Item #18558 Multiracial Unit in the Vietnam War, Photo Archive 1970-71. Vietnam War African American Troops.
Multiracial Unit in the Vietnam War, Photo Archive 1970-71
Multiracial Unit in the Vietnam War, Photo Archive 1970-71
Multiracial Unit in the Vietnam War, Photo Archive 1970-71
Multiracial Unit in the Vietnam War, Photo Archive 1970-71
Multiracial Unit in the Vietnam War, Photo Archive 1970-71
Multiracial Unit in the Vietnam War, Photo Archive 1970-71

Multiracial Unit in the Vietnam War, Photo Archive 1970-71

Photo Archive

African American Troops in Vietnam War, Archive of 68 color Polaroid photos of tightly knit multiracial U.S. Army Unit stationed in Vietnam in 1970-71, with many being African American. Photos measure 3.5" x 3.5" - 3.5" x 4.5". About a quarter of the images are pasted to black board with the rest being loose. Some the loose photos with handwritten captions and soldiers' names en verso. This album was assembled by Sergeant Vandergriff and documents his 1970-71 tour duty, spanning from basic training to 5 days before his homecoming. The troops are seen smoking, drinking, and brandishing their weapons (standard M16 rifles and M1911 sidearms). The unit seems tightly knit, with friendships transcending skin color. The Vietnam War was the first American war in which African American and white troops were not segregated. Photos include multiple aerial shots from inside a helicopter, and one shows a grounded, destroyed helicopter. Other photos depict aircraft, drill marches, tanks, weaponry, villages, and locals, including two Vietnamese children bathing in a river. It is not clear which unit these troops belong to. It is possible they are in the 101st Airborne, which was prominent at both Birmingham and Evans. During the Vietnam War, African American soldiers made up almost 25% of all troops and comprised 40-60% of airborne units, which seems to be reflected in this archive. Some photos have degradation or stains affecting the image; overall in very good condition and documents the experience of a soldier in multiracial U.S. Army.

Item #18558

Price: $1,850.00