With no let-up in the intensity of fighting, the morbid business of undertakers continues to flourish in South Vietnam, particularly at the Armed Forces' Cemetery in Bien Hoa.
CU Picture on tombstone ZOOM OUT TO grave.
CUs Pictures on tombstones.
GV People constructing graves.
CU AND SVs Boy and girl painting engraved memorial tables.
SV Mourners at funeral.
CU Photo of deceased behind coffin.
CU Mourners with candle in foreground.
CU Mourners weeping. (3 shots)
SCU Soldier pins medal onto coffin. (2 shots)
CU Mourners. (2 shots)
SV Coffin being carried away.
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Background: With no let-up in the intensity of fighting, the morbid business of undertakers continues to flourish in South Vietnam, particularly at the Armed Forces' Cemetery in Bien Hoa.
There is no an acute shortage of grave-diggers.
With more fighting anticipated--this time closer than even to Bien Hoa, which is 12 miles (19 kilometres) north of Saigon, the situation is unlikely to get better.
Before the renewed upsurge in fighting late least year, the number of military burials at the Bien Hoa cemetery averaged 30 a day; now the figure has shot up to nearly 70.
Yet, not all those killed in battles are buried in the cemetery, even though it is available for Service dead from the whole country. Many of those killed on the battlefields cannot be recovered.