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A snapshot in history

Posted on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 10:46 am

“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.

Speaker Don Hirst’s career as a war photographer and journalist began when he took a photo of military police with a prisoner that was widely used in media coverage of the 1968 Tet Offensive.

Speaker Don Hirst’s career as a war photographer and journalist began when he took a photo of military police with a prisoner that was widely used in media coverage of the 1968 Tet Offensive.

The laminated magazine article Don Hirst left at the Vietnam Memorial.

The laminated magazine article Don Hirst left at the Vietnam Memorial.