8 in HIGH x 10 in WIDE
(20.32 cm HIGH x 25.40 cm WIDE)
The Oakland Tribune Collection, the Oakland Museum of California. Gift of ANG Newspapers

Copy of photo in Black History Month Exhibit. Photo shows an African-American soldier sitting down with his weapon across his lap and taking a drink from his canteen. A sign in the ground next to him says, "Oakland Calif. 11,000"and an arrow pointing to the right. Apparently a series of photos were printed together in the paper with the following caption: "These Marines are farther north than any other U.S. combat unit in Viet Nam. Sometimes they fight. Sometimes they work. Then again they wait and, while they wait, they remember home. They are the men of the First Battalion, Fourth Regiment, of the Third Marine Division. They moved out of their base at Chu Lai in March and went north to Hue. Now they fight the Viet Cong when they find them. At other times they help South Vietnamese peasants harvest rice crops, so that making war is at one and the same time a job of killing and a job of helping. At upper left is Pfc. Clairborne L. Shaw of Oakland, pausing for a drink in 120-degree heat. He may not know where the Viet Cong are at the moment, but his sign shows he knows where home is. At the upper right is Pfc. Jimmie R. Britton of Turlock, setting up his 81 mm mortar. Another Californians, S/Sgt. Paulino R. Ortizo, at right, has a few minutes in a 20-hour day to write a letter home to Fremont. Sgt. Vaelaa M. Tuilefano, at left, of San Francisco plots a Viet Cong position on a map and prepares to call for mortar fire on the enemy. At lower left, a strategy session is held by Lt. Col. Ralph E. Sullivan, First Battalion commander; Maj. Carlo Romano and Sgt. Maj. Dolphus C. Reeves."

Used: Oakland Tribune

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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