Charlie Haughey, a retired cabinet maker, was drafted to the US Army in 1967. While being stationed in Vietnam, Haughey was told by his commanding officer to document the war. The twist was that the photos were not to be shot of traditional combat, but as morale boosting photographs of the unit.
After leaving Vietnam, Charlie brought the negatives back to the United States where they laid in shoeboxes until the fall of 2012. That is when Haughey met Kris Regentine, a neighbor who saw the negatives and immediately knew that the images needed to be seen. Kris scanned in all of the negatives and after 45 years of lying in a shoebox, Charlie Haughey's photographs from the Vietnam War were given new life. Over 2,000 photographs were shot by Haughey during his tour of duty from March of 1968 to May of 1969.
On April 5th, Charlie’s photo show, A Weather Walked In, opened at ADX in Portland, Oregon, where 28 of his photos were on display, complete with hand-made frames built from Charlie from reclaimed wood.
CBS Sunday Morning recently interviewed Charlie and ran his story over Memorial Day weekend.