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  • Photograph
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  • Vietnam Conflict 1962-1975
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Welcome To Sunny Saigon
"Welcome to Sunny Saigon," mixed media on board by James Scott, c. 1967 (NHHC accession no. 88-160-EC).


During its time, the Vietnam War was the most-photographed conflict to date. Compact, reasonably priced, and simple-to-use modern camera equipment allowed service members to record day-to-day existence in the conflict zone. Civilian photojournalists and official service photographers augmented amateur initiatives, providing an extensive record of nearly every aspect of the war. Some of NHHC's holdings from both personal and official sources are listed below. These living collections will be augmented as additional photographs are digitized. The NHHC Photography Collection may also be searched for Vietnam imagery.

The NHHC collection of combat art provides a similar varied record of the war. The subjects range from the mundane over the humorous to the tragic, covering the gamut of service and individual experience. 

Vietnam Photography, 1955–75 (includes all types of U.S. Navy operations)

U.S. Navy Special Operations Units (SEAL/UDT) in Vietnam


Individual Vietnam War Photography Collections


Vietnam Combat Art


Navy SEAL in Vietnam
A member of U.S. Navy SEAL team uses caution as he watches for any movement in the thick vegetation along a stream, Vietnam, October, 1968. He holds a Stoner 63 light machine gun, a multipurpose weapon deployed in Vietnam by SEAL teams (K-74900)
Published: Thu Jan 19 15:21:33 EST 2023