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Vietnam veteran A.B. Grantham talks about the Battle of Hue

A.B. Grantham was an 18-year-old Marine when he was shot in the chest by a North Vietnamese soldier during the Battle of Hue. Here, he tells his story.
Ken-Yon Hardy/Stars and Stripes

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 29, 2018

During the Battle of Hue in February, 1968, 18-year-old U.S. Marine Pfc. A.B. Grantham of Mobile, Ala., was shot in the chest by a North Vietnamese soldier.

"I was looking right down the barrel of the gun," Grantham recalled.

As Grantham and other Marines were evacuated on a tank, Stars and Stripes photographer John Olson captured an image that was later published in Life magazine as part of a photo spread on the Tet Offensive.

In 2018, during the opening of an exhibit of Olson's photos of the war at the Newseum  in Washington, D.C., Olson, Grantham and several of veterans of the Hue battle visited Stars and Stripes. In this video, Grantham tells his story.

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