30 Fascinating Photos Capture Everyday Life of South Vietnam During the Vietnam War

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This photo album from the State Archives of North Carolina that documented the Vietnam War service of SSgt. Ernest W. Payne (1932-1995) of Charlotte, N.C., from 1967 to 1968. Payne was a supply officer in the U.S. Army, serving as Staff Officer (or “S4”) of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division.

Vietnam in 1967-68
The majority do not have descriptions or locations written on the backs of the photographs. Most of the photographs were taken in Payne’s military camps, or at makeshift Army airfields used for supply drops.

Ernest Payne would receive a number of medals during his time in Vietnam. This includes the U.S. Army Air Medal, awarded for his participation in more than 25 aerial missions in hostile territory in support of counterinsurgency operations from July 1967 to May 1968. He would receive the Bronze Star Medal on June 17, 1968, for his Vietnam service during the period from July 1967 to July 1968.
A bamboo hut in an unidentified Vietnamese village in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War

A busy sidewalk scene with stores and the main street in the city of Bồng Sơn in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War

A group of Vietnamese children outside in an unidentified village in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War

A group of Vietnamese children outside of a hut in an unidentified village in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War

A road somewhere in South Vietnam, looking out over rice paddies and a distant mountain range during the Vietnam War

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