Vietnam October 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 min.
war controversies

The Vietnam War, one of America’s most controversial wars in general, is laden with a multitude of specific controversies surrounding individual incidents and views. In our August issue, we introduced a segment called, “A Controversial Question,” to help readers better understand the war’s most contentious issues. Some questions can be answered with incontrovertible data. Sometimes there may be qualifiers: “it depends” or “it’s still not clear.” Our goal is to be more educational than confrontational. The questions will be addressed by Dr. Erik Villard, a Vietnam War specialist at the U.S. Army Center of Military History at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. Erik is the author of Staying the Course, October 1967 to September 1968, one in a series of books about the Vietnam War published by the Center of Military…

2 min.
belated awards presented to two vets

Two Vietnam veterans, Bart Fabian of New Jersey and Douglas W.Evans of Utah, were recently presented with medals that they had expected to receive decades ago.“Doc” Fabian, who served as an Army medic in Vietnam, received the Silver Star for saving the lives of about 10 men when his outfit was ambushed by Viet Cong.The medal was presented by U.S.Rep.Chris Smith, R-N.J., in a July 18 ceremony in Freehold. In an August interview with the Asbury Park Press, Fabian said that when he arrived in Vietnam, assigned to the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, he was “a 19-year-old from Brooklyn who six months ago was hanging out in front of a candy store.” During a 90-minute fight on April 13, 1969, the medic continually treated wounded men and saved the lives of…

3 min.
a controversial question

WHEN EXACTLY DID THE WAR BEGIN? GIVEN THAT THE UNITED STATES NEVER issued a formal declaration of war, reaching a unanimous agreement on a precise start date for the Vietnam War is tricky. There are several choices. The first is May 16, 1945, the date the Office of Strategic Services (forerunner of the CIA) sent an Army special operations group, code-named the Deer Team, to assist Viet Minh rebels fighting the Japanese occupying their land. A second noteworthy date is July 8, 1959, when American advisers Maj. Dale R. Buis and Master Sgt. Chester M. Ovnand became the first U.S. soldiers to die from enemy fire. They were killed in a guerrilla attack at Bien Hoa, near Saigon. A third contender is Aug. 7, 1964, when Congress passed a joint resolution empowering…

1 min.
words from the war

“We do this in order to slow down aggression. We do this to increase the confidence of the brave people of South VietNam who have bravely borne this brutal battle for so many years with so many casualties. And we do this to convince the leaders of North Viet-Nam—and all who seek to share their conquest—of a very simple fact: We will not be defeated. We will not grow tired. We will not withdraw, either openly or under the cloak of a meaningless agreement.” —President Lyndon B. Johnson, April 7, 1965, in a speech at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, explaining his administration’s objectives in Vietnam. On March 8, the first U.S. ground combat unit, the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, had landed at Da Nang.…

2 min.
military allies

The primary forces fighting the communist side during the Vietnam War were the militaries of South Vietnam and the United States. At its peak strength in April 1969, the U.S. military had 543,400 service members in-country. During the war South Vietnamese forces grew to more than 1 million men. The two powerhouses were assisted by the armed forces of seven other countries whose contributions in troops ranged from less than a dozen to 50,000 at peak strength. The anti-communist fighters were collectively labeled Free World Forces. TAIWAN PROVIDED ROUGHLY 30 MILITARY ADVISERS DURING THE WAR YEARS, AND SPAIN STATIONED ABOUT 10 ARMY MEDICAL PERSONNEL IN SOUTH VIETNAM. SOURCE: ALLIED PARTICIPATION IN VIETNAM, DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY, 1975…

7 min.
the “khe sanh two-step”: pay call under fire

The 1935 Marine Corps Manual for Field Musics noted: “A march played to signal that the troops will be paid,” known simply as “Pay Call,” would be sounded to announce payday. In the days before check-to-bank, an officer at the company, squadron, battery level paid his enlisted men in cash. This created a direct link from the unit to the men for services rendered. The pay officer designee, accompanied by an armed guard, was required to present himself at the disbursing office, verify the amount of cash received and sign for his unit’s payroll. He would then set up his own “disbursing office”—usually in the unit’s classroom, where he would lay out the money on a table and organize it by denomination: ones, fives, tens and twenties. The armed guard was…