Episode 1069 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature the story of Dick Durrance Jr., a brave Vietnam Veteran who was a combat photographer in country. After the war he authored and edited a book titled: Where War Lives – A Photographic Journal of Vietnam.
Recently he spoke to a business luncheon in his hometown of Aspen, Colorado. The event was captured in a story in the Aspen Daily News Online titled: Dick Durrance recalls stint as combat photographer in Vietnam. The story was submitted by Chad Abraham, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer. Abraham’s story recounted that Durrance described how he was drafted in 1967 at the age of 23 just after he had achieved a long time dream of having National Geographic accept one of his photographs.
Due to his photographic expertise he was assigned to the Army Special Photographic Office and served two tours in Vietnam. Durrance said: “I felt like I was being snatched away from my dream to be a photojournalist.” He went on to serve honorably and record many battlefield images with his camera that helped tell the story of the Vietnam war.
After his time in the US Army Durrance remained active in the field of commercial photography his entire life and has become an in demand speaker. In 1969 he became a member of the National Geographic staff and had photographic assignments in South Africa, Russia, Brazil and the North Sea. In 1976, he provided images for three landscape books, then switched to the world of corporate and advertising photography. Durrance now lives in Carbondale, Colorado, about thirty miles north of Aspen, where he spends most of his time focusing lens on the beautiful Rocky Mountain landscapes and the sport of golf.
Listen to episode 1069 of the podcast and discover the exciting adventures Dick Durrance Jr. experienced in Vietnam and his profound quote that every American should know.