On our last day in Vietnam, The John Marshall Law School students traveled to the Cu Chi tunnels, which were about an hour and a half bus ride from Ho Chi Minh City. Our guide Sun provided us with an extensive history of the tunnels used by the Viet Cong guerrillas during the war. They served as hiding spots during combat, communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous guerrilla fighters. The tunnel systems were of great importance to the Viet Cong in their resistance to American forces, and helped achieve ultimate military success.
During our tour we saw the extensive inter-workings of the three-layer tunnel system. Several students walked or crouched down 20 meters through the dark tunnels, while others made it 60 meters. We were also shown the booby traps and underground hiding spots used by the Viet Cong.
Today was an extremely educational and emotional day, which provided us with a further understanding of Vietnamese tactics used during the war. Following our tour of the tunnels all of the students went to the market to purchase some final souvenirs, and the day culminated with final preparations for our return trip to the United States.
~Klaudia Stolarczuk & Jack Sheehan