African American Soldier in Vietnam Photo Archive, Lot of 132

Large photographic archive which includes 132 Vietnam-era snapshots, most measuring approximately 3.5 x 3.5 in., all but 13 in color. Photographs depict the personal life and military service of an unidentified African American soldier with the last name "Williams." Majority of the photographs are undated, however, dated photographs place the collection roughly between 1968-1972. Other identifying markers in the photographs indicate that the soldier was likely part of the United States Air Force, 93rd Security Police Squadron, which provided security and air base defense during the Vietnam War. 

Notable in the 60+ photographs from the soldier's time in Vietnam are images from an unidentified US base depicting soldiers in the barracks, a mess hall, and fraternization among soldiers; additional photographs show a heavily armed Williams manning a bunker, posed with a South Vietnamese soldier in an urban setting, and staring strikingly at the camera wearing machine gun ammunition and a hand grenade. A series of 13 images were taken at "Le Van Loc," a popular Vietnamese night club located on the Tan Son Nhut Air Base, near Saigon, indicating Williams may have been stationed at or near that base. Personal photographs show individuals of varying ages, presumably family members, who appear alone or in groups, and at times are photographed with Williams.  


Large number of photographs have been mounted on to black paper stock with non-archival adhesive tape. Some photos retain remnants of tape at corners. Majority of photos in good condition overall.

Estimate: $500 - $700
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