• Short Summary

    ONE OF THE AREAS MOST BADLY HIT BY THE SAVAGE FIGHTING WHICH FOLLOWED THE VIET CONG OFFENSIVE IN SOUTH VIETNAM IS THE PORT OF MY THO IN THE MEKONG DELTA.

  • Description

    ONE OF THE AREAS MOST BADLY HIT BY THE SAVAGE FIGHTING WHICH FOLLOWED THE VIET CONG OFFENSIVE IN SOUTH VIETNAM IS THE PORT OF MY THO IN THE MEKONG DELTA. MUCH OF THE CITY HAS BEEN RAZED TO THE GROUND. MOST OF THE DAMAGE WAS DONE BY U.S. AIR STRIKES AND BY ARTILLERY BARRAGES AIMED AT THE DISTRICTS HELD BY SEVERAL BATTALIONS OF VIET CONG.

    FOCAL POINT OF THE BOMBARDMENT WAS THE LOCAL BUS STATION WHERE THREE UNITS OF VIET CONG SET UP THEIR HEADQUARTERS WHEN THEY BEGAN THEIR OFFENSIVE.

    AT LEAST HALF THE TOWN WAS DESTROYED IN A WEEK'S SAVAGE FIGHTING. SOME TWO HUNDRED CIVILIANS WERE KILLED AND AN ESTIMATED 1,500 MADE HOMELESS, EVEN THOUGH LARGE NUMBERS OF THE 100,000 WERE EVACUATED.

    THE VIET CONG HELD OUT IN THE TOWN IN LARGE NUMBERS UNTIL LAST WEEKEND, WHEN SOUTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS FINALLY OVERRAN THE BUS DEPOT WHICH HAD BEEN TURNED INTO A VIET CONG STRONGHOLD.

    BY TUESDAY, THE PEOPLE OF MY THO WERE BEGINNING TO FILTER BACK INTO THE RUINS. MEANWHILE, THE LOCAL HOSPITAL WAS TRYING TO DEAL WITH HUNDREDS OF CASUALTIES.

    THE MY THO CEMETERY WAS FILLED WITH DEAD - BOTH CIVILIAN AND SOUTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS, AND SO RAPID WERE THE FUNERALS THAT WHEN ONE SOUTH VIETNAMESE SOLDIER WAS BURIED, ONLY HIS WIDOW AND TWO OTHER PEOPLE ATTENDED THE CEREMONY.

    LOCAL AUTHORITIES SAY IT WILL TAKE WEEKS TO BRING TO TOWN BACK TO ANYTHING LIKE NORMAL AND THE TASK OF CLEARING THE RUBBLE OF 5,000 HOMES HAS HARDLY BEGUN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7J019PGGD274LRYBDOCDTTR1A
    Media URN:
    VLVA7J019PGGD274LRYBDOCDTTR1A
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/02/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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