The Battle of Khe Sanh took place in 1968. Today, there is a museum on the site of the former US Marine Camp. Inside, there are enlarged, wall-sized photos of Americans engaged in battle. The captions, translated into English from the Vietnamese, emphasize the fear of the Americans and the bravery and superior power of the Vietnamese, a kind of blatant effort to propagandize what must have been a horrific experience for those on both sides. The first time I read them, during my visit to this place in 2005, I was surprised at the crude attempt to belittle one and glorify another. The Vietnamese people I meet are so kind and gentle. I know the sentiments expressed in these captions do no represent current feelings and attitudes.
Today, I wonder what thoughts and feelings are triggered in the US veterans in my group. No one comments.
The grounds contain US helicopters, a tank, and other relics of war, as well as the preserved remains of a bunker.