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The Mourning Soldier
Photo By Gary Mcjimsey

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Photographer: Gary Mcjimsey

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  • Title: The Mourning Soldier
  • State/Province/Region (required):
  • Country (required): Viet Nam
  • Nearest Area: Bien-Hoa
  • Nearest Town: Former Saigon
  • Brief Directions: Officially named Thuong Tiec and possible translations are Lamentation, Mourning or Sorrow. Unofficially the statue was called The Mourning Soldier. Tthis photo was taken in July or August 1968 while I was serving in the US Army with the First Infantry Division in the Thu Duc area of the 3rd Corp region of South Vietnam. The statue was commissioned in 1965 by the South Vietnamese Government & unveiled November 1, 1966. The sculptor is Nguyen Thanh Thu and the model was Corporal Vo Van Hai, a South Vietnamese Soldier. Originally made of concrete the statue was moved to Saigon in late 1969 to be cast in bronze and returned to its original location 18 kilometers (11.2 miles) north of Saigon on the Saigon - Bien-Hoa Highway. The statue was positioned at the entrance road to the South Vietnamese National Military Cemetery. It was destroyed April 30, 1975 upon the fall of Saigon to the North Vietnamese. The original photo is a 35mm black & white print. This image is an enhanced version to replicate the bronze color of the statue. This 4th of July, 2009, the Independence Day for the United States, I am reminded of the difficult days of the Vietnam War and I am very grateful that I can live in a free country.
  • Notes: Photo taken in 1968 by Sp5 Gary McJimsey, 91C20 Clinical Specialist, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, South Vietnam
  • Gear: Forgotten

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