Images of the Vietnam War – Children and a US Army Village Patrol.
This photograph was taken during the Vietnam War by a soldier, Craig Schoonderwoerd, of Charlie Company, 2/12th Infantry, when he was on foot patrol in a village near Dau Tieng, Vietnam. The photo can be found, with others at http://www.212warriors.com/photo_index.html
Dau Tieng was in an area of Vietnam known during the war as the Iron Triangle and it was a dangerous place for any kind of patrol. That was because many of the routes that comprised the Ho Chi Minh Trail exited from Cambodia into Vietnam in the area and the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army’s supply lines ran through the Iron Triangle, and they were heavily defended.
I like the excited expression on the child’s face in this photo, as the over-sized helmet envelops his head, the looks of delight on the other kids’ faces, and the darker image of what looks like the Grim Reaper’s scythe, a farming implement that just happens to be in shot to the left of the photo.
There’s also a tiny well-hidden child peering out from behind the small bundle of straw on the right of the photograph.
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