Tết Mậu Thân Huế 1968

The crimes of the Communists

“Tết Mậu Thân 1968″

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LIFE Feb 16, 1968 – Một ngày đặc biệt ở Huế – Quân địch cho phép tôi chụp hình họ
A remarkable day in Huế – The enemy let me take his picture. by Catherine Leroy – LIFE Feb 16, 1968

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A tense interlude in Huế. LIFE Feb 16, 1968

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LIFE Feb 16, 1968

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LIFE Feb 16, 1968

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LIFE Feb 16, 1968

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Quân Bắc Việt tiến vào thành nội Huế tết Mậu Thân 1968

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Huế Feb 1968

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Marines of Co. C, 1st Battalion, Fifth Regiment, are engaged in a fire fight in the streets during Operation Hue City. 19 Feb ’68

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Defense position — A Marine uses a tree for cover as he returns fire at a North Vietnamese position during street fighting in Hue.

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Marines effectively use walls and buildings as cover during their advance against the enemy.

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Street Shield – Marines use a M-48 tank as cover as they advance during street fighting in Hue, Feb. 3,1968.

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US sharpshooters in Hue, South Vietnam monitor the streets below their tower for Vietcong targets. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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Under Fire — A Leatherneck moves out under intense enemy .50 caliber machine gun fire during heavy street fighting taking place in the old Imperial Capital of Hue. Brigadier General Edwin H. Simmons Collection

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After the Battle — “A” Co., First Battalion, First Regiment Marines leave church after successfully capturing it from North Vietnamese control during one of the bloody battles taking place in Hue. – Brigadier General Edwin H. Simmons Collection

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U.S. Marines with machine guns ready, watch for enemy snipers on a street in Hue on February 7th. Allied dive bombers and U.S. warships bombarded a Communist suicide battalion in Hue’s walled fortress on February 15th, and American Marines and south Vietnam black panther troops charged into the flaming ruins to wipe out the Viet Cong. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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Throughout the city, buildings are still ruined from Tet. Hue City – Tommy Carver Collection

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1968 Hue damage after Viet Cong attack – Douglas Pike Photograph Collection

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23 Feb 1968, Hue, South Vietnam. Marines smoke and chat as they relax at a command post in Hue. — Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS

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A US Marine carries a seriously wounded Vietnamese child from the ruins of a home in Hue. – Douglas Pike Photograph Collection

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24 Feb 68 – in the streets of Hue on the north side of the Perfumed River – Peter Braestrup Collection

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Hue 1968 – Marine armored vehicle, armed with 6 recoilless guns, patrols streets of Hue

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25 Feb 1968, Hue, Vietnam — U.S. Army Patrol During Offensive on Hue — Image by © Christian Simonpietri/Sygma/Corbis

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February 1968, Hue, Vietnam — Evacuation of wounded American troops during the battle for Hue, Vietnam’s third largest city, during the Vietnam War. — Image by © Christian Simonpietri/Sygma/Corbis

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01 Feb 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — U. S. Marines are on the move here during street-to-street fighting against heavily entrenched Communist positions in the ancient royal capital of Hue. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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03 Feb 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — A marine machine gun position overlooks a part of the old imperial capital of Hue here, during a house-to-house battle with Viet Cong. American spokesmen said the Communist had lost more than 15,000 dead since they started their sneak offensive. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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01 Feb 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — Vietnamese Refugees Fleeing — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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01 Feb 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — US Marines Standing on Hue Streets — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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February 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — U.S. Marines charge through streets as fighting continues between Allied and Communist forces. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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February 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — U. S. Marine medics treat a wounded fellow Marine whose face is almost completely covered with blood. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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01 Feb 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — 2/1/1968-Hue, South Vietnam: Civlians carrying a white flag approach U.S. Marines, following a lull in street fighting between Allied units and the Viet Cong. Many civilians were driven from their homes in the bloody street fighting in this ancient city. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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02 Mar 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — A Final Farewell. Hue, South Vietnam: A bereaved South Vietnamese family watches as a grave is dug for a relative here. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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2/2/1968-Hue, South Viet Nam: U.S. Marines tend to their wounded during heavy street fighting in Hue after Communist forces invaded the ancient royal capital and held key positions. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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02 Feb 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — A U.S. Marine rifleman in an elevated position is seen here , as he keeps a close watch over buddies about to storm a Viet Cong stronghold in Hue. The ancient former imperial capital was one of the cities overrun by Communists during a recent assault. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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01 Feb 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — 2/1/1968-Hue, South Vietnam- US Marines take cover behind a tank in Hue 2/1 after Viet Cong terrorists snipers opened fire on them. The Marines, along with the South Vietnamese troops, were battling an estimated 2,000 Viet Cong who occupied parts of this ancient, Imperial city. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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01 Feb 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — View of Dead Vietnamese by Tank — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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February 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — Wounded Vietnamese Trooper and Woman Passing Marines — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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03 Feb 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — Vietnamese Man Walking with US Marines at Wall — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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2/3/1968-Hue, South Vietnam- Two Vietnamese bodies and a crumpled cart lie in the path of a tank, while a third body lies behind the wreckage of a jeep, during the height of the battle for Hue. A U.S. spokesman reported Feb. 6th, that American Marines hauled down the Communist flag and recaptured the city. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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2/35/1968-Hue, South Viet Nam: Laden with hardware: Two heavily armed U.S. Marines climb over wall in the yard of a house during a search and destroy mission in Downtown Hue where Communist forces continue to operate in large numbers. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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03 Feb 1968, Hue — Bodies of wounded and dead soldiers litter the streets of Hue, South Vietnam as a corpsman calls for assistance for his colleagues. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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03 Feb 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — Dodging bullets, a U.S. Marine rushes to join others taking cover behind a tank in battle-scarred streets of Hue Feb. 2nd. The Allies were trying to dislodge an estimated 2,000 Communists holed up in the old imperial capital. Party of the city was still occupied by the Viet Cong Feb. 4th. — Image by © Bettmann/Corbis

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2/4/1968-Hue, South Viet Nam: U.S. Marines keeping lowbecause of intense sniper fire battle communist units which seized two thirds of the ancient imperial Capital. The Marines were pinned don behind this wall near the old citadel and radiod for support. U.S. spokesmen reported that leathernecks hauled down the North Vietnamese flag after seven days of fighting and recaptured the city. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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04 Feb 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — MP Leading Captured Viet Cong in Hoods — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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04 Feb 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — Captured Viet Cong prisoner as American troops continue the house-to-house battle, the price in wounded and dead is barbarous, information on enemy strongpoints is vital, but the Viet Cong prisoners do not give up easily. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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13 Mar 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — Communist Mine Wounds Children. Hue, South Vietnam: A medic of the 82nd Airborne binds the wounds of a Vietnamese girl injured when a group of children accidentally tripped a Viet Cong mine intended for U.S. vehicles. The child’s sister tries to comfort her. A number of other children were also injured in the explosion two miles south of Hue. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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03 Feb 1968, Hue — Terrified Vietnamese Civilians in City of Hue 1968 — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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2/5/1968-Hue, South Vietnam: A U.S. Marine ducks for cover while radioing information during fierce fighting here. The Marines stormed in to enemy held houses, throwing canisters of tear gas and non poisonous nausea gas, but enemy forces donned gas masks and held onto most of the city. U.S. officers reported that the stiff resistance by the enemy meant that the battle for hue could drag on for days, perhaps even weeks. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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05 Feb 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — A US marine fights from a ditch in Hue, South Vietnam as other marines drag a wounded colleague to safety. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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06 Feb 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — U.S. Marines hold a Viet Cong flag they ripped down from atop the Thua Thien Province headquarters, and then replaced it with the stars and stripes. The leathernecks recaptured the Communist stronghold after seven days of street fighting. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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2/10/1968-Hue, South Vietnam- A sobbing Vietnamese girl hobbles down a Hue Street after being treated for wounds she suffered when her home came under fire in battle between well-entrenched communist forces and US Marines trying to root them out. Them communists have shown their greatest tenacity of the current offensive at Hue. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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11 Feb 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — With a wounded baby in her arms, an elderly Vietnamese woman makes a plea for help as she arrives at a U.S. Marine aid station. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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11 Feb 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — South Vietnamese Woman Carrying Her Wounded Son — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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07 Feb 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — Residents of Hue, South Vietnam sift through the rubble of their destroyed homes after a week of fighting in the Vietnam War. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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13 Mar 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — Children Trip Viet Cong Mine. Hue, South Vietnam: Two miles south of here March 9th, a group of Vietnamese children accidentally tripped a Viet Cong mine meant to blow up vehicles carrying 82nd Airborne troops into Hue. Here a member of the 82nd stands near site of the blast while Vietnamese woman in foreground tries to aid her husband injured by mine fragments. A number of the children also were seriously injured in the explosion. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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13 Feb 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — U.S. Marines and South Vietnamese troopers on street with refugees soon to be evacuated. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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13 Feb 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — U.S Marines eat a bowl of rice which was served to them by a South Vietnamese woman. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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16 Feb 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — A U. S. Marine fires his M-16 over the crest of the wall near the Citadel of Hue after fighting for hours to gain the top. The battle for Hue has already run 18 days and the Communist apparently intend to hold out to the last man. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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17 Feb 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — Hue, South Vietnam: The charred remains of a Viet Cong soldier lie amid rubble in street where a U.S. Marine stands on the alert for further confrontations with Communist forces. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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19 Feb 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — U.S. Marine medics treat the head wound of a North Vietnamese soldier who was found below an outer citadel wall. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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Hue damage after Viet Cong attack – Douglas Pike Photograph Collection

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19 Feb 1968, South Vietnam — A mother clutches her child as she makes her way through the crowds of refugees, crossing the wreckage of a bridge, on the Perfume River. — Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS

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19 Feb 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — Two US marines lean against the wall of a destroyed home in Hue, Vietnam near the bodies of two Vietcong soldiers who were inside at the time of the attack. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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Huế – Tết Mậu Thân 1968

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Huế – Tết Mậu Thân 1968

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Huế – Tết Mậu Thân 1968

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Huế – Tết Mậu Thân 1968

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Huế – Tết Mậu Thân 1968

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Huế – Tết Mậu Thân 1968

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ARVN Forces and civilians aid a woman wounded in Hue during the communist Tet offensive in the imperial city – Douglas Pike Photograph Collection

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A U.S. Marine machine gunner fires on communists positions across the Perfume River in the imperial city of Hue – Douglas Pike Photograph Collection

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Thành cổ Huế đổ nát tan tành trong trận đánh tết Mậu Thân 1968

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Cửa Hiển Nhơn trong trận chiến Tết Mậu Thân 1968

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Civilians run to escape enemy fire during the 26-day battle for Hue Citadel – Douglas Pike Photograph Collection

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Refugees fled from communist-controlled areas of the city… – Douglas Pike Photograph Collection

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1968 Refugees crossing the Perfume River at Truong Tien Bridge outside of Hue – Douglas Pike Photograph Collection

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Refugees fled from communist-controlled areas of the city

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Hue- Aftermath (June 1968) Bridge still down but much else rebuilt. MACV compond is in lower left corner, Citadel bastions on other side of Perfume River – Peter Braestrup Collection

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Citadel Hue City Feb. ’68 – Barry Brown Collection

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Walter Cronkite and CBS Camera Crew use jeep for dolly, during interview with Commanding Officer of First Battalion, First Marine Regiment during battle of Hue City. Marines furnish CBS with camera dolly (jeep), supporting cast (riflemen), and interviewee (battalion commander) – Peter Braestrup Collection

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Colonel Lê Văn Thận, young and competent mayor of Hue and chief of Thừa Thiên Province is the sparkplug behind the rehabilitation of Huế following the communists’ February 1968 attack. He is a native of Hà Đông, 20 kilometers from Hanoi. – photo by Francois Sully

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Victory At Hue – Douglas Pike Photograph Collection

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Victory At Hue – 1968 Exuberant soldiers unfurl their national colors on the south wall of the Citadel, overlooking the Perfume River – Douglas Pike Photograph Collection

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Vietnamese soldiers celebrate their victory over the North Vietnamese invaders of Hue with the raising of their national colors on the 200-foot flag pole – Douglas Pike Photograph Collection

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Victory At Hue – Douglas Pike Photograph Collection

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Hue Flagpole at old citadel

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Bia chiến sĩ trận vong phía trước trường Quốc Học
The Old Imperial Palace of the Vietnamese Emperors at Hue City – Tommy Carver Collection

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Nhà ga Huế
Hue Railroad Station – Curtis Knapp Collection

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Hue refugees, people in front of building – Louis Weisner Collection

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Hue refugees, people in front of building – Louis Weisner Collection

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Students arriving in Hue to help with the refugee work. Mar. 1968 – Photo by Francois Sully

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An old woman and daughter evacuating Hue, Mar. 1968 – Photo by Francois Sully

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Hue 1968 – Nguyen Van Winkle
Ông lão này tại một ngôi làng gần Huế há hốc miệng ngạc nhiên khi biết được về cuộc tổng tấn công thành phố Huế trong tháng trước đó. Ngôi làng của ông đã bị cắt đứt với thế giới vì các hoạt động của quân địch và không nghe biết gì về những tin tức xảy ra trước đó.

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Hue, South Vietnam — Refugees whose homes had been wrecked during the bloody 25-day battle for this ancient imperial city start building a crude shelter here.

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Hue, South Vietnam — Residents, refugees and soldiers file through the messy ruins of a street in Hue. The crowd came to inspect the damage after South Vietnamese troops blasted their way through a gate of the Imperial Palace to win the bloody 25-day battle for the ancient imperial city. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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22 Mar 1968, Hue, South Vietnam — Bridging a River. Hue, South Vietnam: When the Communists retreated across the Perfume River during the recent battle for Hue, they blew up the bridge as they went. Once the city calmed down after the Allies regained control, a set of temporary bridges on pontoons was built across the downed middle section of the span. Here, Vietnamese start their trip from the old section of Hue to the new by walking down the shattered span. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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Hue Massacre Major Body Finds. MAP12090311 Vietnam Archive Map Collection – Vietnam Center and Archive

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Hue 1969 – Dedication – The white obelisk, a memorial to the PSDF members of Thua Thien Province killed while defending their fellow villagers – Douglas Pike Photograph Collection

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Populace watches as officials arrange coffins in front of memorial obelisk. 14 October 1969 – Douglas Pike Photograph Collection

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Lễ cải táng các nạn nhân tết Mậu Thân 1968 tại Huế

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Than khóc khi tìm được xác người thân bị tàn sát dịp Tết Mậu Thân 1968 tại Huế

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People assembled on hillside to mourn Tet Offensive victims. 04 October 1969 – Douglas Pike Photograph Collection

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Family and friends prepare the body of Mr. Le Ngoc Ky, 50, a prominent citizen of Hue and leader of the influential Quoc Dan Dang political party. He left 10 children. – Douglas Pike Photograph Collection

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1969 – Label on the shrouded remains of a Tet Offensive victim describing teeth, color of hair, foot wear, and other possessions found with the body. – Douglas Pike Photograph Collection

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1971 Shrouded remains of Tet Offensive victims prepared for reburial. – Douglas Pike Photograph Collection

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Weeping Women — Two grieving women walk through a school yard where remains of 250 victims found in a mass grave near Hue were spread for identification – Douglas Pike Photograph Collection

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Rows of coffins of victims of the 1968 Tet Viet Cong offensive. Bereaved relatives mourn their dead during mass funeral of 250 persons killed by Viet cong. Funeral was held October 1969 as bodies were only recently discovered. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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Rows of coffins of victims of the 1968 Tet Viet Cong offensive.

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