Special Report

29 Horrifying Images of the Vietnam War

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Defoliating the jungle

A U.S. Air Force Fairchild C-123 Provider sprays defoliants in the dense jungle growth in 1966.

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Landing in a swamp

U.S. Marines alight from helicopters and find themselves waist-high in swampy fields, as they move in position to clean out a Viet Cong position (the white smoke in the background is from a phosphorous rocket used as a landing marker)

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Helicopters In action

American helicopters in action against the Viet Cong, a common scene during the Vietnam War.

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Running for the copter

Marines scramble to avoid enemy gunfire as they board a helicopter at Khe Sanh on April 18, 1968.

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Carrying a fallen comrade

Marines of Company E, 2nd Battalion 7th Marines carry a dead comrade to a helicopter during Operation Arizona, in which four Marine battalions fought to clear the Viet Cong out of Quang Nam Province over eight days beginning June 14, 1967.

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