Curator’s note: The photographs featured below were all taken by Stephen Warner during his tour of duty in Vietnam that began in March of 1970 and ended with his death in February of 1971. Locations and identities of the individuals in the majority of the photographs are unknown. In this way, the men seen here become anonymous representatives of all those that served in Vietnam.
The majority of the letters quoted below were written to his parents. He also wrote in a series of notebooks about his experiences. The quotes are arranged chronologically and document his evolving feelings towards the war and his role in it.
In his will, Stephen designated that his photographs and writings be donated to Gettysburg College. They are kept in the College Archives as the Stephen H. Warner Collection. The entire collection can be accessed here.