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Vietnam December 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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need some help?

Some old memories are rather difficult to recall, while a few can be etched within our minds to such a degree that after 50 years they bring tears to our eyes and make us shake. Your article in the August issue (“Catkillers Over Con Thien,” by Paul X. Rutz, about Bird Dog airplane pilots who directed air and artillery strikes to protect ground troops) brought such a memory to life. We faced an identical situation in the summer of 1968 near the Laotian border. I served with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, as a forward observer radio operator [on the ground, coordinating artillery fire and airstrikes]. We departed the helicopters cautiously early one morning. The biggest surprise came over a radio’s speaker. Hanoi Hannah welcomed elements of…

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praise for canadians

Your article on Canadian volunteers supporting our army (“Oh Canadians,” by Bob Gordon, August 2018) was very good. I was a crew chief with the 498th Dustoff [medevac unit], 1969-71, and was privileged to have flown with two of them. One was a fellow crew chief; the other was a medic. Not a thing they wouldn’t do to get the job done. Both had their share of rounds flying by them and were wounded in the line of duty. Both served afterward. One lives here in the States; the other went back to Canada. We’re still in touch after all these years. Donald Jones Strasburg, Ohio Correction The article on the battle of Dong Xoai in the October 2018 issue misstated the division affiliation of the Viet Cong’s 272nd and 273rd regiments. They were…

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a different type of aerial warfare

Bell Aerosystems Co., best known for its long history of building helicopters for the U.S. military, including the Hueys that filled the skies over South Vietnam, also experimented with other methods of flight. In 1967, as technology website Gizmodo reports, Bell suggested that reconnaissance missions could be conducted by individuals wearing jet turbines—or jetpacks. Dubbed the “Light Mobility System,” this device would enable its user to operate over greater distances than the typical foot patrol, Bell contended. Additionally, Bell envisioned these aerial servicemen performing a variety of defensive and offensive tasks, including psychological operations (distributing leaflets or broadcasting propaganda to dissuade enemy forces), medical evacuations and even amphibious assaults or hit-and-run raids. Despite promises of operational versatility, the jetpack concept suffered from design and performance constraints—including its inability to carry sufficient…

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marine posthumously receives navy cross—50 years later

On June 8, 1968, in an area south of Da Nang, North Vietnamese forces ambushed the 3rd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 27th Marine Regiment. Under heavy fire, the Marine platoon leader considered withdrawing to request an airstrike against an enemy machine gun position in a bunker, but doing so would likely have further exposed the Marines and caused more casualties. Squad leader Cpl. Stephen E. Austin, 21, on his second tour of duty, convinced the platoon leader that he shouldn’t pull back, and the corporal maneuvered his squad to provide suppressing fire on the bunker. He then charged the enemy position, despite being repeatedly wounded in the effort. “As he was falling to the ground, he was able to throw his grenade up to the bunker slit to silence the enemy…

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trucks and tet featured in smithsonian documentaries

In November, the Smithsonian Channel will show two new documentaries on the Vietnam War. Gun Trucks of Vietnam, premiering Nov. 11 at 9 p.m., offers previously unseen 8 mm footage filmed by soldiers on the gun trucks that protected convoys of 18-wheelers hauling equipment and supplies on dangerous roads to reach American installations. The Lost Tapes: Tet Offensive, Nov. 25 at 9 p.m., resurrects the radio and TV reports of broadcasters who covered the 1968 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong attacks on more than 150 sites in South Vietnam. Much of the footage, which includes national and local broadcasts, has not been seen in decades.…

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remains of mia pilot recovered

The remains of an Air Force pilot shot down over North Vietnam in 1965 have been identified as those of Fredric M. Mellor, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced in August. Mellor, at the time a 30-year-old captain from Cranston, Rhode Island, took off from Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base on Aug. 13, 1965, in the lead aircraft of two McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo jets on a photo reconnaissance mission over Son La province in North Vietnam. Mellor’s aircraft was shot down, but he ejected and landed safely. Other RC-101s were able to raise him on the radio. However, during preparations to rescue Mellor, radio contact was lost, and neither he nor his aircraft were found after a two-day search. Initially listed as missing in action, Mellor was declared dead in…