Tuesday, February 02, 2010
TET Offensive - Anniversary
Anniversary of the TET Offensive of 1968. I was in my second year of college at the time. Our college orientation professor told us to "look to your right and left - those people will not be here next year, they will be in Vietnam (meaning the draft would get us since we were going to flunk anyway). Sort of turned out that way. By '69 a lot of guys were gone from campus. This kind of footage was on the news all the time. I was working for a retired Marine who had been in Vietnam only a couple of years before. The job as a photo assistant helped me pay my way through school. Eventually I served in the Navy as an officer on a frigate - firing some of the last rounds of the last American battles in Vietnam in early 1973.