‘Did they survive?’: children of the Vietnam war, 50 years on

  • Returning to Vietnam with Larry and Rod for the first time since he left a burning Saigon 45 years ago has helped him, he says, “to see Vietnam as a country and as a society, rather than only as a war”.
  • After coming across one of Larry’s flyers at a wedding, Thé helped Larry to find 16 of the children Bob had photographed all those years before.
  • Thanh’s father, a soldier in the South Vietnamese army, was sent to prison in 1975 by the incoming communist government, forcing the children out to work in the field.
  • “It was an accident,” says Larry, nearly 50 years on.
  • After serving in the navy and then establishing himself in the book-printing business, Larry began seeking out veterans who had served in the same base camp as his brother.

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Just after this picture was taken, these boys were evacuated from their village. Nearly half a century later, would American veterans be able to find them?


‘Did they survive?’: children of the Vietnam war, 50 years on