Vietnam December 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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POW WIVES SPEAK OUT The torture of American prisoners of war in Vietnam came to light largely through the efforts of the wives who pressured the U.S. government to make public North Vietnam’s mistreatment of POWs. To learn more about POWs during the war, visit and search: “Vietnam POWs.” Through firsthand accounts and stunning photos, our website puts you in the field with the troops who fought in one of America’s most controversial wars. Sign up for our FREE monthly e-newsletter at: Let’s connect Vietnam magazine Go digital Vietnam magazine is available on Zinio, Kindle and Nook.…

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rear-echelon positions

Marc Leepson, an Army clerk in a personnel services unit, says that after the war people who didn’t serve and even some veterans contended that the service of rear-echelon troops (like clerks, cooks and truck drivers) was inferior to that of “combat veterans,” even though troops in the rear also came under fire and were killed. He suggests that veterans and the public should stop using the term “combat veteran” and instead simply say “Vietnam veteran.” I take issue with the views expressed in the article “What did you do in Vietnam?” by Mark Leepson (Reflections, October 2019). Vietnam Veterans, including me, are very grateful to all support personnel who served in the war. However, it is absurd to suggest that the term “combat veteran” be stripped from those who suffered…

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remains of vietnam war pilot flown home, by his son

Col. Roy A. Knight Jr., an Air Force pilot, never made it back from the war to see the young son who watched him leave—he was shot down and killed—but now the airman is finally home, his remains brought there by that son, a Southwest Airlines pilot. Knight, a 36-year-old resident of Millsap, Texas, was flying an A-1E Skyraider attack aircraft in the 602nd Tactical Fighter Squadron when he was hit by anti-aircraft fire during a mission over northern Laos on May 19, 1967. His plane went down in a fiery crash. No parachute was seen, and Knight was declared dead in 1974. Joint American and Lao teams began investigating the likely crash site in 1991 and conducted multiple excavations in the following years. In early 2019, they recovered human remains that…

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blue water navy benefits enshrined in law

Vietnam veterans who served on offshore Navy ships have been battling the government over Agent Orange benefits for years, and now they have a new law on their side. Under the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, signed by President Trump on June 25, veterans who were on ships in South Vietnamese harbors will no longer face a hurdle that had made it difficult to get disability benefits for medical illnesses associated with the toxic herbicide Agent Orange, sprayed on vegetation that provided food and cover for Viet Cong soldiers. Many veterans suffer from—and die from—diseases linked to Agent Orange exposure, including several cancers, Parkinson’s disease and diabetes. Veterans who served on the ground or in the Brown Water Navy, manning boats on inland rivers, don’t have to prove exposure to…

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vietnam takes steps to preserve ho chi minh corpse

In preparation for nationwide events in September 2019 commemorating the 50th anniversary of Ho Chi Minh’s death, the Vietnamese government examined the condition of the revolutionary leader’s embalmed corpse. Displayed in a glass coffin inside the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Ho’s body was recently analyzed by a specially formed council of Vietnamese and Russian scientists, who assessed its current condition, Reuters reported. In July, the government announced that the body is in “great condition and has been well preserved.” As part of their preservation efforts, mausoleum officials are planning regular exchanges of information with the Moscow Biomedical Research Center. The process can be costly and labor-intensive. Embalming fluids must be applied every two years. Ho led the successful campaign for independence from France and the initial years of North Vietnam’s war…

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hispanic group wants fort hood renamed for vietnam war hero

A Hispanic organization is pushing the Army to rename Fort Hood after Medal of Honor recipient Master Sgt. Roy P. Benavidez, who died in 1998 at age 63. In July, the League of United Latin American Citizens, acting on a resolution from veterans in its Laredo council, called for acting Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy to approve the name change. The fort, established in 1942 in Killeen, was named for Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood, a Kentuckian who commanded a Texas regiment and later the Army of Tennessee. Texas native Benavidez, born in 1935 in a small town southwest of Houston and orphaned as a child, joined the Army when he was 19 and served in postwar Korea. He was sent to Vietnam in 1964 and seriously wounded by a…