American Paratroopers in Southern Vietnam, 1965


Colorization and restoration of US Paratroopers crossing a river in southern Vietnam, 1965.

This photo was taken in the jungle area of Ben Cat, South Vietnam, Sept. 25, 1965 by french photographer Henry Huet. The soldiers in the photo are paratroopers of the U.S. 2nd Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade.

The guns being carried by the soldiers are M-16’s. Although I would have preferred to color the stocks of the gun brown, the stocks were in fact black as seen in this photo.

The colorizing of the water was rather tricky to achieve. Generally a combination of blue and green mixed with shades of brown does the trick when it comes to water, but Vietnamese water is a bit different. Vietnamese river water tends to have more of a yellowish-brown with very subtle undertones of blue and green throughout.

Below is the full size black and white original photo as well as my full size colorization.

Black and white photo of US Paratroopers Colorization of US Paratroopers in Vietnam, 1965

All photo colorization found within Metacolor is completed by hand using a Wacom Graphic Tablet and Adobe Photoshop CC software. All website design, writing and photo colorization/restoration found within is the sole work of Wayne Degan.


  1. Jerry Simon Taylor
    Jerry Simon TaylorReply
    March 14, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Nice the color in the photo by Henry Huet is the way I remember it. I am in this pic.out in the middle of the stream. I had tried to cut to the left to much found the deep water. That me holding my m16 in my left hand over my head I had to almost swim up stream to find shallow water.again.

    • MetaColor
      March 16, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      Wow! First and foremost, thank you for your service.This photo is my personal favorite of all the photos I have worked with.To know that you were there and the colors are close to what you remember, really means a lot to me. I really appreciate you sharing information about the photo. If you would like, I would like to send you a copy of the photo. I will contact you by email.

Leave a Reply

Your message*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>