This not me telling this story. But needs to be told.
“I went into the Hue City battle with approximately 120 Marines. At the end of the battle there were 39 of us that were still standing.”
— Capt. Myron Harrington, Delta Company commander
On Feb. 17, two weeks into the Tet Offensive, photographer John Olson captured his photograph of injured Marines being medically evacuated on top of a Patton tank. It became one of the defining images of the Vietnam War, published in the March 8, 1968, issue of Life magazine. The debate over the identity of the Marine lying on his side with his chest exposed continues to the present day. Olson identified the Marine as Pfc. A.B. Grantham, who was severely injured during the fighting and also claims to be the injured Marine in the photo. However, as recently as February of 2019, The New York Times wrote an article on the photo and identified the Marine as Pfc. James Blaine who was shot Feb. 15, 1968, and died that day. Although the Battle of Hue was a military success for U.S. forces, the casualties suffered and psychological effects felt from the combat far outweighed their victory on the battlefield. Even after the Dong Ba Tower was secured on Feb. 17, fighting would continue in Hue until late February when the U.S. Marines seized full control of the city. All told, 216 U.S. troops, more than 400 South Vietnamese troops and 2,500 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers were killed over the course of the month of fighting. Counting civilian losses, more than 7,000 died, making it one of the deadliest battles of the Vietnam War.
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