33 sad, lonely and tough images from the Vietnam war

Jack Knight
 
 
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War dominated 30 years of Vietnam’s history last century. The struggle that began with communists fighting French colonial power in the 1940s did not end until they seized Saigon and control of the whole country in 1975.

The period that Americans refer to as the “Vietnam War” – and the Vietnamese call the “American War” – was the US military intervention from 1965 to 1973.tumblr_mzs63uZquZ1qfo1wqo1_500

A med evac off Mutters Ridge, 2nd Bn 3rd Marines.

08 Dec 1967, Bassac River, South Vietnam --- A Navy lieutenant aims his flaming arrow at a hut across the river that conceals a Viet Cong bunker. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

A Navy lieutenant aims his flaming arrow at a hut across the river that conceals a Viet Cong bunker.

Three American marines sleep atop ammunition boxes during a pause in the fighting at Gio Linh on April 2, 1967, just south of the demilitarized zone in Vietnam. (AP Photo)

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Marines of Delta 1/5 caring for their wounded at HUE, 1968tumblr_mzzfzpcvrn1qfo1wqo1_1280

Rare picture of an HH-43 Pedro evacuating casualties during operation Abilene.

Khe Sanh, South Vietnam, April 12, 1971 - An American soldier, lighting a cigarette in front of his machine gun atop a vehicle, stands  above a sign serving as testament to his battlefield beliefs.

Khe Sanh, South Vietnam – April 12, 1971

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Tunnel rat Melvin Sherrell, KIA December 13, 1966.

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A med evac off Mutters Ridge, 2nd Bn 3rd Marines.

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An RTO guides a Chinook delivering a sling load of materials and supplies at Fire Support Base Pershing, near Dau Tieng. Name and date unknown.

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A LRRP team leader, unit D, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division makes it signals his men during a patrol in 1967.

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M551 Sheridan of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

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American soldiers after burning a village.

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A young Marine goes into battle. Vietnam, 1965.Photograph by Eddie Adamstumblr_n39hc7z1mj1shya0no1_1280

American F-4C Phantom jet streaming contrails from wingtips while regaining altitude after bombing small village known to be a Vietcong stronghold during Vietnam War.tumblr_n50xg21wah1s7e5k5o1_1280

American infantrymen look up at the tall jungle trees seeking out Viet Cong snipers firing at them. June 15, 1967tumblr_n80ershQVE1rfehtgo1_1280

U.S. Army 2nd Lt. R.C. Rescorla, Platoon Leader of 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division – Ia Drang Valley, South Vietnam. November 16, 1965. 2nd Lt. Rick C. Rescorla, Platoon Leader of 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Ia Drang Valley, South Vietnam – November 16, 1965.

Born in England, he first served in the British Army, then joined the U.S. Army. Rick Rescorla, who was head of security for banking firm Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, is credited with saving 2,700 people by making sure they left the World Trade Center’s South Tower before it collapsed. He was killed when he went back in to rescue more people.
(Colourised by Doug Banks)

Getting very “short,” a 1st Air Cav trooper near Bong Son keeps close track of his last remaining days in Vietnam (SPC5 Frank Moffitt/U.S. Army/National Archives).
Getting very “short,” a 1st Air Cav trooper near Bong Son keeps close track of his last remaining  days in Vietnam (SPC5 Frank Moffitt/U.S. Army/National Archives).

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LCpl William G. Cox emerging from a VC tunnel discovered in the Batangan Peninsula. When mapped, it was over 158 yards long and two levels deep.

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Operation “Billings” Medic from the 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, searches the sky for a Medevac helicopter to evacuate a wounded buddy, following air assault into LZ Rufe in June 1967. (U.S. Army/National Archives)

Route Nine Defensive-Vietnam

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A U.S. military helicopter sprays Agent Orange over Vietnam in this undated photo from the war.tumblr_ngxlxsWVfe1reg6u1o1_1280

South Vietnam, March, 1968: A U.S. Marine’s helmet tells a story during the prolonged assault by Viet Cong forces on the base at Khe Sanh. John Olson, Stars and Stripestumblr_nhmv37KvBJ1s7e5k5o1_1280

A US Marine sniper team at work in Khe Sanh, South Vietnam, February 1968. By David Douglas Duncan.tumblr_nm1g1oNnsZ1qz6f9yo2_1280

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The M60 gunner who looks more than tiredtumblr_nm1g1oNnsZ1qz6f9yo5_1280

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A Navy lieutenant aims his flaming arrow at a hut across the river that conceals a Viet Cong bunker.tumblr_nm5kw62R0D1rmtzhmo1_1280

A fast patrol craft on Cai Ngay canal during the Vietnam War in 1970

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A dated close call

tumblr_noknw6qppE1s7e5k5o1_1280An exhausted marine sobs after carrying wounded and dead marines from a battle on An Hoa Island, South Vietnam, July 9, 1965 by Pulitzer Prize winner Eddie Adams.

tumblr_nf97r8rF7c1s7e5k5o1_1280American soldiers in Vietnam keep a lookout over Da Nang airforce base on November 1, 1965

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