Central New York, Government, History

Photographs Spark Discussion About Vietnam War

“A young Marine waits on the beach during the Marine landing.” (c) 1965 National Archives

Audio
Vietnam War Photo Exhibit

A Vietnam War photo exhibit is helping start discussions on the war that is not talked about much.

By Zach Allen SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — At Onondaga Community College, a new picture exhibit has opened. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, photos taken at the scene are traveling throughout the country.

 

This photo exhibit will do a lot more than just give people an inside look into what the war was like, it will bridge the gap between generations.

 

“These veterans are forgotten,” says Barbara Thompson, Assistant Director of Veteran Affairs at O.C.C. “A lot of our younger generation doesn’t know about the Vietnam War so this is another way to educate them, but in a very open environment. ”

 

Thompson believes strongly in military-civilian communication and while many Vietnam veterans don’t want to talk about their experiences, the photos are a great way to open up conversations.
“These are very powerful photos,” said Thompson.

 

The exhibit is hard to simply walk past without stopping as you look and see a young man dressed and ready for battle. Followed by two soldiers, carrying their wounded comrade out of the battle scene. The pictures do an amazing job of placing you into the scene of the war.

 

All of the U.S. Armed Forces had photographers stationed in Vietnam and their pictures they took gave way to breathtaking insight on the harsh realities that were the Vietnam War.

 

They say a picture paints a thousand words. Well in this case, the goal is that these pictures will bring rise to a thousand words and help educate and connect others about the Vietnam War. The exhibit is free to the public and will be open at O.C.C. until January 7th, 2017.