Vietnam's Untold Stories: A New Perspective Through Rare Photographs

April 10, 2024

Just Two Happy Kids Testing Out a Newly Built Swing

Think you've seen the Vietnam War? While there are certain iconic images from this most controversial conflict, there are many others you haven't seen. Whether they're old to you or new, these Vietnam War photos look fresh thanks to colorization technology. These moments of tenderness, celebration, solemnity and ingenuity are must-sees for history fans. The joy of a USO show to the passion of protest, they run the gamut of emotions. Did you know that the youngest soldier to die was just 15? Or that Pat Sajak served? What about the snakes -- have you seen the giant snakes that were all over the jungles of Vietnam? Young Americans found themselves in an eerie, surprising place, fighting an elusive foe in an unprecedented kind of combat -- and it happened in our lifetime.

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In 1965, American forces established the Cu Chi Base Camp, or Cu Chi Army Airfield, northwest of Saigon. The 25th Infantry Division was headquartered there from 1966-70, and numerous other units were stationed at Cu Chi during the same period. These included the 101st Airborne, 1st Infantry, and various field artillery units.

In this photo from 1966, a U.S. soldier from the 25th Infantry Division and a young Vietnamese child test out a swing set. The swing set is part of a playground for children that soldiers of the 25th built at the base. Who's happier -- the child who has a new swing set or the soldier who can temporarily forget about the grim reality of war?

Army Nurse Kate O'Hare Palmer

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While we mostly think of men serving in the military during Vietnam, there were plenty of women who put their lives on the line as well. Kate O’Hare-Palmer served in Vietnam as a nurse for the U.S. Army. She not only dodged enemy fire, but dealt with some of the worst parts of war -- trying to save troops who were far beyond saving.

During the war O’Hare-Palmer worked in two field hospitals where she saw the worst of the worst, but managed to make it back home intact. Today she’s chair of the Women Veterans Committee of the Vietnam Veterans of America.