NOTE: There’s nothing nice about war. The photojournalists during the Vietnam war did something that had never been done, and because of that America was able to see the #TRUTH about war, in back and white–there’s no sugar-coating the images, as it should be. The following images are of front line medics treating wounded soldiers, often being wounded themselves. This is a true testament to their brotherhood bond. The images lack ‘gore’ but make up for it with thought-provoking and powerful message they relay: WAR IS HELL.
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medic of the 101st Airborne Division attempts to save the life of a fellow medic wounded during the assault against the North Vietnamese at Hamburger Hill. May 19, 1969. The wounded medic later died.
Medic James Callahan attempts to save an injured soldier during the Battle of Saigon.
Medic James E. Callahan of Pittsfield, Mass., gives mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a dying soldier in war zone D, about 50 miles northeast of Saigon, June 17, 1967. Thirty-one men of the 1st Infantry Division were reported killed in the guerrilla ambush, with more than 100 wounded. (AP Photo/Henri Huet)
In a 1968 Associated Press photo from Vietnam by Art Greenspon, a soldier guides an unseen medevac helicopter to a jungle clearing where wounded comrades wait.
During the Vietnam War, an American medic from the 1st Infantry Division searches the sky for a medevac helicopter to evacuate his wounded buddy following an air assault conducted by U.S. troops. June 1967.
Henri Huet. Medic James E. Callahan of Pittsfield, Mass., treats a U.S. infantryman who suffered a head wound when a Viet Cong bullet pierced his helmet during a three-hour battle in war zone D, about 50 miles northeast of Saigon. June 17, 1967
Soldier from the 101st Airborne, Hamburger Hill, Vietnam War.
Vietnam War – 1st Infantry Division Medic treating a wounded soldier.
Wearing a bloody bandage over the left side of his face, medic Thomas Cole of Richmond, Va., tends to a soldier of the First Cavalry Divison. This picture is from an unforgettable sequence of one man’s dedication.
Kyoichi Sawada. 1966. A medic treats a wounded soldier of 1st Cavalry Division during Operation Masher, Bong Son, Vietnam.
18 May 1969, A Shau Valley, South Vietnam — Paramedics load wounded paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division into a UH-1 Iroquois, also known as a “Huey,” following fierce fighting on “Hamburger Hill” in South Vietnam’s A Shau Valley. The hill was taken after the 10-day 11-assault campaign which left more than 300 US soldiers killed or wounded.
Wounded U.S. paratroopers are helped by fellow soldiers to a medical evacuation helicopter on Oct. 5, 1965 during the Vietnam War. Paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade’s First Battalion suffered many casualties in the clash with Viet Cong guerrillas in the jungle of South Vietnam’s “D” Zone, 25 miles Northeast of Saigon. (AP Photo)
The body of an American paratrooper killed in action in the jungle near the Cambodian border is raised up to an evacuation helicopter in War Zone C, Vietnam in 1966. (AP Photo/Henri Huet)
I had to share this last photo, although off topic from the above gallery, it was taken in Vietnam.
A brief moment caught on film of a Soldier, putting the war out of his mind. But the moment was ever so brief.
I’m not sure why I haven’t mentioned this before now but, if you enjoy the articles by Duffel Blog (writers are retired military), I recommend reading the comments after them the majority of their followers are in/retired from the military. I’ve included a comment to this article and its responses below; I feel they’re worthy of being shared. Enjoy!
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The following was written in tribute to D-day paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, by a fellow trooper who belonged to HQ Co. 551st PIB. I met the deceased trooper’s son rather by chance today and he shared the hand-written poem, which I will transcribe below. I think it reveals how bitterly troopers regarded combat-and their mortal enemies, at that time.
The Navy is chock full of myth and tradition, and what happens at sea even affects our language. Many naval traditions, from the Sirens and Sea Monsters of the Odyssey to the boatswain’s call, date back hundreds and even thousands of years.