Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnam is a new traveling exhibit portraying the stories of young American soldiers and marines traveling to Vietnam in the late 1960s aboard the troopship General Nelson M. Walker. Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnam will present artwork and slogans capturing the era’s politics, military pride, humor, and anti-war sentiments recorded by young men headed for battle.
Discovered by chance in 1997, the canvas bunks were preserved and saved thanks to the Vietnam Graffiti Project (VGP) which was founded upon the discovery of the artifacts. While the General Nelson M. Walker has since been scrapped, the exhibit was created with the intent to travel the country and present the stories of soldiers and marines who went to Southeast Asia by troopship. The exhibit is meant to honor the military service of these young men.
Many of the canvas bunks removed from the Walker contained names and hometowns. An effort was made by VGP to locate as many men as possible to hear the rest of their story. Those efforts are also incorporated into the exhibit.
*Due to the topics of conversation typical of young men in the 1960s, parental supervision is suggested.