The Tet Offensive begins as Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers attack strategic and civilian locations throughout South Vietnam in the early morning of January 31, 1968. U.S. Marines take cover from Communist mortar fire on February 20, 1968. [1024×685]
Looking at the 12 gauge shotgun in the background. I get it with trench warfare, maybe some of the urban close contact fighting. What type of shot did they use?
Specifically, this looks like it was at Khe Sanh.
[Here](https://cdn.history.com/sites/2/2014/02/U1583203.jpg) is a higher resolution version.
My eyes keep wandering to that gurney standing at the ready.
Somebody tell Mike to put his damn helmet on
Fucking dude wearing an 8-point, put on a helmet!
Oddly enough, the Tet-offensive ’68, was a Military victory, for the US. The VC and the North, did all they could in an attack, and were beaten back.
But it was a Public Relations loss, for the US. The National Network News, started reporting the ugly side of the war.
Then when Pentagon Papers were reported on in ’71, the war ‘on the home-front’, was lost in the US.
In ’73, in the midst of the Watergate investigation, the [Case-Church](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Case–Church_Amendment) amendment passed.
Honestly, I’m surprised that it took until ’75 for Saigon to Fall…
Edit : added link to Case-Church.
60 pounds shells turned into 2000 jagged shards of hot metal as it explodes and flys in all directions is not something you want to remain standing to experience.
Man I really wish President Johnson would have just been honest from the start about the war, he did so much good with the various Great Society programs but more or less threw it all away because he was afraid of the political consequences of having Vietnam fall to the communists, which happened anyway!