“Vietnam lives in my soul. I went to Vietnam in 1968 and trained as an intelligence agent; I was fluent in Vietnamese. I was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division, near Pleiku in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. Back home, I became a peace advocate; Leaving the military, I became an organizer for Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), an advocate for veterans services, established some of the earliest PTSD programs, then served as Deputy Director of the NYS Division of Veterans Affairs. I returned to Vietnam with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), led humanitarian, business and environmental delegations, worked on reconciliation with Vietnam, wrote about the war and Vietnamese culture, and produced photography exhibits.
“In 2001 I brought my daughter Zoeann to Vietnam and Laos on a consulting project to help the City University of New York (CUNY) set up academic exchanges and English language training. We produced a photography exhibit, Vietnam: A Country Not a War, for New York State’s Vietnam Memorial and then added essays to publish this book, Vietnam: Our Father Daughter Journey. It was the first book to share a young woman’s experience and perspective. You can read or download this book here for free.”
– Ed Murphy
The photography from this book is available to view in the online gallery here: