c. 1966
8 in HIGH x 10 in WIDE
(20.32 cm HIGH x 25.40 cm WIDE)
Collection of the Oakland Museum of California

Photograph shows the interior of Building 590 on the Oakland Army Base. The building is filled with rows of cots. The photo is looking down a row of cots near the open doors. These cots are filled with soldiers sittin or laying on their beds, most in pants and undershirts. They each have duffle bags sitting around their cots too. The other rows of cots visible are empty with the mattress and other bedding folded up on the cots. The soldier at the front of the photo, right side, is laying on his bed apparently smoking a cigeratte. The duffle bag sitting at the base of his cot says "Richard W. Lee US52571303." The soldier directly across from him is sitting on the side of his cot writing on his duffle bag with a marker. Soldiers on their way to Southeast Asia, in the early years of the war in Vietnam, spent the twenty-four hours before departure in this building.

Used: U.S. Army | Oakland Army Base

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