A Lull at Hue

"After pulling back from the heat of the city fighting in the claustrophobic conditions of Hue, Marines slump against a building on the southern outskirts of the city. While the men might appear to be dulled and deadened by fatigue, and are seen here lying on the ground, they are probably far from a rested state of mind.

Showing that they anticipate having to resume action in a very short while, the Marines are still wearing their Flak jackets, and their weapons are readily at hand; one has not even bothered to remove his helmet. For many of these men, it was impossible to relax during lulls in battle, or after they had withdrawn from the immediate fighting, since the city was awash with troops - 8,000 of the NVA alone - and the sound of nearby fighting could always be heard in every area, loud and clear. The ornate buildings which many troops took shelter under in Hue - such as those pictured here in the background were too fragile to offer any real protection against attack, and many of them were destroyed during the fight for the city, rendering thousands of Vietnamese civilians homeless."

I'm almost sure that's me (Travis Curd) in the foregound with helmet on my head. Verification would help. Who are the other two or three guys?

Comment from Bill James, Jan 11, 2006

"John Carrow showed me a photo reprint of this at an early reunion that his mother had secured for him from the Dover Delaware daily newspaper. The seated Marine is John Carrow, the rest are "A" Co 60mm section. Carrow may have had some of the others in the photo id'ed. My guess is that the man in the fore ground is a Corpsman, a corpsman's kit (B1?) between his legs, the bandoleer looks like it's filled with battle dressings rather than magazines (as was often the practice). In the nearest foreground in the lower right hand corner is a laminated wood pack frame, and the second man is leaning against a lamnated wood pack frame (these were popular with mortarmen for packing ammo. Carrow's mother spotted her son John in the Dover newspaper in '68, the paper followed on with a feature story about a "Mom spotting her son in the photo from Hue." She said she knew it was her Johnny because he would never lay about like the others. Carrow still has the clipping. The timing of the photo is, if memory serves me correctly, just after the Citadel was secured about 2/26. The photo was an AP photo."