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"We traveled all over the width and breadth of Vietnam." (Video interview, 13:23)

   John V. Luckey
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John Luckey [5/2007]
War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Army
Unit: 221st Signal Company, 1st Signal Brigade
Service Location: North Carolina; New Jersey; Virginia; Vietnam
Rank: E-5
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As a member of the First Signal Brigade, embedded in various Army units in Vietnam for a month or two at a time, motion picture photographer John Luckey experienced the same action as the soldiers whose activities he was documenting. Whether he was with the artillery, a medivac helicopter unit, or the Army Rangers--when they encountered enemy fire, he focused only on framing the shot. Serving with unfamiliar units took an emotional toll; he might film a wounded soldier without even knowing his name. He later sought solace at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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Assignment to the First Signal Brigade; setup of portable photo labs in military installations throughout Vietnam. (01:07) Filming action; sense of detachment while he filmed; filming medics as they worked, to obtain footage to be used in medic training videos; hard to get over the guilt of watching soldiers die; visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. (01:11) 

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