Vietnam June 2020

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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6 Números

en este número

3 min.
aerial conflicts

An article on Marine fighter pilots (“Flying Leathernecks of the Vietnam War,” by Jon Guttman, October 2019) included a Sept. 11, 1972, aerial battle involving two Marine F-4J Phantom IIs—one with Lt. Col. Lee T. “Bear” Lasseter and Capt. John “Lil John” Cummings; the other with wingman Capt. Andrew Scott Dudley and 1st Lt. James Brady—and an unarmed MiG-21U trainer, with Soviet adviser Vasily Motlov and student pilot Dinh Ton. The article’s account of the battle was based on information in MiG Aces of the Vietnam War by István Toperczer, who had access to North Vietnamese records. The article said Lasseter fired AIM-9 and AIM-7 missiles that Motlov evaded. At that point, the article continued, the MiG was low on fuel, and Motlov ordered Ton to eject. Moments later Lasseter…

2 min.
needed: reburial place for 4 killed journalists

After the remains of four photojournalists, shot down in a helicopter over Laos in 1971, were recovered in the 1990s, they were interred at a journalism museum in Washington, D.C. The Newseum closed Dec. 31, 2019. And now the remains are stuck in limbo until someone finds a new resting place. The photographers were Larry Burrows of Life magazine, from England; Henri Huet of the Associated Press, from France; Keisaburo Shimamoto of Newsweek, from Japan; and Kent Potter of United Press International, from Philadelphia. They had boarded a UH-1 Huey helicopter on Feb. 10, 1971, to cover Operation Lam Son 719, a South Vietnamese assault into Laos to strike the Ho Chi Minh Trail and communist-held sites. Headed toward the battlefield, the helicopter flew into heavy anti-aircraft fire, was hit and crashed…

1 min.
queens gets a vietnam veterans memorial

The 371 service members from New York’s Queens borough who died in Vietnam or remain missing are now memorialized in a local park. The Queens Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Elmhurst Park on Dec. 20, 2019. “It’s recognition of the service of the men and women of Queens, and it’s long overdue,” said John Rowan, national president of Vietnam Veterans of America and a native of Queens, as reported in the Queens Daily Eagle. The memorial recognizes not only the men killed or missing in Vietnam, he said, but also those who “succumbed to illness back home after their service.” The idea for the memorial came from Marine Corps veteran Pat Toro, who died in 2014 from cancer related to Agent Orange, the toxic chemical sprayed in Vietnam to destroy vegetation…

1 min.
artillery museum launching vietnam exhibit

The U.S. Army Artillery Museum at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, is putting together a display that shows what a Vietnam War field artillery base might have looked like. Constructed as a diorama, the fire support base exhibit will feature a 105 mm M102 towed howitzer and a 175 mm M107 self-propelled (tracked) gun. Mannequins will double for the gun crews. The diorama stretches out 25 feet from a wall painted with a mural 52 feet wide and 12 feet tall, yet shows just “a tiny slice of a Vietnam War fire support base,” museum Director Gordon Blaker told The Lawton Constitution newspaper in Oklahoma. He also explained that the display is not being designed to replicate any particular firebase. Hundreds of firebases and other artillery sites were scattered across South Vietnam, and none…

1 min.
war dogs honored at ohio museum

A new memorial in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio, is dedicated to the strong bonds between war dogs in Vietnam and their handlers. The Vietnam War Dog Team Memorial, outside the Motts Military Museum in Groveport, contains black granite panels with the names of 4,244 dogs that assisted American troops in Vietnam. Also honored on the memorial, inscribed with “The Unbreakable Bond,” are 300 dog handlers who died in the war. About10,000 men served as dog handlers in Vietnam. The centerpiece of the memorial is a lifesize sculpture of a dog and his handler. The models for the sculpture were Grove City Army veteran Ed Reeves, a volunteer at the museum, and his Vietnam companion, Prince. Reeves told The Columbus Dispatch that Prince saved his life. The memorial, dedicated Sept. 28, 2019, cost $110,000.…

2 min.

Paul X. Kelley, a Vietnam combat commander who became commandant of the Marine Corps, died Dec. 29, 2019, in McLean, Virginia, at age 91. Kelley, born in Boston on Nov. 11, 1928, earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at Villanova University in 1950 and was commissioned a second lieutenant that year. During a 1965-66 tour in Vietnam, Kelley, then a major, served first as a combat intelligence officer for the 3rd Marine Amphibious Force and then as commander of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. He received the Silver Star, a Legion of Merit medal with a “V” device for valor and two Bronze Stars with V devices. On Kelley’s second tour, 1970-71, he earned another Legion of Merit medal as a colonel commanding the 1st Marine…