Vietnam April 2020

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South Vietnamese soldiers stop refugees who are fleeing the fighting in Xuan Loc and trying to reach nearby Saigon. IN THE NVA’S WAY All that stood between the onrushing North Vietnamese Army and Saigon in April 1975 were the stubborn defenders of Xuan Loc under the command of South Vietnam’s Le Minh Dao in a battle recounted in this issue. To read more about Xuan Loc during the war, visit and search: “Xuan Loc.” 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. HISTORYNET Now 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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dedicated soldiers not in short supply

John D. Howard’s “Going to War in 1965 with the Army You Have” (February 2020) is an excellent treatise on an often-overlooked reality of the Vietnam experience. In my book, Our War, which details the three years in Vietnam of my unit—the 5th Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment, 198th Light Infantry Brigade, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)—I note the issues Howard points out in 1965 did not go away. The battalion trained for jungle warfare on the plains of Fort Hood, Texas, in late 1967. The 2nd Armored Division was tasked to ensure we had all our equipment and stripped some of its own units to do it. A number of noncommissioned officers had been to Vietnam for one or two tours and chose retirement rather than going back. When we arrived…

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the u.s. finds the ‘lost soldiers’ of south vietnam a place to r.i.p

The 54-year-old saga of 81 South Vietnamese soldiers who were killed in the war and denied a resting place came to an end in October 2019 at a peaceful cemetery in California. On Dec. 11, 1965, a U.S. Air Force C-123 Provider transport plane with four American crewmen and 81 South Vietnamese soldiers in an airborne unit was scheduled to fly from Pleiku, a military center and provincial capital in the Central Highlands, to Saigon but was diverted to the coastal city of Tuy Hoa, where a South Korean unit needed reinforcements as it fought Viet Cong troops in the region. The plane, flown by an experienced B-52 bomber pilot, crossed the mountains of the Annamite Range in bad weather and never reached its destination. Communist troops claimed to have shot down…

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white house delays addition of diseases to agent orange list

Two years ago, then-Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin decided to add three health conditions to the list of diseases eligible for Agent Orange benefits, but White House officials challenged his authority and impeded enactment, according to internal documents obtained by a veteran through the Freedom of Information Act. Shulkin wanted to add bladder cancer, Parkinson’s-like symptoms and hypothyroidism to the list of diseases eligible for benefits provided to service members exposed to Agent Orange, a toxic herbicide used as a defoliant in Vietnam. Heavily redacted emails and briefings released to former Army Spc. Jeff O’Malley, of Pearland, Texas, show Shulkin made the decision sometime before Oct. 3, 2017—a move that would have meant faster access to disability compensation and health benefits. But the Office of Management and Budget, including Director Mick Mulvaney,…

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James L. Holloway III, who commanded an aircraft carrier in the waters off Vietnam and rose to chief of naval operations, died on Nov. 26, 2019, at a retirement home in Alexandria, Virginia, at age 97. Holloway, born in Charleston, South Carolina, on Feb. 23, 1922, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1942 and served as gunnery officer aboard the destroyer Bennion in the World War II Battle of Surigao Strait in the Philippines in October 1944. Switching to naval aviation, he flew F9F-2 Panthers and commanded carrier fighter squadrons during two tours in Korea. Holloway commanded the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise, from 1965 to 1967, when it was in the Gulf of Tonkin for bombing attacks on North Vietnam. In 1968 he established the Nuclear…

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school keeps memories of vietnam kiaalive

Alicia Robinson, a 2014 graduate of Garinger High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, never knew Mike Smith, who graduated 50 years before she did. If she had, Robinson would have liked and respected him. “Pinky,” as his friends at Garinger called him, was a tough cookie, a hard worker and well-liked by all who knew him. His closest buddy, Marine Vietnam veteran Don Mullis, said Pinky was walking to his own graduation when Don and his family picked him up on the street and took him to the ceremony. After graduating from Garinger in 1964, Smith enlisted in the Marines and served in Vietnam as a member of B Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division. In May 1967, he was killed in Quang Nam province in northern South Vietnam. Friends…