by Jack Le Moine
Time: January 31, 1968
A US “tunnel rat” soldier
prepares to enter a Viet Cong tunnel.
Public domain image from Wikipedia.
This Memorial Day we remember the Tet Offensive. The Communist forces launched 85,000 men at selected targets throughout the country. These included the major cities such as Hue and even the U.S. embassy in Saigon. Counter-attacks destroyed most of these forces. At the end, Across South Vietnam, 4,100 Americans and other allied troops, 4,900 ARVN, 14,000 civilians, and 20,000 NVA and Viet Cong lay dead.
Last year we remembered Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Further information: The Tet Offensive.