The Eyes of War: A United States Army Photo Unit in Vietnam


Saturday, December 7, 11am

Have you ever wondered how US Army combat photographers operated in Vietnam? Fred Blumlein, trustee of the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society and a former US Army officer who led a photo unit in Vietnam, will tell us about the complexity of taking and processing photographs under the extreme conditions of war.

53rd-Signal Photo Section

Shown in this photo are 17 of the 20 photographers and photo technicians of the
53rd Signal Battalion’s Photo Section and its attached 16th Signal Detachment.
1st Lieutenant Fred Blumlein is in the first row, the fourth from the left.


 His presentation will cover:

 • His path to Vietnam
 • His unit’s geographic area of responsibilities in Vietnam
 • The airborne brigade and infantry divisions it supported
 • Its outdated facilities and equipment
 • Its photographic assignments – from the frightening to the mundane
 • The unit’s anonymous and brave photographers and lab technicians
 • ...and Blumlein’s other responsibilities, both tragic and uplifting

 

This program is sponsored by the North Riding Chapter NSDAR of Manhasset and is for audiences of 18+ years.



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