How you can Help.

  • Help us locate and identify the men shown in this gallery.
     

  • Upload your stories and photos from Tet.
     

  • Donate - To date, this project has been self-funded. Your donation will help fund a dynamic, online gallery of survival accounts and photos to compliment the Newseum exhibition.

 
 
 
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Survivor Accounts

Most of the servicemen who fought the Tet Offensive were young men, 18 to 21 years old. Today, as men in their 70’s, their oral accounts of the battle are historic documents that need to be recorded and preserved. Here are 3 examples.

 

PFC AB Grantham

SSgt Bob Thoms

Maj. Bob Thompson

 

Located

New Interviews Coming Weekly

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Check back soon to hear their audio accounts.

 

About Tet

At 3:00 a.m., January 31, 1968, 70,000 North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong guerrillas launched surprise attacks throughout Vietnam. On this holiday morning known as Tet, more than 100 cities and outposts were attacked. In Saigon, a suicide squad penetrated and briefly held U.S. embassy grounds. Fighting was fierce. Throughout Vietnam, servicemen fought to survive.

 
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The Project

In 1968 I was a 20 year-old U.S. Army combat photographer. My photographs from the Tet Offensive were published in Stars and Stripes newspaper and LIFE Magazine. Forty-nine years later I have located and conducted audio interviews with many of the men I photographed in 1968. 

In 68, they were 18, 19 and 20 years old.  Today, as men in their 70's, their experiences during Tet still haunt them. Many suffer from “missing time” as they witnessed things so painful, they’ve blocked much of it from their memory.

For many, their audio interviews help the healing process. 

My goal is to locate and interview all of the men in my photos and the photos of those you can upload, and create a dynamic gallery to compliment the Commemorative 50th Anniversary Exhibition that I have organized in conjunction with Stars and Stripes and the Newseum in Washington DC.   I ask for your help in locating the men I have been unable to find.

 
 

Our Mission

• Museum Exhibition - Join us at the Newseum in Washingon, DC, January 26 though July 28, 2018. Celebrate the Veterans that fought the Tet Offensive throughout Vietnam in 1968.  See these veterans in photos from 1968. Hear their recently recorded accounts of survival. Learn the impact Tet has had on their lives since 1968.

• Locate and Interview (with your help) the “Missing Men from Tet” that we can’t locate.  

• Add your story. Submit stories and photos of family and friends. Help create a dynamic online gallery of veteran’s oral accounts. Grow the exhibition.

 

How you can Help.

• Help us locate and identify the men shown in this gallery.

• Upload your stories and photos from Tet.

• Donate - To date, this project has been self-funded. Your donation will help fund a dynamic, online gallery of survival accounts and photos to compliment the Newseum exhibition.

 
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The Exhibit

The Marines and Tet: The Battle That Changed the Vietnam War

Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC
January 26 – July 8, 2018

Fifty years after the Tet Offensive, when the North Vietnamese army launched more than 100 surprise attacks across South Vietnam, see historic combat photographs of the U.S. Marines who fought a pivotal battle and hear their personal stories of the brutal conflict and how it shaped their lives.

This innovative exhibition includes 20 large-format photographs and 10 tactile versions of the original photographs with touch-activated sensors that provide audio interviews with the Marines shown in the photos. The three-dimensional tactile prints allow blind and sighted people to experience the photography in a unique way. Ten Marines were interviewed for the exhibit, some of them revealing their stories publicly for the first time.  

John Olson, then a young photographer with Stars and Stripes, spent three days with the Marines at the Battle of Huêˊ(pronounced Hway), the bloodiest single battle of the Tet Offensive and a turning point that changed the course of the Vietnam War. The battle of Huêˊ began Jan. 31, 1968, with intense fighting that left thousands dead and the historic city virtually destroyed before the North Vietnamese were driven out a month later. 

The exhibit was organized by photographer John Olson, who won the prestigious Robert Capa Award for his photographs from Vietnam and who at age 21 became the youngest staff photographer ever hired at Life magazine.

The Newseum is the first museum in the United States to host a major tactile exhibit for blind and low-vision visitors.

 

Missing Men Gallery

Do you have a story from Tet you are willing to share? Is there a story that your uncle, father or grandfather has told you that needs to be preserved?

 

 
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Contact Us

Tet1968 Project
Info@tet1968.com

Broadcast Media
Freddie Dorn
917 597 7616
freddie.dorn@verizon.net

Newseum
Sonya Gavankar
Manager of Public Relations
sgavankar@newseum.org
202-292-6200

 

 

Submission

Stories & Photos from Tet

We welcome your stories and photos from Tet. Please send an email that summarizes your story to info@tet1968.com. We will be in touch.