Vietnam February 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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BATTLE OF KHE SANH The 77-day siege of the Marine base at Khe Sanh in 1968 was one of the epic battles of the Vietnam War. In this issue a Marine officer who was there describes what it was like in a battalion command bunker during those days. To read more about the siege, visit Search: “Khe Sanh.” 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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the navy’s boat to freedom

I read your October 2020 article about Tom Dooley [a Navy doctor who participated in a 1954-55 operation that enabled Vietnamese living in communist North Vietnam to board a ship at Haiphong Harbor and move to South Vietnam]. We have traveled to Vietnam a number of times in support of the orphanages in Kontum and generally travel with a guide who has become a close personal friend. Five or six years ago, we were invited to dinner at our friend’s home in Saigon. Our friend’s father (who had been a South Vietnamese army medic) made the trip from Haiphong to Saigon in 1954. Our friend’s grandfather was the village chief of a small hamlet near the Chinese border and was assassinated in 1953. Then the brother of our friend’s father…

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native american veterans memorial designed by vietnam vet

Amemorial honoring the military service of Native Americans opened on Veterans Day 2020 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, unveiling a design by Vietnam veteran Harvey Pratt, a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma. Pratt served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1962 to 1965. He was sent to Vietnam in 1963 and stationed in Da Nang, where he worked in air rescue and air base security. After his military service, Pratt embarked on a career in law enforcement. He was a forensic artist for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation from 1972 to 2017. He is also a Southern Cheyenne peace chief, the greatest honor of the Cheyenne Nation. Pratt’s uncle, who fought in World War II and the Korean War, inspired him to…

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a controversial question

AT THE END OF DECEMBER 1967, a month before the communist Tet Offensive attacks throughout South Vietnam, approximately 225,000 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese fighters were operating in South Vietnam. They consisted of 68,000 full-time combat soldiers born in North Vietnam, 47,000 Viet Cong combat soldiers born in the South, 37,000 Southern-born Viet Cong administrative personnel who ran the communist shadow government in many parts of the country and 71,000 part-time Viet Cong guerrillas born in the South, according to estimates by Military Assistance Command, Vietnam. MACV calculated that the communists committed 124,000 combat troops and guerrillas to the 1968 Tet Offensive—84,000 in the initial battles of Jan. 30-31, plus 40,000 over the next several weeks. About half of them served in North Vietnamese units, and the rest belonged to Viet…

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words from the war

“They [the South Vietnamese] are the ones who have to win it or lose it. We can help them, we can give them equipment, we can send our men out there as advisers, but they have to win it—the people of Vietnam—against the communists. We are prepared to continue to assist them, but I don’t think that the war can be won unless the people support the effort, and, in my opinion, in the last two months the government has gotten out of touch with the people.” —President John F. Kennedy, Sept. 2, 1963, in an interview with “CBS Evening News” anchor Walter Cronkite…

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Carlo D’Este, a renowned military historian who served 20 years in the Army including two combat tours in Vietnam, died at age 84 in Mashpee, Massachusetts, on Nov. 21, 2020. D’Este, born Aug. 29, 1936, in Oakland, California, graduated in 1958 from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont, America’s oldest private military college, the “birthplace of ROTC.” Commissioned a second lieutenant, he began a career as an Ordnance Branch officer and retired as a lieutenant colonel. D’Este then became a historian/writer with a focus on World War II, producing 10 acclaimed books including Decision in Normandy; Bitter Victory: The Battle for Sicily 1943; and Fatal Decision: Anzio and the Battle for Rome. He also wrote award-winning biographies of George S. Patton (A Genius for War), Dwight D. Eisenhower (A Soldier’s Life)…