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Battle of Hue

Hue was a costly battle. Through February 26 the U.S. Army suffered 74 dead and 507 wounded, the U.S. Marine Corps lost 147 dead and 857 sounded, and Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) losses totaled 384 dead and more than 1,830 wounded. The allies claimed People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) and Viet Cong (VC) losses in excess of 5,000 dead, 89 captured, and countless more wounded. In addition to the civilians executed by the Communists, many others died or were hurt in the cross fire between the opposing forces. The intense fighting had destroyed upwards of half of the city, leaving 116,000 civilians homeless of a pre-Tet Offensive population of approximately 140,000.  The experience did produce a sharp change in the attitude of the population there against the Communists, even from among Communist sympathizers.

taken from - Spencer C. Tucker et al., eds., The Encyclopedia of The Vietnam War: A Political, Social, and Military History, Second Edition Volume II: H-P (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011), 519.