“My story about Tet is a worm’s eye view,” Speaker Don Hirst said at the beginning of his recent lecture on the Tet Offensive. Hirst gave a first person account of the events of January 31, 1968 when forces of the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese People’s Army of Vietnam launched an attack against the forces of South Vietnam, the United States, and their allies. Hirst was at the U.S. Embassy at the time, and took a photo of MPs with a Viet Cong prisoner. That photo launched Hirst’s career as a war photographer.
At the February 4 lecture, Library Director Alice Cooper also presented Hirst with a certificate honoring him for his work as the Northumberland library’s publicist. Hirst will be relocating to Mathews soon.