This image is one of my favorites from the Vietnam war. It was taken after one of the most brutal battles of the war–dubbed ‘Hamburger Hill’ by the Soldiers who fought there.
Images of war are usually very telling of the raw, overall mood of the moment mostly showing carnage, grief, and chaos. But every now and then, we see images of hope and victory; the flag raising at Iwo Jima is a good example of this and in my eyes, so is this one. Although the battle for hill 937 was a blood bath for US soldiers, they took the hill and a moment to record their victory by taking this picture.
NOTE: Soon after taking the hill, it was abandoned by the “powers that be”-It no longer held strategic value-but this doesn’t take away from the fact that the men who fought and died on hill 937 did so with all their heart, and did so, bravely.
Thank you warriors of Hamburger Hill and to all who fought in the jungles of Vietnam.
The image and a detailed account of this battle can be found through this link.