39 Photos That Captured the Human Side of the Vietnam War

Hard to believe it was 40 years ago that this war ended.

A good place to visit is the Virtual Wall where you may read brief biographies of the fallen and place faces to names.


April 30, 1975: The Fall of Saigon

  • The Goat

    May every 1970s hippie roast in hell for all eternity.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Unfortunately, I don’t know how to scan photos from my own album of Vietnam. Otherwise, I would show you the real human side, the side never shown by any commercial news organization. I was assigned to a headquarters compound located at a beach resort. It was completely different from anything you could imagine. Needless to say, I never regarded any Vietnamese I met there as an enemy, but remember them with affection and respect. And here is that beach resort today in a video recorded by a night helicopter flight. It’s been upgraded to accommodate tourists, including the waterfront boulevard. I visited the Buddha statue shown at 2:40 and rode around the traffic circle shown a few seconds later. May the people of Vietnam enjoy peace and prosperity and come to attain freedom.

    • Frau Katze

      What kind of photos are they? You can digitize anything: slides, film, moving pictures.

      My sister just digitized and loaded to Yoitube some old home movies from 1958.

      They won’t look as good as digital photos, but if you want them for memory’s sake it’s worth doing.

      I have a huge collection of scenics on 35mm slide film, but I’ve been told they would digitize well enough to use as “Evening photos”. Unfortunately.

      • Norman_In_New_York

        They were stills taken with a 45-year-old Kodak pocket camera using color film. I’m sure it can be scanned and uploaded into a slide show. The pictures themselves included life on my base, shows at the service clubs (including Martha Raye), visits to the beach, a wedding party, a bit of sightseeing in town and my two R & R’s. In other words, nothing that was ever shown on the news.

      • Raymond Hietapakka

        …my film digitizer doesn’t do such a great job…glad I got it 1/2 price…

    • Scanning is very easy Norman and scanners are cheap, many printers now come with a scan feature nowadays.

    • Clink9

      Sometimes I use my iPad. Take a photo of the oldies and it can be improved with the Apple software.

  • Ho Hum

    I don’t know how Robson can conclude that Vietnam was “a war worth fighting”. 60,000 American soldiers killed and 300,000 wounded and for what? Robson talks about “threats to our way of life”. The fact is even though Vietnam is communist – in the forty years since the end of the war the average Vietnamese citizen has seen a steady and steep INCREASE in their standard of living whereas the average person in the west has seen a slow but steady DECLINE in standard of living.

    • mauser 98

      McNamara said it was a mistake in

      The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara is a 2003 American documentary film

    • mauser 98

      a few people made a lot of money,,military industrial complex

  • Minicapt

    His father was CDS 1972-1977, General J.A Dextraze.


  • mauser 98

    The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara is a 2003 American documentary film
    ……….it is very good

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Around ’87, there was a little restaurant on Queen St.W. just W. of Ossington I’d go to, run by a Vietnamese guy. He had framed B&W photos, all over the one wall, of the last evacuations from the rooftop of the US Embassy in Hanoi, by helicopter. He said he was on one of the very last choppers out that day….