Vietnam June 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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TARGETING ENEMIES Pilots in small propeller planes flew over embattled U.S. troops and directed airstrikes against the enemy’s positions. This issue describes the heroic actions of one of those pilots. To read more about them, visit Search: “forward air controllers.” 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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cover for the point man

As a “point man,” for half of my time in Nam, I was interested in reading your article [“Walking Point With the Red-catchers,” by Tom Brooks, April 2021]. It didn’t mention the relationship between the point man and his cover. My cover man and I were bonded to each other. He was my eyes to the front, and I was his eyes to the ground. He stayed less than 6 feet behind me. The two of us were in front of our group and used hand signals to warn of any dangers. While I was looking for booby traps, used trails and recent signs of enemy activity, he was scanning the area. The two of us traded off our jobs. We trusted each other with our lives, so one can…

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heroics finally recognized

Former Army Spc. 5 Ronald Lee Mallory, who saved the lives of comrades in a truck he was driving during an ambush, was awarded the Bronze Star with a “V” for valor device 50 years after his heroic actions in Vietnam. Brig. Gen. James M. Smith, U.S. Army chief of transportation, presented the award during a private ceremony in the U.S. Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis, Virginia, on March 4. Mallory, 71, is a resident of Louisa County, Virginia. He was drafted on Jan. 22, 1970, and worked as a fuel truck driver with the 359th Transportation Company. Convoys of fuel trucks traveling through South Vietnam’s Central Highlands were frequent targets of communist forces and needed protection, which was provided by armored trucks outfitted with .50-caliber machine guns and sometimes other…

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was rolling thunder a failure?

President Lyndon B. Johnson approved the start of a sustained bombing campaign against North Vietnam in March 1965 following several Viet Cong attacks targeting American personnel in South Vietnam. The bombing program, code-named “Rolling Thunder,” was launched to destroy the North’s industrial base and transportation system with a campaign of gradually escalating airstrikes. Faced with losing its power grid, manufacturing plants, storage depots and major bridges, Ho Chi Minh’s government would eventually sue for peace, Johnson believed. Rolling Thunder divided North Vietnam into seven zones known as route packages. The 7th/13th U.S. Air Force in Thailand flew missions in two zones covering most of the country’s northern and western parts of North Vietnam. Carrier-based aircraft from the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet operated in four zones that stretched across the central and eastern…

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words from the war

“I think we have all underestimated the seriousness of this situation. Like giving cobalt [radiation] treatment to a terminal cancer case. I think a long protracted war will disclose our weakness, not our strength. The least harmful way to cut losses in SVN [South Vietnam] is to let the government decide it doesn’t want us to stay there.” —Deputy Secretary of State George Ball, in response to a question posed by President Lyndon B. Johnson at a July 21, 1965, meeting with advisers, according to minutes of the meeting. Johnson asked: “Can westerners, in absence of intelligence, successfully fight orientals in jungle rice-paddies?” Leroy Manor, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant general best known for leading the 1970 Son Tay raid to rescue American captives in North Vietnam, died Feb. 25, 2021,…

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casualties of war

The number of American troops killed or wounded during the Vietnam War totaled 211,523—about 6.2 percent of the 3.4 million who served in Southeast Asia during the years 1955 to 1975. The tally of deaths reached 58,220, a combination battle deaths and deaths from other causes, such as accidents and illness, about 1.7 percent of those who served. BATTLE DEATHS 47,434 1.4% NONMORTAL WOUNDINGS 153,303 4.5% OTHER DEATHS 10,786 0.3% Number of deaths, followed by percent of 3.4 million who served from 1955 to 1975 NOTE: THE NUMBER FOR WOUNDINGS EXCLUDES 150,341 NOT REQUIRING HOSPITAL CARE; SOURCE: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, “AMERICA’S WARS,” NOVEMBER 2020…