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Vietnam war pictures

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http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2013/03/a_soldiers_eye_rediscovered_pi.html

Charlie Haughey was drafted into the US Army in October of 1967. He was 24, and had been in college in Michigan before running out of money and quitting school to work in a sheet metal factory. The draft notice meant that he was to serve a tour of duty in Vietnam, designated a rifleman, the basic field position in the Army. After 63 days in Vietnam, he was made a photographer, shooting photographs for the Army and US newspapers, with these instructions from the Colonel: “You are not a combat photographer. This is a morale operation. If I see pictures of my guys in papers, doing their jobs with honor, then you can do what you like in Vietnam.” He shot nearly 2,000 images between March 1968 and May 1969 before taking the negatives home. And there they sat, out of sight, but not out of mind, for 45 years, until a chance meeting brought them out of dormancy and into a digital scanner - See more at: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2013/03/a_soldiers_eye_rediscovered_pi.html#sthash.ho8gFsBN.dpuf

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That brings back memories of Borneo about the same time.

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Those are great photographs. I served in Viet Nam myself. No matter how we may feel about the legitimacy of that war, I hope we never forget the sacrifices made.

58,282 American boys died in Viet Nam, 303,644 American casualties*, 1,652 missing in action, 725 - 779 prisoners of war, 65 - 119 died in captivity.

195,000 - 430,000 South Vietnamese civilians dead, 50,000 - 65,000 North Vietnamese civilians dead.

The Vietnamese government claims 400,000 Vietnamese were killed by the American use of Agent Orange, 500,000 Vietnamese children were born with birth defects cause by the use of the chemical.

The Army of the Republic of (South) Viet Nam suffered 171,331 - 220,357 deaths.

440,000 communist military deaths, according to the U.S. military.

http://en.wikipedia...._War_casualties

* American military severely disabled 75,000. 100% disabled 23,214. 5,283 lost limbs, 1,081 sustained multiple amputations.

http://www.mrfa.org/vnstats.htm

There were also KIA and casualties in the army's of The Republic of Korea, Australia, Thailand, New Zeland and Laos.

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Awesome photos,I think Vietnam not only produced the best War Photographs,but some of the most Haunting. Good Stuff and a valuable part of Human History.

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Thanks for all of that info StarMountainKid, and thanks for your service regardless of how you feel about it or how I feel about the morality of the war. Vietnam was a real eye opener for the US and the world.

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Awesome. Amazing how the b/w differ to the color but both still have the feel of Vietnam. They make you see soldiers as people and not just soldiers.

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