Blake Mooney- Shell Shock — post 8

For this blog I found a book that talks about the battle of Hue called, U.S. Marines in Vietnam: The Defining Year, 1968, written by Jack Shulimson.  I will be honest, I did not read the whole book, I did skim it, but I did read the chapters about Hue. This book gives you a great inside look of what Hue was, how big of a role it played in Vietnam, and also how gruesome the battle was in 1968.

The book talks about how the VC and NVA got into the city, it says, “some of the enemy shock troops and sappers entered the city disguised as simple peasants. With their uniforms and weapons hidden in baggage, boxes, and under their street clothes, the Viet Cong and NVA mingled with the Tet holiday crowds”. It seems to me that the VC and NVA definitely had this planned out for a while, and knew what they were going to do. Then the author goes on to say that the enemies had predesignated positions where they would sit and wait for the attack signal, and this is what started the battle. The U.S. marines did not know it, but they were about to walk right into something they could not handle.

The enemy had them way out numbered and out witted. For every 1 marine there were about 5 VC, and on top of that the marines were fighting in a scene that they knew nothing about. It was a big disaster. There were 142 marines dead, and 1,100 wounded, this was a huge amount of casualties, and I could not imagine the devastation these marines went through. I am sure that they all had a friend die beside them and I am sure that is one thing they have never, and will never forget. Not only were marines affected by it, but also so were the people that lived there. Out of the 140,000 people that lived there, 116,000 of them were homeless after the war. If you ask me, I would say this was a losing battle for everyone.

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