Lan Lan. I met her in the well-known Hoan Kiem Park & Lake near the opera house in downtown Hanoi. An air raid victim of the bombing on Hanoi on December 23, 1970. Shrapnel sliced off her leg at the groin. - Dermot McGrath

CASUALTY OF WAR

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DPI welcomes our newest contributing photojournalist, Dermot McGrath. Dermot, a Navy veteran, is based on Long Island. He has traveled to Vietnam several times since the end of the war, and he is deeply involved with the Viet Duc University Hospital Humanitarian Project which is based in Hanoi. This effort sends Vietnamese doctors and nurses for training and observation to several Long Island hospitals.

The lead photo we call “Casualty of War“; Hanoi, Vietnam (September 30, 2014). Lan Lan.  “I met her in the well-known Hoan Kiem Park & Lake near the opera house in downtown Hanoi. She got caught in an air raid in Hanoi on 23 December 1972 during Nixon’s Christmas bombing blitz – Presents from Tricky Dick. Lan Lan told me that she was 13 years old at the time. A U. S. Air Force F-111 swing-wing supersonic bomber out of Thailand came over the city after the all-clear siren sounded, and the 100 B-52s had headed back to their bases. The jet dropped its ordnance nearby and a piece of white-hot shrapnel sliced off her leg at the groin. She told me that because of this she never had a date in high school, never got married or had children. She often wondered if the F-111 pilot had a family.” – Dermot McGrath