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“Then as we left the coast, we saw the raw red earth of Vietnam. Red as I had never seen it before, the red of old dried blood. The soil soaked with the blood of centuries of endless war.” (Memoir, “Incoming,” page 2)

   Aldo Stephen Panzieri
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Aldo Panzieri, Vietnam [1969]
War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Air Force
Unit: 12th Reconnaissance Intelligence Squadron
Service Location: Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho; Tan Son Nhut Airbase, Republic of Vietnam
Rank: Sergeant
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Aldo Panzieri’s work experience as a news photographer was to his advantage after he enlisted in the Air Force and shipped out to Vietnam in 1968. He was ordered to develop aerial reconnaissance photography, and he became expert in eliciting pictures from negatives that appeared hopelessly damaged. He worked 12-hour shifts, and during his off-duty hours he carried a small camera, recording life at Tan Son Nhut Air Base and in nearby Saigon. Panzieri’s dispassionate eye caught everything from Vietnamese children at play to the damaged hulks of military planes in a makeshift air cemetery.

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 Video (Interview Excerpts) (8 items)
Using his training as a photographer to get that assignment in the Air Force; confronting a drunken bully; time in a base hospital with soldiers wounded in Vietnam. (04:42) Sent to Vietnam after he tried to defend black troops from harassment; the flight overseas; first impressions. (05:07) Duties as part of the Reconnaissance Intelligence Squadron; working 12-hour shifts; his skill at developing photographs from negatives that seemed useless; calculating the damage bombing missions could do. (01:57)
Documenting the war in his off-duty hours; avoiding interaction with the locals. (03:12) Living in fear; relying on dark humor to survive. (03:45) Pictures he wanted to take but couldn't without a telephoto lens; dangerous conditions at his base. (02:03)
Readjustment to life in the States; a friend who intervened on his behalf to straighten out his veteran's benefits. (03:28) Didn't take pictures of veterans for a long time, then started doing large-format portraits; not having children because of his wartime exposure to chemicals; advising grown children of Vietnam vets on how to deal with their fathers' problems. (01:39) 
  
 Memoirs (3 items)
Fragging Vietnam Incoming
  
 Official Documents (3 items)
Geneva Convention ID card Special Orders AB-106 15 February [1966] Request and Authorization for Permanent Change of Station-Military
  
 Personal Correspondence (280 items)
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Dad [1/19/1966] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [1/28/1966\ Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [1/1966]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Dad [2/10/1966] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [2/12/1966] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [2/20/196]6
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [2/27/1966] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [4/21/1966] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [6/1/1966]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [7/7/1966] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mother [7/9/1966] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [7/18/1966]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Parents[7/22/1966] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [8/11/1966] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Parent [8/24/1966]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [8/31/1966] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [9/3/1966] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [9/8/1966]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [9/16/1966] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [9/30/1966] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [10/7/1966]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [10/17/1966] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [11/3/1966] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [11/8/1966]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [11/15/1966] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [11/19/1966] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [11/23/1966]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [11/25/1966] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [12/7/1966] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [1/11/1967]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [1/19/1967] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [1/20/1967] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [1/25/1967]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [2/3/1967] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [2/5/1967] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [2/16/1967]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [3/3/1967] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [3/7/1967] Post Card from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [3/20/1967]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [4/1/1967] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [4/5/1967] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Pop [4/16/1967]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [5/22/1967] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [6/6/1967] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [6/9/1967]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [6/20/1967] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Pop and Mom [6/27/1967] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [7/5/1967]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [7/17/1967] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [8/4/1967] Post Card from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [8/7/1967]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [8/7/1967] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [8/10/1967] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [8/17/1967]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [4/19/1967] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [8/21/1967] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Dad [8/28/1967]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Dad [9/1/1967] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Pop and Mom [9/6/1967] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [9/10/1967]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [9/13/1967] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Betty [9/18/1967] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Dad [9/25/1967]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Pop [9/28/1967] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mudder and Fodder [10/1967] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Pop and Freshman [10/21/1967]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [11/7/1967] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [11/16/1967] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Pop [11/25/1967]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Dad [12/2/1967] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [12/6/1967] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [12/10/1967]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [12/30/1967] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [1/6/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Pop [1/11/1968]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [1/17/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Pop [1/21/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [4/1968]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [4/9/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [4/18/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [1/25/1968]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [1/29/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [2/23/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [4/17/1968]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [4/23/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [4/27/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [4/30/1968]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [5/1/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Pop [5/6/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Dad [5/9/1968]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [6/15/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [6/17/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Pop [6/26/1968]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [7/20/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [7/24/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [6/5/1968]
Letter and Post Card from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [6/10/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [7/28/1968] Post Card from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [8/3/1968]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [8/3/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [8/12/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [8/15/1968]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [8/9/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [8/23/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [8/24/1968]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [8/30/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [9/9/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [9/13/1968]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Dad [10/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [10/14/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Pop [10/20/1968]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Pop [10/23/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Pop [10/28/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [10/31/1968]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [11/5/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [11/13/1968] Letter of recommendation of Aldo Panzieri from Gerald K. Smith N.B.C. Photographic Dept [1/20/1966]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mr. Hart [1/25/1966] Letter to Aldo Panzieri from Kim [1/15/1968 Letter to Betty [6/13/1968]
Letter to Betty, Aldo, and Kids from Joe [10/14/1968 Letter to Betty and Al from Joe [12/29/1968] Letter of recommmendation of Aldo Panzieri from Joseph L. Lengrey [N.D.]
Letter to Aldo Panzieri from Dad [2/27/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Pop [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Dad [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [9/20/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Pop [1969]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.]
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Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [10/21/1969] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Pop [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.]
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Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Pop [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Auant Lena and Uncle Walter [N.D.]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Pop [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Pop [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Poppy [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Pop [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Pop [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.]
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Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Pop [N.D.]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Pop [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Pop [N.D.]
Post Card from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Post Card from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri [N.D.]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Sue [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Sue [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Pop [3/2/1968]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Pop [3/7/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [3/10/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Pop [3/15/1968]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Pop [3/21/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [3/25/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [4/6/1968]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [4/20/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Pop [6/8/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [6/29/1968]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [7/3/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [7/6/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Pop [7/9/1968]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [7/12/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [7/31/1968] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [9/15/1968]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Sue [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom and Dad [N.D.]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [7/2/1969] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Momma [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Pop [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Pop [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.]
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Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Sue [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Sister [N.D.]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [11/9/1969] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Pop [N.D.]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Mom [N.D.] Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Sue [N.D.]
Letter from Aldo Panzieri to Sue [N.D.]  
  
 Other Materials (4 items)
Clipping: "MP Man Wins in AF Photo Contest" 5 cent bill 10 cent military payment certificate
Clipping: "Sgt. Panzieri Wins Air Medal"  
  
 
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