Vietnam War Bombs along the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Sepon, Laos.
Above photo: Dangerous work up-close and personal – UXO Lao defusing a bomb.
On a recent research trip to the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Sepon Province, Laos, I visited the UXO office in town for more information on their work.
Sepon (or Tchepone during the war) was a particularly active and much-bombed spot during the Vietnam War, because it was a vital hub on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, many branches of which ran through and around the town.
Ironically, one of the first tasks the UXO teams in Sepon carried out when they set up operations in the 1970s was to clear their own compound of dangerous unexploded relics from the Vietnam War.
Across their small site, there were 35 craters from bombs dropped by US planes during the War. Many of them were filled in or built over when the compound was made operational, but a few, like the deep one I’m standing in above, still remain.
Apparently the UXO compound was built on the site of a North Vietnamese Army barracks during the war, which accounted for the inordinate amount of attention it received from US aircraft.
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