February 24, 1968 – After more than 3 weeks of heavy fighting, Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam, was recaptured. The Tet Offensive began January 31st up and down the coast of Vietnam. Inital success of the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soon faded, but the battle for Hue lingered on. Intense street fighting, block by block, and street by street, finally beat back the communists. In the end, 216 Americans, 384 South Vietnamese, and more than 5,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong lay dead. Over the months and years that followed, dozens of mass graves were discovered. Up to 6,000 victims were bound, tortured, killed or buried alive by the communists in what was to become known as the Massacre of Hue.