Batter up: Vietnam veteran Christopher Gaynor recently uncovered a trove of photographs he took during the war. In the above image, members of an infantry division play baseball at Dau Tieng base camp in 1967, not far from a Huey transport helicopter
Batter up: Vietnam veteran Christopher Gaynor recently uncovered a trove of photographs he took during the war. In the above image, members of an infantry division play baseball at Dau Tieng base camp in 1967, not far from a Huey transport helicopter

Former artillery officer Christopher Gaynor, now 70, took the images in 1967 and 1968 while deployed. They stayed hidden away for more than 40 years before he reopened them and relived old memories  These candid images show life on the front lines of the Vietnam war through the eyes of a young soldier, who rediscovered the collection decades after the conflict ended.

Shelter: Soldiers are pictured above in cramped conditions near a battery of Howitzer artillery units in Loc Ninh. Thomas Corbin, bottom left with a bandaged finger, was one of Gaynor's war buddies. He died in action a year after this photograph was taken in 1967
Shelter: Soldiers are pictured above in cramped conditions near a battery of Howitzer artillery units in Loc Ninh. Thomas Corbin, bottom left with a bandaged finger, was one of Gaynor’s war buddies. He died in action a year after this photograph was taken in 1967

In the images by former artillery officer Christopher Gaynor, helicopters swoop down in high-risk troop deployments, convoys rumble through the booby-trapped countryside and infantrymen make tense dawn patrols. Gaynor, now 70, spent more than a year in Vietnam between 1967 and 1968, taking photographs as he went. As well as showing scenes of battle-ready soldiers and equipment, he also showed his war buddies in their down time.  Images, which Gaynor shares on his Facebook page, show fellow soldiers relaxing between missions, and even playing a baseball game at Dau Tieng base camp. Gaynor notes that several of the young men he pictured were killed in action not long after. He told TIME magazine that the thought of being reminded of his war days led to him keeping the photos locked away until 2007 – nearly 40 years after his deployment.

Dawn patrol: Soldiers are pictured here on an early morning mission outside a support base in the field
Dawn patrol: Soldiers are pictured here on an early morning mission outside a support base in the field