“This one’s not dead yet”: The Marines and Tet



On Jan. 26, 2018, the Newseum will open its latest exhibit, “The Marines and Tet: The Battle That Changed the Vietnam War.” The exhibit will feature the work of John Olson, a young photographer with Stars and Stripes who spent three days with the Marines at the 1968 Battle of Huêˊ (pronounced hway), the bloodiest single battle of the Vietnam War. Huêˊ was one of more than 100 cities and villages that North Vietnamese forces struck with a surprise attack on the holiday known as Tet. North Vietnamese forces were ultimately pushed back, but the strength and resolve of the enemy stunned the U.S. military and further eroded support for the war on the homefront. Olson’s photographs were featured in Life magazine, and he won the Robert Capa Gold Medal for his work. His image of a tank carrying wounded Marines at the Battle of Huêˊ became one of the most iconic images of the Vietnam War.

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