Gallery view

1973

Ashcraft, Barr G., 1940-2005

Grandmother and granddaughter offer food

Vietnam - A little girl and an older woman, both wearing hats, with two large containers of food. Photograph is mounted with a label describing "Grandmother and her granddaughter offer rice cakes, stolen Ritz Crackers, fried bananas, and the narcotic 'beetlenut' [betel nut] to the photographer at a bus station near Can Tho during the day." It speculates: "At night they could be making boobytraps for the Vietcon... more

Barr G. Ashcraft Photograph Collection

1972 Apr.

Ashcraft, Barr G., 1940-2005

Teenage ARVN recruit fords a stream

Vietnam - A young helmeted soldier wades in chest-deep water, holding his rifle and gear overhead to keep them dry. Photograph is mounted with a label: "Teenage ARVN [Army of the Republic of Vietnam] recruit fording a snake-infested stream in the swampy delta, the first stream of perhaps a dozen that day...."

Barr G. Ashcraft Photograph Collection

1973

Ashcraft, Barr G., 1940-2005

Child with old bicycle

Vietnam - Child crouches on the ground examining dilapidated bicycle, in a desolate rural setting, a ruined village probably in Vietnam. Large pile of debris and a bare tree are in the background.

Barr G. Ashcraft Photograph Collection

1974

Ashcraft, Barr G., 1940-2005

Sitting ducks in a chopper

Vietnam - Two soldiers look out from a helicopter with machine guns ready to fire. Photograph is mounted with label giving the title "Sitting duck" and describing the scene: "Anxious and tense at 500 feet the chopper dances above the treetops in search of enemy Viet Cong concentrations... over 1700 aircraft were long during America's longest war of 17 years."

Barr G. Ashcraft Photograph Collection

1974

Ashcraft, Barr G., 1940-2005

Two ARVN troops drag Viet Cong corpse

Vietnam - Two soldiers drag a corpse along the ground. Photograph is mounted with label that explains: "Victorious today...but what about tomorrow? Two government ARVN [Army of the Republic of Vietnam] troops drag a dead Viet Cong to the roadside for a body count and a show and threat of power."

Barr G. Ashcraft Photograph Collection

1975 Dec.

Ashcraft, Barr G., 1940-2005

Child lying dead in war

Vietnam - Body of older child or young teenager lies face up on ground, badly destroyed. Label for a mounted version of the photograph observes: "The flower of youth snuffed out with a flash and an explosion. An artillery round reduces this fourteen-year-old to a tangle of twisted limbs and oozing protoplasm. By end of war the fighting was increasingly done by available manpower, the young...."

Barr G. Ashcraft Photograph Collection

1975 Jan.

Ashcraft, Barr G., 1940-2005

Cambodian army of rebels riding elephants

Vietnam - Soldiers ride atop elephants walking in a line. Photograph mounted with label explaining: "Ragtag Cambodian army of rebels commandeer elephants and their mahut (trainer) to carry them to the front for fight with hated Vietnamese. Elephants made easy targets for the big guns as well as small arms fire of the better trained Viet Cong. It was like shooting fish in a barrel. No elephants survived although... more

Barr G. Ashcraft Photograph Collection

1974

Ashcraft, Barr G., 1940-2005

ARVN soldiers taking cover

Vietnam - Several soldiers crouch in a ditch in the foreground while others run toward it, clutching their military rifles, against a backdrop dense trees. Photograph is mounted with a label describing the action: "Taking cover. As Viet Cong open up on us from treeline in the distance when we approach the ARVN [Army of the Republic of Vietnam] and the photographer prepare to run for cover."

Barr G. Ashcraft Photograph Collection

1974

Ashcraft, Barr G., 1940-2005

Boy soldiers

Vietnam - Boy soldiers lined up alongside a line of military rifles, some smiling, some looking uncertain. Photograph is mounted, with label commenting: "As the war progressed the soldiers got younger, this one a cherubic-faced thirteen-year-old."

Barr G. Ashcraft Photograph Collection

1974

Ashcraft, Barr G., 1940-2005

Soldier father with infant son

Vietnam - A man in military fatigues holds his infant son, both facing the camera. Photograph is mounted with a label that comments: "Soldier father on leave / first time he'd see his son."

Barr G. Ashcraft Photograph Collection