Dreams of Peace: Vietnam Route 66


I was 23 in 1966 when I arrived in Saigon as US National Council of Churches correspondent and information officer for Vietnam Christian Service, jointly run by Church World Service, Lutheran World Relief and the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). For two years my writing and my photographs were sent from ‘God’s Barn,’ 475 Riverside Drive, New York City             to some 1,500 newspapers across the United States and to religious publications in the US and Canada.

My photographs will be shown at Bangkok’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT). I would like to be in Ho Chi Minh City on April 21st. For 50 years I have carried the image of Pierre in Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’ walking among the dead and dying.  I dreamt of peace when I went to war. I am still dreaming, hoping, praying and working for peace.

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Wire-Dreams of Peace-Copyright Lance Woodruff

Dreams of Peace: Vietnam Route 66 chronicles my journey as a 23 year photojournalist, and then some. A text will accompany the 70+ images in the catalog, a book which represents, for me, a lifetime of procrastination. It will include three Pentagon letters–one to me in 1967 from the then Chief of Staff of the US Army, my ‘delayed’ response two decades later (returned unopened ‘addressee unknown’), and I am giving something of myself. If you are not in Bangkok, the catalog will be available on line at no cost.


Lance Woodruff