VIETNAM COMBAT ARTIST PROGRAM STANDING OPERATING PROCEDURE

US Army Combat Art Team IV
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Team IV members:
Sp/4 James Pollock from South Dakota
Sp/4 Daniel Lopez from California
Sp/4 Samuel Alexander from Mississippi
Sp/5 Burdell Moody from Arizona
Sgt. Ronald Wilson from Utah
Technical Supervisor Lt. Frank M. Thomas

James Pollock's home state was and still is South Dakota. At the time of his selection to US Army Combat Artist Team IV he was serving as a Sp/4 postal clerk with First Base Post Office, 8th US Army, and was stationed at Camp Ames near Taejon, South Korea. All artwork completed as a soldier artist are in the Military History War Art Collection in Washington D.C.

The following standing Operating procedures were circulated to US Army Vietnam Combat Artist Team IV member James Pollock, upon his arrival in Vietnam, August, 1967. Note dates works from newest SOP to oldest SOP i.e. from 11 April 1967 to 17 November 1966. This gives an overview as to what was expected of soldier artists.
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HEADQUARTERS
UNITED STATES ARMY, HAWAII
APO San Francisco 96557
Office of Special Services

11 April 1967

Change No. 2
SOP NO.
NCSS 424

STANDING OPERATING PROCEDURE

USARHAW Combat Artist Program

HCSS SOP NO. 424, dtd 17 November 1966, USARHAW Combat Artist Program, is changed as follow:

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3. (Superseded) Limitations and Identification Requirements.

a. Portraits are prohibited. As historical records, it is important that subject matter of the artwork be recognizable. However, each soldier artist will be permitted freedom to depict the subject in his own way. Sizes of finished work will not be smaller than 18" x 24" or larger in any dimension than 72".

b. For each completed work and sketch upon which it is based, the following information must be provided for the purpose of preparing historically accurate and meaningful caption:

(1) Title.

(2) Name of Artist.

(3) Date that original sketch was made or photographs were taken on which final work was based.

(4) Location of scene or action depicted (unless work is composite of artist's experience, and is not based on any one scene or action).

(5) Whenever possible, identification of units and objects, and (if appropriate) of persons.

c. Also requested are any notes of artist and/or any additional information which artist considers relevant to understanding of his pictures, however technical. Such information will be retained in OCMH War Art files for future research and reference.

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(copy signed)
EDWARD J NUGENT
MAJ, AGC
Deputy Special Services Officer


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HEADQUARTERS
UNITED STATES ARMY, HAWAII
APO San Francisco 96557
Office of Special Services

16 January 1967

Change No. 1
SOP NO. 424

STANDING OPERATING PROCEDURE

USARHAW Combat Artist Program

HCSS SOP No. 424, dtd 17 Nov 66, USARHAW Combat Artist Program, is changed as follows:

3. Limitations. ADD: '"'Sizes of finished works will not be smaller than 18" x 24" or larger in any dimension than 72".

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8. Public Information.

Para 8a, delete '"'Vietnam'"'. Add '"'Hawaii.'"'

(copy signed)
FRANK J DOWER
LTC, Inf
Special Services Officer


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HEADQUARTERS
UNITED STATES ARMY, HAWAII
APO San Francisco 96557
Office of Special Services

17 November 1966

HCSS
SOP NO. 424

STANDING OPERATING PROCEDURE

USARHAW Combat Artist Program

1. Purpose and Scope. This SOP establishes procedures for and provides guidance on support of the Combat Artist Teams while on TDY in Hawaii.

2. Mission. Following completion of TDY USARV, each Combat Artist Team will be attached to USARHAW special Services for approximately 60 days for the purpose of producing finished paintings which record military operations and mission functions of the Army in Vietnam.

3. Limitations. Portraits are prohibited. As historical records, it is important that subject matter of the artwork be recognizable. However, each soldier artist will be permitted freedom to depict the subject in his own way.

4. Responsibilities.

a. The Special Services Officer, USARHAW, is responsible for general staff supervision of the program.

b. The Staff Crafts Director, within the general guidance provided by the USARHAW Special Services Officer, is

(1) Responsible for exercising direct control of each Combat Artist Team.

(2) Responsible for supervising all aspects of the performance of the team mission in Hawaii.

(3) The point of contact for all activities concerning the program in Hawaii and for all official communications on the program with USARPAC, USARV, and interested Department of the Army Agencies.

(4) Responsible for initiating procurement action for required art supplies.

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c. The senior member of the team, for necessary military purposes only, acts as Team Leader and exercises control of the Combat Artists.

5. Logistical Support.

a. Billeting and messing will be provided by Commander, US Army Garrison, Schofield Barracks.

b. Local transportation will be provided by the Deputy Post Commander, Schofield Barracks Area.

c. Studio space and equipment will be procured and provided by USARHAW Special Services.

d. Procurement of art supplies for the Combat Artists while in Hawaii will be initiated and coordinated by USARHAW Special Services. Direct communication with USARV to facilitate supply support is authorized by letter, HQ USARPAC, GPPE-SV, dated 7 Sep 66. Lists of art supplies needed to support each team in Hawaii will be received by JSARHAW Special Services from the Command Historian, USARV, approximately 30 days prior to the team's arrival in Hawaii. Funding will be accomplished by Special Fund Citation, Department of the Army.

6. Arrival, In-processing.

a. Upon arrival in Hawaii, each Combat Artist Team will be met by Special Services personnel and by a representative of the USARHAW Information Office. Team members will be accorded a true Hawaiian Aloha welcome. The team will be transported to US Army Garrison, Scholfield Barracks, USARHAW, for billeting and messing. Direct notification of ETEA will be received by USARHAW Special Services from the Command Historian, USARV, in time to facilitate reception and accommodation of team members.

b. Processing will be accomplished by US Army Garrison, Scholfield Barracks. Individual service records and pay records will be turned in at the time of in-processing.

7. Policies and Procedures.

a. The senior member of each Combat Artist Team will be held directly responsible for the operation and security of assigned vehicle, and for compliance with administrative requirements in connection with said vehicle.

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b. All members of each Combat Artist Team will share the responsibility for housekeeping and security of assigned studio area.

c. A team representative will report in daily, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 0800 & 0930, to the Staff Crafts Director, Bldg 359, to receive mail, necessary messages, information, and/or directives.

d. Each team member will review and edit his initial list of supply requirements prior to submission for purchase. Team members are directed to use reason and good judgement in listing requirements. Funds are available for need-to-have items, but are not sufficient for purchase of nice-to-have items. The Staff Crafts director retains the authority to question order lists submitted, and to substitute like items when necessary for expediency and reasons of cost.

e. Approximately 5 days prior to completion of TDY, each team member will gather together all sketch books and individual sketches accomplished in Vietnam, making certain that each sketch is signed, and wrapped as an individual package, identified on the outside by name, grade, serial number and mailing address. These packages will be sent by Special Services as a collective shipment to Military History Officer, Department of the Army, for review. A photograph of each sketch retained by DA will be sent to the artist together with all work not retained.

f. Prior to departure from Hawaii, team members will put supplies and equipment in good order, and will submit an inventory to the Staff Crafts Director. This is to facilitate procurement and to preclude unnecessary expenditures for teams which will follow.

g. Packing and shipping of completed paintings to the Military History Officer, Department of the Army, will be the responsibility of the Special Services Officer.

8. Public Information.

a. The Special Services Officer will request a minimum of 2 PI releases concerning each team while in Vietnam.

b. No public display will be made of the completed painting in Hawaii, and no photographs for public dissemination will be made of completed paintings. Prior to shipment of each team's completed work, however, persons concerned will be invited to a private unframed exhibit.


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9. Out-processing and Departure from Hawaii.

a Special Services Officer, USARHAW, will insure orderly and timely departure of individuals at completion of TDY in compliance with original orders. Notification of ETD and ETA will be made to Department of the Army, OCMH, and the Adjutant General, ATTN: AGMS-C; USARPAC, ATTN: GPPE-SV; and to each man's home station.

b. Out-processing will be accomplished by US Army Garrison, Scholfield Barracks, USARHAW, to include complete station clearance.

10. This SOP expires 1 Dec 67.

(copy signed)
FRANK J DOWER
LTC, Inf
Special Services Officer

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