Sunday, August 30, 2015

A U.S. Soldier's Photo Gallery Of His Tour In Vietnam During The War

Getting ready: Pictured are a members of a mechanized infantry battalion riding on top of an armored personnel carrier ahead of a combat mission. Gaynor said the men rode on top because they feared being cooked if Viet Cong rocket pierced the armor and exploded inside

Daily Mail: Dawn patrols and downtime in America's ugliest war: One veteran's forgotten photos of Vietnam unveiled after 47 years, showing troops unaware of protests at home - and the many who never made it back

* Former artillery officer Christopher Gaynor, now 70, took the images in 1967 and 1968 while deployed
* They stayed hidden away for more than 40 years before he reopened them and relived old memories

These candid images show life on the front lines of the Vietnam war through the eyes of a young soldier, who rediscovered the collection decades after the conflict ended.

In the images by former artillery officer Christopher Gaynor, helicopters swoop down in high-risk troop deployments, convoys rumble through the booby-trapped countryside and infantrymen make tense dawn patrols.

Gaynor, now 70, spent more than a year in Vietnam between 1967 and 1968, taking photographs as he went. As well as showing scenes of battle-ready soldiers and equipment, he also showed his war buddies in their down time.

WNU Editor: Behind every picture there is a story.

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