The Body of Private Michael (Mick) Alwyn Bourke, 1 RAR, is Farewelled at a Ceremony at Tan Son Nhut Airbase
The body of Private Michael (Mick) Alwyn Bourke, 1 RAR, is farewelled at a ceremony at Tan Son Nhut airbase before being flown back to Australia. Just weeks after arriving in Vietnam, 1RAR suffered its first casualties when Private William Carroll’s grenade pin caught and released as he leaped off a truck after the battalion’s first operation. The subsequent explosion killed Carroll, Privates Mick Bourke and Arie Van Valen, and an American, Private First Class D. Pierson. A further ten soldiers were wounded, including two Americans. 26 June, 1965.
Hue "Death March" Victims Found at New Atrocity Site
Hue "Death March" Victims Found at New Atrocity Site: ; Thua Thien Province officials believe that the communists staged a death march with 250 victims whose remains were recently discovered in yet another mass grave near Hue. Seeking identities officials found witnesses who were Hoi Chanh, former Viet Cong who rallied to the government under the Chieu Hoi (Open Arms) program. They told investigators of seeing more than 300 person force-marched from the Catholic Diocese of Phu Cam on February 5, 1968, under heavy Communist guard. The prisoners hands were bound behind them with wire and linked to one another by other lengths of wire. Many were women and children. Examination of the remains of the victims indicate that many were clubbed to death and some shot. ; Records at Hue show that at least 3,000 persons were reported missing after the 25-day occupation of the city by Communists in the February 1968 Tet Offensive. More than 2,000 bodies have been discovered in more than two dozen mass graves. Photo by Douglas Pike
Chaplain Ray Stachurski Administering the Last Rites to Private (Pte) Robert Buchan
Chaplain Ray Stachurski, the New Zealand Army Roman Catholic padre, administering the last rites to Private (Pte) Robert Buchan, D Company 6RAR in a clearing near the Company Headquarters. Pte Buchan was killed in action in the north-east corner of Phuoc Tuy Province during Operation Marsden and his body was brought in on a stretcher from the contact area. 11 December 1969.
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.
Major Gordon Brown AATTV of Victoria and Vietnamese Women Stand Before Rotting Clothing Found in Mass Grave
Major Gordon Brown, AATTV (Australian Army Training Team Vietnam) of Victoria, and Vietnamese women stand before rotting clothing found in a mass grave near Nam Hoa. The remains of more than 200 victims of the Viet Cong during the 1968 Tet Offensive were found in the grave. October 1969. Vietnam Veteran comments: "I was instructed to visit Nam Hoa District village to ascertain whether it was a fact that the remains of some of the victims of the Tet massacre in 1968 had been found. I cannot, in words, describe the scene that confronted me when I arrived at that place. Approximately a thousand bodies had been retrieved and placed in Nam Hoa Village… In front of the shrine was a large open space where skeletons were laid on plastic for identification. It was a devastating sight."
Medics Carry the Body of a Dead South Vietnamese Officer
ARVN medics carry the body of a dead South Vietnamese officer from the French National Cemetery where a firefight was taking place. This action was part of what later became known as the Post-Tet Offensive of the May Offensive of 1968. 6 May 1968 - Photo by SP4 Bryan Grigsby (DASPO)
Father Holds the Body of His Child as South Vietnamese Army Rangers Look Down From their Armored Vehicle
A father holds the body of his child as South Vietnamese Army Rangers look down from their armored vehicle March 19, 1964. The child was killed as government forces pursued guerrillas into a village near the Cambodian border.
Bodies of Vietnamese Army Troops Laid Out in an Open Area to be Checked for Documents Before Burial
The bodies of North Vietnamese Army troops who attempted to hold the rubber plantation village of Binh Ba, are laid out in an open area so they can be checked for documents before burial. In the foreground are some of the Australian troops who fought in the battle, June 1969.
Members of A Company, 6 RAR, move a dead Viet Cong soldier using a toggle rope attached to his ankles. This method of moving the dead was employed to avoid Australians being injured or killed should a body have been booby trapped.
US Troops Believed that Vietnamese Traditions Held the Symbolism of the Spade to Mean Death and Ill-Fortune
Vietnam War Helmet. For those who served, "US troops believed that Vietnamese traditions held the symbolism of the spade to mean death and ill-fortune, and in a bid to scare away Viet Cong soldiers without a firefight, it was common practice to leave an ace of spades on the bodies of killed Vietnamese and even to litter the forested grounds and fields with the card."