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Vietnam War 1964-1975Created by: PICRYL - Public Domain Media Search EngineDated: 2016
Beginning in 1950, American military advisors arrived in what was then French Indochina. U.S. involvement escalated in the early 1960s, with troop levels tripling in 1961 and again in 1962. U.S. involvement escalated further following the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident, in which a U.S. destroyer clashed with North Vietnamese fast attack craft, which was followed by the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which gave the U.S. president authorization to increase U.S. military presence. Regular U.S. combat units were deployed beginning in 1965. Operations crossed international borders: bordering areas of Laos and Cambodia were heavily bombed by U.S. forces as American involvement in the war peaked in 1968, the same year that the communist side launched the Tet Offensive. The Tet Offensive failed in its goal of overthrowing the South Vietnamese government, but became the turning point in the war, as it persuaded a large segment of the U.S. population that its government's claims of progress toward winning the war were illusory despite many years of massive U.S. military aid to South Vietnam.
Gradual withdrawal of U.S. ground forces began as part of "Vietnamization", which aimed to end American involvement in the war while transferring the task of fighting the Communists to the South Vietnamese themselves. Despite the Paris Peace Accord, which was signed by all parties in January 1973, the fighting continued. In the U.S. and the Western world, a large anti-Vietnam War movement developed as part of a larger counterculture. The war changed the dynamics between the Eastern and Western Blocs, and altered North–South relations. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_War
Direct U.S. military involvement ended on 15 August 1973. The capture of Saigon by the North Vietnamese Army in April 1975 marked the end of the war, and North and South Vietnam were reunified the following year. The war exacted a huge human cost in terms of fatalities (see Vietnam War casualties). Estimates of the number of Vietnamese soldiers and civilians killed vary from 800,000 to 3.1 million. Some 200,000–300,000 Cambodians, 20,000–200,000 Laotians, and 58,220 U.S. service members also died in the conflict, with a further 1,626 missing in action.
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Photograph of Princess Margaret at Caltech

Photograph of Princess Margaret at Caltech

Caption: Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon and younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II, (foreground, second from left) with Lee A. DuBridge, President of the California Institute of Technology, (foreground, s... More

Photograph of Canadian Geese Flying Over Chippewa National Forest

Photograph of Canadian Geese Flying Over Chippewa National Forest

Original caption: Canadian geese flying over Chippewa NF. Historic Photographs Public domain photograph of forest, trees, US government forestry agency, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Photograph of Members of the Long Range Reconnaissance Team Moving through Rough Terrain Searching for Viet Cong near Tuy Hoa

Photograph of Members of the Long Range Reconnaissance Team Moving thr...

Original caption: Members of the Long Range Reconnaissance Team, Co C, 2nd Bn, 502nd Inf Regt, 1st Bde, 101st Abn Div move through rough terrain searching for the Viet Cong near Tuy Hoa, during Operation "Harri... More

As the Kaman HH-43F Huskie (Pedro) hovers, AIRMAN First Class (A1C) William Hart Pitsenbarger, USAF, Pararescue Crew Member, Detachment 6, 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron (ARRS) lowered to the ground prepares a wounded Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) soldier for extraction from the burning minefield

As the Kaman HH-43F Huskie (Pedro) hovers, AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Wi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: [Complete] Scene Caption: As the Kaman HH-43F Huskie (Pedro) hovers, AIRMAN First Class (A1C) William Hart Pitsenbarger, USAF, Pararescue Crew Member, Det... More

Photograph of Members of Company "A" Moving to the Perimeter of the Landing Zone during Operation Cook

Photograph of Members of Company "A" Moving to the Perimeter of the La...

Original caption: Elements of Co A, 2nd Bn, 502nd Inf., 101st Abn Bde, move to and secure a Landing Zone on a mountain top in the Quang Ngai Province, approximately 320 miles northeast of Saigon, after suspensi... More

Photograph of the Mobile Riverine Force

Photograph of the Mobile Riverine Force

Original caption: Mobile Riverine Force. After landing on the beach, troops move on to the land assault in a heavily vegetated area. Color Photographs of Signal Corps Activity

Photograph of Soldiers Observing Artillery Rounds Hitting Their Objective

Photograph of Soldiers Observing Artillery Rounds Hitting Their Object...

Original caption: Members of Co C, 2nd Bn, 35th Inf, 3rd Bde, 4th Inf Div, observe artillery rounds hitting their objective prior to their conducting a search and destroy operation in the Quang Ngai Province, 2... More

Photograph of Private James E. Stadig and Other Members of His Company Come out of a Viet Cong Cave

Photograph of Private James E. Stadig and Other Members of His Company...

Original caption: PFC James E. Stadig (Solvang, Calif.), rifleman, and other members of Co D, 2nd Bn, 35th Inf, 3rd Bde, 4th Inf Div, come out of a Viet Cong cave after checking it for Viet Cong men or equipmen... More

An air-to-air left side view of an Attack Squadron 164 (VA-164) A-4 Skyhawk aircraft en route to a target in North Vietnam. The aircraft is piloted by CMDR. William F. Span, executive officer of VA-164

An air-to-air left side view of an Attack Squadron 164 (VA-164) A-4 Sk...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: LTJG Nelson Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

COL W. E. Davis Jr., commander, 12th Tactical Fighter Wing, talks with other pilots after completing his 200th and last combat mission over North and South Vietnam. The mission consisted of attacking a Viet Cong concentration area, destroying military fortifications and inflicting heavy damage

COL W. E. Davis Jr., commander, 12th Tactical Fighter Wing, talks with...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Cam Ranh Bay Air Base Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital... More

Members of the 3rd Marine Division move an M114 155 mm howitzer into position during construction of a mountain-top fire support base

Members of the 3rd Marine Division move an M114 155 mm howitzer into p...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Members of the 3rd Marine Division use a chain saw to clear underbrush and trees from a mountain-top fire support base construction site

Members of the 3rd Marine Division use a chain saw to clear underbrush...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An F-4 Phantom II aircraft passes overhead as a bulldozer clears underbrush from the site of a mountain-top support base. The base is under construction by members of the 3rd Marine Division

An F-4 Phantom II aircraft passes overhead as a bulldozer clears under...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 4 (HC-4) CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter lifts a partially dismantled Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 9 (HS-9) SH-3H Sea King helicopter from the deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) to carry it to the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67)

A Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 4 (HC-4) CH-53E Super Stallion he...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Mediterranean Sea (MED) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Lipski Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Left side view of a parked UC-123K Provider aircraft from the 315th Tactical Airlift Wing. The aircraft, being inactivated, is named "Patches" for the more than 1,000 hit-hole patches that it received during the Vietnam conflict. The images painted on the aircraft are Snuffy Smith wearing a bullet-riddled hat and four Purple hearts, one for each aircrew member wounded in flight

Left side view of a parked UC-123K Provider aircraft from the 315th Ta...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: PHAN Rang Air Base Country: South Vietnam Scene Camera Operator: SGT Rodney Eagan Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Di... More

COL Ray C. Staley, commander, 315th Tactical Airlift Wing, greets UC-123K Provider aircraft crew members. The members are SSGT W. Pase, left, and SSGT R. Christie. The aircraft, being inactivated, is named "Patches" for the more than 1,000 hit-hole patches that it received during the Vietnam conflict

COL Ray C. Staley, commander, 315th Tactical Airlift Wing, greets UC-1...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: PHAN Rang Air Base Country: South Vietnam Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Pho... More

US Army soldiers exit from a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter during an exercise. The soldier in the foreground is armed with an M60 machine gun

US Army soldiers exit from a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter during an exerci...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A B-52D Stratofortress aircraft waits beside the runway as a B-52G approaches for landing after completing a bombing mission over North Vietnam during Operation LINEBACKER. The aircraft are from the Strategic Air Command

A B-52D Stratofortress aircraft waits beside the runway as a B-52G app...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: LINEBACKER Base: Andersen Air Base Country: Guam (GUM) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Com... More

A view of the crowd gathered to welcome recently released prisoners of war home from Vietnam

A view of the crowd gathered to welcome recently released prisoners of...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to ... More

U.S. Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker arrives at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in his automobile to observe the departure of Viet Cong POWs for Loc Ninh prisoner exchange between the United States/South Vietnam and North Vietnam/Viet Cong militaries

U.S. Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker arrives at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in h...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Saigon Country: South Vietnam Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Herman Kokojan Release Status: Released to Public... More

Former POW Mr. James U. Rollilns, U.S. civilian gives his identification information to a member of the U.S. military. Mr Rollins is one of the twenty eight American POWs released by the Viet Cong on February 12, 1973

Former POW Mr. James U. Rollilns, U.S. civilian gives his identificati...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Loc Ninh Country: South Vietnam Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Herman Kokojan Release Status: Released to Publ... More

The Huey H-1 helicopters, carrying the members of the United Nation's International Commission of Control and Supervision who will observe the exchange American and South Vietnamese prisoners for Viet Cong (VC) and North Vietnamese (NVA) prisoners, approach the exchange location

The Huey H-1 helicopters, carrying the members of the United Nation's ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Loc Ninh Country: South Vietnam Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Herman Kokojan Release Status: Released to Publ... More

At Gia Lan Airport, surrounded by North Vietnamese and American officials, the press and public, just released, ex-POW U.S. Air Force CPT John H. Nasmyth Jr. (Captured 4 Sep 66), salute COL Emil J. Wengel, a member of the American delegation

At Gia Lan Airport, surrounded by North Vietnamese and American offici...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Hanoi Country: Republic Of Vietnam (RVN) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Eddie P. Boaz Release Status: Released... More

Ex-POW and U.S. Navy CPT Ernest Milvin Moore Jr., (Captured 11 Mar 67) gets a kiss and a gift from young Robert Ballentine, son of SSGT Michael G. Ballentine assigned to the 6922nd Security Squadron. Robert was one of the many well wishers who came say goodbye to CPT Moore prior to his departure for the United States. CPT Moore was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Navy CPT Ernest Milvin Moore Jr., (Captured 11 Mar 67)...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Deal Toney Release Stat... More

President Richard Nixon Bidding Farewell to South Vietnam's President Nguyen Van Thieu at the Door to the Air Force One Helicopter, Flanked by an Honor Guard on the Helipad of the Western White House, La Casa Pacifica, in San Clemente, California

President Richard Nixon Bidding Farewell to South Vietnam's President ...

Nixon White House Photographs Public domain photograph - United States military, propaganda free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft Visiting the West Sitting Room to Apprise President Gerald R. Ford, and First Lady Betty Ford, on the Progress of the Evacuation of Americans from Saigon

Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and National Security Adviser Br...

Gerald R. Ford White House Photographs Public domain photograph of US government, White House, Office of President of the United States of America, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Photograph of President Gerald Ford Meeting in the Oval Office with Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller to Discuss the American Evacuation of Saigon

Photograph of President Gerald Ford Meeting in the Oval Office with Se...

This photograph was taken in the Oval Office at the White House. Gerald R. Ford White House Photographs

Photograph of President Gerald R. Ford Carrying a Vietnamese Baby from Clipper 1742, One of the Operation Babylift Planes that Transported Approximately 325 South Vietnamese Orphans from Saigon to the United States, at San Francisco International Airport

Photograph of President Gerald R. Ford Carrying a Vietnamese Baby from...

Gerald R. Ford White House Photographs Public domain photograph - White house, President of the United States, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Vietnamese refugees arrive at the air station after being evacuated from Saigon. After being processed at the air station passenger terminal, the refugees will depart for Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton

Vietnamese refugees arrive at the air station after being evacuated fr...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Marine Corps Air Station El Toro State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: CPL H.F. Hall, Usmc Relea... More

Vietnamese refugees arrive at the air station after being evacuated from Saigon. After being processed at the air station passenger terminal, the refugees will depart for Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton. (SUBSTANDARD)

Vietnamese refugees arrive at the air station after being evacuated fr...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Marine Corps Air Station El Toro State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT D.E. Campbell Release... More

Vietnamese refugees wait in line for preliminary processing by Immigration and Naturalization officials upon their arrival at a temporary housing facility

Vietnamese refugees wait in line for preliminary processing by Immigra...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: R... More

Vietnamese refugees eat dinner at a temporary housing facility

Vietnamese refugees eat dinner at a temporary housing facility

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: R... More

Vietnamese refugees play table tennis at a temporary housing facility while waiting for processing and sponsorship

Vietnamese refugees play table tennis at a temporary housing facility ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: R... More

A statue is dedicated in honor of Brigadier General Robinson Risner (USAF, Ret.) during a ceremony at the US Air Force Academy. Risner was shot down over North Vietnam in 1965 and served as vice commander of the 4th Allied Prisoner of War Wing until he was repatriated in 1973

A statue is dedicated in honor of Brigadier General Robinson Risner (U...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Colorado Springs State: Colorado (CO) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public ... More

General (GEN) Cao Van Vien, last chairman of the joint general staff, military forces of the Republic of Vietnam, now with the US Army Center of Military History, presents a copy of his recently published book"The Final Collapse"to GEN John A. Wickham Jr., US Army chief of staff

General (GEN) Cao Van Vien, last chairman of the joint general staff, ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Robert D. Ward Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Marine Sergeant Major Allan J. Kellogg, right, Medal of Honor recipient for duty in Vietnam, and Air Force General Jerome O'Malley, commander-in-chief of Pacific Air Forces, salute during the wreath-laying ceremony to honor the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era. The casket will be transported California aboard the frigate USS BREWTON (FF 1086)

Marine Sergeant Major Allan J. Kellogg, right, Medal of Honor recipien...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pearl Harbor State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH1 David B. Loveall Release Status: Released to ... More

The flag-draped casket of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era is placed on the pier by a joint service honor guard in preparation for a wreath-laying ceremony. The casket will be transported to California aboard the frigate USS BREWTON (FF 1086), and then transferred to Arlington National Cemetery for interment at the Tomb of the Unknowns

The flag-draped casket of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era is...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pearl Harbor State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH1 David B. Loveall Release Status: Released to ... More

Members of a joint services honor guard stand by as members of a joint services casket team place the casket of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era on a catafalque in the Capitol rotunda. President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, VIPs, Vietnam veterans and other guests are attending the ceremony. The Unknown will lie in state in the rotunda until Memorial Day

Members of a joint services honor guard stand by as members of a joint...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Washington State: District Of Columbia (DC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Robert D. Ward Release Status: Releas... More

President Ronald Reagan presents the Medal of Honor to the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era. The presentation is taking place during the state funeral service in the Arlington National Cemetery, Memorial Amphitheater. Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger is seated behind the casket

President Ronald Reagan presents the Medal of Honor to the Unknown Ser...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PA2 Tom Gillespie Release Status: Released to Publ... More

Major General John L. Ballantyne III, commanding general, US Army Military District of Washington, District of Columbia, salutes President Ronald Reagan after presenting him with flag from the casket of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era during the interment ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery

Major General John L. Ballantyne III, commanding general, US Army Mili...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Mickey Sanborn Release Status: Released to Public ... More

A joint services casket team carries the flag-draped casket of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era out of Memorial Amphitheater, at the conclusion of the state funeral service at Arlington National Cemetery. The serviceman will be interred at the tomb of the Unknowns. Behind President Ronald Reagan are members of the US Army Chorus

A joint services casket team carries the flag-draped casket of the Unk...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Gillespie Release Status: Released to Public C... More

Retired COL. George "Bud" Day wears his ceremonial dress uniform. COL. Day is America's most decorated living veteran and his decorations include the Medal of Honor for his courage as a Vietnam prisoner of War (POW)

Retired COL. George "Bud" Day wears his ceremonial dress uniform. COL....

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Eglin Air Force Base State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. Bill Thompson Release Status:... More

Paraphernalia retrieved from the site of an ambush during the war in Vietnam is displayed for the media. The articles are evidence of the excavation work being done by Vietnamese authorities as part of a search for American servicemen listed as missing in action (MIA).

Paraphernalia retrieved from the site of an ambush during the war in V...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Viet Nam(VNM) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT. Jose Lopez Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

As the caskets containing remains suspected to be those of U.S. servicemen killed during the war in Vietnam are removed from a C-141B Starlifter a combined honor guard comes to present arms.

As the caskets containing remains suspected to be those of U.S. servic...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hickam Air Force Base State: Hawaii(HI) Country: United States Of America(USA) Scene Camera Operator: Bob Higgins Release Status: Released to Pu... More

Overrall view as BGEN Stan McClellan, CHIEF of STAFF Military Assistance Command-Vietnam (MACV), U.S. Army, conducts a press conference, to discuss the details of release of the prisoners of war, for members of the civilian press in a Military Assistance Command-Vietnam (MACV) briefing room at Tan Son Nhut Airbase

Overrall view as BGEN Stan McClellan, CHIEF of STAFF Military Assistan...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Saigon Country: South Vietnam Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Urias, USAF Release Status: Released to Public Co... More

Live like her : Nguyen Thi Binh

Live like her : Nguyen Thi Binh

Public domain photograph of Vietnam War, the 1960s, 1970s, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Photograph of Specialist 4th Class Jackie Coulter Holding a Dog that had Survived an Airstrike in a Village Near Laikhe

Photograph of Specialist 4th Class Jackie Coulter Holding a Dog that h...

Original caption: SP4 Jackie Coulter (Lafayette, GA) 1st Inf Div holds dog that had survived air strike in village near Laikhe, Rvn., during "Operation Buckskin". Color Photographs of Signal Corps Activity

The U.S. Air Force AC-47 Dragon aircraft flies missions over South Vietnam in support of allied outposts

The U.S. Air Force AC-47 Dragon aircraft flies missions over South Vie...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Saigon Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Republic of Vietnam. Operation "DASPO". SSG Howard G. Breedlove, Combat Photographer, DASPO, Wades Through Knee Deep Water in Rice Paddies During an Infantry Sweep Through the Rice Paddies off the Main Highway Leading to Cu Chi from Saigon

Republic of Vietnam. Operation "DASPO". SSG Howard G. Breedlove, Comba...

Color Photographs of Signal Corps Activity Public domain photograph - United States military, propaganda free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Photograph of Civilian Irregular Defense Group Trainees Firing a M-79 Grenade Launchers

Photograph of Civilian Irregular Defense Group Trainees Firing a M-79 ...

Original caption: Camp Trai Trung Sup, the 3rd Corps Basic Training Center for the Civilian Irregular Defense Group (CIDG), is commanded by the Vietnamese Special Forces (LLDB) and advised by Detachment "A", 5t... More

Harry S. Truman's 83rd Birthday

Harry S. Truman's 83rd Birthday

Caption: Former President Harry S. Truman seated in a chair at his home at 219 North Delaware, Independence, Missouri, on the occasion of his 83rd birthday. Standing behind him is Mrs. Bess Wallace Truman. Th... More

An aerial port bow view of the Forrestal Class Aircraft Carrier, USS FORRESTAL (CVA 59) underway approximately one month after fires and explosions damaged the ship leaving 132 crewmen dead, 62 injured, and two missing and presumed dead while on duty in waters off Vietnam. The FORRESTAL is homeport at Norfolk, Virginia

An aerial port bow view of the Forrestal Class Aircraft Carrier, USS F...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Atlantic Ocean (AOC) Scene Camera Operator: PHC H.L. Wise, USN Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Photograph of Private Michael J. Mendoza Firing His M-16 Rifle Into a Valley during Operation Cook

Photograph of Private Michael J. Mendoza Firing His M-16 Rifle Into a ...

Original caption: Elements of Co A, 2nd Bn, 502nd Inf., 101st Abn Bde, move to and secure a Landing Zone on a mountain top in the Quang Ngai Province, approximately 320 miles northeast of Saigon, after suspensi... More

Photograph of the Mobile Riverine Force

Photograph of the Mobile Riverine Force

Original caption: Mobile Riverine Force. The US Naval Ship, BENEWAH is used by the MRF as a troop ship, berthing all the troops of the MRF and is equipped with a floating pier for all smaller boats. On the to... More

Photograph of the Recovery of a UH-1C Gunship

Photograph of the Recovery of a UH-1C Gunship

Original caption: Flyaway Pack (Field Recovery). The recovery section of the 56th Transportation Co, (ADS), based in TAN SON NHUT, recovered a UH-1C Gunship of the 9th Inf Div that was shot down near Tan An Ci... More

Draft Resistance Rally at the Department of Justice

Draft Resistance Rally at the Department of Justice

This photograph depicts an anti-draft protest rally outside the Department of Justice Field Office building in Washington, D.C. This photograph was taken by Special Agent Hilmer H. Krebs. Photographs Taken by S... More

A ground crew member hooks an O-1 Bird Dog aircraft to a Vietnamese Air Force H-34 Choctaw helicopter, hovering overhead

A ground crew member hooks an O-1 Bird Dog aircraft to a Vietnamese Ai...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Da Nang Air Base Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Phot... More

A member of the 3rd Marine Division uses a combination backhoe/front-end loader to grade the construction site of a mountain-top fire support base

A member of the 3rd Marine Division uses a combination backhoe/front-e...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Members of the 3rd Marine Division prepare to load a round into an M-101 105mm howitzer during construction by members of a mountain-top fire support base

Members of the 3rd Marine Division prepare to load a round into an M-1...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A member of the 3rd Marine Division is lowered from a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter to inspect a prospective site for a mountain-top fire support base

A member of the 3rd Marine Division is lowered from a CH-46 Sea Knight...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A member of the 3rd Marine Division uses a chain saw to cut up a tree trunk at a mountain-top fire support base construction site. Two other marines and their equipment are lowered into the site by helicopter

A member of the 3rd Marine Division uses a chain saw to cut up a tree ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A right front view of a parked UC-123K Provider aircraft of the 315th Tactical Airlift Wing. The aircraft, being inactivated, is named "Patches" for the more than 1,000 hit-hole patches that it received during the Vietnam conflict

A right front view of a parked UC-123K Provider aircraft of the 315th ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: PHAN Rang Air Base Country: South Vietnam Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Pho... More

LT. Wayne Gordermute is welcomed to Clark Air Base upon his arrival aboard a C-141 Starlifter aircraft. LT. Gordermute was recently released from a prisoner of war camp in Vietnam

LT. Wayne Gordermute is welcomed to Clark Air Base upon his arrival ab...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: Chambers Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

View from inside the C-141 as two Ex-POWs are greeted upon arriving, after the flight from Hanoi, North Vietnam, by (Left to Right) LGEN William G. Moore Jr., Commander 13th Air Force and Admiral Noel Gaylor, Commander Pacific Command

View from inside the C-141 as two Ex-POWs are greeted upon arriving, a...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Eddie P. Boaz Release S... More

(On left) Mr. Richard George Waldhaus, U.S. civilian and fellow POW U.S. Army SP-4 Richard H. Springman, (Captured 25 May 70) are two of the twenty eight American POWs released by the Viet Cong on February 12, 1973

(On left) Mr. Richard George Waldhaus, U.S. civilian and fellow POW U....

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Loc Ninh Country: South Vietnam Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Herman Kokojan Release Status: Released to Publ... More

Viet Cong soldiers carry a litter with injured American POW, CPT David Earle Baker, (Captured 27 June 72) from the hospital tent to the release point. American and South Vietnamese prisoners were exchanged for Viet Cong (VC) and North Vietnamese (NVA) prisoners

Viet Cong soldiers carry a litter with injured American POW, CPT David...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Loc Ninh Country: South Vietnam Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Herman Kokojan Release Status: Released to Publ... More

Ex-POW and U.S.Navy CMDR James Glenn Pirie (Captured 22 Jun 67), at the flight line microphone, thanks the crowd of well wishers and press before departing for the United States on the C-141 Starlifter in the background. 13th Air Force Commander, LGEN William G. Moore Jr., stands in background near the ambulance bus that brought the ex-POWs to the flight line. CMDR Pirie was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 18 Feb 73

Ex-POW and U.S.Navy CMDR James Glenn Pirie (Captured 22 Jun 67), at th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: SGT William L. Lee Release S... More

Ex-POW and U.S. Air Force MAJ Jay R. Jensen (Captured 18 Feb 67) salutes the Honor Guard colors after arriving on the bus, in the background, and prior to boarding a C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the United States. MAJ Jensen was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 18 Feb 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Air Force MAJ Jay R. Jensen (Captured 18 Feb 67) salut...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: SGT William L. Lee Release S... More

Ex-POW and U.S. Air Force CPT Robert Archie Abbott (Captured 30 Apr 67) says farewell to a group of well wishers and friends who came to the flight line to say goodbye as he leaves for United States. CPT Abbott was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW and U.S. Air Force CPT Robert Archie Abbott (Captured 30 Apr 67...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Deal Toney Release Stat... More

Ex-POW, U.S. Navy LCMDR Richard D. Mullins (Captured 6 Jan 67), shakes hands with 13th Air Force Commander LGEN William G. Moore Jr. prior to boarding the C-141 Starlifter for the flight to the United States. CMRD Mullins was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam on 4 Mar 73

Ex-POW, U.S. Navy LCMDR Richard D. Mullins (Captured 6 Jan 67), shakes...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Clark Air Base State: Luzon Country: Philippines (PHL) Scene Camera Operator: CPT Frank J. Adinolfi Releas... More

A US Army photographer takes photographs from a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter in flight

A US Army photographer takes photographs from a UH-1 Iroquois helicopt...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Secretary of Defense James R. Schlesinger at a National Security Council Meeting Regarding the Situation in South Vietnam

Secretary of Defense James R. Schlesinger at a National Security Counc...

Gerald R. Ford White House Photographs Public domain photograph of US government, White House, Office of President of the United States of America, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Photograph of President Gerald Ford Meeting with Brent Scowcroft, Graham Martin, General Frederick Weyand, and Henry Kissinger in the Oval Office to Discuss the Situation in Vietnam

Photograph of President Gerald Ford Meeting with Brent Scowcroft, Grah...

This photograph was taken in the Oval Office of the White House. Pictured with President Ford are Brent Scowcroft, Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs; Graham Martin, United States A... More

Members of the 1ST Cavalry Division deploy from UH-1 Iroquois helicopters during an exercise

Members of the 1ST Cavalry Division deploy from UH-1 Iroquois helicopt...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Vietnamese refugees fill out forms during preliminary processing by Immigration and Naturalization officials upon their arrival at a temporary housing facility

Vietnamese refugees fill out forms during preliminary processing by Im...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: R... More

Vietnamese refugees eat dinner at a temporary housing facility

Vietnamese refugees eat dinner at a temporary housing facility

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: R... More

Vietnamese refugees wait in line for preliminary processing by Immigration and Naturalization officials upon their arrival at a temporary housing facility

Vietnamese refugees wait in line for preliminary processing by Immigra...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: R... More

A joint service honor guard and color bearers salute the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era as his casket is carried aboard the frigate USS BREWTON (FF 1086) for transport to California. The casket will be transferred to Arlington National Cemetery for interment at the Tomb of the Unknowns

A joint service honor guard and color bearers salute the Unknown Servi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pearl Harbor State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH1 David B. Loveall Release Status: Released to ... More

A joint services honor guard attends the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era as he lies in state at the main chapel. The Unknown will lie in state at the chapel until the morning of May 25th, when he will be transported to Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. Once at Andrews, he will be taken to the Capitol to lie in state prior to interment at the Tomb of the Unknowns

A joint services honor guard attends the Unknown Serviceman of the Vie...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SMSGT D. Sutherland Release Status: ... More

President Ronald Reagan places a wreath at the base of the casket of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era during an arrival ceremony in the Capitol rotunda. Also attending the ceremony are Mrs. Reagan, VIP's, Vietnam veterans, and other guests. The Unknown will lie in state in the rotunda until Memorial Day, when he will be taken to Arlington National Cemetery

President Ronald Reagan places a wreath at the base of the casket of t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Washington State: District Of Columbia (DC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Robert D. Ward, CIV Release Status: R... More

President Ronald Reagan places a wreath at the base of the casket of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era during an arrival ceremony in the Capitol rotunda. Also attending the ceremony are Mrs. Reagan, VIP's, Vietnam veterans, and other guests. The Unknown will lie in state in the rotunda until Memorial Day, when he will be taken to Arlington National Cemetery

President Ronald Reagan places a wreath at the base of the casket of t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Washington State: District Of Columbia (DC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Robert D. Ward, CIV Release Status: R... More

A joint services casket team removes the casket of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era from a hearse parked outside the east entrance of the Capitol. The casket will be carried past the color guard and joint services honor condon lining the steps of the Capitol and placed in the rotunda, where the Unknown will lie in state until Memorial Day

A joint services casket team removes the casket of the Unknown Service...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Washington State: District Of Columbia (DC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Helene C. Stikkel Release Status: Rel... More

A joint services casket team carries the flag-draped casket of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era into the Capitol. The Unknown will lie in state in the Rotunda until Memorial Day, when he will be placed on a caisson and taken to Arlington National Cemetery for interment at the Tomb of the Unknowns

A joint services casket team carries the flag-draped casket of the Unk...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Washington State: District Of Columbia (DC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Lloyd H. Cole, USAF Release Stat... More

A joint services casket team places the casket of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era aboard a C-141B Starlifter aircraft for a flight to Washington, District of Columbia. The Unknown will lie in state in the Capitol building until Memorial Day, when he will be interred at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery

A joint services casket team places the casket of the Unknown Servicem...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Travis Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to ... More

Members of the 3rd Infantry (The Old Guard) render a salute as the casket of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era is lowered into a crypt at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery. Shaking hands are Raymond J. Costanzo, ANC superintendent, and Major General John L. Ballantyne, commanding general, US Army Military District of Washington. (SUBSTANDARD)

Members of the 3rd Infantry (The Old Guard) render a salute as the cas...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT James Tate Release Status: Released to Public ... More

The casket of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era is lowered into a crypt at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery

The casket of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era is lowered int...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT James W. Tate Release Status: Released to Publ... More

President Ronald Reagan, escorted by Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and Major General John L. Ballantyne, CG, US Army Military District of Washington, arrives at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery. The president is attending the internment of the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era

President Ronald Reagan, escorted by Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinb...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Arlington State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Robert D. Ward Release Status: Released to Public ... More

A commemorative wreath is placed at the base of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the day of the funeral for the Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era. A Maryland State Police color guard participates in the ceremony

A commemorative wreath is placed at the base of the Vietnam Veterans M...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Washington State: District Of Columbia (DC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Pablo Marmolejo Release Status: ... More

A flag-draped casket containing remains suspected to be those of a U.S. serviceman killed during the war in Vietnam is loaded into a military ambulance. Two caskets have already been loaded and at least two more are still on the C-141B Starlifter in the background.

A flag-draped casket containing remains suspected to be those of a U.S...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Hickam Air Force Base State: Hawaii(HI) Country: United States Of America(USA) Scene Camera Operator: Bob Higgins Release Status: Released to Pu... More

BGEN Stan McClellan, U.S. Army, CHIEF of STAFF, Military Assistance Command-Vietnam (MACV), conducts a press conference, to discuss the details of release of the prisoners of war, for members of the civilian press in a Military Assistance Command-Vietnam (MACV) briefing room at Tan Son Nhut Airbase

BGEN Stan McClellan, U.S. Army, CHIEF of STAFF, Military Assistance Co...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: HOMECOMING Base: Saigon Country: South Vietnam Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Urias Release Status: Released to Public Combined... More

[Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson standing among group of Vietnamese soldiers and Americans during a visit  to Saigon, South Vietnam] / TOH.

[Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson standing among group of Vietnamese s...

Public domain photograph related to administration of President Lyndon Johnson, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

The Republic of Vietnam Helps Refugees

The Republic of Vietnam Helps Refugees

Psychological Warfare Posters Promoting the U.S.-South Vietnamese Cause During the Vietnam War

Photograph of Troops Moving across a Rice Field in Search of Viet Cong

Photograph of Troops Moving across a Rice Field in Search of Viet Cong

Original caption: Operation "Van Buren" a combined allied operation of Military Forces of the Republic of Korea, Republic of Vietnam and the United States 101st Abn Bde, was to deny the vital rice harvest to th... More

Photograph of Catholic Chaplain Captain Bruno Massoti Conducts Services for Troops during the Operation

Photograph of Catholic Chaplain Captain Bruno Massoti Conducts Service...

Original caption: Operation "Van Buren" a combined allied operation of Military Forces of the Republic of Korea, Republic of Vietnam and the United States 101st Abn Bde. The operation was to deny the vital ric... More

AN air-to-air right side view of a B-57 Canberra aircraft heading for a strike mission, ending the two-month tour of the 13th Tactical Bombardment Squadron in Vietnam from Clark Air Base, Philippines. The maintenance crew of the 13th Tactical Bombardment Squadron recently established a unit maintenance record of 12,000 combat missions flown without a single ground cancellation

AN air-to-air right side view of a B-57 Canberra aircraft heading for ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: PHAN Rang Air Base Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Ph... More

Photograph of Staff Sergeant Hugh L. Maple Playing with a Vietnamese Child

Photograph of Staff Sergeant Hugh L. Maple Playing with a Vietnamese C...

Original caption: PFC James E. Stadig (Solvang, Calif.), rifleman, and other members of Co D, 2nd Bn, 35th Inf, 3rd Bde, 4th Inf Div, come out of a Viet Cong cave after checking it for Viet Cong men or equipmen... More

Wounded servicemen arriving from Vietnam at Andrews Air Force Base / [WKL].

Wounded servicemen arriving from Vietnam at Andrews Air Force Base / [...

Photograph shows two military staff carrying a wounded serviceman on a stretcher from an airplane. Title from contact sheet folder caption. U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection. Contact sheet... More

Burning Draft Cards - U.S. National Archives Public Domain photograph

Burning Draft Cards - U.S. National Archives Public Domain photograph

This photograph is of a young unnamed man burning a draft card at an anti-Vietnam draft rally at a New York town hall meeting. [Photographs] Townhall Meeting, Draft Resistance Rally

Marines of the 3rd Marine Division begin to clear trees and underbrush from a mountain-top during the construction of a fire support base

Marines of the 3rd Marine Division begin to clear trees and underbrush...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Viet Nam (VNM) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

[Young men and women committee members in an office planning demonstrations as part of the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam which took place on October 15, 1969]

[Young men and women committee members in an office planning demonstra...

Title devised by Library staff from contact sheet folder caption. Date from contact sheet folder caption. Contact sheet available for reference purposes: USN&WR COLL - Job no. 21557, frame 31A. Contact sheet fo... More

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