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The Dual Nature of War Photography!

History is little else than a picture of human crimes and misfortunes.
François Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778), L’Ingénu. Chap. x. (1767)

A picture is worth a thousand words.

In modern times, still and motion photography has become perhaps the single most important element that stimulates our interest. Introduced in the U.S. in 1839 with the advent of daguerreotype, over a million photographs define our understanding of the Civil War, and photographs have defined our understanding of every war since then. In fact, the captions on two of the most powerful images of the Vietnam War (the girl running from the bombed village and the helicopters on the roof during South Vietnam's final days) were deliberate lies to score political points, yet so powerful were the photographs that those myths prevail today some 30 years later.

War photographs can serve a variety of purposes besides propaganda. Like nouns, they can show people, places or things. Like adjectives, they can depict living or working conditions, battlefields or the aftermath of battle. Like verbs, they can trigger actions like recovery of faded or suppressed memories, and like adverbs they can modify or condition those actions and highlight or emphasize the historical record.

From nearly 200 years of war photography, we gain a perspective that there are really two main types of war photograph - those that show combat, and those that don't. Many of the most famous war photographs such as the flag raising on Mt. Suribachi depict the effects of war, rather than combat itself. The reason is pretty simple, for most of us, a camera is not our highest priority when under fire. Many professional photographers have died getting too close to the action; some 135 died in the Vietnam Wars alone.

Most of the photographs on this website were taken by soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 50th Infantry. In a few cases, professional photographers took them. Speaking for myself, I never expected that my "happy snaps" would ever be works of art or would ever form part of a valuable historical record... and I was probably correct: however, many of the photographs by my fellow soldiers on this website really do show history... the history that we were part of... the history that we helped make! Despite that, few of our photographs show actual combat. itself . We were, after all, combat infantrymen... with a tough job to do.

And so our photographs carry on, in a modest way, the traditions started by Mathew Brady, Timothy O'Sullivan and Alexander Gardner and honored by such distinguished photojournalists as Frank Hurley, Damien Parer, Georgi Zelma, Joe Rosenthal, Therese Bonney, William Eugene Smith, Larry Burrows, Robert Capa, Henri Huet, and Kyochi Sawada.

Individual Collections of Vietnam War Photographs

NOTES: Collections are compiled as received and posted as hypertext links as they are published. Individual photos are taken from these collections to use elsewhere on this website.

Frankie Accardo Toby W. Hamon Bob Odendahl
Noel E. Allen Mark Hannan Rigo Ordaz
Herman Allmendinger Harley David Harless Bob Page
Ed Alvey Michael Hartz George Paine
Dennis Apana Mick Hawkins Dave Parker
John Banales George Haynes Wilson Parks
Wendell Barnes John Hanzlik David Payne
Sam Barnhart Richard Hooker Parker Pierce
Sam Bennett Harvey Hummel Olan Pike
George R. Bell (6-68 to 3-69) Edgar Irizarry Norm Poage
Cheney Bertholf, Jr. Charlie Jameson Walt Podraza
Bob Bihari Thomas Jones Duane Quello
Steve Black Jim Kelliher Russ (Doc) Roth
Bill Bontemps Richard Kerr Vinny Russo
Art Borr Dave Knechtel Ray Sarlin
Talmadge Cain Dennis Knickerbocker Dan Schlecht
Roy Carwile Bryan "Frenchy" Lagimoniere Thomas M. Schroeder
Mike Chisam Dennis Larocque William Schussler
Tom Clark Keith LaRue Jim Sheppard
Jerry Cooper Rick Leland John Smerdon
Jaime Cruz Ron Leraas Larry Shipp
James Dacus Fred Lohman Chuck Spotts
Bob Dash (Phan Thiet) Sam Luna Dennis Sullivan
Henry Dunn Chuck McAleer Rick Tande
Jim Edwards Don McClure John Topper
George Fiedler Tom McGovern Pete Tovar
James E. Fitzgerald Ernie Milito Allan Van Keuren
Louis Frisbie Toby Milroy (SEPIA Magazine) Danny C. "Bo" Walter
Walter (Happy) Gilbreath Billy Mims Reynolds "Tennessee" Williams
Bob Gold Bill Moore Pat Willson
Dick Guthrie Robert Newton Harry Wilson
Rick Hambley Glen L. "Nick" Nicholls James Woodall
  Shannon Nichols
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Photos our our Honored Dead

Below are pages posted in memory of our fallen brothers. In 2006, at the suggestion of then Association President Randy Smith, efforts began to assemble a list of family and friends of all our men KIA during the 50th Infantry's deployment in Vietnam. Association Historian Jim Sheppard expanded this idea and created memorial pages for each man...complete with action description, KIA location maps, burial information and photos for each man. The effort took over 12 years, but photos were finally all found by April of 2019. All these memorial pages are "linked" below, including 33 men who were found not to be part of the 50th Infantry... but listed as such prior to accurate KIA records being assembled by the Coffelt Vietnam Casualty Database Team of volunteers.

Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Panorama ~ Washington, D.C.

Charles Edward Aaron (11W 098) Carlyle Guenther (55E 014) Denny Pekny (50W 009)
Daniel Owen Abernathy (47W 058) Albert Gutierrez (47W 002) Joseph Perez (43E 068)
Oscar Aguayo, Jr (31E 096) Russell Haas (42E 032) Lorenzo Pettis (22W 035)
Leroy B Aiken (01W 006) Jim Hacek (42W 018) William Piaskowski (44E 052)
Robert Samuel Allen (54E 042) Virgil Vern Hamilton (23W 021) Ronald Pillow (52W 024)
Michael Alley (39E 001) Todd Handy (42E 040) Thomas Pipkin (27E 091)
Dudney Nelson Arlentino (31E 058) Howard Brown Handley (44W 048) Howard Samuel Pontuck (43W 058)
Johnnie Ayers (34W 019) Robert Bruce Haney, Jr. (11W 091) James Powell (09W 061)
Bruce Backes (54E 042) Sherron Harbison (55E 015) Donald Queen (47E 042)
Scott Jay Bailey (34W 004) Richard Edward Hayes (30E 090) Tom Ramey (45E 027)
Bernard Phillip Bailey (19W 105) Ron Heinecke (48W 043) Charles Allen Raulston (12W 031)
Clifton Adair Baldwin (17W 024) Tom Herkins (47W 003) Jerry Riedlberger (33E 022)
Robert Irving Ballard (37E 003) Ron Hillman (55E 019) Claude Roberts (49E 026)
Danny Barron (20W 096) Clarence Hills (42E 041) Timothy Robson (24W 061)
Thomas Fredrick Barth (24W 057) Dennis Hinton (55E 017) Craig Allen Rood (55E 029)
Mark Behrent (09W 056) Thomas Hodge (35E 022) James Sidney Rylee (58W 026)
Richard Lewis Belinge (46E 029) Richard Holloway (31E 024) James Rae Sabourin (29E 034)
Howard Clayton Bell (39E 028) Donald Honeycutt (58E 022) James Sachaschik (13W 052)
Richard Bellwood (34W 073) Danny Hoskins (68W 003) George Stanley Salema (28E 017)
Timothy Wayne Beverford (20W 063) George House (38E 077) Pablo Sanchez (47E 043)
Terry Wayne Birmingham (33E 016) Roger Hubbard (28E 104) Francis Sanders (32E 059)
CPT Donald Blair (26W 038) Milton C. Hunter (01W 086) Lorenzo Sewell (48W 048)
Willie B. Bradford (43E 065) Keith Brian Janke (23W 009) Michael Robert Shapard (31E 078)
Paul Branyan (31E 071) Lawrence M. Jennings (34E 077) Drew Shipley (31E 077)
James David Brown (01W 085) Gary Ray Johnson (31E 092) Jose Silveira (33E 022)
Douglas Brown (28E 102) James A. Johnson (21W 042) Anthony Simoes (47E 036)
Bohdan Peter Brydun (31E 071) Kenneth Duane Johnson (19W 102) Erwin Bruce Sims (42W 041)
Samuel Bulloch (31E 072) Charles Jones (15W 024) William "Billy" Sims (39E 014)
Dennis Burke (37E 050) Joseph Jones (50E 016) Burton Small (17W 078)
Archie Burnette, Jr. (35E 089) Stephen Jordan (46W 001) Larry Smith (54W 020)
Bernard "Butch" Burns (37E 051) Kazmierczak, Robert J. (22W 047) Thomas Smith (11W 093)
Steve Burton (47E 020) Duane Keil (21W 052) Walker Smith (31E 077)
Randy Cagle (18W 070) Gregory Kelly (48E 028) John Snelson (11W 042)
Albert L. Campfield (35E 014) Kenneth Lancaster (33E 029) Melvin Sodowsky (31E 078)
Joseph A. Cardenas (10W 068) Melvin Leavell (43E 068) Sherman Sorrell (32E 006)
David Charles Cardinal (47E 030) Larry LeDonne (45E 027) Bill Stainer (33E 023)
Tommy Lee Carpenter (35E 014) Robert J. Leska (55E 021) Harley Roy Standridge (32E 013)
Tom Cast(32E 070) Robert Dean Lingle (19W 095) Nade Stanich (09W 120)
Joe Castagna(36W 056) Robert J. Loehlein, Jr. (42W 012) James Arthur Stell (51W 022)
Roger Chambliss (01W 086) Byron Clifton Lollar (35E 040) Donald Ray Stephenson (55E 032)
Ray Chenoweth (34W 005) George Leonard Lopez (07W 053) Edward Marvin Sternin (44W 003)
Herbert P. Cho (42W 013) John Arthur Love (25W 104) Charles L. Stewart (01W 087)
Robert Clatfelter (22W 031) Donald Everett Lowe (55E 021) James Francis Stolinski (46E 042)
Gary Clayton (33E 017) Jere Lowe (17W 078) Tommy Gene "Smokey" Stover (33E 024)
Larry Coggins (28E 099) Thomas Lukes (52W 023) James Clinton Strano (35E 018)
Gary Wayne Cokley (06W 034) Ronald Mall (02W 136) Timothy L. Strohm (61W 017)
Steven E. Collier (40W 042) Frederick Manly (33E 020) Gary Lee Strouse (52W 012)
Jerome L. Collins (23W 020) John Marason (37W 023) Raymond Sullivan (34W 072)
Charles Anthony "Stormy" Connell (12W 024) Robert Marthaler (10W 081) Bruce Wayne Tabor (55E 032)
Roger Gene Craig (11W 090) Roman Mason (33W 003) Esteban Tadena (29E 045)
Rodney Crandall (56E 004) Luis Massa (20W 114) Clarence Taylor (23W 011)
Raymond H. Crull (12W 045) Travis "Tex" Matlock (22W 034) Scott Thiry (28E 106)
John R. D'Agostino, Jr. (53E 011) Raymond Mays (11W 024) Allen Thomas (39W 039)
Fred Denkins, Jr. (11W 090) John McDaid (14W 047) Charles Thomas (26W 012)
Ellis Dennison (55E 009) Lonzo McDonald (20W 114) Kenneth Ben Thomas (11W 093)
James Dillard (44W 047) Gary McFall (44W 051) Richard Thompson (14E 089)
Gregory Dodge (08W 002) Robert McMillin (16W 043) James A. Tilley (34E 071)
Tom Donovan (45E 062) Byron McQuinn (31W 038) Antonio Tosa (03W 133)
Malcolm Dulac (55E 010) Bernard Meinen (32E 031) Larry Trevarton (52W 012)
Johnston Dunlop (50E 013) Arnold Melish (39E 009) Francisco Trujillo (15W 019)
William Farrell (31E 073) Hubert Meredith (50W 044) Cletus Tuttle (55W 024)
Barry Feldmann (31E 073) Jesus James Meza (13W 006) Allan Leroy Van Keuren (31E 095)
Jim Ferguson (55E 011) Thomas Mitchell (31E 025) Herbert Vaughn (67W 006)
Donald Fleetwood (31E 073) John Mogan (32E 002) William Velilla (30E 005)
Al "Flip" Filippelli (42W 017) John J. Monaghan, Jr. (67W 002) Sammie Waddle (24W 013)
Joe Lynn Fowler (24W 025) John Ernest Moody, Jr. (08W 015) Wayne Wadlington (31E 095)
Joseph Ralph Franckowiak (50W 018) Charles Moomey (46E 038) Michael Walker (54W 007)
James C. Freidt (27E 089) Dennis Moore (14W 069) Johnny Lee Ward (18W 073)
John Fullam (31E 073) Leon Moore (33W 003) Gary Allen Warner (36W 024)
Robert Gaftunik (19W 111) Ronald Moore (39W 017) Frank Webb, (55E 035)
Emilio Garcia (35E 016) Thomas W. Morris (39W 061) John Welch, (29E 007)
Robert John Gasko, Jr. (14W 049) James Joseph Morrissey (35W 005) Richard Wells, (55E 035)
Bobby Lee Gentry (21W 083) Francis Mulvey (46W 018) John "Jack" White, (42E 026)
Roy Givens (20W 070) James Murphy (29E 025) Bill Whitlatch, (15W 051)
Manuel Gonzales (31E 074) Marvin Murray (60W 003) Roy Wiegand, (33E 062)
Calvin Gooch (58E 021) R C Myers (25W 051) Melvin Joe Williams, (36E 042)
Jerry Graves (50W 024) Ricky Lee Null (51E 011) Woodrow Wilson (45E 035)
Robert Lee Gray (09W 057) Gary Alan Ohman (19W 108) William John Winters, (24W 014)
Ramon Grayson (11W 101) Steven Craig Owen (23W 029) James George Witham, (24W 027)
Reid Grayson (36W 084) Robert Owens (58E 012) Delbert R. Wood, (01W 089)
Harold Green (09W 059) Gregorio Pangelinan(30W 094) Thomas S. Woodland, Jr. (47E 045)
Lawrence Greene (35E 071) Dave Parker (36E 029) James Earl Wright, (31E 079)
Steve Grubb (23W 009) Dennis Zambano, (28E 009)
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