The Vietnam War was fought from 1955 to 1975 between South Vietnam and North Vietnam. The war was being fought to try and avoid the communist section, North Vietnam, from overtaking the non-Communist government of South Vietnam.
WHAT ONE SOLDIER SAW
The information portrayed on this website will be a photo journalistic account from one soldier's eyes. The photographs presented on this website were all taken by this same soldier. It is a portrayal of Vietnam from the perspective of an American soldier, who served his country during this war.
The country was totally different from the United States, ranging from the climate, the terrain, and the people's living conditions. The weather tended to be humid and hot. There basically seemed to be only two seasons: either hot, humid, and wet (during the rainy season), or hot, humid, and dusty (during the dry season).
THE DAWN OF MANHOOD
During the Vietnam War era, the military was still able to draft males into the service. Many times, males were working a job and received a letter from Uncle Sam (or the President of the U.S. Government), notifying them that they were being drafted. You had no choice as to refuse this notification.
In Vietnam, you had males whose ages ranged from 18 years old and up who were either career soldiers or had been drafted. After going through basic training, soldiers went throgh AIT (Advanced Individual Training) which could include training for flight crews or helicopter maintenance. Others went through additional specialized training, which could include the following: NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer) Academies, Jump School, and Officer Candidate School. Then they were thrown into surviving for their life in a war zone. Some soldiers were fighting intense battles on the ground. Others were combat pilots whereby they were maneuvering helicopters and aircraft with extreme precision.
When these males went over to Vietnam, they went over being very young and had to quickly learn how to survive. Thus, they became men in a very short period of time.