Vietnam war 


Posted by Rene Volpi  June 2- 2010

April 30th, 2010, was the 35th anniversary 

of the Fall of Saigon and the
end of the Vietnam War, and last month
on May 4th, was the 40th 
anniversary of the shooting of students 
at Kent State University. 
And for what? For protesting.  Let’s 
never forget that atrocity. 
The Vietnam War and America’s 
involvement in it affected the lives of 
millions for well over a decade. The 
United States military involvement and 
troop strength grew rapidly after 1964 – 
at its highest level in 1968, with over 
500,000 troops on the ground. And then, the
 unthinkable happened: The Tet offensive. 
This photographs–as graphic and terrifying as
 they are– do not succeed in conveying the
 horror and suffering of those who were 
actually in the front lines, or in the cross-fire.
  As a French translator and  photojournalist
 for Sygma in that conflict (1970-75) I have
 witness the best and worst that humanity has
 to offer.
 The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 
Washington, D.C. now bears the engraved
 names of 58,267 of those troops. It’s nearly
 impossible to encapsulate an event of such 
scale in a handful of photographs, but here,
 35 years after the conflict ended, it is my
 sincere attempt.

Hovering U.S. Army helicopters pour machine 
gun fire into a tree line to cover the advance
 of South Vietnamese ground 
troops in an attack on a Viet Cong camp 18 
miles north of Tay Ninh, northwest of Saigon 
near the Cambodian border, in Vietnam on 
March 1965. (AP Photo/Horst Faas)

An M41 tank of the South Vietnamese Army advances on enemy

 positions in Saigon, Vietnam in May of 1960. (US Department 
of Defense) #

Injured Vietnamese receive aid as they lie on the street after a 

bomb explosion outside the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, Vietnam,
 March 30, 1965. Smoke rises from wreckage in background . At
 least two Americans and several Vietnamese were killed in the
 bombing. (AP Photo/Horst Faas) #

A U.S. Marine CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter comes down in

 flames after being hit by enemy ground fire during Operation
 Hastings, just south of the Demilitarized Zone between North and 
South Vietnam on July 15, 1966. The helicopter crashed and explo
ded on a hill, killing one crewman and 12 Marines. Three crewman
 escaped with serious burns. (AP Photo/Horst Faas) #

A young Marine private waits on the beach during the Marine lan

ding, Da Nang, Vietnam, August 3, 1965. (U.S. Marine Corps.) #

A napalm strike erupts in a fireball near U.S. troops on patrol in 


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