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On The Line: Intrepid and the Vietnam War


The Intrepid Museum’s new exhibition On the Line: Intrepid and the Vietnam War explores the events and impact of the Vietnam War through the lens of Intrepid’s history. The exhibition, which opened in 2015 to mark the 40th anniversary of the conclusion of the war, offers a site-specific immersion into an important chapter of American history. The legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid served three tours of duty in Vietnam between 1966 and 1969. Set within the very spaces where men lived and served, the exhibition focuses on the experiences of Intrepid and its crew “on the line”—the periods when the ship was active in the Gulf of Tonkin, launching aircraft for missions over mainland Vietnam. This localized history serves as the starting point for understanding the larger historical landscape, including the Cold War, Operation Rolling Thunder and protests at home.

The exhibition includes artifacts, photographs and film clips from the Museum’s collection, many of which are on display for the first time. The exhibition also draws from the Museum’s Oral History Project, an initiative launched in 2013 to record and preserve the stories of those who served on Intrepid, offering visitors the chance to hear the experiences of veterans in their own words, and to learn history firsthand.

The exhibition is free with the price of admission.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Museum is offering education programs for teachers and students, and a series of public programs to generate conversation and artistic expression. Bank of America is generously providing free Museum admission to U.S. active military, retired military and veterans. Proper ID is requested, and tickets may only be obtained at the Museum Box Office.

If you are interested in supporting the exhibition, please click here. All gifts are fully tax-deductible and donors of $250 or more will be acknowledged in the exhibition.

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Are you a former crew member who served on Intrepid during the Vietnam War?

We are seeking service-era photographs of crew members who served on Intrepid during the Vietnam War, accompanied by relatively recent photographs of these same men. These photographs will be part of a display at the conclusion of the exhibition. We hope that you will consider submitting your crew member photographs* from this era. Please include your rank or rating and your dates of service on Intrepid. You may email your photos, or any questions, to FCMVietnam@intrepidmuseum.org


*By submitting your photographs, you agree that the Intrepid Museum may use them as part of a display within the exhibition On the Line: Intrepid and the Vietnam War; and you acknowledge that the display may or may not include your name and service details, in the sole discretion of the Intrepid Museum. Also, by submitting your photographs, you hereby irrevocably grant to the Intrepid Museum the unrestricted right and permission to use, re-use, reproduce and/or publish your name, likeness and/or voice as incorporated in such audio-visual programming, including footage and/or still images in which you and/or your photographs may be not be immediately recognizable, because of distortion or any other reason, in any manner and media, now known or hereafter developed, for any purpose whatsoever; and you unconditionally release and agree to hold the Intrepid Museum and its trustees, officers, employees, agents, representatives, affiliates, licensees, successors and assigns harmless from any liability resulting from distortion, blurring, or alteration of the footage and/or still images, or any use of the footage and/or still images, either alone or combined with other materials, intentionally or otherwise.

The exhibition On the Line: Intrepid and the Vietnam War is presented through the generous support of Travis Patton and Jeff Seese. On the Line education programs are supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and by grants from the Barker Welfare Foundation, the Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust, the Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen Foundation, the FAR Fund, the Ambrose Monell Foundation, the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, and the Joseph LeRoy and Ann C. Warner Fund.

Very special thanks to our lenders for this show: Naval History & Heritage Command,  the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University, and  Wilkes Heritage Museum, Wilkesboro, NC.