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War Stories from Vietnam Combat photographers

All week we have been telling "Untold accounts" As a salute to experienced of the Vietnam war. almost all of those stories contained photographs and film from an elite group of photographers known as DASPO. DASPO is swift for "Department of the Army Special final Unit, Hundreds of men willingly signed up for this dangerous assignment, to stand in the line of fire and capture the "deals with of War, Here are the stories of still shooter Dick Durrance, And resist cameraman Ted Acheson. But my personal mission was to try and realise what it was that lay behind man's urge to fight.

I lifted a camera of my own. those I shot for the army went to the Pentagon. in no way thought saw them. we may see contact sheets, which has all.

Most memorable for me was the first day of the Tet offensive. I was in Da Nang. And on the list of attacked the base that _a href= girls_/a_ night, inflated a fuel depot, So tremendous big fire. and the next morning the ARVN rangers and the US troops pushed the NVA back out of the village. and females who'd been wounded in the fighting were coming at us.

I came back printed them up 1968 and the amount of people who were interested in a soldier's story in 1968 did not call forth a single finger. Nobody was inquisitive. I put 'em out there. i didn't look at them for 19 years.

Ted Acheson / DASPO tackle Cameraman 1968 69

"A still cameraman usually requires a shot and jump down. A motion guy has to stand there for about 10 12 seconds to take the image. And then merely one picture, He has to take another picture because you've got to build a sequence right? consequently, You're doing pretty much everything and you're exposing your body to incoming.

I came in 2 weeks after the Tet unpleasant in 1968. And that camera's probably to the lens on it about 40 pounds. The belt was another 15. considerably, you need sweat dripping down. fingers are in a bag changing this stuff. Putting it back into your camera. You are absolutely drenched. plus you've got to get back up and shoot some more. Cause in Vietnam if you went looking for a firefight to cover you never found one. But if you weren't attempting to get one, The darndest moments it happens.

okay, the most times in there, An rpg, a rocket propelled grenade, They probably saw this huge lens sticking out and thought it was a weapon. They fired an RPG in, Blew myself and an ABC cameraman about 100 feet from where we were upright. i did not get a scratch on me, nothing,

Ken Clarke / Pritzker Military Museum and Library lead designer and CEO

"It is now that the men of DASPO and the men who served during the Vietnam war need to start occupied with their legacy, And start collecting their archives that are in their attics or basements and making sure those are put in good hands for the next generation. And it is now for them to tell their story. About a year and half ago we started working with some Vietnam war veterans who were combat photography enthusiasts to put on an exhibit featuring their photography. ended up being more than 200 guys in this unit. I think the Vietnam war is not very well defined,

wang Durrance: "What I think I would like people to get is to know the human cost of war. value to the soldiers, The cost to the ordinary people, The cost to the country.

We're nearly 50 years later and now there's an interest in really trying to keep in mind that war as a way of trying to understand all wars. And so I'm delighted these wonderful pictures all these guys took is fantastic introduce people to the face of war.

We're likes to show off what we did here, Many soldiers are proud of what they do. And it comes often at a dreadful cost,

see Dick Durrance's still photographs and Ted Acheson's film footage in the "facial looks of War" Exhibit at the Pritzker armed Museum and Library on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. It runs now through May. but also, You can read more about DASPO and see all of our Untold Stories, As well as Tribune's hour written, By on and then these links.
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