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The Vietnam War, Part I: Early Years and Escalation - The Atlantic

The Vietnam War, Part I: Early Years and Escalation - The Atlantic

The Vietnam War, Part I: Early Years and Escalation - The Atlantic

The Vietnam War, Part I: Early Years and Escalation

The Vietnam War, Part I: Early Years and Escalation - The Atlantic

The Vietnam War, Part I: Early Years and Escalation - The Atlantic

The Vietnam War, Part I: Early Years and Escalation

The Vietnam War, Part I: Early Years and Escalation - The Atlantic

American Airman Bill Robinson being guarded by an NVA soldier following his capture on September 20, 1965; his helicopter was shot down and the crew was taken to the Hanoi Hilton.  He became the longest-held POW in American history after spending more than seven years in captivity - he was released from the Hanoi Hilton in February of 1973.

American Airman Bill Robinson being guarded by an NVA soldier following his capture on September 20, 1965; his helicopter was shot down and the crew was taken to the Hanoi Hilton. He became the longest-held POW in American history after spending more than seven years in captivity - he was released from the Hanoi Hilton in February of 1973.

During an ambush by the VC, an officer shouts orders as a wounded American soldier awaits evacuation near Saigon during the Vietnam War, 1969.

During an ambush by the VC, an officer shouts orders as a wounded American soldier awaits evacuation near Saigon during the Vietnam War, 1969.

Co Rentmeester, a renowned Vietnam war photographer, after being wounded in action. (1968)

Co Rentmeester, a renowned Vietnam war photographer, after being wounded in action. (1968)

In this photo, South Vietnamese survivors of a mortar attack by government troops comfort each other. Later, after the government recaptured the post at Dong Xoai, the bodies of 150 civilians and 300 South Vietnamese soldiers were discovered.

In this photo, South Vietnamese survivors of a mortar attack by government troops comfort each other. Later, after the government recaptured the post at Dong Xoai, the bodies of 150 civilians and 300 South Vietnamese soldiers were discovered.

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