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A Cigarette Break

A Cigarette Break

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Robert Fox 05-Oct-2016 22:43

It brings back so many bad memories of that time of my life with a wife and 8 month old baby girl waiting for my return from this hell hole called Vietnam!
R S HUNT 26-Dec-2014 18:49
Pat08-May-2013 18:56
Great! V
Jim Fair 20-Jan-2012 01:30
I joined the Marines on my 18th birthday in November 1965. By April 1966, I was where this Marine was - probably Hill 327 around Danang in the background. The clue - his M-14 rifle. The Marines only had them (no Army, etc.) until replaced in 1967. Check the facts - nearly 95% of all Marines during this period enlisted like me. Throughout the war, nearly 2/3 of all serving in Vietnam enlisted - unlike WWII where only 1/3 enlisted. Approximately, 2,000,000 young men had boots on the ground in Vietnam. Since I returned to CONUS in 1967, I have met nearly 12,000,000 of them. Enough said. Don't feel bad for the Vietnam vet - it was their generation to be called. If you want to feel bad for someone, feel bad for the current military who has had to serve several tours in Iraq/Afghanistan. We only served one. By law, we had to be back in CONUS 24 months before being redeployed. Therefore, even a four-year enlistment meant you only went once.
Guest 22-Jan-2011 20:15
who is the guy in the picture
Gene Chinino 31-Aug-2009 16:55
I had many buddies who were KIA and WIA that had paid the Price. This Photo says it all. What the Hell am I doing here.
chetansingh 26-Oct-2008 13:51
Guest 23-Mar-2008 03:20
Darbowski19-Jan-2008 18:15
Superbe image !!! V
YIANNIS BARBERIS01-Jan-2008 22:48
Excellent gallery,and classic!A great vote!
Richard Lee 27-Nov-2007 04:23
A break in the hell em? It made people think about what did the GI thinking about...
Ron Horloff29-Jan-2007 20:44
You can almost feel the anguish and wish to be almost anywhere else...
Karen Moen28-Jan-2007 11:25
This reminds me of all the young men just out of high school being drafted and never coming home. It was a sad time for America's youth.
Jola Dziubinska27-Jan-2007 22:46
Very impressive.
Enny18-Jan-2007 19:16
great image.What more can you say.
Sheila Smart17-Jan-2007 21:15
I will echo other posters - a GREAT image.
Sheila Smart
carol j. phipps15-Jan-2007 02:18
Craig Persel13-Sep-2006 23:23
Absolute classic. Vote.
Steven Hight01-Sep-2006 14:33
The power of black and white remains ALL powerfull.
The vulnerability of such a thin extended neck holding up a head protected below a steel hat of an undistingishable soldier contrasts magnificently with the barbed wire trench. The theatre of war provides such potient imagery - so sad that such pictures remain so repeatable and probable. This is a GREAT picture.
jaac16-Mar-2006 19:20
Agree with other comments great image. Looks to be lost in his thoughts....maybe thinking about home and loved ones....wonder if he got there.
looneytunes15-Dec-2005 09:42
great photo. an outstanding immortalization of the vietnam war era.
Cheryl10-Dec-2005 22:18
I really like this one! Looks as though he is really taking the time to reflect on what is going on.
Kal Khogali01-Dec-2005 01:10
A great image that speaks of the banality of war. Long periods of calm and short painful periods of chaos and fog, where you lose you colleagues. A powerful image.
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