Vietnam War Photos - Art

This gallery displays some photographs I took when I served for nine months with the Army in DaNang, South Vietnam from 1968-69. I was caught up in President Lyndon B. Johnson's call up of some 25,000 military reservists in the wake of the brutal Tet offensive launched by the North Vietnamese in January-February 1968. My Minnesota Army Reserve Unit was assigned to run a supply depot for the U.S. Army Support Command in DaNang, but I quickly transferred to the Command's public information unit to utilize my experience as a journalist, a career I pursued before taking up painting in the late 1970s. I spent my tour of duty writing "hometown" stories about the troops serving in the Northern I Corps, traveling from Chu Lai in the south to Dong Ha bordering the DMZ in the north, and compiling early morning news briefs for the commanding officer, Brigadier General James W. Gunn, and his staff. I was extremely fortunate to never experience combat, so the photos in this collection are scenes of daily life in the war zone for the military and civilians as the fighting raged all around us. Although memory dims on the exact locations and circumstances depicted in these war-zone photographs, I'll do my best with the descriptions. This is kind of a photo story with a beginning and an end, but I wasn't smart enough to reverse the upload order, so the story ends before it begins. Kind of like my own life, in a way.

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