A soldier's story: Rare images of Vietnam War
  • | Yahoo News | April 07, 2013 10:35 AM

Charlie Haughey was drafted to the US Army in 1967.  After arriving in Vietnam in 1968, he served a tour of duty as a rifleman and was commissioned to take photos of the battalion for Army and civilian newspapers. These powerful images provide a unique and previously unseen view into the war and life in the US Army. Haughey shot nearly 2,000 photos from March 1968 to May 1969, and put the negatives in boxes, where they lay dormant for 45 years. In the fall of 2012, a chance meeting brought the negatives out into the light, viewable for the first time in decades.

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An US soldier guides a Chinook delivering materials to Fire Support Base Pershing near Dau Tieng 


A medic gives Vietnamese children a shower using a Lyster Bag

Vietnamese children in a schoolroom

Vietnamese children peer through a gate at the American photographer during his tour which took place from 1968-9

Haughey, pictured here in center, with a group of local children

One of the iconic images of the thousands Haughey captured: Staff Sergeant Edgar D. Bledsoe of Olive Branch, Illinois cradling a critically ill child

This ruined rubber tree plantation shows the terrible toll a decade of war took on Vietnam

American soldiers boarding a Chinook helicopter is one of 2,000 taken by Charlie Haughey during his tour of duty

An officer is given orders on a field telephone


A machine gunner is seen smoking as he walks through the jungle weighed down with ammo 

Battle-worn soldiers being transported in a Chinook over Vietnam

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