Charlie Haughey (Chieu Hoi to his friends in the Army 25th Infantry Division), a now-retired cabinet maker, was drafted to the US Army in 1967. He served a tour of duty in Vietnam from March 1968 to May 1969 with the 25th. Charlie, a photographer from a young age, was commissioned by his commanding officer to take photos—not traditional combat photos, but morale-boosting content to uplift the spirits of the members of the unit. When he left Vietnam for good, Charlie brought back to the United States almost two thousand negatives that had captured his unique view on the war and life in the army. The negatives lay in boxes until the fall of 2012, when a chance meeting brought them out of dormancy.
For 45 years, the photos have waited for their time in the light. We’re excited to bring the beautiful collection to the public for the first time. Follow us here and on Facebook to stay updated on the journey of Charlie’s Vietnam photo collection.
Please join us at ADX from 6:00 - 10:00 PM on April 5th for the opening of Charlie’s photo show A Weather Walked In. Meet Charlie, see 28 of his photos printed (complete with hand-made frames built by Charlie from reclaimed wood), and have a beer courtesy of Ninkasi brewing.
You can also view images from the collection as they are released on Flickr.