Vietnam August 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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6 Números

en este número

3 min.
more than a comic book

“The’Nam Redrew the Battle Lines” (June 2021) was an enjoyable and informative article. My oldest son came across one of the first issues of The’Nam in a comic book store in 1987. He decided to bring it home to me. At first I thought, “What was funny about Vietnam to put in a comic book?” Of course, it was more than a comic, as we all learned. That led to a personal interest, which culminated in collecting two full sets of The’Nam over the years. I still have one set. The other set was donated to The Vietnam Center and Sam Johnson Archive at Texas Tech University. It’s one of their more eclectic items in the archives. Chuck Ward Newberry, South Carolina 1970-72 Still Deadly for Army Aviation Regarding “1971: The Army’s Year of…

5 min.
missing soldiers on secret mission memorialized

Soldiers who disappeared on a top-secret flight over the Pacific in 1962 have been honored with a memorial unveiled in Columbia Falls, Maine, on May 15. On March 16, 1962, three years before the U.S. sent the first ground combat troops into Vietnam, a plane carrying 93 American soldiers, three South Vietnamese and an air crew of 11 vanished over the Pacific Ocean between Guam and the Philippines en route to Saigon. An explosion in the area was reported, but the remains of Flight 739 were never found. Family members have tried for decades, without success, to learn more about Flight 739, which took off from Travis Air Force Base in California and stopped in Hawaii and Wake Island before landing in Guam. The men were aboard a propeller-driven Lockheed Super Constellation commercial…

3 min.
a controversial question

Since the early 2000s quotes attributed to Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, North Vietnam’s top commander for most of the war, have been circulating online as evidence that North Vietnam would have surrendered if the United States had applied just a bit more military pressure. In one version, Giap purportedly says in his 1985 postwar memoir How We Won the War that the United States had been on the verge of defeating North Vietnam after the 1968 Tet Offensive. In the second version, the quote relates to the intense U.S. B-52 bombing campaign in December 1972 during Operation Linebacker II, which struck Hanoi and Haiphong. The alleged quote is something along these lines: “What we still don’t understand is why you Americans stopped the bombing of Hanoi. You had us on the…

7 min.
a breakfast surprise

In the very early and dark morning of Aug. 9, 1972, my Vietnamese driver and I departed Saigon on a special mission to Tay Ninh, about 45 miles northwest of the city. I was on my second tour in Vietnam. On my first, I had been an Army captain in a quartermaster battalion at Cam Ranh Bay during the communist Tet Offensive in 1968. Now I was a major in the 3rd Area Logistics Advisory Team 9, assisting the commander of the Saigon-area quartermaster group, which provided rations, fuel, uniforms and other items to South Vietnamese troops. That morning I went to Tay Ninh to deal with a fuel crisis. I returned to Saigon at about 9:30 a.m. The streets were jammed with a sea of motorized bikes, pedicabs, cars and…

2 min.
b-52g stratofortress bomber

At approximately 8 p.m. on Dec. 18, 1972, Operation Linebacker II opened with a wave of 16 cells of B-52 Stratofortress bombers—three planes in a cell—that rolled over Hanoi. President Richard Nixon ended the operation 12 days later after North Vietnam agreed to resume peace negotiations. Line-backer II’s B-52s had dropped more than 15,237 tons of bombs, destroying major military and transportation facilities in Hanoi and Haiphong. The bombers’ effectiveness, combined with heavy North Vietnamese losses during the communists’ 1972 offensive in South Vietnam, as well as Chinese and Russian pressure on Hanoi, drove North Vietnam to sign the Paris Peace Accords on Jan. 27, 1973. First flown on April 15, 1952, the prototype YB-52 Stratofortress was America’s first all jet-engine intercontinental strategic bomber. The B-52D was the most numerous version…

2 min.
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