An American soldier after the capture of Hill 471, near the northern border of Khe Sanh, Vietnam, April 1968. Photograph: Bettman/Corbis. Linked to article on McCrystal's call to reinstate the draft. Vietnam War
Khe San: The first picture was taken by Earl Clark, Alpha Company 1st Battalion 26th Marines during the siege of Khe Sanh in 1968. He was standing near the ammo dump. The new scars of bomb craters on the hills to the north of the base can be seen.
1968. Vietnam War. // Night was near when two great birds beat through the clouds to squat upon the runway - two gaping-beaked, potbellied prehistoric birds: messengers come now to carry off the fallen men of the day's battle. Marines from Khe Sanh joining those other men killed in all otherwars. Then they were gone and it was night. // by David Duncan Douglas