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The Three Servicemen - Vietnam Memorial by Larry3
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The Three Soldiers (also known as The Three Servicemen) is a bronze statue on the Washington, DC National Mall commemorating the Vietnam War.
The portrayed group consists of three young men, completely dressed and attired in combat uniforms and fighting equipment used by U.S. ground infantrymen in the Vietnam War. While the attire is meant to be symbolic and general in nature, the personal equipment is somewhat specific in representing each man as belonging to a particular branch of military service (namely either the U.S. Army, or U.S. Marine Corps).
Specifically, the lead man historically represents a U.S. Marine officer, as he wears a Type M-1955 body armor vest (worn exclusively by Marines in Vietnam), and is armed only with a Colt M-1911A1 .45 caliber pistol, secured in a holster on his right hip. On occasion, some Marine officers only carried a .45 pistol in combat, as a basic personal weapon.
The black man on the right wears equipment more closely associated with a U.S. Army Soldier, such as his M69 body armor vest (which was the common type of armor vest used mainly by U.S. Army personnel in Vietnam), over which is draped a towel (which served to absorb sweat, and cushion heavy loads), which was a characteristic practice of Army Soldiers in Vietnam). He is armed with an M16A1 rifle, the main battle rifle for both Soldiers and Marines, from 1966-67 on.
The man on the left is more general in his displayed gear and uniform, but he is more closely associated with an Army Soldier, than with a Marine. The uniform item that chiefly supports an Army association is his Tropical (“Boonie”) Hat, which was widely worn by Army personnel in combat, and to a much lesser extent by Marines. This man wears no body armor, and as he is armed with an M60 machine gun, he thus carries two belts of ammunition on his torso. He is also wearing an M17 Protective (Gas) Mask carrier on his left hip, even though U.S. troops rarely wore or used the Gas Mask in Vietnam (namely those who used tear gas (CS) agents, such as the tunnel rats, and by troops engaged in urban/city combat (such as the Marines in Hue City, 1968).
The statue, unveiled on Veterans Day, 1984, was designed by Frederick Hart, who placed third in the original memorial design competition.
Shot with Mamiya 330 on Kodak film

A retired US Marine Corps Officer and award winning photographer. Since 1983 I’ve been working in Hollywood as an actor/director, mostly involved in theater. I also shoot Actor Head-shots in Hollywood and work as a Videographer and editor.

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Comments

  • NautilusBlue
    NautilusBlueover 4 years ago

    Hubby is a Vietnam Vet ( Aussie Army) . Impressive memorial and an interesting story behind the image. :))

  • Thanks for visiting

    – Larry3

  • Ken Thomas Photography
    Ken Thomas Pho...over 4 years ago

    Magnificent capture!!

  • Thank you – It took some time before I released the shutter

    – Larry3

  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Darover 4 years ago

    very nice

  • Thanks for the visit

    – Larry3

  • RobynLee
    RobynLee5 months ago

    Excellent Portrait.

  • Glad you found it – I think it is a unique capture. Thanks for taking the time to comment

    – Larry3

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