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Vietnam War Pictures - So We Remember


Collection of Vietnam War Photos

American involvement in the Vietnam War started as early as 1950 with military advisors sent to Vietnam. American troops were in Vietnam from 1965-1975. The United States became involved with the purpose of assisting the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) in their battle against a North Vietnamese communist takeover. The strategy was initially containment.

Also known as the Vietnam Conflict and the Second Indochina War, millions of lives were lost. The war was mostly in Vietnam, but also included Laos and Cambodia.

Gathered here is a collection of images from the Vietnam War. I think it is important that we remember our veterans - men and women who fought for us.

Home for the Soldiers Fighting in Vietnam



"Home is where you dig" was the sign over a fighting bunker, 1968.

Marine Standing Watch During Mass



A Marine stands watch in an observation tower as a chaplain holds mass on Hill 950, July 31, 1967.

Punji-staked Walk for Marines



Marines of Company H walk through a punji-staked gully, January 28, 1966. The Punji sticks or stakes were set up as booby traps. Not always meant to kill, the sticks were mainly set up in areas that would cause injury to one or more soldiers in the lower leg area. With an injured soldier, the unit would be slowed down until the injured soldier could be removed from the area.

Battery Pack Must Stay Dry



Wet going - A Marine keeps a battery pack dry as he wades through a muddy hole while on a search mission.

Marines on an M-48 Tank



Marines riding atop an M-48 tank, covering their ears, April 3, 1968. The M48s saw extensive action during the Vietnam War. Over 600 Pattons would be deployed with US Forces during the war.

Flamethrower Used in Da Nang



Sergeant Robert E. Fears clears an area using his flamethrower in Da Nang, Vietnam. 05/22/1970

Operation Oregon



Operation "Oregon," a search and destroy mission conducted by infantry platoon of Troop B. An infantryman is lowered into a tunnel by members of the reconnaissance platoon, April 24, 1967.

Operation Yellowstone



Operation "Yellowstone" Vietnam. Following a hard day, a few members of Company A gather around a guitar and play a few songs, January 18, 1968. Operation Yellowstone: the 25th Infantry Division operation in War Zone C (Tay Ninh Province) that claimed 1,254 known enemy casualties. It proved again that War Zone C was still being used as a major VC logistical base.

Viet Cong Suspect



A Marine from 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, moves a Viet Cong suspect to the rear during a search and clear operation held by the battalion 15 miles west of Da Nang Air Base.

Vietnamese Peasants



Vietnamese Peasants suspected of being communists under detention of U.S. army.

Dear America - Letters Home from Vietnam

A well produced documentary type film that consists of letters that were written by soldiers. Read by renowned actors, the letters provide a different slant to the war then what was presented to the American public via the news media. These letters reveal the human story behind the headlines.

Woven in to the background is music from the 60's, reminding us all the more how real the letters are.



Vietnam War - Controversy on all Sides

The Vietnam war was filled with controversy. Did we do the right thing by getting involved in the Second Indochinese War? That question is still asked, still debated, and still there is no answer that makes sense. What would the outcome have been if we had chosen to remain "neutral"?

Our soldiers were not prepared for the guerrilla warfare techniques used by the North Vietnamese. And the American people were no longer willing to tolerate the cost of the war.

War Memorial - Vietnam Veterans


Thanks to Meutia Chaerani - Indradi Soemardjan for making this photo available for use. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

Women's Vietnam War Memorial


The sculpture depicts three women, one caring for a soldier. The monument honors the 265,500 American women who served in the military at locations around the world during the time of the Vietnam war.

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Veterans Day Honor - MP3 Album from Amazon

Now you can get Veterans Day Honor, an MP3 album that honors Veterans.

1. To The Colors US Navy Band

2. Star Spangled Banner (The National Anthem) US Coast Guard Band

3. Man Behind the Gun US Marine Band

4. American Pageant (America, Yankee Doodle, Battle Hymn of the Republic, Dixie, America the Beautiful, Columbia the Gem of the Ocean) US Air Force Band of Flight

5. Garry Owen US Army Strings

6. When Johnny Comes Marching Home US Air Force Airmen Of Note

7. Here's to America US Army Band

8. Eternal Father, Strong to Save (The U.S. Navy Hymn) US Navy and Sea Chanters Chorus

9. Lord, Guard and Guide (The U.S. Air Force Hymn) US Air Force Band & Singing Sergeants

10. Holding the Flag for America US Air Force Band, Steve Ward

11. Retreat US Marine Band

12. Taps (with Orchestration) US Marine Band

You can also order the Veterans Day Honor mp3 tracks individually.

Larry Burrows: Vietnam

Burrows was the only photographer allowed to take the doors off a fighter-bomber so he could lean out to snap some of his most extraordinary images of the Vietnam War. When other photojournalists objected because they were denied the same favor, the Vietnamese army told them, "Mr. Burrows's request was granted not because he is a photographer but because he is an artist."

Enemy force Repulsed by G.I.'s - Vietnam (1967)

This video shows a Marine truck convoy that was ambushed in Vietnam war. You also see clips of American troops as they fight to keep supply lines open, a roundup of prisoners that includes women, and the helicopters that pick up prisoners.




Awarded a Purple Star

This lens was also awarded a Purple Star.

Recommended Resources

During my research, I came across numerous sites that are worth mentioning. If you want more information about the Vietnam War, please check out this list.

  • Articles and reviews from Time Magazine
    These cover issues relating to involvement in the Vietnam war from an American perspective. They include coverage of the battles, draft and American peace protests against the war; discussion of the tactics and use of weapons by the American generals
  • Pictures from the Vietnam War
    Here you can find many more images related to the Vietnam War.
  • One Nurse's Account
    Read the story of one former Australian Nurse who served in Vietnam. She talks about the crowded conditions in the wards and lack of medical supplies. Sometimes the doctors had to improvise for medical tools prior to surgeries. The nurses had two
  • Vietnam War
    Historical account of the Indochinese wars and how America became involved.

More Pictures from the Vietnam War

Do you have any opinions on the political aspect of the war or general comments? Please share them. I would love to know what you are thinking.

What are your thoughts on the Vietnam War?

Emy Santiago on April 25, 2015:

I had countless family and friend go to Viet Nan. I was very young when they left but I remember this war. All of them returned but they were never the same. I am saddened by the children, American or Vietnamese that suffered or are still suffering. I am proud of all the men that returned for their children and imagine those that didn't probably died in Vietnam. We need to do more for ALL the Amerasians that were abandoned in Vietnam. Prayers and hope for those that are still trying to get the help they need and deserve.

Philippians468 on April 14, 2011:

thank you for sharing this important lens.

patriciapeppy on April 04, 2011:

Terrific lense bless all those veterns

Ruthi on April 02, 2011:

Terrific lens of tribute to those who gave a part or the whole of their lives in the Vietnam War. Congratulations on a well-deserved purple star. The photo of the Marine standing watch during Mass is awesome!

RetroMom on March 27, 2011:

What a wonderful tribute to our men and women who served over there. Thank you.

garrekds on March 25, 2011:

I took a Vietnamese history class in college and learned a TON. This was a very complicated time in Vietnam's history and the U.S.'s history.

ChrisDay LM on March 18, 2011:

Lovely tribute and congratulations on the Purple Star that proudly adorns it.

itsmuzza2011 on March 17, 2011:

i was in the British Royal Marine Commandos , i think our training was a little bit tougher than the USMC but that apart i worked with them the world over and i love their never say never attitude, that had to be the worst environment to go fight in , horrible wet jungle with an enemy who knows your coming and is very well prepared... not nice, RESPECT TO THEM ALL X X great lens

anonymous on March 17, 2011:

Leprechaun Blessings by a Squidoo Angel

anonymous on March 01, 2011:

Great lens. Thanks.

rlivermore on February 22, 2011:

This lens definitely deserves the purple star. Thanks so much for such a thoughtful lens.

Marijoyce on February 17, 2011:

What a beautiful lens. It made me cry. Vietnam was such a hard time for so many in our country. Thank you for making this. It is very important we do remember all those who were there. .

DecoratingEvents on February 14, 2011:

Spreading *Cupid Kisses* on Valentine's Day!

scar4 on February 14, 2011:

Any forms of war should be prohibited, while peace should go on around the world!

Krafick on February 12, 2011:

I don't think wars can resolve conflicts. The Vietnam War led to about 2,000,000 casualties including about 58,000 Americans. Can there be any justification for so many deaths?

reasonablerobby on February 10, 2011:

My undergraduate thesis was 'reasons for increased US involvement in Vietnam 1961-1963'. Before the mass troop commitments US agents were putting engine inhibitor addivitives into Hanoi buses as far back as 1956. This is a great lens on a complex and emotive topic. Do readers know that Ho Chi Minh based the Vietnamese Declaration of Independence (from the French) in 1947 on the US Declaration of Independence!

anonymous on February 08, 2011:

I have never understood the necessity for people to fight in wars, but then I have never felt the need to fight for something that I believed enough in to die for. The cost in human life is devastating, not just those fighting, but those that were civilians caught in crossfire, bombs, etc. It is completely senseless. I say the leaders of the two countries should duel it out and leave our young men and women out of it. *SquidAngel Blessed*

Chazz from New York on January 31, 2011:

As a Viet Nam era veteran against the war, thank you for this - I just wish you could include some of the more graphic news footage of the day so younger folks could see what war is really like. And please add what I think was and is one of the strongest statements against war ever made - and it is now available on netflix etc. That is the book and movie version of Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun. Peace.

kt_glasses on January 23, 2011:

very impressive lens! good job on making such an awesome page.

clouda9 lm on January 22, 2011:

I will never forget! My Angel Blessing today is SWAH :)

MargoPArrowsmith on January 21, 2011:

The soldiers went through hell, but the picture of the peasants is especially powerful about that war.

javr from British Columbia, Canada on January 20, 2011:

I remember the ending days of the war. I didn't know that it was a 10 year event.

pjbells on January 11, 2011:

I have watched letters home from America dozens of times. It puts everything into perspective when you think you are having a bad day or week.

The final letter from the mum of the helicopter pilot william r stocks will reduce any parent to tears. A great lens.

JanieceTobey on January 10, 2011:

Wow. What amazing photos! I'm speechless. I'm favoriting this so that I can show it to our homeschool co-op when we get to the Vietnam War, in our history class.

Richard Ark on January 07, 2011:

Awesome lens..!!

Its great how you've merge educational & remembrance which makes for a perfect history subject, article or project...

Have you thought about printing off this page & getting some flyers or posters made up?

I'm sure schools, library's, government builds etc would love to frame all or parts of it & hang it proudly on their walls for all to see, learn, remember & enjoy..!!

hope that makes sense?

ravi551854 on January 05, 2011:

very excellent pictures and i have saved some of pictures in my photo albums

Glenn619 on January 05, 2011:

really nice lens. excellent pictures. you delivered the imp details of the war very nicely good work.

capriliz lm (author) on January 05, 2011:

@anonymous: Mark, I am so sorry that you lost your son. It seems so shallow to say thank you for the sacrifices you and your family made, but I do thank you from deep within my heart.

capriliz lm (author) on January 05, 2011:

@tvyps: I am glad that you were honored as a returning soldier. Hopefully, the Vietnam Veterans have forgiven us for the way they were treated. I will have to add your two song suggestions to Protest Songs - https://hubpages.com/entertainment/protest-songs Thank you for the suggestions.

capriliz lm (author) on January 05, 2011:

@gypsyman27 lm: Thank you for going off to this war to fight for our country. I wish the returning soldiers had been treated better. You are all heroes.

WeirdStuff on January 05, 2011:

One of the most complete lenses i ever saw! great pictures!

Fox Music on January 04, 2011:

Great Lens - Thank You

C A Chancellor from US/TN on December 28, 2010:

What a powerful lens. Blessed.

gypsyman27 lm on December 28, 2010:

I was a young man when I returned from this terrible war. Thanks for remembering, see you around the galaxy...

Teri Villars from Phoenix, Arizona on December 25, 2010:

I was in Desert Storm, I was sad with the lauds that we received when returning but the guys in 'Nam didn't...made me feel bad. 2 more songs about Vietnam - Last Train to Clarksville (subtle protest song) & Daniel by Elton John.

Nightowl John on December 17, 2010:

I have a distinct memory of being about 6 or 7 years old when the news came on and showed some of the heavy fighting taking place. I remember crying and running to the door with my dad following me to find out what was wrong. I said, "I don't want to have to fight in a war." Dad hugged me and said, "You won't have to." He was right; I never did join the military. Very well done lens. Squid Angel blessed.

anonymous on December 10, 2010:

Awesome lens! My brother was a Vietnam Vet he passed away 2 years ago at the age of 60. For your great work on this lens and for his sacrifice and memory,I am going to say "Blessed by a Squidoo Angel on 12/10/2010. He is gone but NOT forgotten. God Bless you for this lens!

Spook LM on November 27, 2010:

I never could understand the reaction to Vietnam and I never will. Blessed by an Angel.

Davidfstillwagon on November 18, 2010:

Terrific and very moving lens!

Bluesssman on November 17, 2010:

Remembering the war is both painful and necessary. Thank you for your efforts!

mikerbowman on November 16, 2010:

Fantastic, harrowing imagery! Truly touching... and also saddening.

Jeremy from Tokyo, Japan on November 14, 2010:

Thank you for this lens about a horrible war. I missed it on Veterans' Day but here is an angel blessing for you today.

missbat on November 11, 2010:

A wonderful tribute lens. The imagery is so important to see and help us remember the sacrifice of these brave individuals.

Tagsforkids on November 09, 2010:

Great job on an important time in our history. I was fortunate enough to have a student deferment during the war and it was certainly an incentive to stay in college. My brother however did indeed serve a year in Viet Nam, and certainly a year the family won't forget!

anonymous on November 08, 2010:

Great lens. I served like my fathers before me. My son served and did not come back.

blessedmomto7 on November 06, 2010:

Wonderful lens!

sheriangell on November 04, 2010:

Very well done! Wish I were still an Angel.....

BuckHawkcenter on November 02, 2010:

Couldn't resist adding my own blessing to your many others. It is deserving of this many and more!

BuckHawkcenter on November 01, 2010:

I was part of the conflict, by way of losing my boyfriend and his twin brother in the VN War. This brought back too many memories from those awful days when his mother told me the news. You have done a marvelous job of presenting the information about the war. All of your accolades are very well deserved.

Lisa Auch from Scotland on November 01, 2010:

I always said If ever I got wings I would return to Bless this lens of yours, so here I am - Blessed by an Angel

anonymous on November 01, 2010:

I have too any irons in the fire at time and forget what I was doing. Just got this lens featured on my on troops and veterans lenses. (blush) Thinking this CRS comes with getting older. lol

Thanks to all of our Veterans who served in this hell call nam. God bless!

tssfacts on November 01, 2010:

Great article. Well deserving of the lens reviewed and purple star. Thank you for helping us to remember this part of our history.

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on November 01, 2010:

wonderful lens....we must not forget those who serve! Thank you for writing this! Lensrolled to MyDad-MyHero

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 01, 2010:

Had been in Vietnam and one of the officials we worked with had his 7 brothers killed in the war but he said he just wants to move on. My father was in WWII USAFFE. I don't know when we'll realize that war is not the answer.

DecoratingEvents on October 31, 2010:

Adding a blessing to Janelle's. My dad is a Vietnam Vet, thanks for remembering.

CCGAL on October 31, 2010:

My husband was in the Air Force during the Viet Nam war. I'm pleased that I found this lens today: ***Blessed*** on my last day as a squid angel.

anonymous on October 30, 2010:

I just found this featured over at Susie's place (sisters) and had to come over. Yes, tributes of remembrance are so very important for us to pause over. I recently worked with several men at the Census Bureau who served in Nam and felt compelled to thank every one of them. This is a beautiful labor of love, thank you.

capriliz lm (author) on October 23, 2010:

@anonymous: Thanks, Tipi!

If anyone would like to visit Tipi's Cool People on Squidoo, here is the link: http://www.squidoo.com/cool-people .

anonymous on October 23, 2010:

I didn't remember that it is you that created this great lens. Thought about it and didn't remember the title (yeah, I can be forgetful). Glad I found it again, because I wanted to get it featured on Vietnam of War and I just did. This is very great tribute to our Veterans of the Vietnam war. ~ You are one of the cool people on Squidoo!

WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on October 19, 2010:

Congrats on your Purple Star! Thanks for sharing your collection of photos from the Vietnam War. Let us not forget those who fought hard for their country and family!

happynutritionist on October 17, 2010:

I came to visit some of your Halloween lenses, and couldn't pass this one by...very nice memorial...lived during these times, my husband's Uncle was killed in this war, so many were. We have been to the Memorial in DC a few times. Thanks for taking time to remember and remind us to do the same.

ohcaroline on October 17, 2010:

May we never forget is right. Too many lives were affected and are still to this day. This is a wonderful presentation of that fact.

howtocurecancer on October 14, 2010:

Your lens is very touching. We often forgot our heroes. Congrats for the purple star, you made a strong lens.

anonymous on October 13, 2010:

A very important lens on a very important subject..lest we forget!

Lisa Auch from Scotland on October 07, 2010:

This was beautiful

ulla_hennig on October 05, 2010:

Thanks for sharing those thought provoking pictures!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 04, 2010:

Congrats for the giant monster. We worked for a while in Vietnam and talked to a local colleague who lost 7 of his brothers. But he said, they want to forget now. They want to just live in peace.

clouda9 lm on October 02, 2010:

Just popping in to say...Congrats on your well deserved purple star! I've appreciated this Vietnam article from the first time I read it!

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on October 02, 2010:

I meant, congrats on the purple star, sorry , it's late.

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on October 02, 2010:

Congrats on Lotd! I know many people affected by the war and many who lost loved ones in it. So sad that rulers make war and the young are the ones who lose their lives, for economic gain for the rulers, in one way or another, always. I feel for the vets!

Jeanette from Australia on September 28, 2010:

Touching lens. We bought and watched the DVD series "Tour of Duty", but I think we still don't know half the horrors the soldiers faced.

Diana Grant from United Kingdom on September 27, 2010:

This was a wonderful lens, very moving. And very interesting detailed information - I never really knew what it was all about. I shall have to sit down and study it in detail.

TheHealthGuy LM from U.S.A. on September 18, 2010:

Great lens with some very good pics and info. Thanks :-)

VSP on September 13, 2010:

Nicely done lens. Excellent photos.

Andy-Po on September 13, 2010:

Excellent lens and very thought provoking photos

bconnor11 on September 11, 2010:

Nice pictures. The picture of the Vietnam memorial was particularly touching.

poutine on September 09, 2010:

Stunning pictures.

So sad that so many lives were lost for WHAT??

We must never forget.

poutine on September 09, 2010:

Stunning pictures.

So sad that so many lives were lost for WHAT??

We must never forget.

gideon43 on September 07, 2010:

Incredibly good lens featuring some moving picture and tributes.

As I am from the UK, a lot of peoples knowledge (here) of the Vietnam war is sketchy.

I myself had a little knowledge of the war but I had no idea how many American soldiers died and were injured.

An historically fascinating time but also a tragic and sad era.

capriliz lm (author) on September 06, 2010:

@triathlontraini1: Thank you for taking the time to stop by and leaving a comment. More importantly, thank you for your service to our country.

triathlontraini1 on September 06, 2010:

As a Vet myself, I really appreciate your sharing this.

capriliz lm (author) on August 31, 2010:

@kimmanleyort: Thank you for your kind complements. This war, like others, changed many people.

kimmanleyort on August 31, 2010:

These pictures from the Vietnam War are a great reminder to never forget those who served. Thank you for creating such an inspiring page.

capriliz lm (author) on August 31, 2010:

@indigoj: Thank you for the blessing.

Every time I see these photos, I am still struck with how young these men were. The photos show some of the horrid conditions our soldiers fought under, but they also show their humanity - keeping their faith while someone keeps watch, finding solace in the music, and helping each other survive.

Indigo Janson from UK on August 31, 2010:

This is a moving tribute to the ordinary lives that were caught up in a war far from home. The pictures show men (most very young) who were not simply soldiers but husbands, fathers, brothers, lovers... and how many did not come back or were forever scarred by their experiences? Thank you for showing us the humanity in the inhumanity. And thanks to Bev for letting me know about this lens!

Angel Blessed.

capriliz lm (author) on August 31, 2010:

@anonymous: Thank you, Bev! I am very grateful that you included this lens in your review.

For anyone else who may be interested, you can find Bev's review at The Vets Of Viet Nam.

anonymous on August 31, 2010:

Very moving pictures and a good reminder to remember the Nam Vets and what they went through. This moved me so much that I did a review of it on Squidoo Lens Reviews this morning.

David Schroeter from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia on August 01, 2010:

Poignant images from a tragic era. Thanks for giving us this reminder of the sacrifice of the troops who went there to serve. Thumbs up, a favourite and lensrolled.

Brookelorren LM on June 21, 2010:

It was over before I was born, but from reading my history, I am not sure that the government actually fought it to win. They put rules of engagement in place that made it difficult for the soldiers to do what they needed to do.

VarietyWriter2 on June 14, 2010:

Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

burgessvillian on May 09, 2010:

Fantastic lens and 5*'s.

burgessvillian on May 09, 2010:

It was a terrible war. I was only a kid when this was happening. In the late 70's and early 80's many refugees from Vietnam came to Canada. I had the opportunity to work with several of these people. They had quite a few horror stories of before and after the war. It had a big impact on both countries. Communism is losing, but at the cost of millions of lives. My heart goes out to the Americans who fought and their families as well as the innocent South Vietnamese who have suffered.

Delia on April 08, 2010:

I'm Thankful my hubby came home..The Vietnam Conflict is part of my daily life...my husband had dedicated his retired time to serving the fallen, he does funeral ceremonies almost daily and many events through the year....great lens 5*

anonymous on April 04, 2010:

My cousin Ed Hetrick Died March 30,2010 of a massive heart atack. He was in viet nam during the war. He was lucky he came home to Indiana,married for 40 years 2 kids 2 grandkids, a good American,a good Christian. Just like those on The Wall he made this country Home of the Brave & Land of the Free

Cynthia Arre from Quezon City on March 22, 2010:

I am moved by the photos you shared and the idea that the lives of countless people have never been the same since the war is appalling. The photo of the Women's War Memorial Statue is particularly touching and spine-tingling at the same time. Excellent lens. *blessed by an angel*

LadyEthel on February 09, 2010:

Thank you for this lens! It is very comprehensive and presents that time well. I have several family members who were there and I really appreciate them and I thank you for your work. God Bless.

Dianne Loomos on October 30, 2009:

Featured on Angels Unaware

capriliz lm (author) on October 23, 2009:

[in reply to 24websurf] Holley, Thank you very much for your angel blessing! Congratulations on your new "angel" status.

Holley Web on October 22, 2009:

I had family members in Vietnam. They have never been the same. Thank you for reminding us that war is hell and should not be gone into lightly. ~ Blessed by a Squid Angel ~

capriliz lm (author) on October 20, 2009:

[in reply to Tipi] Susie, Thanks for your kind words and your blessing.

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