August 2021

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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2 min.
july-august 1971

3 min.
more than a comic book

“The’Nam Redrew the Battle Lines” (June 2021) was an enjoyable and informative article. My oldest son came across one of the first issues of The’Nam in a comic book store in 1987. He decided to bring it home to me. At first I thought, “What was funny about Vietnam to put in a comic book?” Of course, it was more than a comic, as we all learned. That led to a personal interest, which culminated in collecting two full sets of The’Nam over the years. I still have one set. The other set was donated to The Vietnam Center and Sam Johnson Archive at Texas Tech University. It’s one of their more eclectic items in the archives. Chuck Ward Newberry, South Carolina 1970-72 Still Deadly for Army Aviation Regarding “1971: The Army’s Year of…

3 min.
a broad view of the war

A recurring problem in researching and chronicling 20th century wars is keeping up with the revisions necessitated by the declassification of once-restricted documents. The American war in Vietnam is one example of those adjustments, but until the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is completely forthcoming with its own records, the definitive history of the Vietnam War won’t be written. With the declassification of more American documents, however, that history has been updated by Sergio Miller, a former British Army Intelligence Corps officer with service in Northern Ireland, South America, East Asia and Iraq. The result is being issued in two substantial volumes: In Good Faith, covering 1945 to 1965, in which the communist-nationalist Vietnamese movement for independence and unification transitioned from fighting the Japanese to repelling the returning French colonialists to battling…

18 min.
1st cav’s return to ia drang

I joined Charlie Company’s 1st Platoon as a private first class around Labor Day 1966, about two weeks after six men in the company were killed and others wounded in the Ia Drang Valley of South Vietnam’s Central Highlands. I was one of about 30 to 35 replacements sent in late August and early September to the company, part of 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). Charlie Company returned to the valley on a reconnaissance mission a few days before Thanksgiving. During September and October, we had been operating in the central coastal mountains and plains of Binh Dinh province, where we lost 11 men to combat, drowning and friendly fire. We then flew on short notice to the Cambodian border to join the 4th and 25th Infantry…

5 min.
missing soldiers on secret mission memorialized

Soldiers who disappeared on a top-secret flight over the Pacific in 1962 have been honored with a memorial unveiled in Columbia Falls, Maine, on May 15. On March 16, 1962, three years before the U.S. sent the first ground combat troops into Vietnam, a plane carrying 93 American soldiers, three South Vietnamese and an air crew of 11 vanished over the Pacific Ocean between Guam and the Philippines en route to Saigon. An explosion in the area was reported, but the remains of Flight 739 were never found. Family members have tried for decades, without success, to learn more about Flight 739, which took off from Travis Air Force Base in California and stopped in Hawaii and Wake Island before landing in Guam. The men were aboard a propeller-driven Lockheed Super Constellation commercial…

18 min.
a brush with death

In 1966, the country with the most heavily defended air space was not the United States, the Soviet Union or China. It was North Vietnam. A well-developed triad of anti-aircraft guns, surface-to-air missiles and MiG fighter planes made it the most dangerous place in the world for American pilots. Yet week after week U.S. aviators were sent into the firestorm to hit North Vietnamese targets, and many didn’t come out. One of those who went down was U.S. Air Force Capt. Victor Vizcarra, a F-105D Thunderchief fighter-bomber pilot—and his plane wasn’t even touched by a North Vietnamese weapon. Vizcarra’s journey to Vietnam began with admiration for his brother Gilbert, 15 years his senior, who enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 and became a fighter pilot in World War…