A thick cloud of black smoke rises from the ground to obscure this right side view of the port ...

Accession Number P02975.047
Collection type Photograph
Object type Colour - Film original transparency (positive) 35mm
Maker Paule, John Alan
Place made Vietnam: Vung Tau Special Zone, Vung Tau
Date made 21 March 1969
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
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Description

A thick cloud of black smoke rises from the ground to obscure this right side view of the port and its facilities. A Viet Cong squad on nearby Long Son Island had fired six 122 mm rockets at the US army and allied forces airbase. One rocket hit the POL (Petrol, Oil and Lubricants) tank farm destroying 300 000 gallons of motor gasoline. Shipping, wharf structures and related defence infrastructure are also visible in this photograph.

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