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Lieutenant Michael E. Thornton; Native American. Michael Thornton was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on October 15, 1973. He is the first person in more than a century to receive that honor for saving the life of another Medal of Honor recipient.
Chaplain John McNamara of Boston administers the last rites Dickey Chapelle in South Vietnam Nov. 4, 1965. Chapelle was covering a U.S. Marine unit on a combat operation near Chu Lai when she was seriously wounded, along with four Marines, by an exploding mine. She died in a helicopter en route to a hospital. She became the first female war correspondent to be killed in Vietnam, and the first American female reporter to be killed in action. (AP Photo/Henri Huet)
Life Magazine, June 1969 issue pictured photos of the 242 soldiers who died in one week in the Vietnam War. The visual stunned America to face the loss of such vibrant, young men pictured on page after page. Click through to access the entire issue of Life. LIFE - Google Books
This collection of Vietnam War lighters was assembled and sourced by Bradford Edwards for his book “Vietnam Zippos” and the 282 lighters were recently available for auction. The engravings range from sentimental to shocking, and together they paint a unique, personalized picture of the U.S. troops during Vietnam.
Babies strapped in seats in 747 Jumbo jet enroute Clark AB to LAX. Photo: Robert Stinnett / Oakland Tribune, April 12, 1975. This was part of the orphan airlift, called “Operation Babylift” from Vietnam to the US that took place in 1975, primarily by World Airways. Via The Oakland Tribune Collection, the Oakland Museum of California