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

A typed piece of paper attached to the back, "Combat troops embarking for Southeast Asia from the Bay Area Military Ocean Terminal passenger pier at the Oakland Naval Supply Center. Virtually all the military surface passengers leaving the WEst Coast are shipped through this terminal, a part of the Western Area, Military Traffic Management and Terminal Service. AR/sw/21 March 1966. Western Area Military Traffic Management and Terminal Service Information Office, Oakland Army Base, Oakland, California 94626 Phone: 466-3021/466-2307." Photo shows a line of army soldiers walking across a dock or pier heading toward a ship pulled up beside the dock. The soldiers are loaded down with all of their gear including weapons, and are each carrying a small bag with their names and social security number stenciled on the side. The third man in the line is laughing. In the background are many more troops near a building. On the left side of the photo is a crane and the ship.

Used: U.S. Army | Oakland Army Base

Picture This Information

This artifact is part of the OMCA's Picture This website. More about the context and history of this artifact is available at Picture This.

About the Picture This web project: California's Perspectives on American History is a resource for teachers and students to learn about the experiences of diverse peoples of California by using primary source images from the Oakland Museum of California's collections. Organized into 11 time periods spanning from pre-1769 to the present, more than 300 photographs, drawings, posters, and prints tell stories from the perspectives of different ethnic groups. Historical contexts are provided to offer a framework of California's role in relation to American history.

The National Archives state that primary sources, "fascinate students because they are real and they are personal: history is humanized through them." Picture This invites students to examine the historical record, encouraging them to connect history with real people and explore how images tell stories and convey historical evidence about the human experience. History becomes more than just a series of facts, dates, and events.      

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