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The The West is the Best Issue

Vice Pictures

Polaroids from the Vietnamese frontline.

In 1968, eighteen-year-old Anthony Iamurri was shipped to Vietnam from Seventh St. and Morris Ave. in South Philadelphia. During his tour of duty, which included frontline combat experience (yes, he was in “the shit”), he sent tons of Polaroids to Maryellen Strampello, his sixteen-year-old girlfriend back home. When he returned to Philly in 1970, Anthony was different. After a few uncomfortable conversations, Maryellen broke up with him and got on with her life. Maryellen has no idea where he is today, but she kept the pictures.