The Things I Carried

The novel, The Things They Carried, describes not only the physical objects that soldiers carried - mundane items such as matches and m & m candies, but the intangible objects - fear, guilt, and homesickness.

Local veterans were invited to bring their Vietnam War mementos, their Things I Carried, to be preserved on film. Please share their memories of this turbulent time in our Nation's history.

 

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Alex Sorton
United States Navy
Years in-country 1965-1966
Carried his cruise book

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John (Jack) S. Darr
United States Air Force
Years in-country 1971-1973
Carried a photo of
his German Shepherd dog

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Al Weber
United States Marines
Years in-country 1968-1970
Carried home his internal wounds

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Lorraine A. Darr
United States Air Force
Years in-country 1971-1972
Carried home her uniform and
a photo of her future husband

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Amphone Manivong
Royal Lao Army
Years in-country 1965
Carried home his scars

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Phiengphonekeo Seuamsothabandith
Royal Lao Air Force
Year in-country 1965
Carried home his scars
         

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Charles E. Fox
United States Army
Years in-country 1967-1968
Carried his Uniform jacket

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Ric A. Bender
United States Marines
Years in-country 1967-1968
Carried home his belt buckle

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Fred J. Zimmerman
United States Marines
Carried his name tags
 

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Robert A. Getz
United States Army
Years in-country 1967-1970
Carried his Zippo lighter

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James R. Wire
United States Army
Years in-country 1970-1972
Carried a philosophy book

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Robert Braido
United States Army
Years in-country 1968-1969
Carried a cross

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John Geavaras
United States Army
Years in-country 1967-1968
Carried his helmet

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Ted Biever
United States Marines
Years in-country 1968
Carried home his internal wounds

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The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure. In 2013, Gail Borden Public Library, in cooperation with a number of other community partners, sponsored The Big Read in Elgin and surrounding communities. The title selected for the program was The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. Other community events and activities for the Big Read can be found here.

All of the photos were taken on August 24, 2013 at Gail Borden Public Library. Special thanks are given to John Dziekan for photography and the Canon Corporation for film developing. Original copyright for the photographs is retained by John Dziekan.