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Item Number: VAS083313
Digital Object Type


  • 1967 to 1969


"Casualties, Captured Weapons and Children"

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A chaotic scene of tragedy unfolds at a firebase somewhere west of Hue during 1968 as a cluttered landing pad (note the Chinook behind the still turning Huey) waits to receive wounded American paratroopers for extraction to the rear.

Due to the rarity of MEDEVAC helicopters bringing wounded soldiers from an engagement in the jungle back to a firebase rather than taking them directly to a MASH unit the Colonel believes this was possibly the result of an attack upon the base itself (possibly mortar fire).

Note the stacked material at the center and rear of the photograph illustrating the "front line" nature of the firebase and the grizzled appearance of the soldiers huddled at the lower-center.

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Pub Credit Line
VAS083313, Mike McDermott Collection, The Vietnam Center and Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 08 Feb 2017 [Updated: 08 Feb 2017]