Victorious NVA soldiers outside the Independence Palace in Saigon in 1975. The Independence Palace had been the official residence of the President of South Vietnam. After the war the Independence Palace was called the Reunification Palace, and Saigon became Ho Chi Minh City.
Allied military operations in South Vietnam have uncovered caches of enough arms and stores in a recent three week period to supply a 10,000 man communist division for more than three months. Elements of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division fighting 90 kilometers northwest of Saigon, just 25 kilometers from Cambodia, discovered a deep-dug 30-bunker complex crammed with 45 tons of food and ammunition. It included quantities of small arms ammunition, shells, mortar, and recoilless rifle rounds, rockets, and explosives; mostly of Communist Chinese manufacture. South Vietnamese Rangers on operations in the Mekong Delta have seized 300 automatic weapons. These guns are believed to be of West German origin. Military authorities estimate these losses to the enemy to be the worst since the beginning of the war, with significant impact on communist ability to indicate that most communist war material is transported and infiltrated on the backs of oppressed laborers and enemy soldiers.
Republic of Vietnam Soldiers Maintain Radio Contact as they Move Against the Viet Cong
Republic of Vietnam Members of Co A, 30th Ranger Bn, maintain radio contact as they move in against Viet Cong terrorist near Saigon during the Lunar New Year Holiday. 31 January 1968 Photo by Sp5 James Newlin 22st Sig C
Smoke Billows Over Section of Cholon From Fighting Between the ARVN and Viet Cong
A pall of smoke hangs over the residential section of Cholon as hundreds of homes are consumed by fires resulting from the fighting between South Vietnamese Government troops and Viet Cong and North Vietnamese regulars.Photo by Douglas Pike.
North Vietnamese Soldiers Lie Dead on the Morning of 13 May 1968
In a testament to the ferocity of the fight around 102 Battery’s position, at least 7 North Vietnamese soldiers lie dead in front of the No. 6 gun on the morning of 13 May 1968. Shortly afterwards the bodies were collected and buried in a mass grave.
Illusions of grandiosity: Beneath a propaganda image of himself, Ho Chi Minh addresses members of the Viet Minh in 1953. Although Ho Chi Minh was President of North Vietnam at the time, he was still involved in a struggle against the French, who attempted to re-establish colonial rule after the Second World War.
Wounded POW (prisoners of war). This POW was shot in the backside and captured by a very famous N Co (non-commissioned officer) 75th Ranger assigned to the Herd. Photo was taken in B-Med on Landing Zone (LZ) English, April of 1970. Photo by Jerry W. Colwell.