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Sgt. Ronald A. Payne Squad Leader, Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Mechanized Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, checks a t...
03/26/2022

Sgt. Ronald A. Payne Squad Leader, Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Mechanized Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, checks a tunnel entrance before entering.

PFC Fred L. Greenleaf, Company C, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry, 199th Light Infantry Brigade, crosses a deep irrigation c...
03/26/2022

PFC Fred L. Greenleaf, Company C, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry, 199th Light Infantry Brigade, crosses a deep irrigation canal, 1967.

In 1966 the U.S. military desperately needed more troops in Vietnam. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara had a plan to get...
03/24/2022
McNamara's Boys | Historynet

In 1966 the U.S. military desperately needed more troops in Vietnam. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara had a plan to get them.

In 1966 the U.S. military desperately needed more troops in Vietnam. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara had a plan to get them

Hurry up and wait...
03/23/2022

Hurry up and wait...

Meet Fritz, the very good boy.[Original caption: Cpl. Ural Hunter curries his sentry dog “Fritz” during a restbreak whil...
03/21/2022

Meet Fritz, the very good boy.

[Original caption: Cpl. Ural Hunter curries his sentry dog “Fritz” during a rest
break while on patrol with Combined Action Platoon 2-3-3 near Vieh Hao.]

Imagine surviving monsoons, dengue fever, dysentery, malaria, and leeches in a bamboo hut in Assam, India during World W...
03/21/2022
General Westmoreland's 'protocol' for Promotions Were Sealed With a Kiss | Historynet

Imagine surviving monsoons, dengue fever, dysentery, malaria, and leeches in a bamboo hut in Assam, India during World War II. Imagine deploying to Inchon during the Korean War. Imagine leading the emergency room at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Imagine being selected by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to be his personal nurse.

And imagine being the first female in the Army’s 197-year history to be given stars…and then imagine, after reaching that career pinnacle, to be greeted by a kiss by Army Chief of Staff General William Westmoreland because it is, as he says, “a new protocol for congratulating lady generals.”

Imagine surviving monsoons, dengue fever, dysentery, malaria, and leeches in a bamboo hut in Assam, India during World War II. Imagine deploying to Inchon

"Having researched and written about the Vietnam War for more than 20 years, I am convinced that Westmoreland pursued th...
03/16/2022
Did General William Westmoreland Actually Have a Logical Strategy in Vietnam? | Historynet

"Having researched and written about the Vietnam War for more than 20 years, I am convinced that Westmoreland pursued the most logical and sophisticated strategy that he or any other U.S. commander could follow given the inherent limitations on his authority." - Dr. Erik Villard argues that Westmoreland pursued the most appropriate strategy any MACV commander could devise between 1964 and 1968.

Dr. Erik Villard argues that Westmoreland pursued the most appropriate strategy any MACV commander could devise between 1964 and 1968.

“Despite having received little or no combat training,” read a subsequent citation, “Chief Etchberger single-handedly he...
03/15/2022
Sgt. Richard Loy Etchberger: Airman Honored for Heroism on the Ground | Historynet

“Despite having received little or no combat training,” read a subsequent citation, “Chief Etchberger single-handedly held off the enemy with an M-16, while simultaneously directing air strikes into the area and calling for air rescue.” Etchberger was nominated for the Medal of Honor. However, because Lima Site 85 was classified, his family was told he had been killed in a “helicopter accident.”

He died saving fellow airmen on a secret mission. And fellow airmen campaigned to get him an MOH delayed for decades.

Aided by his 212 letters home, thankfully preserved, Blessing has published an excellent account of his tour as a combat...
03/14/2022
1st Cavalry Division Veteran Recounts Combat Tour in Vietnam | Historynet

Aided by his 212 letters home, thankfully preserved, Blessing has published an excellent account of his tour as a combat infantry “grunt” with the 1st Cav. The book provides a snapshot, naturally viewed through his personal lens, of his unit during his 1966-67 tour.

Aided by his 212 letters home, author Dennis Blessing has recreated his tour as a combat infantry “grunt” with the 1st Cav.

The common image of the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam is a scene with Leathernecks on the ground, holding off—and beating...
03/14/2022
Marines Rack Up Kills in the Air | Historynet

The common image of the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam is a scene with Leathernecks on the ground, holding off—and beating back—a larger enemy force. But Marines in Southeast Asia who fought their country’s battles did so, as the Corps’ hymn states, not only “on land and sea” but also “in the air.”

Marines racked up kills in the air as well as on the ground.

And imagine being the first female in the Army’s 197-year history to be given stars…and then imagine, after reaching tha...
03/14/2022
General Westmoreland's 'protocol' for Promotions Were Sealed With a Kiss | Historynet

And imagine being the first female in the Army’s 197-year history to be given stars…and then imagine, after reaching that career pinnacle, to be greeted by a kiss by Army Chief of Staff General William Westmoreland because it is, as he says, “a new protocol for congratulating lady generals.”

Imagine surviving monsoons, dengue fever, dysentery, malaria, and leeches in a bamboo hut in Assam, India during World War II. Imagine deploying to Inchon

“Don’t get under there,” Groah shouted. “The NVA is trying to hit our chopper!” -- A helicopter gunner got a bird’s-eye ...
03/13/2022
Flying into a Firestorm: A Secret Mission Inside Laos | Historynet

“Don’t get under there,” Groah shouted. “The NVA is trying to hit our chopper!” -- A helicopter gunner got a bird’s-eye view of the top-secret Operation Tailwind in Laos, but it almost cost him his life—three times in four days.

A helicopter gunner got a bird’s-eye view of the top-secret Operation Tailwind in Laos, but it almost cost him his life—three times in four days.

North Vietnamese air defense tactics relied on defense-in-depth, both horizontally and vertically. Surface-to-air missil...
03/12/2022
Terror in the Skies: North Vietnam’s Light Anti-Aircraft Artillery

North Vietnamese air defense tactics relied on defense-in-depth, both horizontally and vertically. Surface-to-air missiles were the first line of defense, forcing the Americans to dedicate a growing percentage of their air assets to the SAM suppression mission.

The armament downed more American planes and helicopters than all other air defense weapons combined

This excellently illustrated book is a guide to American vehicles and heavy weapons used by the Army and Marine Corps be...
03/11/2022
Showcasing the Vietnam War’s Jeeps, Tanks, Trucks and Artillery | Historynet

This excellently illustrated book is a guide to American vehicles and heavy weapons used by the Army and Marine Corps between 1965 and 1973 when ground combat units were in Vietnam.

Author David Doyle has created a guide to American vehicles and heavy weapons used by the Army and Marine Corps between 1965 and 1973 in Vietnam

“We need to obtain a photo of every single fallen hero whose name is etched on the Wall. To date we have only 18 more ph...
03/09/2022
Researcher Seeks Help Finding Last Photos for Vietnam Wall of Faces Memorial | Historynet

“We need to obtain a photo of every single fallen hero whose name is etched on the Wall. To date we have only 18 more photos to find nationwide.” — A dedicated volunteer researcher, Janna Hoehn is appealing to the public to help her find the last remaining photos to complete the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s Wall of Faces.

Volunteer Janna Hoehn is appealing to the public to help put faces to 18 names of the fallen who served in Vietnam

"I jumped with the first wave close to midnight. No sooner did my parachute open than I found myself in the middle of an...
03/08/2022
Night Jump into Dien Bien Phu: An Eyewitness Account From A French Paratrooper Captured by the Viet Minh | Historynet

"I jumped with the first wave close to midnight. No sooner did my parachute open than I found myself in the middle of an extraordinary spectacle—anti-aircraft fire, illumination flares, tracer rounds…" - An eyewitness account of events at Dien Bien Phu from Pierre Faroux, the executive officer of a parachute battalion.

An eyewitness account of events at Dien Bien Phu from Pierre Faroux, the executive officer of a parachute battalion

“When the Tonkin theater commander, Maj. Gen. Marcel Alessandri, was informed of the order, he wired Carpentier: “Cancel...
03/06/2022
The Disasters Before Dien Bien Phu: In 1950, the Vietnamese Routed the French in Chinese Border Battles | Historynet

“When the Tonkin theater commander, Maj. Gen. Marcel Alessandri, was informed of the order, he wired Carpentier: “Cancel everything. If you carry on it will be a crime.” - When the smoke cleared, the French had suffered perhaps their greatest colonial defeat since 1749.

When the smoke cleared, the French had suffered their greatest colonial defeat since 1749, wrote French historian Bernard Fall

He writes of the “sort of mystique” about the Blackhorse as it was “equal parts ‘riding-to-the rescue’ horse cavalry and...
03/05/2022
Blackhorse Regiment Rode Steel Steeds to the Rescue in Vietnam | Historynet

He writes of the “sort of mystique” about the Blackhorse as it was “equal parts ‘riding-to-the rescue’ horse cavalry and ‘no-mission-too-difficult’ modern cavalry.” It was made up of men, he says, who “rode to war” on “modern day steeds of steel and aluminum.”

Author Don Snedeker tells the stories of scores of individual troopers of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment using photographs, drawings, maps and documents.

The son matched in two wars the two Distinguished Service Crosses and two Silver Stars awarded to his father in two wars...
03/04/2022
How George S. Patton IV Lived Up To His Father's Legacy | Historynet

The son matched in two wars the two Distinguished Service Crosses and two Silver Stars awarded to his father in two wars. Before he left Vietnam, Patton’s decorations included a Distinguished Flying Cross and 27 Air Medals.

He matched the two Distinguished Service Crosses and two Silver Stars awarded to his father.

"The handwriting was on the wall—the nightly TV news showed we were losing the Vietnam War. North Vietnamese forces were...
02/28/2022
'Forever Burned Into My Memory': One Airman's Recollections of Operation Babylift

"The handwriting was on the wall—the nightly TV news showed we were losing the Vietnam War. North Vietnamese forces were closing in on Saigon and military bases in the area. It was only a matter of days before the North’s complete takeover."

An airman’s service on the harrowing 1975 Operation Babylift An airman’s service on the harrowing 1975 Operation Babylift

"It was in Vietnam that the centralization of control reached an apex, with the White House dictating bomb­ing targets a...
02/27/2022
Words on War: General Kroesen’s Thoughts on Vietnam

"It was in Vietnam that the centralization of control reached an apex, with the White House dictating bomb­ing targets and division and brigade commanders playing “squad leader in the sky.” We reached a condition in which the chain of command was in a state of dysfunction." - General Frederick Kroesen shared his reflections on the Vietnam War in his 2007 memoir, "General Thoughts: Seventy-Five Years with the Army."

General Frederick Kroesen shared his reflections on the Vietnam War in his 2007 memoir, "General Thoughts: Seventy-Five Years with the Army."

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Sgt. Ronald A. Payne Squad Leader, Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Mechanized Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, checks a tunnel entrance before entering.
PFC Fred L. Greenleaf, Company C, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry, 199th Light Infantry Brigade, crosses a deep irrigation canal, 1967.
A former expert with the M60 machine gun shares his experiences wielding the fearsome weapon in Vietnam.
Chickie Donohue hauled a burlap bag of beer from New York to his friends in Vietnam...
In 1966 the U.S. military desperately needed more troops in Vietnam. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara had a plan to get them.
An aviation electronics technician describes his experiences aboard Lockheed Warning Stars that flew into the heart of typhoons during the Vietnam War.
Marine 1st Lt. Lee Roy Herron saved the lives of numerous Marines before being killed during a Feb. 22, 1969 battle in the A Shau Valley.
Hurry up and wait...
Thirty-six years after clashing in a dogfight over North Vietnam, two fighter pilots reconciled.
When downed fighter pilot Victor Vizcarra parachuted into North Vietnam, a helicopter rescue team had to find him before the enemy did.
In 1962 Vietti became America's first female prisoner of war in Vietnam. She remains unaccounted for to this day.
The fate of a military broadcaster in Vietnam in 1972 still leaves doubts and questions.