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A Vietnamese village burns after US Marines conducting a search and a destroy mission

A Vietnamese village burns after US Marines conducting a search and a destroy mission

Some soldiers were not able to handle Vietnam. Most felt like they were going insane. Some even committed suicide during the war.

Some soldiers were not able to handle Vietnam. Most felt like they were going insane. Some even committed suicide during the war.

ROBERT ELLISON Khe Sanh, Vietnam, 1968     U.S. Marines huddle as North Vietnamese shell the airfield, aiming for incoming supply aircraft.  (Black Star)

ROBERT ELLISON Khe Sanh, Vietnam, 1968 U.S. Marines huddle as North Vietnamese shell the airfield, aiming for incoming supply aircraft. (Black Star)

Larry Burrows. American Marines aid wounded comrades during Operation Prairie near the DMZ during the Vietnam War, October 1966.

Larry Burrows. American Marines aid wounded comrades during Operation Prairie near the DMZ during the Vietnam War, October 1966.

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

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

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