Vietnam 50 Years

Beach activity at Da Nang, Vietnam during landing of United States Marines of the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade in March of 1965. (Credit: United States Marine Corps (Official Marine Corps Photograph #A183813))

Beach activity at Da Nang, Vietnam during landing of United States Marines of the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade in March of 1965. (Credit: United States Marine Corps (Official Marine Corps Photograph #A183813))

Fifty years ago the U.S. ground war began in South Vietnam. Among the finest documentaries about the conflict is Peter Davis’ Hearts and Minds (1974). Following is an excerpt from a scene in the film:

LAMENT OF A VIETNAMESE FATHER FOR HIS DAUGHTER 

My 8 year old daughter was killed, and my 3 year old son.

Nixon murderer of civilians.

What have I done to Nixon so that he comes here to bomb my country?

My daughter died right here. She was feeding the pigs.

She was so sweet.

She is dead. The pigs are alive.

My mother and my children took shelter here. Here they died.

The planes came from over there. No targets here.

Only rice fields and houses. 

I’ll give you my daughter’s beautiful shirt.

Take it back to the United States.

Tell them what happened here.

My daughter is dead.

She will never wear the shirt again.

Throw the shirt in Nixon’s face.

Tell him she was only a little schoolgirl.

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House in rice fields and palm trees, Mai Châu district, Hòa Bình Province, Vietnam. December 2011. (Credit: Franzfoto / Wikimedia Commons)

House with rice fields and palm trees, Mai Châu district, Hòa Bình Province, Vietnam. December 2011. (Credit: Franzfoto / Wikimedia Commons)

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