1)

 

M396R-023               Overseas Service Patch Gold Bar on Green Wool

                                     Copy 1                       (Box 2, Folder 1)

 

M396R-023               Overseas Service Patch Gold Bar on Green Wool

                                     Copy 2                       (Box 2, Folder 1)

 

M396R-023               Overseas Service Patch Gold Bar on Green Wool

                                     Copy 3                       (Box 2, Folder 1)

 

M396R-024               Vietnam Era U.S. Army Ranger OD Subdued Green Tab Patch

                                    (Box 2, Folder 1)

 

M396R-025               Unidentified Purple Epaulet

                                     Copy 1                       (Box 2, Folder 1)

 

M396R-025               Unidentified Purple Epaulet

                                     Copy 2                       (Box 2, Folder 1)

 

M396R-026               Frobenius Name Patch

                                    (Box 8, Folder 5)

 

M396R-027               Bronze Star Medal Lapel Pin

                                     Copy 1                       (Box 2, Folder 2)

 

M396R-028               Air Medal Lapel Pin

                                    (Box 2, Folder 2)

 

M396R-027               Bronze Star Medal Lapel Pin

                                     Copy 2                       (Box 2, Folder 2)

 

M396R-027               Bronze Star Medal Lapel Pin

                                     Copy 3                       (Box 2, Folder 2)

 

M396R-029               Bronze Star Medal Ribbon Bar

                                     Copy 1                       (Box 2, Folder 2)

 

M396R-029               Bronze Star Medal Ribbon Bar

                                     Copy 2                       (Box 2, Folder 2)

 

M396R-029               Bronze Star Medal Ribbon Bar

                                     Copy 3                       (Box 2, Folder 2)

 

M396R-030               Good Conduct Ribbon Bar

                                    (Box 2, Folder 2)

 

M396R-031               Silver Star Ribbon Bar

                                    (Box 2, Folder 2)

 

M396R-032               Presidential Unit Citation

                                    (Box 2, Folder 2)

 

M396R-033               Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon Bar

                                    (Box 2, Folder 2)

 

M396R-034               Air Medal Ribbon Bar

                                    (Box 2, Folder 2)

 

M396R-035               Eighth Prestige – Vietnam Silver Star Medal

                                    (Box 2, Folder 3)

 

M396R-036               Army Good Conduct Full Size Medal

                                    (Box 2, Folder 3)

 

M396R-037               Air Medal

                                    (Box 2, Folder 3)

 

M396R-038               Bronze Star Medal with V Device

                                    (Box 2, Folder 3)

 

M396R-039               Bronze Star Medal with Third Oak Leaf Cluster with V Device

                                    (Box 2, Folder 3)

 

M396R-040               Bronze Star Medal

                                    (Box 2, Folder 3)

 

 

Map Log from the Oversized Material

Folder 1

M396-Map01             Muang Phin (Phine) [1970]

M396-Map02             Thon Ngo Xa Dong [1965]

M396-Map03             Hue [October 1962]

M396-Map04             Thon Doc Kinh [1968]

M396-Map05             Ban Donghai [1970]

M396-Map06             Nguon Rao [1971]

M396-Map07             Huong Hoa [1971]

M396-Map08             Cam Lo [1971]

Copy 1 border lines have been darkened

 

M396-Map08             Cam Lo [1971]

                                      Copy 2

 

M396-Map09             Ban Vangphong [1970]

 

M396-Map10             Quang Tri [1969]

 

Folder 2

M396-Map11             My Tho [1965]

M396-Map12             Khiem Ich [1965]

M396-Map13             Binh Dai [1965]

M396-Map14             Tra Cu [1965]

M396-Map15             Phu Vinh [1965]

M396-Map16             Thua Duc [1965]

M396-Map17             Cau Ke [1965]

M396-Map18             Long Phu [1965]

M396-Map19             Go Cong [1967]

M396-Map20             Truc Giang [1965]

M396-Map21             Vung Liem [1965]

M396-Map22             Can Gio [Compiled in 1983]

 

Folder 3

M396-Map23             Tactical Pilotage Chart (TPC J-11D) for Laos, Thailand, Vietnam [Compiled March 1970. Revised April 1989]

M396-Map24             Tactical Pilotage Chart (TPC K-10D) for Kampuchea, Vietnam

                                      Copy 1                       [Compiled May 1968. Revised August 1979]

 

M396-Map24             Tactical Pilotage Chart (TPC K-10D) for Kampuchea, Vietnam

                                      Copy 2                       [Compiled May 1968. Revised August 1979]

 

M396-Map25             Tactical Pilotage Chart (TPC K-10A) for Kampuchea, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam [Compiled December 1967. Revised December 1983]

M396-Map26             Tactical Pilotage Chart (TPC J-11A) for China, Laos, Vietnam [Compiled March 1970. Revised April 1987]

M396-Map27             Operational Navigation Chart (ONC J-11) for China, Hong Kong and the New Territories, Laos, Macao, Paracel Islands, Thailand, Vietnam [Compiled June 1970. Revised March 1988]

M396-Map28             Ban Do Hanh Chinh Viet Nam – Lao – Cam Pu Chia

                                      Copy 1                       [1989/1993]

 

M396-Map28             Ban Do Hanh Chinh Viet Nam – Lao – Cam Pu Chia

                                      Copy 2                       [1989/1993]

 

M396-Map29             Cong Hoa Xa Hoi Chu Nghia Viet Nam [1993]

M396-Map30             Hammond Vietnam Conflict: Map of South Vietnam, North Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia [Undated]

M396-Map31             Hue [1968]

 

 

10. Publication Information

Publisher: The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries, Special Collections

URL: http://www.lib.usm.edu/spcol/index.php

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