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Historical 1960s Photos of U.S. Soldiers in the Vietnam War

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

My youngest brother Jim in Vietnam

My youngest brother Jim in Vietnam

Vietnam War

This collection from old photo negatives was taken in the late 1960s by my brother Jim when he served one of his two tours of duty in Vietnam. He had some of his war buddies snap some photos of him in that setting also.

I never saw these photos in an album. Until recently, these negatives sat in an old shoebox on one of my mother's closet shelves.

My brother died when he was only 35 years of age, and his massive injuries, which impaired the balance of his life, occurred while he was still in the military but not in Vietnam.

He was injured in a helicopter crash at Fort Hood, Texas, and was one of few survivors with most of the young men in that collision killed at that site. So-called war games were happening, and the Secretary of Defense was there according to my memory. Despite the fact of it being horrendous weather with tornadoes sighted in the area, the exercise commenced.

At 200 feet up in the air with just about zero visibility, two helicopters collided and fell like rocks to the earth. My brother was hospitalized for a full nine months before being able to get a weekend pass outside the hospital. He was not expected to live at first but survived that accident only to have multiple surgeries on various parts of his body during the rest of his short life.

These old negatives, while faded and scratched up, are a part of history. The images will not be of the best quality, but they are now preserved in this format.

Vietnam Exchange Photo Service

The envelopes in which these negatives were stored.

The envelopes in which these negatives were stored.


Old Photo Negatives

Thanks to a friend who purchased a machine that can turn old negatives and old slides into a JPEG format, these negatives can now be viewed. When my brother was alive, he never showed me a photo album containing these photos. So I have no idea if they were developed, or if so, whatever happened to them.

The photo above shows the holders of these negatives from the Vietnam theater of war.

My brother Jim in Viet Nam

My brother Jim in Viet Nam

Vietnam Photos

Most of these photos derived from the old negatives dating back to the Vietnam era are faded and scratched in many places. With photo editing, I could only do so much. I eliminated some but not all of the scratches. I debated about just presenting them in black and white due to the fading but decided to show them as they are and in color.

I am presenting them for everyone who may have served in Vietnam when my brother was there.

My other brother John was in Vietnam at the same time. He was stationed on the flagship of the fleet while in the Navy. The action he saw was much less intense than what Jim experienced.

High School Days

My brother was a difficult kid to get through school. My parents tried to get him to comply with simple things like doing his homework and turning in his papers on time. They tried being strict. They tried backing off and being more lenient. When they finally had him tested, it turned out that he rated a genius level in many subjects and areas.

He was bored in school. Today, there are many more options regarding schooling for kids with genius-level IQs, but back in the 1960s it was not so.

Jim during his high school days

Jim during his high school days


When my brother Jim voluntarily joined the army, he found his niche in life. Not only did he excel but was one of the youngest instructors teaching most people above his rank the mechanics of helicopters.

My brother always was a tinkerer taking things apart and putting them back together even as a young kid. He once fixed an old antique radio of my grandfathers that had not worked in years. He was less than ten years old when he did that.

My brother became a crew chief aboard helicopters during the two tours of duty that he saw in Vietnam. That was hazardous work with a high mortality rate.

Book Recommendation

A book that my brother Jim had read and recommended that might understand a bit of what that experience was like was the following: Let a Soldier Die written by Gary Holland.

My mother and I both read that sobering book and came away with a numb feeling. Many of the young men that my brother would have served with in Vietnam never returned home to their families. Those were buddies of his at the time. War is horrible for all concerned. The reading of that book gave me some sense of the daily horrors that would have been his at the time he served.

Many Die Vietnam War Footage

Vietnam Soldier Photos

Here are some of the people that would have been sharing similar wartime experiences with my brother Jim. Hopefully, they all made it home to their loved ones, but undoubtedly some of them did not. The majority of them were merely patriotic kids following orders and doing their duty, as was my brother.

Their duties while in helicopters included providing cover for the soldiers on the ground. They also offered quick transit for medical care for those wounded. Picking up the war dead in preparation to be shipped home was also a grim part of what they did daily.

While off duty, they did as all soldiers do. They joked with one another, wrote letters home, had their pinup girl posters, did a little drinking and card playing, and read books and magazines. They would have learned about each other as only soldiers in the heat of battle do. These young men would have laid down their lives to protect one another and often did.

Base Camp

I am assuming that most of the pictures which follow this text revolve around the base camp or nearby places. There are photos of a dog that was probably beloved by the soldiers who thought of their pets back home.

The whir of helicopters coming and going would have been a constant factor. Camouflage was used to disguise some of the equipment. Cattle are being herded in several of the photos. There are coils of barbed wire meant to protect our soldiers from enemies. Judging from all the shirtless young soldiers in these and other photos, it was hot and humid much of the time.

Vietnam Photos

I wish I could ask my brother about the photos' location, obviously snapped while riding in a helicopter. Like other war veterans, he did not talk much about his experiences while in Vietnam, and of course, he died at so young an age.

Perhaps some readers of this post will recognize some of these places?


I have no idea if the USO, which so often entertains our troops during wartime, was responsible for this show or if another group arranged it. Of one thing, I am sure. There were probably loads of appreciative smiles, laughter, whistles, catcalls, and applause when this troupe of shapely entertainers hit the stage.

Did they remind our soldiers of girlfriends and wives back home? Perhaps!

It would have relieved the stress of what they saw daily and was probably relished and talked about long after these entertainers left. It takes special people to put themselves in potential danger to go out and entertain troops in the middle of a war.

Bob Hope and many other celebrity entertainers, as well as others, have done this for many years. Whoever these young girls were, they are to be thanked for their service to our country.


While these photos of the Vietnam War, as experienced by my brother in the late 1960s, are not the best by way of clarity and definition, I thought that their historical value was worth sharing.

My brother and other soldiers like him came back to a country that pretty much disdained their service to our country or, at the least, did not thank them. Draft dodging was rampant back in those days. Vietnam, particularly towards the end of the war, was not seen as a popular war, and many of the soldiers were called names like "baby killers."

Of course, after the accident at Fort Hood, his life was forever changed. He was deemed 100 percent disabled and had years of pain and suffering until his death. My brother went to a Veterans of Foreign Wars meeting only once, and the other vets there did not welcome him. I know that it hurt his feelings.

Tribute To Jim And Others Who Served

My brother was one of the kindest, smartest, and most gentle human beings ever to inhabit this planet. He loved singing and was a self-taught guitar player. He could no longer smile after the accident because of facial nerve paralysis. Those smiley faces were all the rage when he could no longer smile.

I could see the sparkle in his one eye. The other eye was sewn shut to protect the cornea. Those were the least of his injuries but ones that affected his appearance upon which strangers judged him.

This article is a tribute to my brother Jim. It also serves to thank all soldiers who have served our country during wars, whether they are declared ones or others like Vietnam. May they be long remembered and honored.

My brother Jim and I used to strum a few chords on a guitar, and we used to sing together. He was much better a player than I was. The video above shows Peter, Paul, and Mary singing one of the songs we regularly sang together.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 11, 2020:

Hi Mary,

It would be nice to know more about where some of these old photos originate. John McCain has been in the news recently because of what the current resident of the White House has said about our soldiers, in particular, McCain. In my opinion, John McCain will always be honored for his sacrifices and his service to our country.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 11, 2020:

I wish I had read this when we were still working in Hanoi. I could have asked where these places were. Our residence was right beside the Hanoi Hilton, where McCain and his fellows were imprisoned.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 08, 2015:

Hi James,

Yes, I truly miss my brother Jim as well as my other brother John and my parents who have all now entered eternity. I am the last remaining of our nuclear family. I was the oldest and Jim the youngest, but we had a special bond. Jim had served two tours of duty in Vietnam only to suffer that horrible accident in the military while on home ground. Thanks for your comment.

James A Watkins from Chicago on June 08, 2015:

Peggy W---I am so sad to hear of your wonderful brother's accident, injuries, and early death. You have put together a marvelous tribute to him here, backed by all these fascinating old pics that your friend helped you develop. Your brother was a great guy. I can tell how much you have missed him.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 08, 2015:

Hi Peg,

He was a real gem of a and kind. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 08, 2015:

Thanks Rebecca.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 08, 2015:

Hi Paul,

You were indeed fortunate in that your field of expertise kept you from the horrors of that particular war. Thanks for your comment and the sharing of this hub with others.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on March 08, 2015:

This collection of your treasured photos is amazing, Peggy. I'm so glad you took the time to share these experiences with the rest of us. It's hard to imagine losing him after he made it through those rough tours in Vietnam. So sorry for your loss. He sounds like he was a real gem.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on March 08, 2015:

Your brother and many others are our heroes. He was so handsome. I am sorry you lost him.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on March 08, 2015:

Peggy, let me begin by saying I'm sorry about your brother's helicopter accident and early death at 35. I was lucky in that after I joined the Navy, I got into a field where my chances of being sent to Vietnam were very low. If I had gone as an infantry soldier, I most probably would have been killed or seriously wounded. This is an awesome hub and your photos and videos are really interesting and informative for someone who knew nothing about the war. Voted up and sharing with HP followers and on Facebook.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 16, 2014:

Hi Glenn,

Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I am glad that you see some historical value to this. Your last 2 sentences say it all! We lose so much more than just our loved ones lives!

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on June 16, 2014:

Peggy, I am so sorry that you lost your brother. It's sad that with all that went on in Vietnam, that he ended up getting badly hurt in Fort Hood on our homeland. It's terrible that he suffered his last few years after that.

I must say, you did a great job covering this story in honor of your brother Jim. It's a story that applies to many solders and it's good you told it.

You left me wondering why the other solders in the Veterans of Foreign Wars meeting did not welcome him. I wonder if they couldn't deal with his injuries, not knowing how to react.

It's wonderful that you were able to scan those negatives into digitized format because they definitely do have historical value. And now they will be preserved.

As I read your hub, I was thinking what great achievements Jim would have had if he only had survived. Being as intelligent as he was, who knows what he could have succeeded at.

This goes to show that the world has lost more then just the men and women who lost their lives at war. The world lost unknown accomplishments and discoveries that they would have made.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 28, 2014:

Hi The Dirt Farmer,

Every time someone comments on this hub it reminds me of my dear brother Jim and I get to see the photos again, so I thank you. He was my baby brother whom I dearly loved. :))

Jill Spencer from United States on April 28, 2014:

Thanks for sharing your photos & the portrait of your brother, Peggy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 11, 2014:

Hello Country Sunshine,

I am so sorry to hear that you lost your husband to the after affects of Agent Orange used when he was in Vietnam. Nice that you have all of his letters and photos he sent to you. Yes, it is not only personal for you but also a part of history. Bless you! Appreciate your comment.

Country Sunshine from Texas on February 10, 2014:

My late husband served in the 1st Cavalry in Vietnam from 1970-1972. Like your brother, he also served 2 tours. Unfortunately, he died from the effects of Agent Orange exposure in 2010. I treasure the photos & letters he left behind. Not only because it is personal, but as a part of our history.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 27, 2013:

Hi Rajan,

I agree with you in that everyone loses something when it comes to war. Why can't people settle things peacefully? Will we ever learn? Sorry to hear about your grandfather being a prisoner of war. Was he able to return home safely after those 8 years? It is so sad for families to not know about where their beloved sons, fathers or other people involved in wars end up. Some never do find out. Thanks for your comment and the shares.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 26, 2013:

Lovely tribute to your brother, Peggy. Humanity is the loser in wars and I too wish all humans coexist peacefully with each other. My grandfather was a prisoner of war in WW1. For 8 long years there was no news of him whatsoever. It must have been a trying time for the family I'm sure, as it is for so many of those reported as missing in wars.

Thanks for sharing glimpses from his life and these pictures.

Voted up, beautiful. Shared and pinned.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 24, 2013:

Hi moonlake,

Thanks for liking this hub enough to pin and also appreciate your comment. With Memorial Day right around the corner, I am thinking of my brothers who are both in VA cemeteries as well as others who have honorably served our country. Wishing you a Happy Memorial Day!

moonlake from America on May 23, 2013:

I really liked this interesting hub when I first read it. I'm going to pin it to my military board. Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 04, 2013:

Hi AlexDrinkH2O,

Sadly my brother has been gone a long time now and I have no way of finding out the location of his "base camp." He served two tours of duty in Vietnam and the first one would have been in the late 1960's. For many years I had kept all of the letters that he and my other brother John had sent to me but then thought that many years later they might enjoy rereading what they had written so I gave them back to them. They both must have gotten rid of them after reading them. Wish I could have answered your question with more specifics.

Thanks for serving our country!

AlexDrinkH2O from Southern New England, USA on April 04, 2013:

Wow - thank you for this. Some of those pictures are like many that I took. Do you where the "base camp" in the photos was and what dates he served there?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 08, 2013:

Hi DIYmommy,

Yes, the uniforms definitely change over the years and I think that they try and match the natural terrain of where our brave young men and women are posted to furnish a bit more camouflage. Glad that your husband returned home and can spend some time with his growing family. Thanks for your comment.

Julie on February 08, 2013:

It's interesting just how much the Army uniform has changed over the years. Having just returned from Kuwait not too long ago, we just started unpacking my husband's duffle bags. The ACU digital pattern of the uniform now is completely different.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 30, 2012:

Hello JaneA,

Thanks for your nice comment.

JaneA from California on December 29, 2012:

Lovely, touching hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 17, 2012:

Hi KatyWhoWaited,

I think that many people wrestled with that question back then. War has long lasting consequences and should never be entered into without consideration for the costs...especially the toll on human lives...those who die and others who are scarred for the rest of their lives in one way or another. Hope your husband came back in one piece mentally and physically. The Vietnam War was very divisive in our country in terms of what people thought and how they treated our returning soldiers. Sad situation!

Kate MacAlpine from Anywhere, USA on October 17, 2012:

I was 23 in 1968 and went to a party of my college friends. No beer, no vodka, no pot - just a guy playing a guitar while we all sang "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" "Blowin' In the Wind." The young man I would meet the next week became my husband. He had enlisted in the Army while we were dating and we married when his orders came for Vietnam. The next year, I was going around with petitions to stop the bombing in Cambodia while he was stationed in Quang Tri. It was a terrible time of analyzing what was right and what was wrong. The question we all asked, and rightfully so, was "Was it more morally right to participate in that war or more morally right not to?"

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 11, 2012:

Hi Dim,

That song bears as much meaning today as it did when it was written. It certainly takes me back to the 1960s when I hear it. Thanks for your comment about the old photos from the Vietnam war era.

Dim Flaxenwick from Great Britain on October 11, 2012:

Oh , I remember it well.... .. My heart goes out to you and families of all young men....... gone to graveyards,everyone..... where have all the flowers gone??

When will governments ever learn?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 10, 2012:

Hi Sherry,

Vietnam was so long ago and our young soldiers are still mired in wars today. So sad that the people on this small planet of ours cannot get along with one another! Thanks for your comment about my brother Jim and his comrades in arms.

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on October 10, 2012:

I'm so sorry for the loss of your bright and handsome young brother. Thank you so much for sharing these amazing photos of your brother and his fellow soldiers. They were all so young; what terrible things they saw and experienced.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 10, 2012:

Hi Michelle,

Yes...we owe much to our veterans. Both of my grandfathers, my father and both of my brothers were in the armed services. They all served as a matter of patriotism to our country. Thanks for your comment.

Michelle Liew from Singapore on October 10, 2012:

I think veterans are a very underrated group of people, because they have contributed so much and yet are forgotten or even mistreated. Thanks for bringing it to light, Peggy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 23, 2012:

Hi again barbergirl,

It would be nice if that article you wrote about the Korean vets can be found and salvaged. Am sure it would make good subject matter for a hub. After all, it is a part of history just like the Vietnam war and hopefully we can learn from it. Good luck with your search.

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on August 23, 2012:

I did write the article on the Korean War Vets... Sadly, I don't know if I still have a copy of it. I used to keep a paper from every week so I could have all the articles I wrote but a box got wet and several got damaged. I should see if I can find it. I know in the past the vietnam vets weren't given a heroes welcome. I hope as time goes on things have changed. Our soldiers and our vets do so much for our country it is hard to think of them as anything but.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 23, 2012:

Hi barbergirl,

Most of the Vietnam vets when they came home were not treated as "heroes." Hopefully all of our soldiers in this day and age will be honored for their sacrifices...up to, and including their lives in many cases. Thanks for your nice comment. Did you ever write that article?

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on August 23, 2012:

This was a very touching hub. It reminded me when I was in Fort Carson, Colorado. I worked for the Fort Carson Mountaineer and an older gentleman came in and approached us about doing a story on the Korean War Veterans. I got the opportunity to go to a few of the meetings and listen to all the stories from these vets. I also got a chance to look at some of the old photos. Without knowing any of the people or where these places were, I loved looking at the photos. It showed people and how they got through the hard times of war. I felt the same thing as I looked at these photos. I can only assume that those who have been in the military, can smile at all the fond memories that they have made while in, the fun times - not the hardships. When you are in the military there is a brotherhood that instantly helps you relate to what others have gone through. Your brother is a hero and you did a wonderful job at honoring him and his memory.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 21, 2012:

Hello MizBejabbers,

I am so very sorry to hear about the post war problems your husband is having with the VA, etc. Even though my brother was deemed 100% disabled and kept needing more and more surgeries, every few years they would challenge it and put him through all kinds of mental turmoil getting his pay re-established. Crazy!!! He also had the welcome home that your husband got. He once went to a Veterans of Foreign Wars meeting and was told he was unwelcome. Imagine his feelings!!! I'm glad that the current veterans are at least being welcomed home.

My heart goes out to you and your husband and many others who are still battling the after effects of the Vietnam War era...and hoping things are greatly improved for our current veterans. They deserve so much!

Thanks for your comment. I have a lump in my throat reading about your trials. God bless you and your family.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on May 21, 2012:

I couldn’t help but tear up at this wonderful tribute to your brother. I wish things could have turned out different for him. It so saddens me to read of these fine men and women and what they went through. Every day, I am reminded of the things these wonderful veterans went through because my husband is a Vietnam-era veteran, blind in one eye and experiencing PTSD. He told me that upon his arrival in this country, he was spit upon and called “baby killer”, so there’s no doubt that our own citizens stooped so low as to do this. He was stationed in Japan but made undocumented TDYs to Cameron Bay to transport out wounded and dead soldiers. He was an aircraft mechanic at the time, and actually crawled into Agent Orange tanks and cleaned them out. As a result, he suffers from ischemic heart disease, including a major heart attack in 1985. The VA refuses to acknowledge that he was exposed to Agent Orange at all, although his exposure was greater than soldiers in the field. He was hospitalized and diagnosed with PTSD by the VA in 1999, and he has been trying to get his 100% disability since then. He has not been able to work since 1985 because of the heart attack and the PTSD. Because the TDYs were undocumented during wartime, various VA boards that his application and appeals have gone through have accused him of lying about his service. He has even submitted photos that he took in Vietnam, but they said it couldn’t be proved that they were taken there. And he is just one of many still going through this ordeal.

Our Iraqi and Afghanistan war veterans are now facing the same thing. Unlike the Vietnam vets, they are coming home to parades and accolades, but far too many are still facing the same hurdles when they try to get their benefits.

It appears that in both wars, only the veterans who are shipped out wounded from the battlefield are deemed worthy of proper veterans’ medical care. On one positive note, a purple heart recipient automatically qualifies for PTSD disability. At least that’s what his lawyer said.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 17, 2012:

Hi Vinaya,

Yes...these are unvarnished real photos taken in Vietnam during the 1960's. Appreciate your comment.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on April 17, 2012:

I have watched movies on Vietnam war, but never seen the real photos. These pictures ushers us into the history.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 06, 2012:

Hi Terry,

Are you saying that your Grandpa who was serving in Vietnam is a MIA (missing in action)? I'm afraid as a civilian I cannot be of much help except to encourage you to contact your local representatives (congressional and senate) to maybe point you in the right direction. So sorry to know of your personal loss. We owe so much to the people who served in our armed services no matter what the cause or declared or undeclared war in which they served.

Terry on April 06, 2012:

My grandpa died in vietnam Feb 17 1960, how come I cant find out what really happened to him, or the guys that that he was serving with at the time?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 31, 2012:

Hello KatyWhoWaited,

Thank you for your positive comment about these old photos taken back in the 1960's during the Vietnam War. Will look forward to reading "Tim's letters" that you are posting. One would think that we could learn from past wars and avoid future ones. Sadly, we seem to be slow learners!

Kate MacAlpine from Anywhere, USA on March 31, 2012:

Peggy, I am most certain your brother would be quite amazed and honored by all the work you have done in the re-creation and publication of these historical and personal photos. History and the lessons it teaches are taught best by the stories it tells. If your brother ever flew into Quang Tri in 1969 or 70, he was brought in by the radios in the control tower, the beacon, and the runway lights repaired by "Tim" who wrote the letters from Vietnam that I'm positng. I kept looking at your pictures to see if I could recognize anything familiar matching Tim's because looking at the pictures keeps begging the questions "why war" and "what did it all mean." Yesterday I went to Bed, Bath, and Beyond and bought a lovely candle. When I turned it over to read the fragrance, it said "made in Vietnam" and I was happy because in some small way, it meant peace. And then I thought about war, and to be quite honest, I really expected that Vietnam, the protests, songs the one you posted, and the entire movement during the 60s would have made us more enlightened and less militaristic. Thank you for this hub which will become your legacy and your brother's of seeing war for what it is.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 31, 2012:

Hi tsmog,

Nice to know that you appreciated this hub about the soldiers who took part in the Vietnam War during the 1960's, which included both of my brothers. This hub was focused on my brother Jim's part in it using his old photo negatives. Thanks for your comment.

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on March 31, 2012:

Thank you Peggy! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 27, 2012:

Hello 50 Caliber,

Your ending words really touched me..."This is an excellent contribution toward all who served as we have never been officially welcomed by any group."

No doubt about it...the Vietnam vets were probably treated with more disrespect (that is putting it mildly!) than almost any other group of vets before or after. It is a disgrace!

I know that there are others who would join with me in saying THANK YOU! from the bottom of my heart for the service you gave to your country. God bless you all the remaining days of your life. Small lump in my throat at the moment and a tear being wiped from my eye.

Appreciate your comment.

50 Caliber from Arizona on March 27, 2012:

Ms. Peggy, what a striking picture and essay that hit me hard and heavy. It is an excellent tribute to your brother Jim, and all of us that were there, I'm sure it would have some how made him smile.

I can talk and smile about it but it seems that I have to be in the company of the only support group of those that know, and sometimes that doesn't work out either.

I can relate to the story, I read at the 12th grade level on a reading/comprehension test. I found school boring and completed the 8th grade and part of the ninth, and took to working on the equipment at a golf-course and fooled my way into it by the books at the library combined with a knack for mechanics and worked into washing machines and dryers the same way as well as small engine repair. Pops was none too happy but he was an 8th grade schooled/GED Marine in WWII and served in the Pacific Island battles. So he caved in the argument of me working. At 16 I passed the GED and Enlisted in the Marine Corps with a higher score than most on their entrance/placement tests. I went to Parris Island boot camp and AIT as squad machine gunners mos 0311 was my first tour. I was a corporal and re upped for Sgt and a change to helicopter gunner mos change to 6320 if memory serves. I'm piecing together a writing on 10 years and what has followed. I wish I had taken more photos, these are great.

This is an excellent contribution toward all who served as we have never been officially welcomed by any group.

Thank you,


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 20, 2012:

Hi alocsin,

When I saw that Vietnam wall many years ago it brought me to tears even though I did not personally know a single name on it. My brothers undoubtedly would have since they both served in Vietnam. Thanks for your comment on this hub and the photos my brother would have taken or had taken while he was there.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on March 20, 2012:

I think this hub takes the prize for most photos, at least that I've encountered. This is particularly poignant because we just viewed the traveling Vietnam Wall not three days ago at a local park. Voting this Up and Interesting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 16, 2012:

Hi moonlake,

Glad to hear that your brother came back safely from Vietnam. I know what you mean about Jane Fonda's actions during that time. Hanoi Jane...good name. She certainly did not act in the best interests of our soldiers! Wonder if she ever looks back and wishes that she had done things different? Thanks for your comment.

moonlake from America on February 16, 2012:

My brother was also in Viet Nam but came home safe. A boy I went to school with didn't make it home. I have never forgotten or forgiven what Jane Fonda did against our soldiers. She helped fuel the hate for our soldiers at that time. It's shameful and any Americans who were involved in that hate should be ashamed. Jane Fonda (Hanoi Jane) her words........ Jane Fonda tells the world press that the American Prisoners of War were being well treated and not tortured........

Your brothers were brave men. I'm so sorry about your brother Jim.

Looked at all your pictures. Voted UP.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 16, 2012:

Hi Angie,

Did you know someone that was involved in the Vietnam War? Thank you for leaving a comment.

angie ashbourne on February 16, 2012:

Hi! Thank you for writing this Hub. Angie

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 06, 2012:

Hi Brett,

So very sorry to hear that you lost your brother at such a young age and because of a house fire. How tragic!

Thank you for commenting on these old images dating back to the Vietnam War in the 1960's and for reading about my brother Jim. From what you say, your brother must have also been inquisitive and very intelligent. I would enjoy hearing about him if you care to share your memories.

Bless you too, Brett.

Brett Winn from US on January 05, 2012:

Peggy, I enjoyed this hub, and I am so sorry for your loss. I had a brother who sounds VERY much like yours, especially in the early years. Mine was younger than yours, and missed the Vietnam war. He died in a house fire when he was 19.

Bless you for keeping the memory of your brother alive, and for sharing those memories with others!


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 24, 2011:

Hi tlpoague,

As you correctly pointed out, during the Vietnam era, the draft was in effect. Whether drafted or voluntary (as they are today), all of our soldiers serve our country and follow orders that come from decisions made by they good or bad. History often tells us the results long after the fact and the ramifications.

These photos are a part of that Vietnam war history. So nice to hear that you still have your dad with you. I thank him and all soldiers everywhere who heeded the call to serve our country whether the war was "popular" or not. They and their families pay a high price and should always be honored.

Thanks for your comment.

Tammy on December 24, 2011:

I am sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. This took me back to the talks I have had over the years with my dad. He was a Vietnam Vet also. It was terrible how they were treated when they came back home. I see the treatment no better now than then. I agree with James, this hub is extraordinary. I think more people need to adress the fact that they men and women gave up their lives and family to serve their country like they were told to. Unlike most wars, they didn't ask to serve, but were drafted. Why should they feel shamed for doing what they were expected? I thought the photos were terrific. They are a raw piece of history that not many want to talk about. Thanks for sharing this personal bit of your life.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 13, 2011:

Hi James,

Thanks for your comment on this hub regarding my brother and these old negatives turned into photos taken during the Vietnam war back in the late 1960's.

Some people like my brother and your son have not only curiosity about things but have the hands-on talents to dissemble and rebuild things with seeming ease.

Thanks for stating that you think "This Hub is extraordinary." Appreciate it!

James A Watkins from Chicago on December 13, 2011:

Thank you for this loving tribute to your brother Jim. He was surely a handsome lad.

I enjoyed seeing the photographs too. Your words spoke volumes about what kind of boy and man he was and what he endured. Truly a tragic tale.

I can relate to being bored in school. I had the same boredom Jim had and I rebelled some too.

When you wrote "My brother always was a tinkerer taking things apart and putting them back together even as a young kid" it reminded me of my own son. He is that same way—the opposite of me, who can hardly change a lightbulb handily.

This Hub is extraordinary.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 12, 2011:

Hi Dim,

Obviously we must be around the same age if you also have memories of the boys going off to fight in the Vietnam war. That song instantly transports me to that day and time. My brother had a beautiful singing voice and I loved singing that song and others with him. The deeper meaning of the song still rings true. Our soldiers still shed their lives in wars that go in and out of political fashion. Tragic! Thanks for your comment.

Dim Flaxenwick from Great Britain on December 12, 2011:

Wonderful hub. The way you put it all together was so impressive.

Poignant, though it was(and ´´where have all the flowers gone? just about finished me off.) l still enjoyed reading it. It may not have been my country but it WAS my age group and l have clear memories of how sorry we felt for the boys our age having to go so far away to fight a most horrible war.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 10, 2011:

Hello Judio,

Of course I do not mind if you share this hub with others. We grew up during the same time era when the Vietnam war was raging and was so divisive in our country politically. The 1960's were very tumultuous times! Bay of Pigs; cold war was still raging; assassination of President Kennedy; Vietnam war; draft dodging; burning of flags; burning of bras, Woodstock...and more.

Now we have terrorists who threaten civilian populations everywhere. Guess those were the good old days in comparison to today? Hmmmm...

Judio on December 09, 2011:

What a wonderful hub. Very meaningful to me since the 1960s and Viet Nam was my era. Hope you don't mind, but I email the link to this hub to several long time friends that served during that time.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 08, 2011:

Hello princesswithapen,

Thanks for taking the time to read and look at these old photos from the Vietnam war era of the late 1960's. Appreciate your comment.

princesswithapen on December 08, 2011:


The pictures are amazing. For the time I spent reading this hub and looking at the pictures, it felt as if I had traveled back in time. This tribute to your brothers is heartwarming. Thanks for sharing!


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 04, 2011:

Hi again Springboard,

Your heart is certainly in the right place. As to getting address labels, etc., many charities do that and once you are on their list, it is difficult to get removed. The computers just spit the stuff out and it would probably cost more for a real person to go in and alter the program than it is worth. Using the labels actually is a subtle way of showing your support and getting the word out there a bit more regarding the charity so that others may take notice. That is why they do that. As to other little trinkets, just donate them. That's what we do. Someone will find use for that kind of thing.

A Ronald McDonald type of house for soldiers...sounds interesting! Ronald McDonald House is an excellent charity!

Springboard from Wisconsin on December 04, 2011:

Disabled American Vets is an organization that I preferred and used to donate more to. I just didn't like getting all of those address labels and other things for donating. I called them and told them I didn't donate to get free stuff, so please stop sending it and put my donations to the cause. They continued to send the gobs of free stuff and I eventually stopped sending the money.

There is an organization now, and I am having a heck of time remembering the name all of a sudden, but they run sort of like a Ronald McDonald house for soliders. I am really wanting to send some bucks their way as I think it is a marvelous cause.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 03, 2011:

Hello thelyricwriter,

Thank you for your kind comments on this hub regarding my brother Jim and the Vietnam War. Appreciate it.

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on December 03, 2011:

Votes up and across Peggy. This was a very well written and illustrated article. Your articles are very well done with quality content Peggy, always. Congrads for that. This was very touching about Jim Peggy. I feel for anyone that had to fight over there in pure hell like they did. It is easy to see why they would have such flashbacks and other mental issues. It was great to get to know Jim from the article Peggy and you have done a fantastic job. I hope all is well and ok, best wishes and take care.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 03, 2011:

Hello Just History,

Yes, during all wars it is not always explosive action taking place. These Vietnam photos show the office work and other things. So glad that I could use these old negatives from the 1960's and share the photos with others who are interested in history. Thanks for your comment.

Just History from England on December 03, 2011:

Peggy, thankyou for sharing this hub and the photographs. I found it amazing that during a time of war the everyday stuff had to go on- the office, the typewriter.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 02, 2011:

Hi Hanna,

Thanks for your comment regarding my brother and these old photo negatives that I found regarding the Vietnam War from the 1960's.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on December 01, 2011:

What beautiful young men lost and for what? It's disgusting. I am sorry you had that sad experience.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 01, 2011:

Hi Patty,

So sorry to hear about your Vietnam veteran friend who recently died and his struggles. In my brother's case even though he was severely injured with head trauma; hearing loss; vision problems; severe headaches; facial nerve paralysis; removed spleen; one leg shortened; abdominal organs so messed up that surgeons literally had to have a map to see how things had been rearranged when doing other surgeries and more...every few years they would cut him off and he would once again have to "prove" that he was disabled! Amazing! I lost count of all the surgeries that he had. One of them was mentioned in this hub written earlier:

I feel badly for my brother Jim also and for all the veterans of any war who suffer the consequences in any way.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 01, 2011:

Hi Prasetio,

I'm glad that you found these photos of the Vietnam War interesting. Thanks for your comment and let us all hope and pray for peace in this world.

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on December 01, 2011:

I'm thankful for this Hub. My Vietnam-era veteran friend that died this past summer had some similar experiences, including the rejection. After 35 years fighting for his total disability for severe injuries and finally receiving it, he died within a year or two. I feel bad about your brother Jim.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 01, 2011:

Hello bingskee,

As you pointed out..."war is cruel." I don't think that people have to die to go to is right here in our midst merely affecting some more than others. But as a part of the human race, we all pay a price.

This was a painful endeavor writing this hub. Thanks for noticing and thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 01, 2011:

Hello Springboard,

As you say so aptly, every soldier is an individual with a story to share. Sometimes it is easy to forget that when we hear the numbers of people injured or killed in action. Plus there are the families and loved ones who are also impacted.

Now the VFW halls are probably filled with Vietnam Vets as so many from earlier wars are rapidly dying and they are fewer in number.

If you wish to donate to a really good cause...the Disabled American Veterans is an organization that my brother personally chose to support with his meager income that he got after being disabled. These soldiers not only served their country but bear ongoing scars of all types for doing so. Sometimes they are visible and sometimes not.

Thanks for your comment.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on December 01, 2011:

Hi, Peggy. How are you today? I hope you always fine and healthy. have done a great job by collecting old photos of Vietnam wars. I really enjoy all detail by enlarging the thumbnails pictures one by one. Thanks for share with us. Rated up and useful. God bless you!

Love and peace,

bingskee from Quezon City, Philippines on December 01, 2011:

hi, Peggy. thank you for sharing this hub. i can only imagine the pain while you were writing this hub.

war is cruel. i will never ever understand the need for it.

Springboard from Wisconsin on December 01, 2011:

Wow, this was an amazingly fun hub to read. You know, it's one thing to read about the tale of the many who served. But I like the personal vignettes. Every solider is a person who has a story to tell. Your brother's story apparently sat, collecting dust for years. What a find. A golden trough of a life he lived that he is able to share post-mortem. I am very glad that you decided to share this little slice of your brother with us.

BTW, terrible thing about the VFW not accepting Jim. Makes me rethink donating any money to them in future.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 30, 2011:

Thanks Cheryl,

I know that you never met my brother Jim, but appreciate your comment. Thanks!

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on November 30, 2011:

I salute your brother for serving in the military, representing our country. It is indeed a tribute of the highest honor. I am proud of all that your dear brother achieved in such a short life and take comfort knowing that he was a giant hero in protecting our country and doing what he loved. There will never be anyone else like your brother, Jim. A very inspring and great hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

Hi Minnetonka Twin,

Thanks for your father's service to our country. My dad was also a WW11 vet and both of my grandfathers also served their country as soldiers. My brothers were both in Vietnam at the same time.

I guess from your comment and others, I will no longer try and eliminate the scratches and imperfections in the pictures that I have not already tackled. It was a true labor of love and my heart was in my throat the entire time, if you know what I mean.

Thanks for sharing this story. While it is personal it also shares a time and place in history. God bless you also.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

Hi Genna,

This was difficult for all the reasons you mentioned. Thanks for your most understanding comment and bless you also.

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on November 29, 2011:

Thank you so much Peggy for sharing this personal story with us. Your brother was a Hero as was all who served that war. It truly pains me deep in my soul how these soldiers were treated after the war. I am so sorry for all the heart ache and pain your brother had to withstand. I too think your pictures are Perfect and I am so glad you chose not to make them into black and whites. This hub is one of the most bittersweet reads I have ever experienced. My father was a WW11 vet and I know it changed him too. God bless all our brave soldiers for their sacrifices and courage and thanks for sharing your story with us Peggy. If it's ok, I'd like to share this all over as I feel it is important for people to read. God Bless :-)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

Hi oceansnsunsets,

Thanks for your wonderful comment. All of our soldiers everywhere should be appreciated for what they do and sacrifice for the rest of us. Not to be forgotten are their families back home who miss them, worry about them and often suffer financial hardships because of their exercising their duty to their country when called upon to serve.

It certainly was not the soldier's fault that the Vietnam war was not popular at home but they got the brunt of the bad treatment upon their return...those who DID return home. Thanks for your understanding and comment.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on November 29, 2011:

Peggy, it must have been so difficult to create this heart rending and truly amazing tribute. I think of the friends I lost in that war…so many years ago. And those who returned, having lost a part of themselves they never regained. With tears, I thank you, Peggy for this extraordinary hub! Bless you!

Paula from The Midwest, USA on November 29, 2011:

Oh Peggy, I am touched to tears upon reading this and seeing all the photos. I love these pictures, and this this tribute to your brother and so many others is just wonderful. What a wonderful hub to do and share.

Something I never understood that you touch on, is the poor treatment upon coming home. I will NEVER get that, and think it shameful. I think it was part of the messages society was sending in those days, and lack of appreciation. It sure is so easy to talk big, isn't it, especially when you aren't the one going overseas to fight.

A super wonderful tribute, I love it. Voted up and the rest. What a joy to see them having some fun and smiling where they were. So sorry what you brother went through, what he suffered and my heart and thanks goes to him and to all the others.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

Hi Sally's Trove,

I was telling a friend just yesterday how hard this hub was to create because of all the memories and emotions that it raised. I have tears in my eyes right now knowing from your response that you also feel some of this and share in the grief that came from the Vietnam war era on a personal level. Those songs as well as others instantly transport me back to those times. Thank you so very much for your comment. With hugs and appreciation to you.

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on November 29, 2011:

Two scotches later, I am beside myself with grief but also with joy at the beauty of your brother. I see so much in him that was my father, who served in the Philippines in WWII, a young man then, brilliant like your brother but also misunderstood, and also in the young men, my friends and classmates, whose lives were ended or forever altered by Vietnam.

Your work here has led me into my own journey of loss, loss of those young men, loss of innocence in the time I came of age. Listening to Barry McGuire and Peter Paul and Mary left me in tears.

If there's a hub of the century, this is it, the one that touches the heart and soul of anyone who is capable of compassion. I've never spent two hours on one hub in this place.

The negatives that you turned into photos are priceless. The scratches ought to remain, signs that we still have not given Nam vets their due, something that you begin to do here in a most incredible, personal way.

Thank you for expressing this time as a reflection to enter into (I can hardly comprehend the emotions you faced while turning the negatives into positives and writing this hub) not only for those whose lives were entwined then, but also for those who came later.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

Hi Robin,

Yes...wars are terrible things. Former enemies become friends and vice versa all the while our young soldiers sacrifice their lives while the politicians try to get it right. Why oh why can't people just learn to get along with one another!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

Hi Paul,

I know...that is so often who loses their lives in wars...our young men (and now, women) who