We're here to make sure the voices-and, courtesy of Tarn, the faces-of these people are not lost to history. We're here to document the hidden, if not forbidden, history of the "Vietnam War," untold in most mainstream U.S. histories. We're here to record grim testimony of near-constant artillery shelling, of homes turned to ash by napalm, of orchards and gardens decimated by chemical defoliants, of farming families forced to live in their fields because of constant aerial bombardment, of wives and husbands, sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers maimed and killed by fragmentation grenades, rifle fire and helicopter gunships. And we're here to track down massacres."There were three of us standing at the entrance to the bunker: me and two old women-my neighbor and my grandmother," Ho Thi A said. One of the American troops was standing only 15 feet away when he fired. "Miss Chay was shot dead," she said. "Then he shot my grandmother. She died too. At that moment I was so scared and ran into the bunker and hid."U.S. helicopters must have suspected armed enemy forces were around, he said, because they circled the hamlet and fired on it. Then came the jets and their "petrol bombs." He took cover in a bunker during the air strike, as did other local people. After the bombardment ended, he said he ran and hid in a nearby field of tall grass, but women and children stayed behind as U.S. troops entered the hamlet. He returned later that day: "The first bunker where they entered the hamlet, they shot two people. Ho Thi A was in this bunker," [Ho Nam] said. "She saw the old women were killed, so she hid in the bunker."
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