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'No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now.'
- Richard M. Nixon

Art and Propaganda during Vietnam War

Stunning photos on board Yankee Papa 13 that capture ill-fated mission during the violent throes of the Vietnam War
The 1960s encapsulated a generation at war and was a springboard for protests as well as racial political and social change. It was a time when young men, barely old enough to hold a gun, were sent half a world a way to fight in Vietnam. Often, the human side of the war was untold, with only numbers of those killed in battle displaying the horrors of the war. But in a breathtaking photo essay by photojournalist Larry Burrows, human emotion and the plight of a troop of American soldiers is captured in stunning detail, putting a sympathetic touch to the lives of soldiers serving their country.

Disturbing photographs from Vietnam War
Disturbing photographs from Vietnam War.

Photo gallery: Vietnam War through the lens of French war photographer Henri Huet
This online gallery features 57 black-and-white photographs shot by the famous French Vietnam War photographer Henri Huet.

Wartime communist propaganda posters popular souvenirs in Vietnam
Vietnamese communist propaganda posters - with the face of Ho Chi Minh or heroic images of Viet Cong fighters - are popular souvenirs for tourists. The posters are common items alongside more usual memorabilia in the streets of Hanoi's Old Quarter tourist district. "It is a souvenir with a style element ... more interesting than a cheap 'fashion' bag that you can find in all these shops," explained a tourist. An authentic poster can fetch up to 2,000 dollars, while copies sell for as little as 5 dollars.

47 photographs from the Vietnam War
47 photographs from the Vietnam War.

Jim Pollock: U.S. Army Soldier-Artists in Vietnam [pdf]
From August 1966 through 1970 the U.S. Army sent teams of artists into Vietnam to record their experiences as soldier artists. In 1967, Private First Class Jim Pollock was sent to Vietnam as a soldier artist on US Army Vietnam Combat Art Team IV from Aug. 15 to Dec. 31 1967. This is his story.

Legacy of Vietnam war: Authentic paintings or wartime safety copies
It is well known among Vietnamese artists that the Vietnamese National Museum of Fine Arts has been showing works of art that are copies of famous Vietnamese paintings as some of the originals were either sold or lost. Vietnamese painting expert Nora Taylor thinks that half of the paintings at the museum are copies. Nguyen Do Bao says the practice began with the best of intentions: "... during the war in the 1960s. Copies were displayed at the museum while the originals were taken away to avoid being damaged during bombing raids." At the time it looked like a great idea, but nobody seemed to be in control and after the war no-one knew what happened to the originals.

Book and exhibit give insight into Vietnam War and photographer Eddie Adams
A new book "Eddie Adams: Vietnam" is the first book by one of the world's most famous photojournalists. The book, with essays by David Halberstam, Tom Brokaw, Morley Safer and other journalists, includes 200 never before seen photos. Eddie Adams's iconic 1968 photo of Brigadier General Nguyen Ngoc Loan shooting a suspected Viet Cong guerrilla in the head is the highlight of both the book and an exhibition of its images at the Umbrage Gallery in Brooklyn. His photo - snapped during the Tet Offensive - helped turned the tide against the Vietnam War and got the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for breaking-news photography. [Buy from Amazon: US, UK, CA, DE, FR]

Saigon Songs: American propaganda war in Vietnam
The most remarkable material often turns up by accident. So it is with the Saigon Songs, never before broadcasted recordings made in the Vietnam War. They date from the Americans' hearts and minds campaign, 1965-1967, as U.S. poured their ground troops into Vietnam in support of the South Vietnamese government. The campaign was run by Maj Gen Ed Lansdale. His weapons were not guns but words and music, through which he attempted to persuade the people to resist the North Vietnamese communists and the Viet Cong. Lansdale said that conventional war was different than people's war - and the latter had to be fought by other means than firepower alone.

Vietnam war reporters and journalists
Reporter George Esper didn't know much about Vietnam when The AP asked him to go there to cover the war. But he didn't hesitate to accept the task. Neither did Richard Pyle. The two men said they've never regretted their decisions. "It was such an exciting story. Who wouldn't want to cover a story of this magnitude." Pyle was first assigned to Saigon in 1968, working as a combat correspondent for 2 years before being promoted to chief of bureau of Saigon. Esper remained 10 years, until 1975 when the South Vietnamese government collapsed to the communists. He recalled his last days in Saigon, when two North Vietnamese soldiers with AK-47s entered the AP office.

Exhibit features American soldiers' Vietnam War memories, photos
Photos are like frozen memories. And many American soldiers who served in Vietnam unlocked those memories for Viet Art Center's photo contest "Memories of Vietnam," which sought those pics. Recently the center hosted a grand opening of an exhibit of 100 photos selected from the submissions and named 3 winners from the chosen 6 finalists. Among the finalists are photos of a Vietnamese soldier sharing a smile with a woman. Another photo shows a child putting a hand on a soldier and smoking a cigarette. Executive director Michelle Nguyen is greatly pleased with the quality of the photographs.

Vietnam War photojournalist Philip Jones Griffiths has died
Philip Jones Griffiths, a photojournalist whose photos of civilian casualties were among the defining images of the war in Vietnam, died at 72. The book that grew out of his reporting, "Vietnam, Inc.," is a classic, and its publication (1971) helped turn public opinion against the war. Its painful pictures (of a blackened burn victim, a thin woman's body splattered with blood, a South Vietnamese boy in soldier's fatigues, his head tiny beneath a huge helmet) were the kind not often shown in newspapers. And Griffiths, a rabid opponent of the war, never regarded himself a traditional war photographer.

War correspondent Kate Webb made her name covering Vietnam War
In book "War Torn" Kate Webb says that in later years when her thoughts turned back to Vietnam, it was often to Captain Truong of the South Vietnamese army`s 1st Division - often depicted as the Vietnamese army`s best. The captain`s soldiers were, unlike the American GIs, in for the duration. His company operated at night without helicopter support. The men transported wounded out on foot. Kate was there when Captain Truong was wounded. When his number two man was hit, she helped to carry him on a stretcher back to HQ, where his arm was cut off. As Kate noted, the American papers were not much interested in the South Vietnamese army, but Kate was.

Horst Faas: some Vietnam war photos must not be published
Photographer Horst Faas has stood by a decision not to publish photos taken of American soldiers collecting the heads of enemy fighters during the Vietnam War. I was with an American airborne battalion. The company commander had told his men that they would get a case of beer for every head of Vietcong they found. "One guy started playing soccer with a head. I photographed it." Faas said that when he returned to Saigon, he sent the pictures to his editor with the recommendation that they were not used - and to this day they have not been published. "First of all you take the pictures, then you judge a bit later."

Kate Webb, Vietnam War Correspondent, Dies at 64
Kate Webb, a correspondent during the Vietnam War who was reported to have been captured and killed in Cambodia, only to emerge from the jungle alive, died at 64. On April 7, 1971, when she was one of a handful of women reporting on the war, North Vietnamese troops in Cambodia captured her and 5 others and held them for 23 days. The Japanese man helped allay stress by teaching her the Japanese tea ceremony. On May 1, she was released, along with the others, and returned home with 2 types of malaria. An explanation of why she was freed never appeared; other journalists captured around the same time were sometimes killed.

Requiem: By the Photographers Who Died in Vietnam and Indochina
The courage and work of war photographers like legendary Robert Capa are celebrated in "Requiem: By the Photographers Who Died in Vietnam and Indochina," an exhibit at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. The exhibit is based on a book of the same name by Horst Faas and Tim Page, two photographers who were wounded while shooting pictures during the Vietnam War. All the images in the exhibit were taken by photojournalists who were killed in Indochina, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos throughout a period that began with the French Indochina War in the 1950s and ended with the fall of Phnom Penh and Saigon in 1975. 135 photographers died on both sides of the conflict.

Vietnam-era ‘Cover Boy` mourns Life   (Article no longer available from the original source)
As Denny Steigmann patrolled the jungles of Vietnam in 1966, he had no idea he was capturing the hearts of Americans back at home. He was featured in a photo on the May 20, 1966, cover of Life. It was taken by a photographer embedded with the troops during an exceptionally bloody battle. The photo showed Steigmann cradling an injured soldier he had carried uphill as bullets zipped by his head. The image was chosen as photo of the year and earned Steigmann the nickname "Cover Boy" among his fellow Marines. The corps later used it to promote its slogan "We take care of our own."

New book explores paintings and sketches by soldiers
A book featuring paintings and sketches, mostly of war, by former soldiers and artist Huynh Phuong Dong has been released in Vietnamese. Huynh Phuong Dong - Visions of War and Peace, was earlier published in English in the US. Dong is famous for his collection of over 20,000 sketches, silk, gouache, and oil paintings, as well as wood and bronze sculptures. Most of his works feature forests, the faces of soldiers and guerrillas, and battles and the hardships in a soldier's life during the wars in Vietnam 1945-1975.

Veteran's Photo exhibit getting new home in Berkeley
In 1971, Geoffrey Clifford flew helicopter assault missions in central Vietnam. He did not like his taste of war and was happy to leave after his 9-month tour ended. But the vision of Vietnam's poetic landscape below his helicopter and the central coastal mountain range, stayed with him. "I loved it from Day One. I got to see some of the prettiest landscapes in the world." As a photographer, he accompanied the first touring group of U.S. war veterans to return to Vietnam. Thus began a decades-long love for Vietnam, which led to a 5-year, 18-city Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit of 52 photographs.

Vietnam War captured in photos   (Article no longer available from the original source)
In a photo taken Nov. 4, 1965, Dickey Chapelle lies face down in a pool of her own blood as Navy chaplain John Monamara administers the last rites. In an evac helicopter the veteran photographer had looked at a crewman and said, "I guess it was bound to happen." Those were her last words. Between the height of the French Indochina War in the 1950s and the fall of Phnom Penh and Saigon in 1975, 135 photographers were recorded missing or killed, Chapelle one of them. "Requiem: By the Photographers Who Died in Vietnam and Indochina," is on display through March 4 at the University of Notre Dame's Snite Museum of Art.

Museum relates Vietnam War experience
The legacy of Vietnam leathernecks will be retold on a grander scale as the San Diego`s Command Museum opens a new gallery, replete with a mini-tunnel and bunker complex, interactive maps, veterans` recounting of firefights and scores of displays including POW uniforms, booby traps and other collectibles. A 4-by-8-foot topographic relief floor map of Vietnam will greet visitors, and embedded lights will direct them to one of 4 galleries detailing combat operations. Text, photos and wartime artifacts will showcase stories. Audio recordings will recount veterans` battles and life in the war zone.

Vietnam pictures - the last ones ever shot by the photographers
These are pictures of anguish and fear ... of gaping wounds and mud-smeared bodies ... of war machines and lonesome figures. These are pictures from Vietnam - from both sides of the battle. And each picture in this exhibit at Notre Dame's Snite Museum of Art is from one of the 135 photographers who were killed in action. Some of the pictures are the last ones ever shot by the photographers, the rolls sometimes still in their cameras. A few have won Pulitzer Prizes. "We hope that anyone who was affected by Vietnam or who has any curiosity about that war will want to come and see this exhibit."

Michael Leahy was a combat artist in Vietnam   (Article no longer available from the original source)
Vietnam vet Michael Leahy may not be as agile as he used to be, but his sharp mind hasn`t forgotten the many scenes from the battlefield. He was a combat artist in Vietnam. He continued with his art after the war, but it wasn`t until some 20 years later that his fellow soldiers began to seek his talents. They were ready, finally, to share their war experiences through Leahy`s images. In a country deeply divided over Vietnam, it took many soldiers that long to "get over the feeling they were kind of an outcast generation."

Robert Hedrix - symbol of the collapse of South Vietnam
One of the most arresting images from the last days of the Vietnam War shows an unruly crowd rushing the door of a plane in Nha Trang. The focal point of the photograph is a American who is landing a jab to the head of a Vietnamese man desperate to board. The American is all grim determination - extending his arm like a ramrod into the face of the intruder. The UPI photo identified him only as an American official, but he was a charter pilot hired by the State Department to move Americans from the countryside to Saigon. In 1985, after People magazine ran the photo with a story, some of his war-era buddies identified him: He was Robert D. Hedrix.

Adrian Cronauer seeks to dispel myths about Vietnam vets   (Article no longer available from the original source)
Something that Adrian Cronauer likes to get straight right away is that he is not Robin Williams, who portrayed Cronauer in an Oscar-nominated performance as the Vietnam War disc jockey in the film "Good Morning, Vietnam." Cronauer, a former U.S. Air Force sergeant, was the real-life voice on Armed Forces Radio in Saigon who inspired soldiers and co-wrote the original story for the movie. "There`s the mythical image of the Vietnam veteran as a slovenly, ne`er-do-well, alcoholic, drug-abuser ... when really Vietnam veterans are the backbone of our society."

Viet wartime propaganda attracts art lovers   (Article no longer available from the original source)
Vietnam`s wartime propaganda art inspired the masses a generation ago but as the communist country is hurling itself into the capitalist era the faded posters are getting a new life. Images of revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh, golden stars and square-jawed soldiers now grace coffee mugs and knock-off posters sold to tourists as iconic souvenirs from Vietnam`s past. Surviving original artwork from the "American War" that was slowly rotting away a decade ago now fetches top dollar, and one foreign collector has amassed a large collection that may soon hit the Asian gallery circuit.