Richard's new book, Snapshots From The Vietnam War will be available soon!
In 2014, I decided to add captions to the snapshots I took in Vietnam in 1970. I was afraid that if I did not, someday my family would look at those pictures and wonder about them. That effort morphed into my memoir, 21 MONTHS, 24 DAYS. So, I began again recently to finish captioning my pictures. The result is this book.
Those of us that carried a camera in Vietnam took pictures of each other and then passed the camera to get a picture of ourselves. I also took snapshots of the land, the people of Vietnam, artillery, helicopters, planes and anything else that caught my eye through the lens.
I used a Kodak Instamatic Camera instead of a 35mm because I needed something tough that would survive getting banged around in an ammo can at the bottom of my pack. So, though the images are unique and the colors amazing, please accept my apology that some are not focused to a pinpoint.
I made a lucky decision to take slide film instead of color negative film. It was the best thing I ever did. My slides have held up for fifty years. If I had taken pictures, the negatives would have been long gone and the pictures would be dog-eared and faded.
I hope you enjoy what you see. If you want to know the stories that fit between these captured moments, I would suggest you read my memoir.