GREGORY SIPE VIETNAM ERA ARCHIVE OF LETTERS, CORRESPONDENCE AND PHOTOS OF THE MILITARY SERVICE, TRAVELS AND INSIGHTS OF BRIGADIER GENERAL PATTON'S AIDE
Europe, USA 1969 Very Good Manuscript
On offer is a large archive of personal papers, mostly during the Vietnam War era, once belonging to Gregory Sipe. Mr. Sipe traveled Europe and the USA extensively after his service in the United States. It is very interesting to follow this young man's transformation from architecture student to Military Intelligence officer to hippie. He went to the University of Kansas and studied architecture. He served in the army 1969-71 and was the 116th Military Intelligence group, Washington DC as aide to Bridgadier General George S. Patton IV, 4th Armored Division, Nuremburg, Germany. He wrote several letters home about what it was like working for Patton and after he got out of the service, he and his girlfriend traveled in Europe and camped out. He toured 16 countries and 24 states in the USA. Gregory F. Sipe, Office of the Assistant Division Commander, in support of the 4th Armored Division, Monteith Barracks. Included in the archive: 1) 117 letters handwritten or typed to Gregory Sipe from 1970 to 1973, from his mom and dad and friends. Very interesting and good long letters, most are typed. 2) Newspaper clippings about the army, about General Patton and the general's pilot arrested for pot. 3) 8 letters from Gregory to his mother in 1970-71 while in army. Most long letters, 2 or 3 pages, but one letter is 12 pages long about a trip he took with George Patton and his family on a short trip, talks intimately about Patton many of the letters. 4) 39 handwritten pages in a journal about Gregory and his girlfriend camping throughout Europe from Aug 5, 1972 to Sept 5, 1972. The journal is a very entertaining and complete travelogue. Here are some snippets: Aug 6, 1972 "the food was good but it got cold quickly and there could have been more and the waiter was one of these sh_ts who think anybody who isn't French is beneath him. In fact not even worth the time it takes to dismiss them as worthless. It wasn't the greatest way to end the day after all that beauty, but we slept like logs when we got back to the tent…." Aug 14, 1972 "so we came back to the tent and had turn fish and salami and wine. But no coffee since the camping gas ran out. Slightly annoying to me since I'd mentioned it the morning before and also pointed the refill out to Sandy when we got to the campsite. But anyway Sandy's just now gone and got some, now that the office is open this morning and I just got a cup of hot coffee handed to me…." Aug 17, 1972 "we just had some American dude come and tell us to shut up because it was late. Like 10 o'clock. I said something like, 'is that so?' and he called me an a_____, through the tent wall……" Aug 19, 1972 "we crossed the border into Italy just down from there and we had a little trouble with the border guard. There he was wrapped up from head to foot for the cold icy wind and first he wouldn't quite believe the picture on Sandy's passport….of course we couldn't understand a word he said, his only English was 'okay' and 'money', Sandy showed her international drivers license to show a more recent picture and that seemed to please him all-though there was no telling that with him. He looked at our green card then he said money. We though he meant he wanted some money to let us thru…a bribe. So I fished in my pocket and got out about 11 Swiss francs and shoved it toward him. He got very impatient finally and motioned us to park the car over at the side of the road……." 5) the archive includes 1909 baby book of his father, Norman J. Sipe, the son of Arthur E. Sipe. 6) A number of photos (50+) enhancing the archive of correspondence Overall VG.