A Brief Description

The ancient origins of Vietnam's literature, language and culture, and the country itself,
began in the north along the fringes of the Red River Delta.
Long controlled and influenced by the Chinese, it enjoyed nine centuries of independence,
until, in the 19th century, the French colonial period began. In 1887, Vietnam became a
part of French Indochina.
At the end of World War II Vietnam declared its independence, however, France continued
its control until soundly defeated by Ho Chi Minh's Communist forces in 1954.
Shortly thereafter, based on the Geneva Accord, Vietnam was divided into two parts; the
Communist North and the anti-Communist South. US economic and military aid to South
Vietnam began to grow and serious conflict was on the horizon.
In March, 1965, the first American troops landed in South Vietnam, and the bloody conflict
called the Vietnam War began.
After tens of thousands died on both sides, and billions in military expenditures, this sad,
tragic war finally ended on April 30, 1975.
Two years later the remains of the South's army fell, and Saigon, the capital of South
Vietnam, was renamed Ho Chi Minh City, and North and South joined together as one.
For the next few decades, Vietnam, demoralized by the affects of war, remained
economically stagnant. Over the last five years Vietnam's government has made a series of
changes (reforms) designed to make the country more competitive in the 21st Century, and
by all accounts, it's working.

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Napalm Strike
The Rivers
The Rice Fields
Carrying Out The Wounded
Trying To Stay Dry
Wounded Waiting On Evacuation
KIA Waiting For Huey
Searching For VC And Weapons
"Zippo Raid"
Burning A Suspected Viet Cong Base Camp
Captured VC
Interrogating Captured VC
Giving Aid To A Wounded Village Girl
We Weren't All Baby Killers
Possible Viet Cong Or Viet Cong Supporter
Heading To A Combat Assault
Anticipation And Deep Thoughts
Searching  In The Bush / That's
Why They Were Called "Grunts"
North Vietnamese Regulars
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A statue of Ho Chí Minh, a Vietnamese Communist
revolutionary and statesman who was Prime Minister (1946–1955)
and President (1946–1969) of the Democratic Republic of almost
god-like status by the Communist government.
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