|The Battle for Hill 881 -- May 1967|
|In May of 1967, I stumbled
across a Marine battle in extreme northern South Vietnam. Word of this battle
had not yet reached Saigon but I knew something big was afoot because the
Marines were throwing up every obstacle they could to keep me away.
A French woman photographer, Cathy LeRoy, and I were the only civilians to cover the fight. We were present on the final afternoon when the last summit of the cluster of hills -- Hill 661 and Hill 881S and Hill 881N -- was finally taken.
While I shot in black and white most of the time, this battle I shot
in color, which was not as marketable in those days. As it turns out,
with 550 Marines killed or wounded, it was, up to that point, the bloodiest
battle of the Vietnam War.