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These Rare Photos From the Vietnam War Are Startling

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The Vietnam War was one of the crudest military conflicts in history. It began when the South Vietnamese communist army called the Viet Cong fought to reunify Vietnam in into a whole country which was divided into North and South Vietnam. This bloody conflict finally ended on April 30, 1975, when the Viet Cong captured North Vietnam’s capital city, Saigon.

Let’s relive the history of Vietnam war with these incredible photos that portray the lives of men and women who participated in that conflict and to see the real face of war.

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1 – A lone US soldier walking among the remains of the Shau Valley in 1971

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2 – This photo shows some Cambodian mercenaries making their path through the marshland in Boxoal

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3 – A US soldier carries his squad’s partner in Hill Timothy in April 1968

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4 – This photo was taken at the perfect moment. It looks like this little monkey is giving this US soldier his orders in a bunker 65 miles northeast of Saigon

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5 – The photographer David Hume Kennerly is portrayed here photographing US troops landing into the conflict zone in the central highlands in 1971

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6 – Two South Vietnamese mothers holding their children while they are watching a US soldier holding an M79 grenade launcher in a canal bank

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7 – US soldiers drop to the ground to avoid Viet Cong’s fire during Operation Eagle’s Claw on February 11, 1966

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8 – The 25th infantry division leaping from a Bell Huey helicopter near Cu Chi, Vietnam

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9 – Corporal Charles C. Sead is photographed here while he was carrying an elder woman as his battalion was leaving a fighting area near Da Nang in February 1970

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10 – This photo portrays the aftermath of an ambush against the 173rd Airborne Regiment. A medical helicopter is approaching to offer assistance and extract the wounded from the zone

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11 – When an American soldier arrives in Vietnam, a young South Vietnamese girl puts a floral wreath on his neck in 1966. This young trooper will eventually join his brother in arms defending the capital city, Saigon

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12 – As the years passed and the conflict continued on, the morale of the public and the troops was declining like the frayed edges of this American flag. This photo was made by David Hume Kennerly, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his graphical documentation of the Vietnam War.

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13 – US soldiers from the 1st Cavalry protecting South Vietnamese children from Vietcong’s snipers 10 miles south of Da Nang

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14 – US soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division firing into a North Vietnamese bunker. The clash took place near the Shau Valley. This zone was one of the most intense fire with more 300 US soldiers killed wounded during the conflict

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15 – A skull “watches” the territory for US soldiers encamped in the Vietnamese jungle. Ambushes were a frightening experience for the troops sent overseas

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16 – US soldiers running to board the helicopter as they were fleeing enemy gunfire at Khe Sanh in 1968

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17 – This shocking image shows a scary mother protecting her son as they watch South Vietnamese soldiers of the 21st Division passing. The Viet Cong had seized the Mekong Delta village, but the 21st Division and supporting US troops were moving to try to recover it

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18 – Two US soldiers carry a boy refugee in a basket while people were evacuating the surrounding areas of Da Nang. Photographers like David Hume Kennerly helped to reveal the real face of that war to the public

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19 – A desperate Vietnamese mother and her children gathered near to an American soldier from the Korean White Horse Division

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20 – This photo captured the exact moment when US Marines demolished a Viet Cong’s bunker near the Khe Sanh base in 1968

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21 – The loss of body parts by the mines or explosive traps left by the Viet Cong was a constant fear for American soldiers in the jungle. So they often wear identifying dog tags on their boots.

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22 – This photo taken by Nik Wheeler portrays how US soldiers were trying to clean and organize the area after a battle in Xuan Loc, South Vietnam. The burned remains of a body are visible on the ground

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23 – This photo shows members of the North Vietnamese No 3 Company during a training exercise

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24 – A patrol of US infantry soldiers in an unidentified hilltop in Vietnam. Although the landscape is beautiful, the horrors that hide are unforgettable

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25 – A SEAL camouflaged watches carefully for any sign of Viet Cong’s activity during a mission near the Mekong Delta in January 1969

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26 – In this picture, the medic soldier D.R. Howe is treating Private Class D.A. Crum’s injuries. These soldiers were part of “H” Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment during the operation “Hue City” in February 1968

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