“Twentieth Century ‘Angel of Mercy’ – D. R. Howe (Glencoe, MN) treats the wounds of Private First Class D. A. Crum (New Brighton, PA), “H” Company, 2nd Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, during Operation Hue City.” 2/6/1968
The Battle of Hue occurred during the larger Tet Offensive, a series of coordinated surprise attacks by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army against targets in South Vietnam which began on January 30, 1968 during the Vietnamese New Year holiday. Although their advances were ultimately turned back, the campaign helped to diminish support for the war in the U.S.
Another view of this scene in black and white:
118 – Combat – Operation Hue City – February 6, 1968
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