In 1966, during the Vietnam War, 8.7 million U.S. military personnel were on active duty, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. For three months during that year, former Oakland Tribune military writer Tom Flynn, a Marine veteran, reported on their cause.
Flynn volunteered to cover the war and arrived in Vietnam in May 1966 during a civil battle between government troops and Buddhist rebels in Da Nang. He brought along a camera to illustrate his stories. His photos along with stories and memos typed on onion skin paper were airmailed to Managing Editor Stephen Still and published daily in the newspaper until his return in August 1966.
This month we bring you those photos, over 20 of which have never been published, together for the first time.
The Tribune is seeking veterans help in identifying the names, rank and military branch of those servicemen in the previously unpublished photos. Email information to Veronica Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org or send mail to the Oakland Tribune, (Tom Flynn photos), 1970 Broadway, Suite 100, Oakland, CA 94612.
"Trip in Time" is selected by Oakland Tribune librarian Veronica Martinez. Follow us at http://oaklandtribunearchives.tumblr.com for daily updates.