Guide to the Fred M. Greguras Papers, circa 1940-2016

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Fred M. Greguras Papers
Dates: circa 1940-2016
Identification: OCH/FGP
Creator: Greguras, Fred M., 1943-
Physical Description: 1.54 linear feet
Alternate Extent Statement: 2.6 MB
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Old China Hands Archives
Abstract: Fred M. Greguras served as a United States Marine in Vietnam in 1970 with Hotel Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. He currently works as a partner at a law firm in California, but also researches and writes histories related to the U.S. Marines. The Fred M. Greguras Papers reflect his research and writing interests through manuscripts, research materials, and collected ephemera that document U.S. Marine history, with a particular focus on China Marines.

Biographical Information:

Fred M. Greguras was born in Omaha, Nebraska on December 3, 1943. He attended the University of Nebraska, Omaha, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics in 1966 and a Masters of Science in mathematics and computer science in 1968. In 1969, Greguras joined the United States Marine Corps, and in 1970 he served a tour of duty in Vietnam with the Hotel Company, 2 nd Battalion, 5 th Marine Regiment. After completing his service in the Marine Corps as a captain in 1972, Greguras earned a law degree from the University of Nebraska in 1975. He now works in California as a partner in a law firm. In addition to his current employment, Greguras is also a Marine historian, and has taken numerous trips to China where he has researched the locations of Marines stationed in China before and during World War II.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Paper records

Administrative Information


2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017

Processing Information:

Jessica Geiser, 2013

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation:

For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

Related Materials:

Arrangement of Materials:

Series I: China Marines Reunion Materials, 1986-2016
Series II: Manuscripts, 2006-2014
Series III: Research Papers and Ephemera, circa 1940-2015

Scope and Contents

The Fred M. Greguras Papers consist of research materials and manuscripts related to the history of the United States Marines in China before and during World War II. Greguras' work has a particular focus on identifying the locations of U.S. Marines stationed in China and how these locations changed in modern times. This includes research on Marine involvement in the Boxer Rebellion in Peking (Beijing) in 1900, the Fourth Marine regiment stationed in Shanghai from 1927 to 1941, and the Marine presence in Tientsin (Tianjin) immediately prior to World War II. There is also a significant amount of material related to China Marines reunions in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The collection is arranged in three series: China Marines Reunion Materials (1986-2016), Manuscripts (2006-2014), and Research Papers and Ephemera (circa 1940-2015).
Series I, China Marines Reunion Materials, includes newsletters, correspondence, audiovisual materials, and ephemera related to China Marines reunion activities. These are arranged chronologically.
Series II, Manuscripts, includes manuscripts written by Fred M. Greguras based upon his research. These are arranged by title, and then chronologically.
Series III, Research Papers and Ephemera, includes research notes, serials, audiovisual materials, and ephmera collected by Greguras in pursuit of his research endeavors. This series also includes maps with notes regarding the locations of U.S. Marines stationed in China during World War II. The areas depicted on the maps include Chinwangtao Town (Qinhuangdao), Tientsin (Tianjin), and Tsingtao (Qingdao). These materials are arranged chronologically.

Collection Contents


Series I: China Marines Reunion Materials,1986-2016

Box 2, Folder 1

South China Patrol Association Membership Card and Certificate, 1986-1987

Box 2, Folder 2

South China Patrol Fifth Annual Reuinion Booklet, May 1990

Box 2, Folder 3

North China Marine Prisoner of War Reunion Ephemera and Bulletin, 2006-2007

Box 2, Folder 4

North China Marine Prisoners of War Reunion Ephemera, July-September 2007

Box 2, Folder 5

North China Marine Prisoners of War Bulletins and Rosters, 2007-2016

Box 4, Item 1

China Marine Reunion Tour Mainland China Tape 1 VHS, 1990 April 9-25

Box 4, Item 2

China Marine Reunion Tour Mainland China Tape 2 VHS, 1990 April 9-25


Series II: Manuscripts, 2006-2014

Box 1, Folder 1

"A 2006 Visit to the 55 Days at Peking," 2007 February 12

Box 1, Folder 2

"The Fourth Marines in Shanghai, China," Version 3, 2007 February 12

Box 1, Folder 3

"The Fourth Marines in Shanghai, China," Version 4, 2007 April 9

Box 1, Folder 4

"The Fourth Marines in Shanghai, China," Version 4, 2007 April 13

Box 1, Folder 5

"The Fourth Marines in Shanghai, China," Version 9, 2010 May 7

Box 1, Folder 6

"The Fourth Marines in Shanghai, China," Published Version, 2014

Box 1, Folder 7

"Tientsin Visit," Draft, 2006 December 10

Digital Box 5, Item 1

"The Fourth Marines in Shanghai, China," Version 12, 2013 August 20

Digital Box 5, Item 2

"The U.S. Marines in Tsingtao, China: 2013," 2013 August 10


Series III: Research Papers and Ephemera, ca. 1940-2015

Box 2, Folder 6

Communist Activities Map Photocopy

Box 2, Folder 7

Shanghai China Pennant Scenes

Box 2, Folder 8

Guide to China for Service Men, ca. 1940-ca.1949

Box 2, Folder 9

Time Magazine, 1945 November 19

Box 2, Folder 10

Shanghai China Souvenir Sille Scarf, 1946

Box 2, Folder 11

The China Monthly, December 1946

Box 2, Folder 12

Guide to Shanghai, ca. 1980-ca. 1999

Box 2, Folder 13

The Sea Lion Newsletter, 1992

Box 2, Folder 14

Color Guard Newsletter, 1996

Box 2, Folder 15

Marine Corps League, 1997

Box 2, Folder 16

"The Life of Liu" by Suzanne Liu Taylor, December 2003

Box 2, Folder 17

"Public Works, Modernity, and Chinese Nationalism in Shanghai, 1911-1941" by Nancy Nalezyty, 2009

Box 2, Folder 18

"Baggy Breeches and Skin Tight Shorts" by Simon John Drakeford, September 2015

Box 3, Item 1

The Leatherneck,volume 29, number 8, August 1946

Box 4, Item 3

China Marines DVD

Digital Box 5, Folder 1

Reproductions of Maps