The battle of hue
So in his final hours before joining the battle, Cheatham sought out a large trunk that the battalion carried around. Back in the U. And by the end of February, the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong had been pushed from the citadel and the entire city. With severe loss of blood and a nearly severed arm, Berntsen was taken to an aid station, beginning a year of healing that included numerous operations.
There were no Marines in the city. Unarmed, he spent three days hiding in a tunnel until friendly forces retook the area.
Who won the battle of hue
About 5, civilians died, with 2, of those executed by the Viet Cong during their short occupation. Among them were the hospital, provincial headquarters and university — all large complexes and fortified by the NVA for battle to the last man, Berntsen said. On Jan. The Communists refused to retreat or surrender, which meant that the Marines and South Vietnamese had to clear the city block by block, driving up the casualties on both sides, and among the many civilians unable to flee. Unable to force their way through the enemy positions, the South Vietnamese paratroopers asked for assistance. On the day I shot my photos, they were advancing south along the eastern wall of the Citadel under fire from hidden positions. He stopped in Hue during the second week of the battle. More than three-quarters of the city lay in ruin, with , refugees left in the wake.
An estimated 1, Americans lost their lives during the battle. By the time Meadows and his men retreated to the besieged American compound, 10 Marines had been killed and 56 had been wounded.
Then he suited up at defensive tackle for the Steelers for the first two games of the season. Cheatham, who died three years ago , would probably have been the first to admit his NFL career wasn't particularly remarkable. In the hours after the fall of the city of Hue, good judgement was lacking. During lulls in the fighting, the Marines would shelter in abandoned houses, eat their combat rations, even shave in broken mirrors. Image The Battle of Hue became one of intense, intermittent fighting. They also needed a flow of replacements for wounded or killed Marines. They surrounded the Imperial City, another walled bastion at the core of the Citadel. Instead of sending men charging into the street, he'd start by using the heavier weapons. Tourist walk through the open grounds of the sprawling imperial Citadel, where scores of buildings were destroyed and hundreds of fighters died in close-quarters combat. For one thing, there was his physical size. That all changed Jan.
Captain Phan Ngoc Luong, the commander of the 1st Battalion, retreated with his unit to the coastal Ba Long outpost, arriving there with only three eight-round clips per man for their World War II vintage M1 Garand rifles.
In one village, the troops dismounted and cleared the houses on either side of the main street before proceeding. About 5, civilians died, with 2, of those executed by the Viet Cong during their short occupation.
Hue city vietnam
Back in the U. But Ernie looked like he was born for it or maybe even a little bit too big for it," Bowden says. Image From time to time, as if from nowhere, civilians would emerge from their hiding places and dash down the street toward us, running a gauntlet of fire. It took the Marines, operating from a compound across the Huong River, almost a month to recapture it. With its surrounding moat, high walls and stone towers, the Citadel provided ideal defensive positions. Here a father holds a baby while his wife struggles to keep up. At Ba Long, the battalion then embarked upon motorized junks and reached the Citadel the following day. Unable to force their way through the enemy positions, the South Vietnamese paratroopers asked for assistance. Some 80 percent of the city was destroyed, and untold thousands of civilians died in the crossfire or from Communist reprisals carried out during the occupation. This was serious business. By dawn, our troops were still unable to advance". Among them were the hospital, provincial headquarters and university — all large complexes and fortified by the NVA for battle to the last man, Berntsen said. The Communists refused to retreat or surrender, which meant that the Marines and South Vietnamese had to clear the city block by block, driving up the casualties on both sides, and among the many civilians unable to flee.
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