A Shau Valley Vietnam
A Shau Valley Vietnam
U. S. First Division soldiers are waist deep as they ford a stream near Bien Hoa, South Vietnam, in search of Viet Cong, Aug. 7, 1965. The division has been seeking the communist guerrillas around their positions since the American arrival in Vietnam in July. (AP Photo/Horst Faas)
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In 1997, 10 years after retiring from a 34-year career in the Army Reserve and Air Force Reserve, Edward Kosakoski was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Though his last assignment in the Reserve was as commander of the 74th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts, it was during the mid-1970s and early 1980s that Lt. Col. K was exposed to Agent Orange while flying training missions on several C-123 aircraft previously used for spraying the chemical defoliant in Vietnam. Read more
Not only did American and Allied forces have to contend with an enemy they couldn’t see in a foreign land (foreign in every aspect), along with the mud, rain, mosquitoes et al, they had to keep their heads on pivot for these giant cats! I personally don’t agree with this type of hunting for “sport.” But as we know all’s fair in love and war; when the only options were to kill or be killed, the hunter had to become the hunted.
Thank you to all of our Vietnam vets. Rawr!
Picture of a Marine walking point for his unit during Operation Macon, 1966 Vietnam. (Photo credit: National Archives)
For much of the world, the visual history of the Vietnam War has been defined by a handful of iconic photographs: Eddie Adams’ image of a Viet Cong fighter being executed, Nick Ut’s picture of nine-year-old Kim Phúc fleeing a napalm strike, Malcolm Browne’s photo of Thích Quang Duc self-immolating in a Saigon intersection. Read more
A U.S. 9th Infantry Division soldier of the 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry, takes advantage of a stream in the Mekong Delta of South Vietnam to cool off while cleaning his weapon, June 1969. ~ Vietnam War.
11 May 1967, Khe Sanh, Vietnam — A wounded United States Marine is held in the arms of soldiers while awaiting medical attention during fighting of the Vietnam War on Hill 881 on May 11, 1967.
Colonel Robin Olds joined the military through The U.S. military academy at West Point, an all-star linebacker for the football team who was anxious to get into the fight raging in World War II Europe. His legacy was larger than life. He was a triple ace fighter pilot with 16 kills in WWII and married Hollywood actress Ella Raines. He stayed in the Air Force when it became independent from the U.S. Army and then commanded a fighter wing during the Vietnam War. He is remembered by the Air Force today during “Mustache March,” for the distinctive mustache he wore in Vietnam, sported as a way to boost morale among his men and thumb his nose at the media.
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watch this thirty minute documentary about a battle in Vietnam.
In the final year of the Vietnam War, a series of offensives by the North Vietnamese led to the fall of the South Vietnamese capital Saigon on April 30, 1975.
As the North Vietnamese Viet Cong approached Saigon, South Vietnamese citizens and American personnel fled before them, and the U.S. government began a program of mass evacuations. People were helicoptered away, sometimes under fire, to waiting American warships. There were scenes of chaos as desperate people tried to escape. Read more
Just when I thought I’d seen every picture that came out of Vietnam (war), I come across more! I can’t keep them to myself so here’s a few of a very familiar “feature” in the Vietnam theatre.
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A new exhibit celebrates the work of John Florea, a LIFE photographer whose shock at the horrors of World War II translated into some of the most haunting images ever made of war.
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03 Apr 1968, Ca Lu, South Vietnam — US soldiers from the 1st Cavalry rest on trucks in a convoy before Operation Pegasus, an attempt to clear the east-west route to Khe Sanh during the Vietnam War. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS