Ten extremely powerful photos of the Vietnam War

10. An exposed photo depicts an element of the 173rd Airborne engaging a sniper after being pinned down for several hours.

173rd Firefight-Anti Sniper

9.  An F-105 pilot ejects after being shot down.


8.  A medic of 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment awaits Dust Off for his wounded comrade.

16th Medic

7. A US Army Private walks past a burning village.

Private burning

6.  A US Marine takes cover in a rice paddy during a firefight.

Marine Rice

5.  A US Soldier pulls two children out of harm’s way during an intense firefight.


4.  The body of a US Paratrooper is lifted from the jungle canopy by a UH-1 “Huey”.

Henri Huet (French, 1927–1971). The body of an American paratrooper killed in action in the jungle near the Cambodian border is raised up to an evacuation helicopter, Vietnam, 1966 (printed 2004). Gelatin silver print, 13⅜ x 8⅝ in. (34 x 22.4 cm). The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; museum purchase. © Associated Press

3.  An American Caribou is hit by friendly artillery over a US Special Forces compound.


2.  A US Infantryman from California engaged in a firefight.


1. A US Infantry Scout and his K9 eat after a long patrol.

K9 Eat


  • Andy Wolf

    Andy Wolf is an Appalachian native who spent much of his youth and young adulthood overseas in search of combat, riches, and adventure- accruing decades of experience in military, corporate, first responder, journalistic and advisory roles. He resides in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains with his K9 companion, Kiki.

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