One of the most important stories that LIFE Magazine would ever cover was the Vietnam War. From sending photographers to the trenches to covering the stories of draft dodgers and deserters, LIFE Magazines during the 1960s explored every aspect of the most highly televised conflict in history. LIFE Magazine would do it’s part to shape the story, as well.
Life Magazine (October 27, 1961) Advisers in Vietnam, mans eye
Life Magazine (January 25, 1963) Mekong Delta
Life Magazine (November 15, 1963) South Vietnam soldiers
Life Magazine (March 20, 1964) Henry Cabot Lodge in Vietnam
Life Magazine (June 12, 1964) Patrol in Vietnam
Life Magazine (August 21, 1964) South Vietnam’s General Khanh
Life Magazine (November 27, 1964) Vietnam GIs
Life Magazine (April 16, 1965) U.S. helicopter crew, Yankee Papa
Life Magazine (July 2, 1965) Wounded marine evacuated in Vietnam
Life Magazine (August 6, 1965) U.S. Navy vs. Vietcong
Life Magazine, August 20, 1965 – Draft inductees
In the summer of 1969 I got my induction papers from Uncle Sam; I think it read: “I Want You”
Life Magazine (November 26, 1965) Vietcong prisoner
A Vietcong prisoner, captured during the battle at Cape Batangan, under guard as he awaits transfer to a U.S. POW compound.
Life Magazine (January 14, 1966) Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh and Pham Van Dong
Life Magazine (February 11, 1966) Wounded GIs in Vietnam
Life Magazine (February 25, 1966) Dawn mission over South Vietnam
Life Magazine (October 28, 1966) Wounded marine
Life Magazine (November 4, 1966) President Johnson goes to Vietnam
About four years after this photo, Vice President Spiro Agnew paid a visit to Vietnam. Our unit provided security around Saigon before his arrival.
Life Magazine (January 13, 1967) Navy patrol in Mekong River
Life Magazine (March 10, 1967) U.S. paratroopers over Vietnam
Life Magazine (April 7, 1967) Hanoi air-raid alert
Life Magazine (May 26, 1967) General Lew Walt
Life Magazine (August 25, 1967) Marine and young Vietnamese friend
Life Magazine (October 27, 1967) GI at Con Thien
Life Magazine (February 16, 1968) North Vietnamese soldiers
Life Magazine (March 22, 1968) Ho Chi Minh
Life Magazine (November 8, 1968) Vietnam war victim, This girl tron
Life Magazine (June 27, 1969) American dead in Vietnam
One of LIFE’s most memorable stories was from an issue published on June 27, 1969. Editor-in-chief Hedley Donovan approved a yearbook-like spread of photos of the 242 soldiers who died in Vietnam between May 28 and June 3. That feature did what the editor hoped – it burned into the American consciousness the young faces of the men who fought.
Life Magazine (September 6, 1969) Woodstock
The Woodstock festival was a protest to pull soldiers from the Vietnam War.
Life Magazine (October 24, 1969) Composite: Dissent
Life Magazine (May 15, 1970) Wounded Kent State student
Some of the students who were shot had been protesting against the American invasion of Cambodia, which President Richard Nixon announced in a television address on April 30.
Life Magazine (May 22, 1970) Composite: Our Forgotten Wounded
Life Magazine (January 29, 1971) Bob Hope
I was very fortunate to be able to attend the Bob Hope USO Christmas Show in 1970. It was by far my fondest memory of my Vietnam tour…
Life Magazine (March 12, 1971) South Vietnamese soldiers in Laos
Life Magazine, January 21, 1972 – Single U.S. Vietnam casualty in a week
Life Magazine (May 12, 1972) Vietnam soldier carries wounded buddy
Life Magazine (November 10, 1972) Navy POW
Life Magazine (June 1, 1979) Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now
When I saw this issue of LIFE on a magazine rack in 1979, it definitely got my attention. It had an article about a movie to be released August 15th of that year featuring the unit (1st Squadron 9th Cavalry) I served with in Vietnam.