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David Douglas Duncan

War

Vietnam
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Portrait of Marine with cigarette in mouth, his months of service are written and ticked off on his helmet.

"Battle fatigue set in long ago for most the men [at Khe Sanh] . . . Lance Cpl. Ernest Delgado . . . is from Los Angeles and has been checking the months off on his helmet. [February 1968.]" Life (Asia edition). 18 Mar. 1968. p. 17.