Dragon boats on the Perfume River at Hue, Vietnam.
Bui Vien Street in HCMC 2014 seen at street level from the Bui Vien Hotel. The street is wider, paved, and crisscrossed with telephone, cable, and electrical wires.
A modern bridge now crosses the canal where I sat on guard duty one night 47 years earlier. That was the night the Saigon police chief got drunk and shot at fish in the water below. My post was in about the same location from where the photo was made.
Water buffalo tilling rice paddies north of Hue, Vietnam.
Flight attendents serve beverages to passengers on a Vietnamese airliner, a far cry from sitting on the floor of a C-130 during the war years.
After three return trips to Vietnam I find it impossible to “forget about Vietnam and move on.” I have attempted to encourage other vets to go back to no avail. For some the memories are just too painful and others have the squalor of the country and the horrors of war locked in their minds so deeply they wouldn’t even consider it. The entire experience, during 1967-68 is without question the most interesting and formative period of my life. ... After recalling the Army and Vietnam memories and putting them on paper for this book, I realized I have been searching for some sense of logic about the Vietnam War my entire life.
David R. Frazier has been a professional photojournalist for more than half a century and his images appear frequently in publications throughout the world. He has been fascinated with Vietnam since his military service there in 1967-68.