Lynn Clevenger

Lynn Clevenger received a Recreation and Sociology Degree, which was exactly what the Army Special Services was looking for in recruits: beautiful, educated, and familiar with some degree of social work. Vietnam intrigued Clevenger because, as opposed to Europe, it was warm and exotic, and gave Clevenger a ticket out of the States. In 1971, Clevenger left Rochester, New York and flew to Vietnam as the American war was winding down. Clevenger helped close a few service clubs, and watched as American forces began to abandon the Vietnamese people. Clevenger always wondered what happened to her close Vietnamese friends; she tried to help them get out, but there wasn’t a way. Clevenger reflects on her daily duties, her opinions of the war today, and the carnage that the American government created and left behind.

Lynn Clevenger, Ione, California, 2022
Lynn Clevenger, Ione, California, 2022

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Vietnamese child photographed by Lynn Clevenger
Vietnamese child photographed by Lynn Clevenger

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Clevenger and a soldier in Vietnam
Clevenger and a soldier in Vietnam

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Lynn Clevenger, Ione, California, 2022
Lynn Clevenger, Ione, California, 2022

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