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April 2019

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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WARRIOR TRIBESThe Montagnard tribes in the Central Highlands were fierce allies of the U.S. Army but had notoriously bad relations with the South Vietnamese government, which hurt the war effort, as an article in this issue explains. To learn more about them, visit HistoryNet.com and search: “Montagnards.”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.HISTORYNET NOWSign up for our FREE monthly e-newsletter at: historynet.com/newslettersLet’s connectVietnam magazineGo digitalVietnam magazine is available on Zinio, Kindle and Nook. ■…

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remembering brave dogs

Sentry dog Nemo, who covered the body of wounded Airman Bob Thorneburg, left, during an enemy attack, was one of the few military dogs returned to the States. Thousands who survived combat were abandoned, euthanized or possibly eaten. (SECURITY FORCES MUSEUM)After reading the article concerning war dogs (“No Room on the Chopper,” by Dana Benner, February 2019), I am totally disgusted with the actions of the military at the end of the Vietnam War. I served with some of the dogs and their handlers in Europe and Southeast Asia. These were not pieces of equipment to be discarded but living creatures that deserved better.H.B. MageeOvid, Mich.Your February issue touched on three special memories from my tour in Vietnam, 1970-71:“No Room on the Chopper” brought back the unfortunate memory of reacting…

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solar storm detonated underwater mines

On May 9, 1972, the U.S. 7th Fleet launched Operation Pocket Money, laying 11,000 sea mines at major North Vietnamese ports and waterways to disrupt the flow of military supplies coming from China and the Soviet Union. Three months later, on Aug. 4, an American aircrew flying over the waters near Hon La, an island off North Vietnam’s coast, observed about two dozen mines mysteriously explode within 30 seconds—with no ships nearby.New research points to solar flares as the cause, buttressing the Navy’s initial findings, which were little known until they were pulled out of the naval archives by a team from the University of Colorado Boulder, led by engineering professor Delores Knipp.Immediately after the 1972 explosions, the Navy investigated potential causes. Many of the mines were designed to detonate…

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agent orange bill for blue water navy stymied

A bill moving through Congress to provide Agent Orange benefits to “blue water” sailors of the Vietnam War came to a dead stop in December when two senators objected, using a legislative maneuver that effectively killed the legislation.Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Mike Lee of Utah, both Republicans, voiced concerns about the costs and scientific evidence underpinning the bill, which would have treated sailors on offshore ships the same as many other Vietnam veterans with diseases related to exposure to Agent Orange, a chemical sprayed through much of South Vietnam to kill vegetation that hid communist troops or provided food for them.Vietnam veterans who served on the ground or on inland “brown water” rivers are presumed to have been in contact with Agent Orange and don’t have to prove…

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rolling thunder runs into hard times

The Rolling Thunder run through the historic heart of Washington that includes the Lincoln and Vietnam Veterans memorials has evolved into a Memorial Day tradition. (JENNIFER E.BERRY)Organizers of the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle run on Memorial Day weekend in Washington, D.C., said the May 2019 run will be their last.A Rolling Thunder official told Military Times on Dec. 13 that the organization has suffered from rising costs for security and cleanup as the ride’s popularity increased crowd sizes to about 1 million spectators.Some supporters have not given up hope, however, and are trying to see if there is a way to continue the run beyond 2019.Officially known as the Rolling Thunder First Amendment Demonstration Run, the event was created by Vietnam veterans to make sure the American public would not…

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khmer rouge’s slaughter declared a genocide

Pol Pot aide Nuon Chea, above, was convicted of crimes connected with mass killings, as evidenced by skulls on display in a Cambodian museum. (AP PHOTO/DAVID LONGSTREATH)An international tribunal has ruled that the Khmer Rouge communist regime of dictator Pol Pot, who ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979, committed genocide against the country’s Muslim Cham and Vietnamese minorities. The Khmer Rouge killed at least 1.7 million people who died from executions, forced labor, starvation and disease.The United Nations-backed panel charged the two most senior surviving members of the regime, Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, with multiple crimes against humanity, including torture, and breaches of the Geneva Conventions, which define war crimes. Both were sentenced to life imprisonment. They were already serving life sentences in Cambodia after earlier convictions for crimes…