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October 11, 2020

36 Amazing LIFE Magazine Covers of the Vietnam War During the 1960s and Early 1970s

One of the most important stories that LIFE Magazine would 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
Life Magazine (November 27, 1964) Vietnam GIs
Life Magazine (April 16, 1965) U.S. helicopter crew, Yankee Papa
Life Magazine (July 2, 1965) Wounded marine evacuated in Vietnam
Life Magazine (August 6, 1965) U.S. Navy vs. Vietcong
Life Magazine, August 20, 1965 – Draft inductees
Life Magazine (November 26, 1965) Vietcong prisoner
Life Magazine (January 14, 1966) Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh and Pham Van Dong
Life Magazine (February 11, 1966) Wounded GIs in Vietnam
Life Magazine (February 25, 1966) Dawn mission over South Vietnam
Life Magazine (October 28, 1966) Wounded marine
Life Magazine (November 4, 1966) President Johnson goes to Vietnam
Life Magazine (January 13, 1967) Navy patrol in Mekong River
Life Magazine (March 10, 1967) U.S. paratroopers over Vietnam
Life Magazine (April 7, 1967) Hanoi air-raid alert
Life Magazine (May 26, 1967) General Lew Walt
Life Magazine (August 25, 1967) Marine and young Vietnamese friend
Life Magazine (October 27, 1967) GI at Con Thien
Life Magazine (February 16, 1968) North Vietnamese soldiers
Life Magazine (March 22, 1968) Ho Chi Minh
Life Magazine (November 8, 1968) Vietnam war victim
Life Magazine (June 27, 1969) American dead in Vietnam
Life Magazine (September 6, 1969) Woodstock
Life Magazine (October 24, 1969) Composite: Dissent
Life Magazine (May 15, 1970) Wounded Kent State student
Life Magazine (May 22, 1970) Composite: Our Forgotten Wounded
Life Magazine (January 29, 1971) Bob Hope
Life Magazine (March 12, 1971) South Vietnamese soldiers in Laos
Life Magazine, January 21, 1972 – Single U.S. Vietnam casualty in a week
Life Magazine (May 12, 1972) Vietnam soldier carries wounded buddy
Life Magazine (November 10, 1972) Navy POW





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