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Brandon J. Grigsby Iraq War correspondence

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Identifier: 2017-066-w-r

Content Description

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?"


  • 2003

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

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.


.08 Linear feet (1 folder)

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This collection contains two correspondence written by Brandon J. "BJ" Grigsby to his Spanish teacher, Nancy Konowal, during the Iraq War.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Nancy Konowal.

Finding Aid for the Brandon J. Grigsby Iraq War correspondence
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States