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Our Vietnam War tribute will consist of:
A few pictures of life in Vietnam before and after the war.
Some facts about Vietnam and how their lives changed after the war ended.
Vietnam villages were commonly used as war grounds, because the U.S. and South Vietnam were fighting North Vietnam and the Viet Cong town to town.
Around 3.8 million deaths occured during this war.
The sad truth
the sad truth
The Sad Truth
A poem by Curt Bennett
Sacrifices that the soldiers and families made
Vietnam village before and after a battle
Before war starts
In early morning
The land is breathtaking.
Melts the night-shadow pools
Creating an ethereal appearance.
Each miniature house and tree
Sprouts its, long, thin shadow
Stretching long on dewy ground.
The countryside is
Jungle, hamlets, hills and waterways,
Bomb-craters, paddies, broken-backed bridges.
Rice fields glow sky-sheens,
Flat, calm, mirrored lakes
Reflect the morning peace.
The patchwork quilted earth,
Slashed by snaking tree-lines,
Slumbers in dawn's blue light.
Sharp, rugged mountain peaks
Sleep in a soft rolling blanket
Of clinging, slippery, misty fog.
Effortlessly, languidly, it flows
Shyly spreading wispy tentacles out
To embrace the earth with velvet arms.
Family Deaths -
SAN JOSE - It's a thought that has left the Nguyen family in agony: 30-year-old Vince Canh Xuan Nguyen, the sole brother in a clan of close sisters, dying alone in a tiny Ho Chi Minh City motel. Reports explain that this was not a accident... On 1959 This innocent bystander was shot by a soldier from north Vietnam
Hero/war casulities —
(Vietnam) thousands of people flooded Vietnam's capital to bid farewell to the legendary war hero who led Southeast Asian to victory over the French and the Americans.
(America)- Aprox. 58,000 in-combat deaths occured and over 150,000 were wounded.
Innocent deaths -
The overall innocent civillian deaths were about 2 million.
Rediscovered pictures of the war from Charlie Haughey
Rediscovered Pictures from the Vietnam War
Charlie Haughey was drafted into the US Army in October of 1967. He was 24, and had been in college in Michigan before running out of money and quitting school to work in a sheet metal factory. The draft notice meant that he was to serve a tour of duty in Vietnam, designated a rifleman, the basic field position in the Army. After 63 days in Vietnam, he was made a photographer, shooting photographs for the Army and US newspapers, with these instructions from the Colonel: "You are not a combat photographer. This is a morale operation. If I see pictures of my guys in papers, doing their jobs with honor, then you can do what you like in Vietnam." These photos sat out of sight for around 45 years, and were recently re-discovered.
Soldiers aboard an airplane with a bird's-eye view through the helicopter's cargo sling door taking advantage of a few moments "out of the war." Names and date unknown.
A U.S. soldier holds a very ill Vietnamese infant.
you can see many more of these photos at:
There were approximately 47,410 American Battle deaths.
The Vietnam War Memorial is a national memorial located in Washington D.C. The memorial honors all who fought, died, and were reported missing during the war. The Memorial Wall (shown above) lists all the names of the soldiers who were either KIA (killed in action) or MIA (missing in action)
The Vietam Memorial
This is another picture of the Memorial Wall, where people leave various items to honor those who died.
Thank you, soldiers, for your many sacrifices.
"Landing Zone," a painting done by soldier John Wehrle in 1966.
Close your eyes and go to sleep,
My poor, haunted soldier man,
I'll try my best to keep you safe,
In any way I possibly can.
Cradled there in my loving arms,
He drifted off to Vietnam once more.
I tried my best to soothe him,
But he was already back in the war.
2 stanzas of "The Nigtmare that Never Ends"
By: Chris Woolnough