I’d like for some people to take the time and look at only a portion of my great grandfather’s work that survived the war. My great grand father was Le Van De, a famous silk screen painter in Vietnam that taught as a professor in France and has had one of his pieces displayed in the Vatican. Most of his work was reclaimed by the government after Saigon fell and my family had to evacuate, sadly he did not make it to America with the rest of my family. One of my favorite paintings is called “Vietnamese Madonna with her Child” in English and is the photo above of the woman with a baby. That was my great grandmother with my great aunt. You see the South Vietnamese flag and wonder why it’s there. Le Van De was the one who revived and designed the South Vietnamese flag that flows prominently here in Houston and many other areas. The reason I made this post is because I don’t want his work to die out just because the Vietnamese government still has it. Please At least look at it and admire the legacy he has left behind. If you have any more information on him or any sources of his artwork please contact me. My family is trying to reclaim what we can that’s left of his work. Thank you.
The [Viet Cong] flag was always a good souvenir for Americans in Vietnam. Some GIs–they were riflemen–preferred the hats, the belt buckles, the sandals, the shell pouches or even the diaries of North Vietnamese soldiers, which they could not read. But a Viet Cong flag was not bad at all. Yet no man was the same. Years later, when there was no such name as War Zone C, I came to know an ex-medic who had a photograph of a tiny Vietnamese child, a girl in pajamas, holding two very large paper flowers. The medic kept the photograph for himself after a firefight when his platoon had searched the bodies of the men they had killed. The photograph of the little girl stays in the same Bible he carried with him in the war, as if by putting the child between its pages he protects her from any harm, any more losses.
Gloria Emerson in her book Winners and Losers: Battles, Retreats, Gains, Losses, and Ruins from the Vietnam War
Staff Sergeant Edgar D. Bledsoe, of Olive Branch, Ill., cradles a critically ill Vietnamese infant. The child was brought to Fire Support Base Pershing. This image, with this caption, was originally published in Vol. 3 No. 53 of Tropic Lightning News, December 30, 1968.