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.