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Firefight

Firefight

Stephen H. Randall

1960-1969

US Army Vietnam CAT VII (1968) Courtesy National Museum of US Army On August 29, 1968, 1st Platoon, C Co., 2nd Battalion, 199th Light Infantry Brigade, was ambushed south of Saigon. I was there and in this painting I tried to freeze the action in a circular arrangement of figures– each working independently and as a team– doing what was necessary to fight. Action was deliberate and controlled. The 199th knows how to fight.