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U.S. Marine Corps Photographers Who Served In The Vietnam War (the list)

June 23, 2005: How many Marine Corps photographers served in Vietnam? Who were they? Can we see some of their work? Those are some of the questions we are going to try to answer. It's a big project and might never be completed but we are determined to do it.

The big goal of this project is to set-up a seperate web site with the following information.

  • A complete list of all Marine photographers that served in Vietnam.
  • We would like to have the following information for each photographer:
    • Name.
    • Rank.
    • The start and finish dates of their tours.
    • The units they served with.
    • Lastly examples of their work — official and unofficial.

The list of Marine photographers who served in Vietnam could be in the thousands. We just don't know. Our first project is contacting Marine Corps headquarters and finding out the procedures for getting any of this information. We sure hope we can get it. At this time even that's a big if. So it begins.

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If you are interested in helping in any way or just want to be kept up to date on the project then send us an e-mail at editor@photoessayist.com.

An example of what we are trying to do is our first photographer, Sgt Dave Deyerle. It's almost fitting that he be the first since he was one of the first Marine photographers to work in Vietnam. He was also this photographer's boss from 1965 to 1967.

Take a look and then tell us what you think.

Thanks — John Krill, Editor

note: The date at the top will always indicate the last update.

(this is the top of the list)

LCpl John Banister 1st Marine Air Wing; Jun 1968 - Apr 16, 1969. KIA
SSgt William L. Brown Feb 10, 1968 KIA
GSgt. Dave Deyerle MAG 16; May thru July 1964 and 21 Jan thru 6 May 1965. VMCJ-1; 11 Sept 1968 thru 20 Sept 1969
Cpl R J Del Vecchio 1st Marine Division Photo-lab; Dec 1967 thru Nov 1968
LCpl Greg Kelly June 10, 1967 KIA
Cpl John Krill FLC; Dec 1968 - May 1969.
Cpl John Pennington 1st Marine Division Photo-lab; Dec 1967 thru Jun 9, 1968 KIA
Sgt Earl Smith MAG 16
Cpl John Volpe 26th Marine Regiment
LCpl Stan Wisnewski MAG 16