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Vets of Vietnam's bloodiest fights tell their stories

Vets of Vietnam's bloodiest fights tell their stories

Some veterans of the Vietnam War share their personal experiences of those years freely. Others have spent decades working hard to talk about nearly anything else.

This month, five decades from the start of the Tet Offensive, veterans of battles from Hue to Khe Sanh shared their stories with Stars and Stripes.

Some, in doing so, spoke about the war for the first time since they came home. Veterans like former Stars and Stripes photographer John Olson have spent a lifetime educating the public about what really happened in places like Hue so many years ago.

"The Marines and Tet: The Battle That Changed the Vietnam War” features 20 large-format photographs and 10 3D versions with touch-activated sensors that provide audio interviews, allowing blind and low-vision visitors to experience the images through touch and sound.


'Bringing this information to the public'

John Olson, a former combat photographer for Stars and Stripes and Life Magazine has a featured exhibit at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. titled, "The Marines and Tet: The Battle That Changed the Vietnam War."

Stars and Stripes sat down with four Vietnam veterans who participated in the Battle of Hue. Hear, in their own words, what that battle was really like.


By KEN-YON HARDY | Stars and Stripes | Published: January 31, 2018

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