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November/December 2018

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November/December 2018 coverTHE SHOOTING WAR: The U.S. Army Special Photographic Office in Vietnam, 1962-74 More than any war before it, the Vietnam War was richly and thoroughly documented through both moving and still images. One of the biggest reasons for this was the extraordinary work done by the Department of the Army Special Photo Office, or D.A.S.P.O., a freshly minted unit originally borne out of a case of old-fashioned oneupmanship between rival branches of the military. [on the cover]The Business of Rebuilding a Life: Wayne Miller and the Silver Spring Vet Center

Terry Ashe/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images SECRET WARFARE: In a follow-up to his comprehensive look at Agent Orange use in Vietnam in the March/April 2018 issue, Paul Sutton examines its use elsewhere in Southeast Asia, particularly in Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos.

Photo: Steve AndrascikTHE ABSOLUTE WEAPON: Several times during the Vietnam War, the nuclear option was contemplated. Historian John Prados describes Operation Plan Fracture Jaw and the other recommendations for the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons in South Vietnam.

Photo: Michael KeatingRECOGNITION DENIED: Author Louise Esola follows up on efforts to recognize as Vietnam War casualties the 74 men who died when the U.S.S. Frank E. Evans collided with another ship during exercises off the coast of Vietnam in June 1969.

Photo: Steve AndrascikHONORED IN OBSCURITY: A Vietnam Veteran Struggles with Invisibility: Army veteran Ronald Schroeder of Oxford, Mississippi, contemplates his place in the Big Picture and the ways the war passes through his consciousness every single day.

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