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Vietnam August 2018

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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adding to kill-ratio debate

As a veteran of air-to-air combat with the MiG-15s in Korea, a fighter gunnery instructor at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, and Williams Air Force Base, Arizona, combined with 120 F-105D Thunderchief missions in North Vietnam and Laos early in the Vietnam War, I feel William A. Sayers (in “The Great Kill-Ratio Debate,” June 2018) failed to recognize the significant differences between the airplanes and wars [in Korea and Vietnam].First, while the F-86 Sabre [used in Korea] was designed for dogfighting, [in Vietnam] dogfighting in the gunless, but missile-equipped F-4C Phantom II was like trying to maneuver a 2-ton truck, combined with certain very dangerous aerodynamic characteristics. The Phantom’s aerodynamic flaws were verified in NASA wind-tunnel tests and corrected on later models.The Red Baron study [examining the Air Force’s combat…

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m14 issues

(GREGORY PROCH)The M14 (“Arsenal,” by Carl Schuster, April 2018) did not use 10-round stripper clips to feed the magazines in the weapon. The rounds were actually in five-round strippers. The article indicated that the rifle utilized a long-stroke piston system. This is false. The rifle used a short-throw piston.Also, it was stated that the M14 borrowed from the M1 rifle. The only similarity was bleeding gas off the barrel to operate the gas cycle of the weapon. The M14 used a piston, and the M1 utilized gas actuating the operating rod. The M1 did not have a piston.The author indicated that the sights were a weakness of the weapon. This is incorrect. The sights were exactly copied from the M1, and never have I heard a complaint concerning either rifle’s…

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marines welcome new memorial at camp pendleton

Marines of the regiment, salute the arrival of the monument’s components in March.In March, a 50-ton granite memorial dedicated to Vietnam veterans of the decorated 5th Marine Regiment began its six-day cross-country trip from Vermont to Camp Pendleton, California. Three flatbed trucks transported the six stone panels—honoring the unit’s 2,706 Marines and sailors killed during the conflict—from Vermont’s Rock of Ages Foundry to Pendleton’s Camp San Mateo Memorial Garden, a journey that ended on March 29, National Vietnam Veterans Day.Along the 3,000-mile route, the trio of trucks was accompanied by motorcycle riders of the Patriot Guard, a volunteer organization that forms honor guards at military funerals.The 5th Marines, the most decorated regiment in the Corps, served in Vietnam between May 1966 and April 1971.Steve Colwell, a 1st Battalion combat veteran…

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remnants of war still threaten the vietnamese

An unearthed bomb, marked by a “danger” sign, at left, is close to Vietnamese homes.controlled detonations of ordnance from the war prevent accidental explosions.An honor guard from the 4th Fighter Wing escorts a casket with the remains of Col. Edgar F. Davis to a cemetery in North Carolina.More than 40 years after the war’s end, unexploded bombs and mines remain a danger to many people in Vietnam. Each year, more than 1,500 are killed and 2,200 are maimed from explosives left from the war years.In an effort to devote more attention to the issue, the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense announced on March 8 the creation of the Permanent Office of the National Steering Committee on Overcoming War Consequences of Unexploded Ordnance and Toxic Chemicals in Vietnam. The new organization…

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downed airman brought home 50 years later

On Sept. 17, 1968, Air Force Lt. Col. Edgar F. Davis, of Goldsboro, North Carolina, was flying as a navigator in an RF-4C Phantom II on a night photo-reconnaissance mission over Laos when the plane was shot down by anti-aircraft fire. The pilot ejected and was rescued. Initially listed as missing in action, Davis was declared dead a decade later.Investigators with the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency unsuccessfully searched the crash site for his body six times between 2001 and 2015, when they finally got good news. A Laotian man told the Defense Department that his father had found the remains of an American airman near his home in 1968 and buried them. He gave bone fragments to the accounting agency, which used DNA tests to establish a match…

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u.s. army to replace vietnam-era transport

The Army is testing armored multipurpose vehicles to replace its aging fleet of M113 armored personnel carriers, above left, which were introduced in 1960 and first deployed to Vietnam in 1962, serving initially with the South Vietnamese army. The M113 is considered the most widely used armored vehicle of all time.In April, BAE Systems delivered 29 infantry carriers, above right, under a $383 million contract with the Army, according to United Press International. The delivery includes five variants for testing as command vehicles, mortar carriers, medical evacuation and medical treatment platforms and general-use vehicles. A more heavily armored sixth variant is planned for combat engineer units.American and allied units extensively used the M113 for a variety of missions, both in combat and as a support vehicle behind the lines. The…

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