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Vietnam: 50 Years After the U.S. Marines Landed

06/05/2015 05:43 pm ET | Updated Jun 05, 2016

This year marks the 50th anniversary of U.S. Marines landing in full combat gear at Red Beach near Da Nang, Vietnam. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon or as it is referred to in Vietnam, the Liberation of Saigon. I found this a good time to go back to this beautiful country to photograph and talk with the people.

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Near Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam

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Hoian, Vietnam

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Near Sapa, Vietnam

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Hue, Vietnam

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Halong Bay

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Near Sapa, Vietnam

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My Lei Massacre Survivior

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Khe Sanh Fire Base, Khe Sahn, Vietnam

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Mekong River, Vietnam

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North of Hanoi, Vietnam

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Military Cemetery, DMZ, Vietnam

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Hanoi, Vietnam

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Sapa, Vietnam

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82 Year Old Veteran of the War with France, Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam

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Hanoi, Vietnam

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Near Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam

My country put the Vietnamese people through a hell that should never have happened. However, any animus once held for the United States has long ago evaporated. The Vietnamese are gracious, sincere, hard working, wonderful people that are extremely happy our countries are now friends.