Vietnam: The Real War

By Jane Hwang - 2013-10-08T14:55:40Z

Photograph by Horst Faas

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A wounded South Vietnamese Ranger keeps his weapon ready to answer a Viet Cong attack during the battle of Dong Xoai, in June 1965. 

As part of their summer offensive, the Viet Cong had overrun the military headquarters of the district capital, about sixty miles northeast of Saigon. In the fighting that ensued, the South Vietnamese lost more than three hundred soldiers, and about twenty Americans were killed or wounded. After four days, heavy U.S. airstrikes eventually helped drive off the insurgents. 

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