Finding Aid for the Brandon J. Grigsby Iraq War correspondence 2017.066.w.r
Center for American War Letters Archives
Orange, CA 92866
Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
Title: Brandon J. Grigsby Iraq War correspondence
source: Konowal, Nancy
Creator: Grigsby, Brandon J.
Identifier/Call Number: 2017.066.w.r
Physical Description: .08 Linear feet (1 folder)
Abstract: This collection contains two correspondence written by Brandon J. "BJ" Grigsby to his Spanish teacher, Nancy Konowal, during the Iraq War.
Language of Material: English .
Container: Afghan/Iraq 1
Container: 2017-066-w-r_Grigsby, Brandon
This collection is open for research
Gift of Nancy Konowal.
Brandon J. "BJ" Grigsby, United States Marine Corps was a student of Ms. Konowal's at South Beloit High School in Illinois and graduated in 1997. According to the donor he joined the Marines shortly after in 1998 and served in Iraq during the early part of the war. He later lived and worked in Denver, Colorado.
[Item title / description; Box "n" / Folder "n"], Brandon J. Grigsby Iraq War correspondence (2017.066.w.r), Center for American War Letters Archives, Chapman University, CA.
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This collection contains two correspondence written by Brandon J. "BJ" Grigsby, USMC to his Spanish teacher, Nancy Konowal, during the Iraq War. Brandon wrote his letters while he was in Kuwait and Baghdad. Both letters are undated. Also included is one copy of a photograph of Brandon in his dress blues uniform.
In the first letter apologizes for not writing back while he was in Japan because he was travelling all over Southeast Asia, but the letter was written while in Kuwait awaiting "for the word to move on Saddam [Hussein]" into Iraq; "and it's pretty boring for the most part." He discusses vaccinations and spending time in class for "military stuff," including the laws of war. He tells her that Kuwaiti citizens are contracted to do all of the cooking, laundry and other duties.
In the second letter, he said, "The war is about over and the humanitarian effort is kicking in. The war was pretty intense for about two weeks with many coalition forces dying for their country. Luckily I'm O.K. but I would've given my life for any of those great men that passed." He also mentions conditions, including heat and sandstorms while loading cargo planes, as well as asking about people protesting the war back home; "What do they expect to get out of that?"
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Subjects and Indexing Terms
Iraq War, 2003-2011
Iraq War -- (2003-2011) -- Correspondence