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Vietnam October 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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photo i.d.s

The photo on the cover of the August issue was taken in the spring of 1965, northwest of Da Nang. The first person in front is Sgt. Robert Taglione. He was my squad leader for eight months prior to Vietnam and after entering Vietnam. We were with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. Several battalions went to Vietnam in the spring of 1965 as the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade.The man off to the side is Sgt. Karl G. Taylor, who was my squad leader after Sgt. Taglione left to join up with another outfit.Sgt. Taglione was killed on Operation Starlite in August 1965. Sgt. Taylor was my squad leader for about three weeks or more. He went back to Vietnam for a second time.Sgt. Taylor was KIA Dec. 8,…

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tarnished medal

The story about “stealing valor” brings back a similar memory. On my first tour in Vietnam, a few enlisted men were sent on an exchange program with our Navy counterparts. Upon the completion of this training program, the participants were informed that they were nominated for the Joint Service Commendation Medal. An officer who had recently arrived and was now assigned to that section managed to somehow get included on the list of those men to be cited. Several weeks later, he proudly stood in the ceremony and accepted a medal for something he had not done. Complaints did no good, as “the Army never makes mistakes,” and the officer, who had lost all respect among the men, was soon sent to another unit, but he kept his unearned medal.Michael…

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agent orange link suspected in children’s illnesses

A ground crew gets ready to pump a defoliate from a 1,000-gallon container into a C-123 aircraft.The lingering effects of the toxic herbicide Agent Orange, shown here being sprayed by a U.S. Air Force C-123 transport plane about 20 miles from Saigon in May 1970, are being reflected in studies of veterans’ children as well as in new legislation to assist former sailors who served off the coast of Vietnam. IVeterans suffering from diseases related to Agent Orange, a toxic herbicide used in Vietnam during the war, may be passing on illnesses to their children and grandchildren, recent studies suggest.Data collected from thousands of Vietnam veteran families by nonprofit Birth Defect Research for Children in Orlando, Florida, has revealed a pattern of birth defects and other disabilities associated with exposure…

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bill provides agent orange benefits to ‘blue water’ veterans

Aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea is being refueled by oil tanker USS Tappahannock in the South China Sea in 1967.Nearly 90,000 “blue water” veterans—who served on American ships off the coast of Vietnam—may become eligible for Agent Orange disability benefits under legislation approved by the House Veterans Affairs Committee.Currently, the Department of Veterans Affairs presumes that troops who served in Vietnam on the ground or on inland rivers (brown water) between Jan. 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975, were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides (sprayed from 1962 to 1971), and those veterans don’t have to prove their exposure to the chemical to receive disability benefits for related diseases.Benefits have also been granted to other groups of service members if they prove their exposure to Agent Orange, including Air…

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lao, hmong burials now allowed at national cemeteries

Hmong and Lao celebrate a legislative win with key supporter U.S. Rep. Jim Costa of California.Lao and Hmong soldiers who fought communist forces in Laos during the Vietnam War and are now living in the United States have won the right to be buried at national cemeteries.The Hmong Veterans’ Service Recognition Act, passed by Congress as part of a large appropriations package and signed by President Trump on March 23, permits veterans of the “Secret Army” in Laos to be buried at cemeteries administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.Members of the Hmong mountain tribe in Laos and the ethnic Lao population joined the “Secret War” that the U.S. waged in Laos through undisclosed bombings, covert CIA actions and Special Forces missions in an ultimately unsuccessful effort to stop communist…

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marines go back to vietnam to return artifact

A Buddhist priest receives a statue taken from Vietnam 50 years ago by a Marine unit, pictured in 1968, whose members included Bill McMyler, Clem Edwards, Mike Duerr and Julio Martinez.Four Marine veterans recently traveled to a Vietnamese village to return a Buddha statue they took a half-century ago.Their unit, part of the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, was on patrol in Quang Tri Province in northernmost South Vietnam in 1968 when one Marine saw the statue, the likeness of a female Buddha, in a shrine and grabbed it. That Marine died in 2009, but that statue stayed with his comrades and was even brought to reunions.The returned statue was presented to a village priest on June 2. One of the Marine veterans, Julio Martinez of San…

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