Charlie Haughey is not a combat photographer


A soldier’s story: Rare images of Vietnam War

“In any kind of a serious situation, my duty was sure as hell not to that camera. My duty was to the guys around me. In an actual combat situation, I was reminded that I was not a combat photographer. It wasn’t my job to take photos of people dying; it was my job to take photos of people doing their job with dispatch and honor. My photos are of the life side of war, not the death side of war.”

Charlie Haughey shot nearly 2,000 photos during the Vietnam War, now released for the first time in 45 years. Flickr page:

Charlie Haughey (Chieu Hoi to his friends in the Army 25th Infantry Division), a now-retired cabinet maker, was drafted to the US Army in 1967. He served a tour of duty in Vietnam from March 1968 to May of 1969 with the 25th. Charlie, a photographer from a young age, was commissioned by his commanding officer to take photos—not traditional combat photos, but morale-boosting content to uplift spirits of the members of the unit. When he left Vietnam for good, Charlie brought back to the United States almost two thousand negatives that had captured his unique view on the war and life in the army. The negatives lay in boxes until the fall of 2012, when a chance meeting brought them out of dormancy.
For 45 years, the photos have waited for their time in the light. We’re excited to bring the beautiful collection to the public for the first time.
Follow the story here and on Tumblr to stay updated on the journey of Charlie’s Vietnam photo collection.

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