July 03, 2011, 2:42pm / 31
A South Vietnamese litter bearer wears a face mask to keep out the smell as he passes the bodies of US and S. Vietnamese soldiers killed while fighting against the Vietcong at the Michelin rubber plantation about 45 miles northeast of Saigon, November 27th 1965.
More than 100 soldiers were killed as a result of the guerrillas’ human wave attack.
April 14, 2011, 7:11pm / 68
In a way, I look on this story as a letter to the families and friends of the men of the Third Battalion, 9th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. There are some pictures which are not easy to bear—of men wounded and killed. But they are all professionals, practicing a trade for which they volunteered.
In 10 days at Con Thien—though this seems hard to believe—I have never heard any griping at being there. The men view Con Thien in the same light as Tarawa and Iwo Jima and are proud and happy to have held this hillock in a remote land. It is a place everyone of them seemed to believe important. Perhaps my pictures will add meaning to the letters the men themselves write home.
“Inside the Cone of Fire at Con Thien,” David Douglas Duncan
LIFE Magazine, October 27 1967
April 07, 2011, 8:13pm / 40