In 2017, President Trump signed into law The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, establishing The National Vietnam War Veterans Day is celebrated each year on March 29. This photo gallery offers a glimpse into life during the Vietnam War and the activities of Vietnam Veterans some 50-plus years later.
National Vietnam Veterans Day Photo Gallery
An A-4E Skyhawk of Attack Squadron (VA) 163 crosses the ramp as the pilot prepares to trap aboard the carrier USS Oriskany (CVA 34) steaming in the waters off North Vietnam, ca. 1966. National Museum of Naval Aviation photo In Vietnam, a Ranger LRRP from L Company evacuates a casualty during Operation Bushmaster, August 1971. The pilot of this F-100 pulls up sharply after releasing a napalm bomb on Viet Cong concealed in the tree line in the Mekong Delta, South Vietnam. U.S. Air Force photo One of the U.S. Navy’s PACV hovercraft on patrol in Vietnamese waters assists in the searching of suspected boats for smuggled goods and contraband. Here, crewmembers pursue the search of a Vietnamese junk. National Archives photo U.S. Marine Pfc. J.L. Collins keeps a battery pack and his M16 dry as he wades through a muddy hole while on a search mission with “I” Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 12 miles south-southwest of Da Nang, Vietnam. National Archives photo An infantry patrol armed with M16s move up to assault the last Viet Cong position after an attempted overrun of the artillery position by the Viet Cong during Operation Hawthorne, June 7, 1966. National Archives photo 1st Cavalry soldiers disembark from a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter in the Ia Drang Valley of South Vietnam. The UH-1 and the air cavalrymen of 1st Cavalry Division pioneered the battlefield use of the helicopter. U.S. Army photo The major elements of the U.S. Air Force air rescue team in Vietnam: Douglas A-1E and A-1H/J Skyraider (visible are four from the 602nd Special Operations Squadron), and a Lockheed HC-130P Hercules recovery aircraft refueling a Sikorsky HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter in 1968. National Museum of the U.S. Air Force photo Seabees of CBMU 301 have a BBQ at Khe Sanh, Vietnam, 1968. U.S. Navy Seabee Museum image 4th Infantry Division soldiers descend the side of Hill 742, located five miles northwest of Dak To during the Vietnam War. U.S. Army photo Members of a Navy SEAL team in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam, 1967, carrying an AR-15 or M16 (background) and M16A1 (foreground). U.S. Naval Historical Center photo United States Air Force Capt. John R. Vydareny vaccinates a Vietnamese woman against plague during a MEDCAP visit to the village of Phu Gia near Phu Cat Air Base, South Vietnam. This shot was taken on the day that Thomas Taylor arrived in Vietnam to begin his service there. On the same day, his father, Gen. Maxwell Taylor, left Vietnam. Air Force ordnancemen load a dispenser with seismic sensors. Sensors were dropped along trails to alert U.S. forces when troops or supplies were on the move. Members of the 1st Force Reconnaissance Company in Vietnam. The Vietnam War was where 1st Force Recon conducted their first combat operations. U.S. Marine Corps photo Capt. Hank Hoffman climbs into an A-37B Dragonfly at Bien Hoa, South Vietnam. Hoffman piloted A-37Bs for the 604th SOS during the Vietnam War. Photo courtesy of the Robert F. Dorr Collection Soldiers carry a wounded comrade through a swampy area, 1969. Photo courtesy of National Archives Following her recounting of how her family fled Vietnam following the end of the Vietnam War, Master Sgt. Tianna Tien shares a moment of levity with a Veterans Home of California Barstow resident. (Photo by Keith Hayes) A Soldier with 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment pose with Vietnam Veterans who held their reunion at the squadrons footprint and dedicated a painting of the late Command Sgt. Maj. Gary Boggs to the unit. They exchange stories about their daily missions together and compare notes. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Felicia Jagdatt) U.S. service members assigned to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), conduct a repatriation ceremony, Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Feb. 28, 2019. The ceremony was conducted in support of DPAA’s mission to provide the fullest possible accounting of our missing personnel to their families and the nation by bringing back the remains of service members lost during the Vietnam War. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael O'Neal) U.S. service members assigned to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency , conduct a repatriation ceremony, in support of DPAA’s mission to provide the fullest possible accounting of our missing personnel to their families and the nation by bringing back the remains of service members lost during the Vietnam War. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael O'Neal) Retired Air Force Col. Bruce Hunt, poses for a photo in front of a P-40 static display at the Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island, Hawaii, Feb. 23, 2019. Hunt is a decorated World War II and Vietnam War veteran who served heroically. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Veronica Perez) Retired Air Force Col. Bruce Hunt (center front), poses for a photo with his family, friends, and members of the 15th Wing during 100 100th birthday celebration. Hunt is a decorated World War II and Vietnam War veteran. (Courtesy photo) Staff Sgt. Luis Ortiz, a musician assigned to the 4th Infantry Division Band, performs Taps at a full military honors service Feb. 12, 2019, at Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, Colorado. The service was held in honor of Maynard Miller, an Army veteran who served in Vietnam and the Korean Conflict. (U.S Army photo by Pfc. Matthew Rabahy) Retired U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. John L. Canley, poses for a photo with a fellow Vietnam Veteran at the Marine Corps Museum in Triangle, Va., Oct. 15, 2018. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daisha R. Johnson)