Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Title
Frederic Whitehurst Collection
Collection Number
1364
Date(s)
Undated
Size
0.2 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
D060.6F; D060.1E; Cold Storage Vault; Museum Objects
Processed by
R. Grau, Jun. 2004[Updated: Nov. 2009 by A. Hooker]
Digitization Status
Items from this collection have been digitized and are available in the Virtual Vietnam Archive.

To search for items within this collection, or within all of the holdings of the Vietnam Archive, go to the Virtual Vietnam Archive

Scope and Content

Photographs of Vietnamese, artifacts captured from North Vietnamese soldiers, the original diaries of Dr. Dang Thuy Tram, CD-ROMs of scanned copies of the diaries and their English translations by Robert Whitehurst and published copies of the diaries in Vietnamese document Dr. Frederic Whitehurst's service in Vietnam with the 5th Battalion, 46th Infantry, 198th Brigade, 23rd Division and the life of Dr. Dang Thuy Tram, a North Vietnamese medical doctor who served in the Duc Pho District of Quang Ngai Province from 1967 to 1970.

Biographical Note

Frederic Whitehurst was born on 22 November 1947 in Newport, Rhode Island. In 1968, he volunteered for the United States Army and served for a total of three and a half years in the military, three years of which was served in Southeast Asia. Ranked first as a Private First Class (PFC), Whitehurst was promoted eventually to a Specialist 5 and served as an Infantry Mortar-man and a Prisoner of War Interrogator. He served with the 5th Battalion, 46th Infantry, 23rd Division from March 1969 through September 1969 and then with the 635th Military Intelligence Detachment from September 1969 through April 1972. During this time, Whitehurst was stationed in Quang Tin, Dong Ha (DMZ), Quang Ngai, and Danang. When he was discharged in 1972, he had received four Bronze Stars, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal with three clusters. He then received his Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry in 1974 and his PhD in Chemistry in 1980, followed by two years in post doctorate research. From 1982 through 1998, Whitehurst was an FBI Agent and received a law degree in 1996. In 1998, he became a Forensic Consultant and in 2003, he became a practicing lawyer.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Collection Inventory

Contents
Box
Folder
Location
Collage of War by Dr. Frederic Whitehurst (printed copy)
1
1
D060.6F
Photocopy of Dr. Dang Thuy Tram's diary in Vietnamese (1968)
2
Translation of Dr. Dang Thuy Tram's diary (1968)
3
Photocopy of translation of Dr. Dang Thuy Tram's diary (1968)
4
Photocopy of Dang Thy Tram diary in Vietnamese(1970)
5
Translation of Dang Thuy Tram's Diary (1970)
6
Photocopy of translation of Dang Thuy Tram's Diary (1970)
7
Materials removed from Dang Thuy Tram's diary
8
Photocopies of photographs in Dang Thuy Tram's Diary
9
Reproductions of Duc Pho maps and photos
10
Photocopies of Hai Von River photographs
11
E-mail correspondence between David Lee Butler, Dr. Frederic Whitehurst, and Nguyen Tuan Anh concerning Dang Thuy Tram (printed copies)
12
IPW Section /635th MID business card
13
Internet printout from the timeout section of the Vietnam Investment Review titled "The Diary of Dr. Tram" 22 May 2005
14
Americal Magazine, Volume 3 Number 3, July 1970
15
Tour 365 Magazine, Summer 1971
Original Dr Dang Thuy Tram diaries
2 (oversize)
1
D060.1

Separated Materials

Books
Dang Thuy Tram by Nhat Ky (2 copies) (diary of Dang Thuy Tram, published in Vietnamese).
Photographs
VA040326-VA040590.

48 photographs from a North Vietnamese journalist killed in action.

212 photographs documenting Frederic Whiterhurst's tour of duty in Vietnam, 1970-1971.

4 photographs removed from Dr. Dang Thuy Tram's Diary.
Museum Objects
1364museum1275: Son Binh Stamp.

1364museum1276-1364museum1284: Nine woodworking chisels and mallets taken from North Vietnamese base camp by the donor.

1364museum1575: "Whitehurst" name tape.
Electronic Media
1364EM0209: Dr. Dang Thuy Tram's Diary, 1967 - 1970.

1364EM0212: Scanned letters from Mr. Whitehurst to his brother.

Digitized Materials

Items from this collection have been digitized and are available in the Virtual Vietnam Archive.

To search for items within this collection, or within all of the holdings of the Vietnam Archive, go to the Virtual Vietnam Archive