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Unidentified  Search this
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Unidentified Man or Men  Search this
dye on photographic paper
H x W: 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (8.9 x 8.9 cm)
dye diffusion transfer prints
Place captured:
Sông Bé Base Camp, Viet Nam, Asia
August - December 1970
This photograph is from an album belonging to Spc. James Edward Brown II of Delta Company, 31st Combat Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade. During the Vietnam War, Brown’s unit cleared jungles, paved roads, and built bridges to support American and allied forces.
A color photograph of unidentified members of Delta Company, 31st Combat Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade, at LZ Buttons/Sông Bé Base Camp in Vietnam.
The image depicts several soldiers standing by a mess tent with a flat roof. The canvas sides have been rolled up and piled on the structure's roof. Under the tent are several large metal pots and containers, one of which appears to contain food. In the foreground are two soldiers greeting each other. The left hand figure, standing sideways to the viewer, wears an olive green peaked cap and olive green fatigue shirt with rolled up sleeves. He gestures with his right arm up, with his elbow bent, pointing outwards toward the viewer. He gazes straight ahead at the right hand figure who stands immediately in front of him. This soldier stands frontally to the viewer, his head turned to his right towards the other figure. He gestures with his right arm, holding it up and slightly out to the side, and bent at the elbow, nearly touching the other man's outstretched hand. He wears an olive green military shirt and cargo pants. His head, wearing a boonie hat, touches the rolled up canvas at the edge of the tent roof. Behind him a third man, standing under the tent roof and wearing cargo pants and a watch on his left wrist, dips his right hand into one of the metal pots. In the background is the front part of a military jeep, a large canvas tent, and stacks of metal barrels.
African American  Search this
Men  Search this
Military  Search this
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Vietnam War, 1961-1975  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of James E. Brown
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