Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

DASPO unit patch
Title
Donald Jellema Collection
Association
Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO)
Collection Number
1047
Date(s)
Undated
Physical Location(s)
Photograph Collection; Slide Collection
Processed by
H. Nelson, Oct. 2002[Updated: Jul. 2005 by A. Stoll]
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 captured from the Viet Cong document military training and medical activities, while photographs taken by Don Jellema and the 69th Signal Battalion document damaged aircraft, automobiles, buildings, and additional U.S. military activity in Saigon. The collection also contains 247 slides taken by Jellema while he was with the 69th Signal Battalion.

Biographical Note

Donald D. Jellema, originally from Orange City, Iowa served in the U.S. Army from 1952 until 1976. Before going to Vietnam in 1967, he was stationed at Camp Breckenridge (KY), Ft. Sam Houston (TX), Munich, Germany, Ft. Lee (VA), and Chicago (IL) at 5th Army Headquarters. Jellema served in Korea between 1952 and 1953 in E Co., 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, where he took part in combat on Pork Chop Hill and in Operation SMACK. In Vietnam, Jellema served in Saigon as a platoon sergeant in HQ Co., 69th Signal Battalion and as a member of the Department of the Army Special Photographic Office Association (DASPO). After he left Vietnam in 1968, he served at the Pentagon, in Hawaii with DASPO-Pacific, and in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as a recruiter. Jellema retired from the Army in 1976.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Separated Materials

Photographs
168 Viet Cong and US military photos with captions: VA030775 - VA030942.
Slides
VAS033219 - VAS033247: Camp Gaylor (home of the 69th Signal Battalion).

VAS033248 - VAS033344: Saigon.

VAS033345 - VAS033388: South Vietnamese countryside.

VAS033389 - VAS033426: Can Tho province.

VAS033427 - VAS033441: Combat operations in the Mekong Delta.

VAS033442 - VAS033465: Mekong Delta following the 1968 Tet Offensive.

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

Oral History

An Oral History Interview has been conducted with this individual. Use the link below to view a record for this interview.

Although the interview has been conducted, the audio and/or the transcript may not yet be available.