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In the darkness of night, Calamos, in his little “Oscar Deuce,” watched the ground for flashes of gunfire, tracers and e...
06/16/2021
Forward Air Controller Took Death-Defying Risks To Aid Special Forces

In the darkness of night, Calamos, in his little “Oscar Deuce,” watched the ground for flashes of gunfire, tracers and explosions. The opposing forces were just 200 feet apart, according to Calamos, who was getting his information from the Green Berets. “The bad guys were too close for the jets to hit with any precision,” he said. “The night made it even more risky.” https://www.historynet.com/forward-air-controller.htm

Air Force Capt. John P. Calamos received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroic actions calling in air strikes to save Special Forces in Vietnam

"He was wounded in his right leg, face and head, but reached the team…he was pelted by gr***de fragments but got classif...
06/08/2021
Medal of Honor: The Bravery of Raul ‘Roy’ Benavidez

"He was wounded in his right leg, face and head, but reached the team…he was pelted by gr***de fragments but got classified documents to the helicopter…He called in airstrikes, treated the wounded, was attacked from behind by an enemy who clubbed him with a rifle and wounded him with a bayonet in hand-to-hand combat, which ended with Benavidez’s knife in his opponent. Two enemy soldiers rushed the aircraft. Benavidez shot both and ensured all team members and classified documents had been recovered." https://www.historynet.com/raul-roy-benavidez.htm

Roy Benavidez braved bullets, gr***de fragments and even a bayonet to save the lives of his comrades under attack during the Vietnam War

"The sappers came in directly behind the sleeping quarters and showers...Benoit made a noise that spooked one of the uns...
06/03/2021
Raw Courage: Clerks, Cooks and Mechanics Fought Off Viet Cong Sappers

"The sappers came in directly behind the sleeping quarters and showers...Benoit made a noise that spooked one of the unseen sappers into chambering a round in his AK-47 assault rifle. A mechanic...manning the guard tower to my right, instantly recognized the distinctive 'double-click' sound as the weapon’s bolt opened and slammed shut. He immediately threw a spotlight on the noise." From our June 2021 issue: https://www.historynet.com/vietnam-sappers.htm

Soldiers in noncombat roles repelled an attack by communist sappers, the most highly trained of all North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong forces

Thirty-seven years earlier, they had engaged in a life-and-death struggle over North Vietnam. But on that night in 2009,...
05/20/2021
Enemies to Friends: How two fighter pilots over Vietnam buried the hatchet

Thirty-seven years earlier, they had engaged in a life-and-death struggle over North Vietnam. But on that night in 2009, former enemies Dan Cherry and Nguyen Hong My stood together as friends to recount the remarkable events that led to this unlikely moment. https://www.historynet.com/enemies-to-friends-how-two-fighter-pilots-over-vietnam-buried-the-hatchet.htm

Thirty-six years after clashing in a dogfight over North Vietnam, two fighter pilots reconciled

The family of a Vietnam War veteran now knows where he is buried and the man responsible for their discovery has also he...
05/18/2021
Family finds Vietnam War veteran's burial site due to man's efforts

The family of a Vietnam War veteran now knows where he is buried and the man responsible for their discovery has also helped raise money for a headstone. https://www.wwltv.com/video/news/local/orleans/family-finds-vietnam-war-veterans-burial-site-due-to-mans-efforts/289-6aad160a-a915-4f9c-a8a7-24a36a627352

The family of a Vietnam War veteran now knows where he is buried and the man responsible for their discovery has also helped raise money for a headstone.

Two decades after North Vietnamese troops forced Saigon to surrender and unified North and South under communist rule, t...
05/17/2021
Reconciling Differences in Vietnam

Two decades after North Vietnamese troops forced Saigon to surrender and unified North and South under communist rule, the United States and Vietnam took first steps toward reconciliation. In early 1995, before full diplomatic relations were established, the U.S. State Department set up a liaison office in Hanoi to search for joint projects to foster dialog that might be the foundation for broader cooperation. https://www.historynet.com/reconciliation-vietnam.htm

In 1995, the U.S. and Vietnam decided it was time to put old animosities aside

Timeline Photos
05/13/2021

Timeline Photos

#Onthisday in 1968 the Fire Support Base Coral in Vietnam was attacked. The partly-constructed base, north of Saigon, was defended by Australian infantry, artillery, and air support when it was attacked by North Vietnamese troops. Eleven Australians were killed and 28 wounded before the attackers were driven back. Fifty-two enemy soldiers were killed and one was taken prisoner. A further three Australians died in patrol clashes on the 14th May.

Read more: http://ow.ly/YBRe50EGUwY

Image: Four members of Charlie Gun Crew, 102 Field Battery, Royal Australian Artillery at Fire Support Base Coral. The tarpaulin under which they are sheltering has bullet holes received during the recent attacks. May 1968. P01635.011
Photographer: Peter Geelen

"The point man is the eyes and ears of the patrol. He is the tip of the spear. We had heard horror stories of a point ma...
05/13/2021
Walking Point with the Redcatchers

"The point man is the eyes and ears of the patrol. He is the tip of the spear. We had heard horror stories of a point man tripping a delayed b***y trap and getting a couple of guys behind him killed or missing the signs of an ambush and walking into it. Point duty weighed on everyone’s mind." https://www.historynet.com/pointman.htm

New arrivals in Vietnam were broken in by "walking point" - becoming the eyes and ears of a patrol. This dangerous duty weighed on everyone’s mind.

Members of a four-man jump team, assigned to proceed into areas before supply drops, pause before plunging from a transp...
05/07/2021

Members of a four-man jump team, assigned to proceed into areas before supply drops, pause before plunging from a transport plane in Vietnam in this undated U.S. Marine Corps photo. National Archives.

Members of a four-man jump team, assigned to proceed into areas before supply drops, pause before plunging from a transport plane in Vietnam in this undated U.S. Marine Corps photo. National Archives.

"Lee took command of the 2nd Rifle Platoon and led them in the attack on the machine gun positions. His last words to hi...
05/05/2021
Last Words of A Marine’s Friend and Hero: ‘I’m Going to Get that Gun’

"Lee took command of the 2nd Rifle Platoon and led them in the attack on the machine gun positions. His last words to his radio operator were ‘I am going to get that gun’ and with that he jumped up firing and throwing hand gr***des until he did knock out the gun position," his company commander, 1st Lt. Wesley Fox, wrote on March 12, 1969. https://www.historynet.com/lee-roy-herron.htm

Lee Roy Herron saved the lives of numerous Marines before being killed during a Feb. 22, 1969 battle in the A Shau Valley

The recently separated Marine veteran, then 26, was toasting with a group of friends in New York City when one member of...
05/05/2021
He Went from NYC to Vietnam to Deliver Beer During a War — Now His Story is Coming to the Big Screen

The recently separated Marine veteran, then 26, was toasting with a group of friends in New York City when one member of their party suggested the zany idea of smuggling a little in-person support — and beer — into Vietnam for their deployed friends. Donahue volunteered, and within days, was on a Merchant Marine vessel armed only with a backpack full of booze, a few pairs of shorts and Hawaiian shirts. https://www.historynet.com/he-went-from-nyc-to-vietnam-to-deliver-beer-during-a-war-now-his-story-is-coming-to-the-big-screen.htm

Raise your glasses, because this is going to be a fun one.

#OTD in 1975: South Vietnamese refugees evacuated during Operation Frequent Wind line up for food while others rest on t...
04/30/2021

#OTD in 1975: South Vietnamese refugees evacuated during Operation Frequent Wind line up for food while others rest on the deck of the #2 hangar of USS Hancock on April 30. Food was served on a 24-hour basis for nearly 3,000 refugees plus military personnel on the return voyage of the USS Hancock to Subic Bay in the Philippines. National Archives.

#OTD in 1975: South Vietnamese refugees evacuated during Operation Frequent Wind line up for food while others rest on the deck of the #2 hangar of USS Hancock on April 30. Food was served on a 24-hour basis for nearly 3,000 refugees plus military personnel on the return voyage of the USS Hancock to Subic Bay in the Philippines. National Archives.

Marine UH-34 Helicopters lift off from USS Princeton (LPH-5) to land Marines in the Republic of Vietnam during Operation...
04/26/2021

Marine UH-34 Helicopters lift off from USS Princeton (LPH-5) to land Marines in the Republic of Vietnam during Operation Jackstay on March 26, 1966. U.S. Navy photo.

Marine UH-34 Helicopters lift off from USS Princeton (LPH-5) to land Marines in the Republic of Vietnam during Operation Jackstay on March 26, 1966. U.S. Navy photo.

“Not before in my lifetime—and I was born into the Army in the nineteenth century—has the Army’s public image suffered s...
04/19/2021
The U.S. Army’s Year of ‘Grievous Blows'

“Not before in my lifetime—and I was born into the Army in the nineteenth century—has the Army’s public image suffered so many grievous blows and fallen to such low esteem in such wide areas of our society.” - Fifty years ago, Matthew B. Ridgway, one of America’s most decorated generals, shared his outrage with the press. https://www.historynet.com/us-army-ridgway.htm

Fifty years ago one of America’s most decorated generals shared his outrage with the press

USS Enterprise (CVAN–65) makes ready for night operations. Red floodlights glow on the mast outline an F-4B Phantom and ...
04/12/2021

USS Enterprise (CVAN–65) makes ready for night operations. Red floodlights glow on the mast outline an F-4B Phantom and flight deck crewmen work around it as they prepare to launch a night raid against North Vietnam. U.S. National Archives.

USS Enterprise (CVAN–65) makes ready for night operations. Red floodlights glow on the mast outline an F-4B Phantom and flight deck crewmen work around it as they prepare to launch a night raid against North Vietnam. U.S. National Archives.

“I started calling in target numbers [pre-planned artillery targets] on the ridgeline 500 yards to the west…I pulled the...
04/05/2021
Khe Sanh Under Siege: A view from the 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines

“I started calling in target numbers [pre-planned artillery targets] on the ridgeline 500 yards to the west…I pulled the rounds as close as I could get them…I fired as many rounds as the 105s [howitzers] at the combat base could give us.”” https://www.historynet.com/khe-sanh-siege.htm

A Marine present at the 3rd Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment’s combat operations center at the Khe Sanh Combat Base recalls the siege in harrowing detail

Helicopters of the 170th and the 189th Helicopter Assault Companies at Polei Kleng, in the Central Highlands of the Repu...
04/05/2021

Helicopters of the 170th and the 189th Helicopter Assault Companies at Polei Kleng, in the Central Highlands of the Republic of South Vietnam, April 10, 1969. National Archives.

Helicopters of the 170th and the 189th Helicopter Assault Companies at Polei Kleng, in the Central Highlands of the Republic of South Vietnam, April 10, 1969. National Archives.

Today on National #VietnamWarVeteransDay we honor Vietnam War veterans and their families, and thank them for their serv...
03/29/2021

Today on National #VietnamWarVeteransDay we honor Vietnam War veterans and their families, and thank them for their service and sacrifice. Image: Soldiers from the 9th Infantry Division's Mobile Riverine Force assault a wooded area after disembarking from landing craft on the My Tho River on September 26, 1967. U.S. National Archives; photo by Robert C. Lafoon.

Today on National #VietnamWarVeteransDay we honor Vietnam War veterans and their families, and thank them for their service and sacrifice. Image: Soldiers from the 9th Infantry Division's Mobile Riverine Force assault a wooded area after disembarking from landing craft on the My Tho River on September 26, 1967. U.S. National Archives; photo by Robert C. Lafoon.

Soldiers from a squad from Company “C”, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Brigade search for enemy activity ...
03/25/2021

Soldiers from a squad from Company “C”, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Brigade search for enemy activity and targets from their mountain top observation post. The squad and was participating in Operation “Wheeler” in the mountainous terrain of the Tam Ky area, Republic of Vietnam. National Archives.

Soldiers from a squad from Company “C”, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Brigade search for enemy activity and targets from their mountain top observation post. The squad and was participating in Operation “Wheeler” in the mountainous terrain of the Tam Ky area, Republic of Vietnam. National Archives.

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