One of the most important stories that LIFE Magazinewould ever cover was the Vietnam War. From sending photographers to the trenches to covering the stories of draft dodgers and deserters, LIFE Magazines during the 1960s explored every aspect of the most highly televised conflict in history. LIFE Magazine would do it’s part to shape the story, as well.
The Vietnam War was a long, costly and divisive conflict that pitted the communist government of North Vietnam against South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States. The conflict was intensified by the ongoing Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. More than 3 million people (including over 58,000 Americans) were killed in the Vietnam War, and more than half of the dead were Vietnamese civilians.
Opposition to the war in the United States bitterly divided Americans, even after President Richard Nixon ordered the withdrawal of U.S. forces in 1973. Communist forces ended the war by seizing control of South Vietnam in 1975, and the country was unified as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam the following year.
Life Magazine (October 27, 1961) Advisers in Vietnam, mans eye
Life Magazine (January 25, 1963) Mekong Delta
Life Magazine (November 15, 1963) South Vietnam soldiers
Life Magazine (March 20, 1964) Henry Cabot Lodge in Vietnam
Life Magazine (June 12, 1964) Patrol in Vietnam
Life Magazine (August 21, 1964) South Vietnam’s General Khanh