1127- Vietnam War photographer seeks closure

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US Army combat photographer John Olson after an NVA mortar round hit his camera equipment on Highway 9 in Vietnam during 1968.

Episode 1127 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature Vietnam War photographer John Olson and his quest for closure with the veterans in his photographs. There was a story on Fox News by Marta Dhanis titled: Former war photographer revisits Tet Offensive in new exhibit where she describes a special exhibit at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. She calls it “a defining moment in American history.”  An exhibit known as “The Marine and Tet” is open now and will remain so until July 8, 2018.

The highlight of the exhibit is 20 large-format photographs. One is Olson’s most famous picture  known as: The Tank.  It shows the gripping image of a young Marine who had been shot through the chest. He was placed on a door that was used as a stretcher and was placed on a tank. His fellow marines are shown trying to assist him and get him to safety.

For someone who is blind or has low-vision the exhibit will also have on display 10 tactile versions of the photographs. This new technology uses sound and touch to enable those individuals to also experience the photos as well.

 A few years ago Olson decided he wanted to contact all those who where in his photos taken fifty years ago. He said the process has been emotional he added: “The former war photographer said the process has been emotional and he added: “I didn’t set out to help them, I felt this was an enormous opportunity to associate 70-year-old men with their 50-year-old photographs that shows them at 18 and hear how this time in Vietnam has affected their lives. I do believe many of these men, the time they spent together, the time talking about their experience –- it’s closure.

Don’t miss John’s website Tet 1968 where you can see more of his photographs, interviews with Tet veterans and an opportunity to submit your own stories. CLICK HERE for the website.

Listen to episode 1127 of the podcast and discover more about John Olson’s quest for closure involving men who fought at The Battle of Hue during the Tet Offensive.

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The war photographers most famous picture – The Tank – captures a young American soldier who had been shot through the chest laying over a door, used as a stretcher, on top of a tank, while his fellow marines are assisting him and trying to get him to a safe haven. (John Olson)


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