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The Vietnam War lasted for almost twenty years and took place in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam from 1955 to 1975. When America got involved, people protested the war and it affected the culture immensely. Here are some rare historical photos from the Vietnam War that say thousands of words. President Dwight D. Eisenhower served from 1953 to 1961. This photo is just before he gave his “Farewell Address” on January 17, 1961.


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Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson met with President Ngo Dinh Diem of Vietnam in May 1961.


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Napalm is dropped on Vietnam near the Perfume River in Feburary 1963.


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A South Vietnamese soldier is wounded after a Viet Cong ambush just outside of Saigon.


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President John F. Kennedy sits down with the U.S. Army Chief of Staff and U.S. Secretary of Defense to discuss the Vietnam War.


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Viet Cong ambushed Southern troops in Binh Gia after the creation of its 9th Division. The ambush lasted for 4 days until the American bombers intervened.


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An A-1 Skyraider drops bombs on the Viet Cong in 1964.


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American burns his draft card in protest of the Vietnam War.


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A soldier speaking with two young Vietnamese girls during a supply shipment.


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President Johnson increases America’s involvement in the war with the signing of the House Join Resolution 1145. This document was used to justify what happened during the war.


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American soldiers hold up a photo of Ho Chi Minh, the person responsible for leading the Viet Cong.


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Martin Luther King Jr. disagreed with the war too. He gave a speech, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” in New York.


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A number of Huey helicopters land in Montagnard village carrying American troops.


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A Vietnmaese family escape a bombing from American troops in Qui Nhon.


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An American Marine holds up a giant centipede that he found in the Vietnamese jungle.


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U.S. helicopters use machine guns ahead of soldiers during an attach on the Viet Cong near Tay Ninh.


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Deceased American soldiers are sent back home with American flags draped over their coffins.


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The U.S. First Cavalry Air Mobile division arrives at a Qui Nhon beach.


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Thousands of American gather at the Washington Monument to hear Alaska Senator Ernest Gruening discuss the policies in Vietnam.


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American troops drop Napalm over a Viet Cong stronghold using jets.


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Three children take cover in a river with an American soldier.


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Marines arrive on the shore of Red Beach near Saigon at dawn carrying heavy equipment.


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American B-52 drops 750 pounds of bombs over the Vietnamese coast in 1965.


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Vietnamese soldiers practice their shooting as an aircraft flies over.


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A captured Viet Cong guerrilla is interrogated and threatened with his own weapon. He ended up telling his capturers about Chinese grenades.


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Adam West plays Batman in this commercial encouraging children to buy government bonds that supported the war in 1966.


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A helicopter crashes and burns after it is hit by the enemy. Thirteen people died in the crash.


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Soldiers hike the Ho Chi Minh trail through the Truong Son Mountains, which are 750-miles long and make up the west border of Vietnam.


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People walk across a destroyed Hue Bridge in 1966.


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An American Skyraider releases a white phosphorus bomb on the Viet Cong situated in South Vietnam.


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The “Korean Kittens,” a music group entertain American troops during Bob Hope’s Christmas show in 1966.


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Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jeremiah Purdie, seen with a bandage on his head, reaches for another wounded soldier on the battlefield.


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An American soldier shoots a machine gun behind some logs in a hole to gain Hill 484.


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More napalm is dropped on Vietnam as U.S. troops run away.


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American soldiers collect rain water in the jungle to drink.


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Children and their mother hide in a water-filled trench during a Viet Cong attack in Bao Trai.


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Americans drop napalm on the a Viet Cong stronghold in 1966.


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An American solider in the 503rd infantry sitting in the jungle.


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An American trooper walks away from a house he just set on fire along the Vaico Oriental River.


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Vietnamese men going through physicals to determine if they can join the army in Haiphong.


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Protesters at the Pentagon are met by armed guards in 1967.


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The Phuong Dinh railroad bridge is bombed in 1967.


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A large pile of empty artillery shells sits in Soui Da at an artillery base.


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Pro-war demonstrators rally in Wakefield, Massachusetts in 1967.


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Muhammad Ali refuses the draft saying, “I ain’t got no quarrel with those Viet Cong.” He was fined $10,000, sentenced to five years in prison, and couldn’t box for three years. His case was appealed and he was able to box in the ring again.


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An American soldier shoots a flaming arrow at a bamboo hut that is believed to conceal a Viet Cong bunker.


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Over 60,000 people marched in San Francisco and 125,000 marched in NYC to protest the Vietnam War.


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An American trooper uses a flamethrower to clear our a cave in South Vietnam.


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The Zippo Boat was capable of reaching 8 knots, hold 1,350 gallons of Napalm, and shoot Napalm 300 meters in just over three minutes.


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An American helicopter delivers supplies to a marine outpost.


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An opening into the Chu Chi tunnels in Ho Chi Minh city that stretched across the country. They were used by the Viet Cong.


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The Tet Offensive was organized by the Viet Cong and would ambush opposing troops and civilians. It was considered one of the largest military campaigns in the war.


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The opposing sides face off in the Mekong Delta in 1968.


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A soldier helps to guide a medivac through the jungle to pick up wounded soldiers who have been suffering for five days.


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A curtain of flying shrapnel is created when bombs are dropped by the U.S. Air Force in attempt to defend the Marine base in Khe Sanh.


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Veterans in Philadelphia protest the war taking place in Vietnam in 1968.


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Helicopters carrying marines fly from the Khe Sanh base.


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Marines march by a Catholic Church in Danang, Vietnam.


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A U.S. paratrooper waits in pain for a medevac near the Laos border.


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The Vietnamese hang posts of thanks and gratitude for the marines of the 1st Battalion 9th Regiment as they leave Vietnam on a dock in Danang.


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In Washington D.C. half a million people marched in protest of the Vietnam War in 1969.


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President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger fly to Vietnam to meet with U.S. troops of the 1st infantry division.


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Veterans throw their uniforms and medals at the Capitol building in Washington D.C. in protest of the war.


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An American soldier calls over a medic to check out a wounded Vietnamese soldier.


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A Viet Cong guerilla is seen paddling in the Mekong Delta surrounded by a forest destroyed by Agent Orange.


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An improvised operation is performed on a Cambodian guerilla in a mangrove swamp.


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Navy Seals stay sharp and practice shooting targets.


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President Nixon authorizes U.S. troops to join the South Vietnamese in battling Cambodia. This led to many protests and even the Kent State shootings that ended with four college students being shot by the Army National Guard.


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John Kerry voices his concern over the war in Vietnam after earning three Purple Hearts and a silver star before returning home in 1969.


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A soldier looks at an issue of Playboy. Hugh Heffner published a full-page advertisement written by veterans in protest of the war in the February 1971 issue.


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Guerrillas from Laos transport supplies via elephant.


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A common way to protest the war was to skip out on registering for the draft.


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Sammy Davis Jr. traveled to Vietnam to perform for the 1st Cavalry Division.


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Famous musician and founder of The Beatles, was one of the most known anti-war activists. He participated in many protests and held “bed ins” with his wife, Yoko Ono.


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To slow down the enemy troops, poisoned punji stakes were set up as a booby trap. The medivacs would draw attention to the troops, allowing the opposing side to know their location.


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Protestors march in Los Angeles against the Vietnam War in 1972.


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While the South tried to cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail, the North ran across Highway 9 in Laos.


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Members of the militia rummage through the remains of a downed A-7C Corsair plane.


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In the Nam Can forests, activists hide their faces with masks.


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An evacuation helicopter is boarded by wounded soldiers and civilians.


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The South Vietnamese are under attack by the North in Hai Van.


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The American flag is lowered at a U.S. base in Long Binn as it is given to the South Vietnamese.


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A guerilla Vietnamese woman stands guard in the Mekong Delta. At just 24 years old, she has been widow twice.


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A group of workers discuss how to repair the Ham Rong Bridge after a bombing attack.


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Planes spray jungle in Vietnam with Agent Orange to kill the plants hiding enemy troops.


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A captured American prisoner of war walks talks to other POWs through doors with bars on them in Hanoi.


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POW Lt. Col. Robert L. Stirm is reunited with his family in California after being released by the Northern Vietnamese.


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This picture is of the meeting where an agreement to end the war was signed. Representatives from the United States, South Vietnam, Provisonal Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam and North Vietnam were present.


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POW John McCain is released and escorted to an airport in Hanoi to return to the United States.


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Soldiers help their wounded brothers off the battlefield with a “no man gets left behind” mentality.


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Vietnamese civilians protest the government in Saigon.


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While men were off fighting in the war, women had to step up and do jobs that men normally would take on. This woman is seen fishing from the Mekong River.


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American civilians walk through the streets of Saigon.


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ARVN soldiers stripped from their uniforms and left their combat boots just outside of Saigon in 1975.


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Jane Fonda was a strong anti-Vietnam War activist. Her activism earned her the name “Hanoi Jane.”


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Vietnamese evacuees board a helicopter just half a mile from the U.S. Embassy with the help of a CIA employee.


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Vietnamese civilians board a boat to escape the communists closing in on Saigon.


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American marines get down as metal pieces for a helicopter go flying as it lands on the deck of the USS Blue Ridge.


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Hundreds of Vietnamese people try to hop the fence at the U.S. Embassy in an effort to get on a helicopter towards the end of the war.


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A tank belonging to the North Vietnamese rolls in through the gates of the Presidential Palace located in Saigon. This is the end of the South.