holmertz (41045) 2015-01-27 10:47:07I had plenty of time to climb the railway track running along the road. You can see that the bridge was opened, waiting for the ship to pass through. There is a tiny glimpse of the river just above the large billboard. The Black Sea is immediately to the left, just outside the photo.
holmertz (41045) 2015-01-10 06:12:11Gary Cooper on his way to vote for Solidarity. The poster says (according to Google translate, which may be accurate in this case): The road to freedom, Solidarity, At High Noon June 4 1989.
The photo was borrowed from the famous movie High Noon.
holmertz (41045) 2014-12-30 07:19:19This is a new scan of a photo I have shown here before. And here is most of the note i wrote that time.
This woman's name is Ha Thi Qui and she lives in a village called Tu Cung in the district of Son My in south-central Vietnam. In the morning of March 16, 1968 (40 years and a few days ago), American soldiers came to Tu Cung and the neighbouring village My Hoy. The soldiers set fire to the houses, burning many people to death inside their homes. Mrs Qui and many of her neighbours were led to an irrigation ditch where they were shot. However, the soldiers didn't notice that Mrs Qui was only hit in the leg. She fell into the ditch along with the others, clutching her dying grandson in her arms. For several hours she pretended to be dead, until she was sure that the Americans had gone. Then she walked back to her village and found it completely destroyed and all her neighbours dead. On this day 407 unarmed civilians were killed in Tu Cung and 97 in My Hoy.
The only one who was ever punished for the atrocities committed at Son My was Lieutenant William Calley. He was sentenced to lifetime in prison but was pardoned by President Nixon after serving just three years of house arrest at a military camp. All the responsible men of higher ranks got away with mass murder.
holmertz (41045) 2014-12-30 07:14:29This is the irrigation ditch where Ha Thi Qui was shot along with her neighbors. There is a small memorial stone telling about the massacre. Nearby is a major monument and an interesting but shocking museum.
holmertz (41045) 2014-12-26 10:06:31A broader view of Khe Sanh. Where we now see only empty fields the US had a large military camp in the 1960's. After the battle in 1968 the camp was deserted and everything was deliberately destroyed.
holmertz (41045) 2014-12-26 10:03:43One of the many, many war cemeteries found all over Vietnam. This one was somewhere inside the former Demilitarised Zone near the former borde between South and North Vietnam.