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"I believe that a great part of the [Vietnam] memorial’s symbolic power is its capacity to honor the dead with an openness that allows visitors to impress upon it their own meanings, their own histories, their own memories. The memorial virtually requires participation in order to complete its meaning." — James C. Scott in Seeing Like A State

"I believe that a great part of the [Vietnam] memorial’s symbolic power is its capacity to honor the dead with an openness that allows visitors to impress upon it their own meanings, their own histories, their own memories. The memorial virtually requires participation in order to complete its meaning." — James C. Scott in Seeing Like A State

The soldiers had to try to keep each other lifted up but when some soldiers were going to shell shock there was no helping them they would have to leave the mind.

The soldiers had to try to keep each other lifted up but when some soldiers were going to shell shock there was no helping them they would have to leave the mind.

warinvietnam:    DONG HA, SOUTH VIET NAM: Bearing a heavy load, a Marine carries a wounded buddy away from scene of battle as a fellow Leatherneck (rear) lends a hand, 9/17. Marine was wounded in an engagement with Communists some 20 miles northwest of Dong Ha.UPI TELEPHOTO BY JOHN SCHNEIDER

warinvietnam: DONG HA, SOUTH VIET NAM: Bearing a heavy load, a Marine carries a wounded buddy away from scene of battle as a fellow Leatherneck (rear) lends a hand, 9/17. Marine was wounded in an engagement with Communists some 20 miles northwest of Dong Ha.UPI TELEPHOTO BY JOHN SCHNEIDER

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Watchf AP I VNM APHS309078 Vietnam War

During an ambush by Viet Cong guerrillas, an officer shouts orders as a wounded American soldier awaits evacuation near Saigon during the Vietnam War, 1969. The soldier is attended by a medic as they seek cover beside an armored troop carrier.

During an ambush by Viet Cong guerrillas, an officer shouts orders as a wounded American soldier awaits evacuation near Saigon during the Vietnam War, 1969. The soldier is attended by a medic as they seek cover beside an armored troop carrier.

20 years, 58,000 Americans killed, 150,000 wounded.

20 years, 58,000 Americans killed, 150,000 wounded.

Vietnam 1968: a 9th Division machine gunner smokes a cigarette. Description from pinterest.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

Vietnam 1968: a 9th Division machine gunner smokes a cigarette. Description from pinterest.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

"Photo of Capt. Paul "Buddy" Bucha USMA Class of 1965 who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions during the hostile encounter shown in this photo"  The NAM, Richard 'Boon' Preston.

"Photo of Capt. Paul "Buddy" Bucha USMA Class of 1965 who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions during the hostile encounter shown in this photo" The NAM, Richard 'Boon' Preston.

Tunnel rat. Vietnam War. Perhaps one of the scariest jobs for the soldier. He had to crawl into the holed out tunnels, chancing to find an enemy and fight one-on-one combat with only a pistol and handknife

Tunnel rat. Vietnam War. Perhaps one of the scariest jobs for the soldier. He had to crawl into the holed out tunnels, chancing to find an enemy and fight one-on-one combat with only a pistol and handknife

American soldier using a knife to probe the floor of a Viet Cong tunnel in the Iron Triangle north of Saigon, South Vietnam. Jan. 1967.

American soldier using a knife to probe the floor of a Viet Cong tunnel in the Iron Triangle north of Saigon, South Vietnam. Jan. 1967.