Marines To Share Stories from Vietnam Battle For Hue City

On March 1 at 7 p.m., Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 26-day Vietnam War Battle for Huế (pronounced “way”) City by hosting a discussion amongst several highly-decorated Marines who fought in it. The symposium is free and will take place aboard the USS Yorktown.

The symposium, titled “Taking the Fight to the Streets: Battle for Huế City,” will feature Navy Cross recipients retired Lt. Gen. Ron Christmas, retired Col. Myron Harrington, and retired Col. Robert Thompson, along with Silver Star recipient Lt. Col. Rob Black.

In addition to Marines who fought in the Battle for Huế, famed military photographer John Olson, who covered the battle for Stars and Stripes, a Department of Defense newspaper, will share his unique perspective. Olson was awarded the Robert Capa Gold Medal by the Overseas Press Club of America for photographs he took during the 26-day battle that were published in LIFE magazine.

Attached is a detailed press release and below is a link to a folder containing pictures taken during the battle.

Link to photos: http://patriotspt.org/BattleForHue50

Contact: Chris Hauff – Public Information Officer – chauff@patriotspoint.org

What: “Taking the Fight to the Streets: Battle for Huế City”

When: March 1 at 7 PM

Where: Aboard the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point

Cost: Free admission and parking

Facts: The Battle for Hue City was the longest and bloodiest battle of the North Vietnamese Army’s Tet Offensive campaign. Three U.S. Marine battalions consisting of fewer than 2,500 men attacked and defeated more than 10,000 entrenched enemy troops in a city considered to be Vietnam’s spiritual and cultural center.

The Battle for Hue City resulted in the death of 216 American troops. An estimated 5,800 Vietnamese civilians were killed, at least 2,800 of which were murdered by the Viet Cong.

16 of John Olson’s photos will be on display on the night of the symposium