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A Vietnam Photo Essay


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The USNS Core arrives in Saigon with the first US helicopter units,
33 Vertol H-21 C Shawnee and 400 Crewmen.

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Vietnamese Air Force T-28 Skyraiders, flown by U.S. Air Force pilots, drop napalm on Viet Cong targets.
Photo Credit: Larry Burrows, 1962 (Life.) Online Source:



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Vietnamese battalion commander Captain Thach Quyen interrogates a captured Viet Cong suspect.
Photo Credit: Huynh Thanh My, 1965 (AP). Online Source:


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Soldiers of the U.S. First Air Cavalry Division point their weapons at villagers whom they flushed from the brush along the riverbank.
Photo Credit: Dana Stone, 1966 (UPI). Online Source:



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An injured North Vietnamese soldier is led from his bunker by soldiers of the U.S. First Cavalry Division. This soldier held up the U.S. advance for one hour with machine gun fire from his position.
Photo Credit: Kyoichi Sawada, 1966 (UPI). Online Source:


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Wearing a bloody bandage over the left side of his face, medic Thomas Cole of Richmond, Va., tends to a soldier of the First Cavalry Divison. This picture is from an unforgettable sequence of one man's dedication.
Photo Credit: Henri Huet, 1966 (AP). Online Source:


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A young Viet Cong suspect cries after hearing a rifle shot. His captors, Chinese Nung tribesmen in the service of the U.S. Special Forces, pretended to shoot his father, a ruse designed to make the boy reveal information about Communist guerrillas.
Photo Credit: Sean Flynn, 1966. (UPI). Online Source:


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As Yankee Papa 13 approaches the landing zone, Crew Chief James Farley opens fire with his M-60 machine gun.
Photo Credit: Larry Burrows, 1965 (Life). Online Source:


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Patrol Moving through Jungle Area.
Photo Credit: The Byrd Archives. Online Source:



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Tunnel rat and his tools - a M1911a .45 pistol and a flashlight.
Photo Credit: The Byrd Archives. Online Source:



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Covering Fire.
Photo Credit: The Byrd Archives. Online Source:



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Photo Credit: The Byrd Archives. Online Source:



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Khe Sanh under fire.
Photo Credit: The Byrd Archives. Online Source:



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The Marines were under siege for several months at Khe Sanh. This portrait was published in Newsweek after Ellison was killed.
Photo Credit: Robert Ellison, 1968 (Black Star). Online Source:


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An ammunition dump struck by a shell explodes in front of U.S. Marines.  This picture was on the cover of Newsweek on March 18, 1968.
Photo Credit: Robert Ellison, 1968. Online Source:


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My Lai Massacre:  On March 16, 1968 the angry and frustrated men of Charlie Company, 11th Brigade, Americal Division entered the village of My Lai. "This is what you've been waiting for -- search and destroy -- and you've got it," said their superior officers. A short time later the killing began.
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My Lai--Among the hundreds of unarmed civilians massacred by U.S. soldiers on march 16th, 1968.
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"Murder of a Vietcong by Saigon Police Chief." Vietnam, 1968.
Photo Credit: Eddie Adams. Copyright AP. Online Source:



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First-aid center, where wounded Marines were treated before being helped to air-evacuation points.
Photo Credit: Larry Burrows, 1966 (Life). Online Source:



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Hoi An, December 1969.
Photo Credit: Bob Lindgren. Online Source:



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Unidentified Base Camp.
Photo Credit: The Byrd Archives. Online Source:



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Infantryman walking point.
Photo Credit: EALM. Online Source:



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Questioning a suspected Vietcong.
Photo Credit: The Byrd Archives. Online Source:



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May 4, 1970. Ohio National Guardsmen fire on student protestors at Kent State University, Ohio, killing 4 and wounding 16.
Photo Credit: John Filo. Online Source:



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On June 8, 1972, young Pan Thi Kim Phuc flees down Route 1 from the village of Trang Bang. She was burned by naplam dropped from South Vietnamese planes.
Photo Credit: Huynh Cong "Nick" Ut (AP). Online Source:



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White phosphorous and napalm bombs explode across Route 1 near the village of Trang bang, where Phan Thi Kim (see above) and her family were living.
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