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Back to Vietnam: Traumatised soldier's never-before-seen photo diary finally goes on show four decades after his tour of duty

Evocative: This photograph showing American soldiers boarding a Chinook helicopter is one of 2,000 taken by Charlie Haughtrey during his tour of duty

The lighters engraved with the musings of lonely Vietnam soldiers

The Vietnam War, which ran from 1959 to 1975, was a bloody Cold War-era conflict that claimed millions of lives and left countless soldiers and natives traumatised by what they had endured. Description from I searched for this on

U. S. First Division soldiers are waist deep as they ford a stream near Bien Hoa, South Vietnam, in search of Viet Cong, Aug. 7, 1965. The division has been seeking the communist guerrillas around their positions since the American arrival in Vietnam in July. (AP Photo/Horst Faas)

A soldier's story: Rare images of Vietnam War Charlie Haughey was drafted to the US Army in 1967. After arriving in Vietnam in 1968, he served a tour of duty as a rifleman and was commissioned to take photos of the battalion for Army and civilian newspapers

14 Jun 1968, Khe Sanh, South Vietnam --- A helicopter arrives at a hill near Khe Sanh to pick up those soldiers killed and wounded when a US fighter plane accidentally fired upon a US position during the Vietnam War.

An American soldier with a head injury stands on a hill near Highway 8 waiting for medical helicopters to pick up wounded. South Vietnam. June 8, 1968. (Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS)