Saturday, 7 July 2007
Remembering 1968. Phan Thiet. Vietnam
The United States Air Force bombarding Vietcong dug in in Phan Thiet. 1968. In this picture they are using 1,000 lb bombs. I was somewhat shaken up taking these photos and can't imagine what it was like to be on the receiving end. One of the South Vietnamese attacking force was taken away with shell shock.
Much of the damage to the town was in fact done by the US Air Force either with their bombs or napalm and the resulting fires. At the time I found nothing strange about the use of napalm and accepted it as normal. The results however were horrifying. I think in 1968, having been in the country for three years I had become rather immune to feelings of pity. Frankly when one is on the receiving end one is quite happy to see everything thrown back at the enemy and it is only after a period of many years can one judge.