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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