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Vietnam February 2019

Vietnam Magazine Presents the full & true stories from America’s most controversial & divisive war. Vietnam is the only magazine exclusively devoted to telling the full story of the Vietnam war, with gripping firsthand accounts and carefully researched articles by Vietnam war veterans of the conflict and top military historians.

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more dong xoai heroics

Loved your article about Dong Xoai (“Swarming Over the Walls,” by Dana Benner, October 2018). I was with the 197th Aviation Company, and we also were involved in the battle. Capt. Bill Fraker was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for going in under heavy fire to rescue Seabee Dan McLaughlin and two Vietnamese soldiers. Premier Nguyen Cao Ky presented the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm to Capt. Fraker for that mission. George Berenbrok Essex, Md. Your October issue was especially meaningful for me. I saw (in the Farewell section) a picture of Marine Lt. Gen. Bernard E. Trainor, whom I knew as Maj. Trainor in 1963. He was an instructor in the Navy ROTC unit at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I remember him counseling me after the tragic death of…

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proposed education center terminated

Plans for an educational center at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., have been scrapped because its supporters weren’t able to raise enough money for the $130 million project, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the organization that constructed and maintains the Wall, announced on Sept. 21, 2018. When the memorial fund’s directors terminated the project, they had cash or commitments totaling only $45 million. “The funding simply has not materialized,” said memorial fund Chairman John Dibble. In an interview with Vietnam magazine (April 2015), Jan Scruggs the Vietnam veteran who had initiated the Wall memorial in 1979 and saw it completed in 1982, said fundraising for the education center had been difficult for several reasons. Other new projects on the National Mall, such as the museum of African-American history and the…

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military made plans for nukes in vietnam

Top U.S. military commanders during the Vietnam War seriously considered the use of nuclear or chemical weapons if enemy forces were about overpower the Marine base at Khe Sanh—a largely unknown proposition that has been put in the spotlight by new books from two prominent authors. Mark Bowden in Hue 1968 and Michael Beschloss in Presidents of War home in on a cable sent on Feb. 3, 1968, by Gen. William Westmoreland, the top military leader in South Vietnam, to Gen. Earl Wheeler, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. At the time, the Khe Sanh base in northern South Vietnam, near the Demilitarized Zone, had been under siege since Jan. 21, 1968. Westmoreland wrote that “should the situation in the DMZ area change dramatically, we should be prepared to introduce weapons…

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naval aviator laid to rest 50 years after being declared missing

More than a half-century after Navy Cmdr. Charles B. Goodwin’s aircraft disappeared over North Vietnam, his remains were interred in Abilene, Texas, on Oct. 12, 2018. On Sept. 8, 1965, the 25-year-old lieutenant junior grade piloted an RF-8A Crusader off the carrier USS Coral Sea on a nighttime photo-reconnaissance mission. During the flight he reported severe thunderstorms before losing communication. Searches failed to find any wreckage or remains. Goodwin, initially listed as missing in action, was declared dead in 1977. In December 2016, a team of American and Vietnamese forensic scientists received unidentified remains found in Vietnam. A laboratory analysis matched them with Goodwin, officially accounted for on May 18, 2017. Nearly 1,600 Americans who went missing during the Vietnam War are still unaccounted for, according the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.…

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cambodia says it will assist in searches for missing troops

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen told two members of the Washington state Legislature, who have met with the prime minister several times on trade issues and other matters, that his government would resume working with the U.S. government in searches for the remains of missing Americans who were in Cambodia during the war. In September 2017, after Sen arrested opposition-party leaders and refused to take back Cambodian citizens deported from the United States for criminal convictions, the U.S. State Department stopped issuing visas to senior Cambodian Foreign Ministry officials and their families. Sen countered by suspending a Cambodian program that helped U.S. teams account for Americans missing in action. Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen and Rep. Vincent Buys, both Republicans, wrote a letter to Sen on Oct. 2 asking him reinstate his…

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jane fonda expresses regret over north vietnamese anti-aircraft gun photo

During the promotion of an HBO documentary about her life and career, Jane Fonda revisited her actions during the Vietnam War. While saying she is proud of her role in protesting the war and traveling to North Vietnam, Fonda again expressed regret over 1972 photographs of her wearing a steel helmet and sitting among communist soldiers and their anti-aircraft gun (including a photo of her sitting in a gunner’s seat and peering through the gun’s sight, as if aiming it). The photos were widely circulated and angered many Americans, who subsequently dubbed her “Hanoi Jane.” Fonda described the act as “thoughtless” and acknowledged that her actions likely seemed “horrible” to Vietnam-era service members and their families. Fonda said she still is regularly confronted by veterans about the photograph but welcomes those…

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