Charlie Haughey served in Vietnam with the 25th Infantry Division during 1968 and 69 as a rifleman. In addition to handling an M-16 he served as a combat photographer for his unit and took thousands of black-and-white and color photos of the 25th Infantry Division, capturing the gritty conditions that soldiers faced, as well as the human drama of the Vietnam War as it escalated.
What happened to most of this pictures was covered in story found in The Oregonian titled: Portland photographer unveils 40 never-seen images from Vietnam War that was submitted by Grant Butler. Only a few of Haughey’s pictures were published in military publications. Most of his images were stashed away in a box and that’s where they stayed there for nearly five decades. He said “I came home and put them away, and never really looked at them again.”
Haughey returned to his home in Michigan and worked for almost 40 years as a cabinet maker before retiring to Portland in 2009. In 2012, conversations with a Portland photographer about his picture collection, he decided it was time to do something with them. In 2013 he put on a display of 28 of his war photos at Southeast Portland’s ADX Gallery called “A Weather Walked In.” More than 1,000 people viewed the exhibit.
Haughey will be conducting another exhibit called “A Weather Walked In 2017” that will run from May 19 through June 5; hours: Noon-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at 1015 S.E. Stark St in Portland. At this exhibit he will be announcing the official release of a coffee table book featuring 117 of Haughey’s war photos. The cost of the book will be $55 with a portion of the book’s proceeds going to the Returning Veterans Project, which helps Oregon and Southwest Washington veterans find health care services.
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