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Soldiers from the 101st Airborne touching down on the ground from a Huey during the Battle of Hamburger Hill during the Vietnam War. Also known as Hill 937, it had little (if any) strategic use for US forces. Nevertheless between May 10th-20th of 1969 U.S. troops faced hard fighting, weather, and friendly fire to eventually gain control of the hill at the cost of 72 KIA and nearly 400 WIA. Two weeks later US forces abandoned it.
Hamburger Hill. 23 Nov 1967, Dak To, South Vietnam. Hill 875 Casualty. Swathed in battle dressings, but still gripping his weapon, a wounded soldier of the 173rd Airborne awaits evacuation from Hill 875. American troops captured the summit of Hill 875 (and wondered why) climaxing the longest and costliest battle of the Vietnam war. The battle claimed the lives of 280 Americans and nearly 1400 North Vietnamese. © Bettmann/CORBIS
A Shau Valley, South Vietnam --- Medics tend to a wounded American airborne trooper after he was felled by an enemy hand grenade while storming "Hamburger Hill" may 18. GIs nicknamed the mountain in the northern a Shau Valley "Hamburger Hill" because of the bloodshed over it. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS