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Vietnam in the News
Donn A. Starry, Cold War Strategist, Dies at 86
"Don A. Starry, a retired four-star general and
the chief architect of the cold war military strategy for repelling
a tank-heavy Soviet invasion of Western Europe, died on Aug. 26 at
his home in Canton, Ohio. He was 86.....
Among his assignments during a 40-year military
career, General Starry commanded the 11th Armored Cavalry
Regiment in Vietnam, leading its attack into Cambodia in 1970,
and the V Corps in Germany. He retired in 1983."
Read More at NYTimes.Com September 21, 2011
See Additional Obituary at WashingtonPost.Com -
Cao Ky, South Vietnam Leader, Dies at 80
"Nguyen Cao Ky, the flamboyant former South
Vietnamese Air Force commander who served for two years as his
country’s wartime leader, then fled to the United States when Saigon
fell to the Communists, died Saturday [July 23, 2011] at the age of
Mr. Ky died at a hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he was
being treated for a respiratory infection, a nephew, Peter Phan,
told The Associated Press." Read the complete obituary at the
New York Times.com
See Charles Lincoln's memory of Ky visiting Bravo Btry 6/27th Arty
at Gio Lin in 1967.
QVC axed appearance over Vietnam War comments
"Jane Fonda says she's been banished from QVC
amid concerns about her political past. The network says it was a
routine programming change..." Read the complete story at
The Christian Science Monitor.com
On her blog --
www.janefonda.com -- Fonda posted a detailed account of her trip
to Hanoi." Read her side of the story and be your own judge
whether she has been unfairly labeled as a traitor.
identifies more Vietnam-era draftees still serving than even it had
"WASHINGTON — When Command Sgt. Maj. Jeff
Mellinger announced he was retiring from active duty, the Army
thought it had lost its last Vietnam-era draftee. Turns out there
At least two other soldiers, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ralph Rigby and
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Franklin Ernst, also were drafted during
that era and have continuously served on active duty.
Rigby, 58, who was drafted in..." Read the complete story at the
Cannon King's Obituary Added To Memorials &
A recent posting in the now up and running site
Guestbook by a former 1st Cavalry solder brought us the sad news of
the passing of
John Zmarthie. John was an early photo contributor to this
website (back in 2003). His photos can be found in
three locations on the site and helped complete the FDC Tour,
having served in FDC in 1968-69, and the Firing Battery Map Pages.
Many thanks to Bob Shearer for his posting. Unbeknownst
to us, John passed in May 2006. We regret it took us this much
time to add his Memorial to the site. We hope others will keep
the site informed if they learn of any other Cannon King's passing.
of Honor recipient Col. Robert L. Howard dies at 70
"Robert L. Howard, 70, one of the Vietnam War's most
highly decorated servicemen who received the Medal of Honor for
leading fellow soldiers out of an ambush and fending off more than
250 troops during a two-day siege deep in enemy territory, died Dec.
23  of pancreatic cancer at a hospice in Waco, Tex.
In addition to the Medal of Honor -- the military's highest award
for valor -- Col. Howard received two awards of the Distinguished
Service Cross, the Silver Star, the Defense Superior Service Medal,
four awards of the Legion of Merit, four Bronze Star Medals and
eight Purple Hearts."
Read complete obituary on WashingtonPost.com
Graham Passes at Age 91
It is with sadness to announce the passing of
Nona E. (Bessie)
Graham, friend and content contributor to this website and mother of fellow
Cannon King, Gary
Graham. Mrs. Graham died at 12:14 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, 2009 after
a short illness. She will be laid to rest Friday, October 16, 2009 in
Green Hill Cemetery, Lindsay Oklahoma with Rev. Joseph Wingate officiating.
At the young age of 86 years Nona Graham contributed her first
story to this website. In "Hand Delivered Mail", Nona wrote
from a mother's point of view her thankfulness to a thoughtful local mail clerk
who called her on a Sunday to inform the worried Grahams there was a letter from
Vietnam from her son, Gary, and it could be picked up if they came to the back door of the post
office. Only in a small town such as Lindsay, Oklahoma could this be
successive well-written stories - "The Wall", "An Easter Memory" and
"Every Year About This Time",
Nona continued to provide us with here special insight of the
lessons learned from her experiences of having a son stationed in
Vietnam. Nona was able to put down in words a sample of emotions that each of our mothers, fathers and wives
must have experienced during those Vietnam years.
send our condolences to Gary Graham and the other members of Nona
Graham's Family. As long as this website exists she will be
remembered by her adopted Cannon Kings.
Vietnam in the News
in HD - 3 Night Event Begins Nov. 8 at 9/8c on History.com
"It's not the war you know. It's the war they
Two years after the release of its landmark Emmy-winning series WWII
in HD, HISTORY shifts its focus to a new generation and one of the
most controversial chapters in American history, the Vietnam War.
Vietnam in HD will immerse viewers in the sights, the sounds and the
stories of the Vietnam War as it has never before been seen.
Thousands of hours of uncensored footage--much of it shot by
soldiers in action--will detail every critical chapter of the
conflict. The war will unfold onscreen through the gripping
firsthand accounts of 13 brave men and women who were forever
changed ..." Visit
History.com for more information.
Catch the Rerun if you can- it's worth your time!
ACR Troop Honored 40 Years Later
Members of Alpha Troop, First Squadron, 11th
Armored Calvary Regiment were honored by President Obama in the
White House Rose Garden on October 20, 2009. Obama held the
ceremony to celebrate the awarding of a Presidential Unit Citation
to Alpha Troop for its "extraordinary heroism and conspicuous
gallantry" in the fight to.
The battle to save 80 American soldiers who were
pinned down by an enemy battalion took place on March 26, 1970 at a
place near the Cambodian border. Congratulations,
Blackhorse Troopers! Read more about the honor
and the battle here at
begin at Vietnam Veterans Memorial in DC
WASHINGTON — Repair work was under way
Wednesday at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall as a
private memorial fund took over landscaping and maintenance of 13
acres from the National Park Service.
Read more from the Associated Press
We Getting Old or What? Never Thought I Would See the Day!
Military enthusiasts begin re-enacting Vietnam War - The
Vietnam re-enactors have no national
organization, but participants say Vietnam War groups are popping up
around the country. Events were staged earlier ...
soldier Calley involved in My Lai massacre says he's 'very sorry
Los Angeles Times
"Speaking in a soft, sometimes labored voice, the only U.S. Army
officer convicted in the 1968 slayings of Vietnamese civilians
at My Lai made an extraordinary public apology while speaking to
a small group near the military base where he was
To Agent Orange Linked To Prostate Cancer In Vietnam Veterans
ScienceDaily (Aug. 5, 2008) — UC Davis Cancer Center
physicians today released results of research showing that Vietnam
War veterans exposed to Agent Orange have greatly increased risks of
prostate cancer and even greater risks of getting the most
aggressive form of the disease as compared to those who were not
For more information on Agent Orange
Wishing You the
Best This Memorial Day Holiday!
Many of us remember when Memorial Day was always celebrated on May 30th
until Congress changed it to the last Monday in May so that many of us could
have a 3-day weekend. This year it falls on the the 25th. Sometime
during these three days I hope you will take a few minutes to visit the "In Memoriam"
section of the website to remember our comrades who were not as lucky as all of us and who
their lives in the service of our country.
Please especially note a new
name to the "In Memoriam" section this year -
PFC Leonard Martin, Jr. of Bravo Battery who was killed at Gio Linh on April
30, 1967. PFC Martin was there at Gio Linh near the DMZ when Bravo Battery
was temporarily assigned to the 2/94th Artillery as their D Battery. Since
the Marines had no heavy artillery at that time Bravo Battery was welcomed the
the Marines. The2/94th Artillery soon arrived and Bravo joined them and
fired in support of the Marines. Bravo Battery was awarded a Combat
Commendation for its heroic service there. Records show that it was
Bravo Battery that fired the first artillery round into North Vietnam in the
When the "In Memoriam" section was added to the website several years ago
the database that was consulted for a listing of those Killed In Action
"incorrectly" listed PFC Martin as a member of the 2/94th and his name was
therefore not listed as a 6/27th Artillery Casualty. Many thanks to PFC
Martin's brother, Ed, for recently pointing out this oversight.
Innovator Sought New Approach to Battle in Vietnam
Victory H. Krulak, 1913-2008 An
unconventional thinker in the ultimate hierarchy, Lt. Gen. Victor H.
Krulak dreamed up new ways to bring force to bear on U.S. military
opponents, and clashed with the Pentagon over strategy in Vietnam
while serving as Marine commander in the Pacific basin."
The Wall Street Journal January 3-4, 2009.
released tapes show President Johnson worried about Vietnam peace
talks, Nixon associates
By KELLEY SHANNON , Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - In the last months of his administration, President
Lyndon Johnson voiced worry over the Vietnam peace talks and
stridently suggested that associates of Richard Nixon were
attempting to keep South Vietnam away from the table until after the
1968 election, recordings of telephone conversations released
"This is treason," Johnson said, referring to people close to Nixon,
during a conversation with Senate Republican leader Everett Dirksen.
The Democratic president never accused the Republican who would
succeed him of treason, but said, "If Nixon keeps the South
Vietnamese away from the (peace) conference, well that's going to be
From the Star-Tribune.com
To listen to the Johnson tapes in MP3 format
from the LBJ Library
click here. Think you will find them fascinating.
Bulletin January 7, 2009, Includes Quan Loi Vet's Story:
What I Really Know About the First Snow: Welcome Home
By Bert L. Murphy Jr.
"I am a native Michigander and 63 years old, so I’ve seen a lot of first snows.
Though I don’t remember my first snow as a child, I will always remember one as
a young man.
In December 1967 I had just turned 22, left my home in Fruitport, Mich., and
arrived in Quan Loi, Vietnam. I was a heavy equipment operator with the 1st
Infantry Division. For the next 12 months all I experienced of the weather was
heat, rain and dust. The dust in the dry season would get so thick on the dirt
roads that vehicles would leave deep tracks similar to those left in snow. When
I saw it, I thought of home and Michigan winters..."
Read it Here.
King Chosen Disabled Veteran of the Year
It was announced that Norman Wolfinger (Sep68 to
May69), former member of Charlie, HHB and finally, Alpha Battery
6/27th Artillery was named the 2007 Disabled Veteran of the Year.
Norm was injured in the early morning hours of May 13, 1969 at Quan Loi
Base Camp, Vietnam from a barrage of rocket and mortar fire while on
guard duty with Wayne Thomspon.
Quickly medivaced south to the 93rd Medivac
Hospital at Long Binh he was soon on his way to the 106th General
Hospital in Japan. After two weeks he was airlifted to Walton
Army Hospital in Ft Dix, NJ and was finally sent home to
Pennsylvania in March 1970.
Upon early medical discharge
Norm went on to take advantage of DAV programs and obtained a law
degree from the University of Florida. In 1984
Norm was elected States Attorney for Brevard County in Florida where
he has been reelected to six consecutive four-year terms.
Click Here to read a
reprint of the article published in the DAV
Magazine in pdf format or view the entire
July/August DAV Magazine. (Choose
"News & Info" then "DAV Magazine from menu)
Norm, for this great and well-deserved honor and the subsequent honor you add to the
6/27th Artillery by your acceptance of this award in New Orleans
next month! It is indeed an honor to all of us who call you friend,
comrade and fellow
Listen to a recording of the battle sounds Norm recorded in the early
morning hours of May 12, 1969 - the day before he received his
injury. Norm combined this audio recording with photos he had
taken of the HHB and Alpha Battery at Quan Loi in the previous month
and sent as a video to the site in May 2004.
Click Here to Hear
If you would like to extend congratulations to
Norm his email address is in the Roster or you can send them to
firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be forwarded to
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Turns 25
Like most capital
cities, Washington, D.C.,
has its share of monuments and memorials. November 13, one of those
monuments, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, marks its 25th
anniversary. As VOA's Susan Logue reports, the once controversial
memorial has become a powerful symbol and a place of healing for
Historians divide on Vietnam's lessons for Iraq
By Tom Shanker
WASHINGTON: The American withdrawal from Vietnam is
widely remembered as an ignominious end to a misguided war - but one
that cleared a path for Vietnam to become a unified and stable
nation, with healthy ties to the United States. Now, in urging
Americans to stay the course in Iraq, President George W. Bush is
challenging that history. Bush delivered a rousing defense of his
Iraq policy on Wednesday, telling a group of veterans that "a free
Iraq" is within reach and warning that if Americans succumb to "the
allure of retreat," they will witness death and suffering of the
sort not seen since the Vietnam War.
International Herald Tribune.com
Charlie Battery Members Hold Mini-reunion
Six members of Gun #1, Charlie Battery - 1970-71,
held a reunion in a small town near Niagara Falls, New York on June
1-3, 2007. Former Gun Chief, Ken Wright reported it was great
to meet with his crew again after more than thirty-six years.
Click here to view photo and story.
releases 90 million war records, from Jamestown to Vietnam
On Thursday, (May24) Ancestry.com unveils more
than 90 million U.S. war records from the first English settlement
at Jamestown in 1607 through the Vietnam War's end in 1975. The site
also has the names of 3.5 million U.S. soldiers killed in action,
including 2,000 who died in Iraq.
"The history of our families is intertwined with the history of our
country," Tim Sullivan, chief executive of Ancestry.com, said in a
telephone interview. "Almost every family has a family member or a
loved one that has served their country in the military."
The records, which can be accessed free until
the anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 2007, came from the National
Archives and Records Administration and include 37 million images,
draft registration cards from both world wars, military yearbooks,
prisoner-of-war records from four wars, unit rosters from the Marine
Corps from 1893 through 1958, and Civil War pension records, among
Ancestry.com military records page.
40 years ago, soldier finally retires
FORT BLISS, Texas — One of the last Vietnam-era Army
draftees retired Wednesday, 40 years after first donning a uniform.
---- Chief Warrant Officer Robert Rangel, 61, didn't plan on a
four-decade Army career. When his draft number came up in 1967, he
was trying to "fly below the radar" as a college student at what was
then Texas Western College in his hometown of El Paso. But his
grades weren't great and then "I got caught," Rangel said Wednesday
with a wide smile.
In a 1971 CBS News clip, Vietnam vet Delmar Pickett
Jr. describes an airport spit incident. Were veterans spat upon as
they returned from serving in Vietnam? When Holy Cross College
scholar Jerry Lembcke studied the allegations for his 1998 book
Spitting Image: Myth, Memory, and the Legacy of Vietnam, he found no
evidence to back the claim.
do you think? - Now you have a chance to relate your experience.
Visit the site
Bulletin Board to
read and post your comments.
makes comeback on Ho Chi Minh Trail
Cambodia, conservation group shelter species in
biodiversity preserve -
KEO SEIMA, Cambodia - Four decades after U.S.
warplanes plastered it with bombs, a remote corner of the old Ho Chi
Minh Trail in Cambodia is making a comeback as a treasure trove of
AP via MSNBC.com
Army aviator to receive Medal of Honor for Vietnam valor
MANCHESTER, Wash. (AP) -- A retired Army officer
whose wing man in a Vietnam helicopter mission was awarded the Medal
of Honor in 2001 has also been named to receive the nation's highest
military decoration. Retired Maj. Bruce P. Crandall, a native
of Olympia, was told Friday that he would receive the award from
President Bush in a ceremony at the White House on Feb. 26. An
announcement also was posted on an Army Web site.
After 25 years, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial casts a long shadow.
This week the American Institute of Architects is
honoring the Vietnam memorial with its Twenty-five Year Award, for a
work that's stood the test of time for a quarter century.
Newsweek on MSN.com
Plans to Build $33 Billion High-Speed North-South Railway
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Vietnam plans to build
a US$33 billion high-speed railway system that would cut the
1,600-kilometer (1,000-mile) trip from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City by
two-thirds, the government has announced.
AP on Yahoo Business
Terror More Expensive Than Vietnam
The Vietnam War lasted ten years and cost the
equivalent of $662 billion -- the War on Terror is set to surpass
that price tag in 2007. In fact, according to some economists, it
already has -- five times over.
Der Spiegel Online International
Legion Head's Record Challenged
BOSTON Dec 3, 2006 (AP)— The national commander of
the American Legion never served in Vietnam although he describes
himself as a "Vietnam veteran," a newspaper reported Sunday... Paul
A. Morin, who was elected Aug. 31 to a one-year term as commander of
the nation's largest veterans organization, spent his time in the
Army from 1972 to 1974 at Fort Dix, N.J., The Boston Sunday Globe
Psychological Toll on Troops Revised Downward
08.17.06, 12:00 AM ET
THURSDAY, Aug. 17 (HealthDay
Forbes.com -- A new
and exhaustive analysis of military records could rewrite the
history books on how many U.S. soldiers suffered post-traumatic
stress disorder (PTSD) after serving in Vietnam.
From enemies to friends
By Julian Pettifer
BBC Radio 4's Crossing Continents
Four decades on, the trauma of the war between the US and Vietnam is
beginning to fade, and the two countries are undergoing a
transformation in relations.
told China communist takeover in Vietnam was
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former U.S. secretary of state
Henry Kissinger quietly acknowledged to China in 1972 that
Washington could accept a communist takeover of South Vietnam if
that evolved after a withdrawal of U.S. troops - even as the war to
drive back the Communists dragged on with mounting deaths.
The late U.S. president Richard Nixon's envoy told Chinese Premier
Zhou Enlai: "If we can live with a communist government in China, we
ought to be able to accept it in Indochina."
Personal data on millions of US veterans stolen
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Personal data on 26.5 million
U.S. veterans was stolen from the residence of a Department of
Veterans Affairs employee who was not authorized to take the
material home, exposing them to possible identity theft, the
department said on Monday.
The data included names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth
for the military veterans and some spouses, the department said,
although there had as yet been no indication it had been used for
identity theft. The electronic data related to everyone discharged
from the military since 1975.
plaque honors Vietnam vets
Thirty-one years after the fall of Saigon, Vietnamese expatriates
yesterday dedicated a plaque at the National Memorial Cemetery of
the Pacific in tribute to U.S. military forces, along with those of
allied nations, who fought side by side with South Vietnamese armed
over Vietnam War Continues Decades after it Ended
Historians and former policymakers during the Vietnam War gathered
over the weekend to analyze the origins and reasons for America's
failed intervention in Southeast Asia and whether its lessons were
being applied to today's war in Iraq.
Voice of America.com
As Vietnam Disappointments on the homefront.
By Dexter Lehtinen
"I feel like we’re winning the war over here and
we’re losing the war back home.” These were the words of a Marine
corporal at Camp Fallujah, Iraq, just a few weeks ago.
National Review Online
and Iraq: Six Stages of Deception
On the eve of the 38th anniversary of the Tet
Offensive, it is instructive to study the parallels between the
Vietnam debacle and the current situation in Iraq. Analysis:
by David Robson and Richard Krohn -
Chronicle and Sentinel
bans fruity website name
A website hoping to promote grapefruit in Vietnam
has been banned from using the fruit's name because of official
fears of a mix-up with a penis.
Orders Agent Orange Payments
SEOUL, South Korea - A South Korean court ordered two
U.S. manufacturers of the defoliant Agent Orange to pay $62 million
in medical compensation Thursday to local veterans of the Vietnam
War and their families.
AP via Yahoo News
war was always in the background."
Marc Levy, an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a Gloucester
resident, said during his years traveling through Central America
and Southeast Asia, the repercussions of his tour in 1969 and 1970
seemed to be shaping his actions, but it never occurred to him at
the time that the war might be haunting him. (Reprinted
from the Gloucester Daily Times) You can
read some of Marc's work
Hero in Vietnam
rescue dies at 62
Associated Press NEW ORLEANS - Hugh Thompson Jr., a former U.S. Army helicopter
pilot honored for rescuing Vietnamese civilians from his fellow GIs during the
My Lai massacre, died early Friday. He was 62.
Houston Chronicle. com also
from Vietnam - Opinion > op/ed - By
To those of us who were in Vietnam and who came home
to watch another 33,000 troops die before we finally left, the Bush
administration arguments about "staying the course" have a familiar
ring. With Vietnam, we were told that if we left too soon, the South
Vietnamese government would fall and America's standing and
credibility in the world would be compromised. There would be a
"bloodbath" as the North Vietnamese took revenge on our South
Vietnamese allies. Other governments in Southeast Asia would fall
like dominoes under the influence of the Communists. And we would be
abandoning our POWs.
"Reflecting on the Season" - A poignant AP photo at the Vietnam
Memorial Wall in this mornings Omaha newspaper
Click Here to See
American attitudes on Iraq similar to Vietnam era
By Susan Page, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — There are enormous differences between the war in Iraq
and the one in Vietnam that defined a generation. The current
conflict hasn't lasted as long, taken nearly as many American lives
or sparked the sort of anti-war movement that marked the '60s and
of intelligence on Vietnam kept secret
By Scott Shane The New York Times
WASHINGTON: The U.S. National Security Agency has kept secret since
2001 a finding by an agency historian that NSA officers deliberately
distorted critical intelligence during the Tonkin Gulf episode that
helped precipitate the Vietnam War, according to two people familiar
with the historian's work.
International Herald Tribune
Vietnam-era defense chief calls for Iraq exit plan
WASHINGTON -- The defense secretary [Melvin Laird]
who served under President Richard M. Nixon during the Vietnam War
is warning that the United States is repeating in Iraq some of the
mistakes that led to public disillusionment and ultimate defeat in
Vietnam, including the impression that there is no clear goal for
victory or a detailed, well-described plan to bring US troops home.
Melvin R. Laird, who led the Defense Department in the
final years of the Vietnam War, writes in the next edition of
The Boston Globe
flu virus shows signs of evading newest drug
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The feared avian influenza
virus is showing signs it can evade the drug considered the first
line of defense against bird flu, researchers said on Friday.
They found so-called resistant strains in a Vietnamese girl who
recovered from a bird flu infection after being treated with Tamiflu.
They also found evidence she was directly infected by her brother
and not by chickens, a rare case of human-to-human transmission of
Vietnam's effort key to stopping spread of avian flu
60 million fowl getting shots to counter virus
Hanoi -- Villagers of Nam Trieu commune in Ha
Tay province 30 miles southwest of Hanoi carry their squealing
chickens and waterfowl by hand or in wire cages and baskets on the
back of bicycles to a vaccination area.
San Francisco Chronicle
Two Days in October -
American Experience on Public Television
"Some stayed. Some went. All fought.
In October 1967, history turned a corner. In a jungle in Vietnam, a
Viet Cong ambush nearly wiped out an American battalion, prompting
some in power to question whether the war might be unwinnable. On a
campus in Wisconsin, a student protest against the war spiraled out
of control, marking the first time that a campus anti-war
demonstration had turned violent.
American Experience presents
Two Days in October, based on the book They Marched Into
Sunlight by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Maraniss. From
director Robert Kenner (War Letters, Influenza 1918, John Brown's
Holy War), this moving film examines the critical events that took
place in the turbulent fall of 1967." Airing Monday October
17, 2005 on PBS (Check your local listings for
exact viewing times in your area)
Iraq war 'costlier than Vietnam'
The monthly cost to the US of the war in Iraq
is now greater than the average monthly cost of the Vietnam War, a
report by two anti-war groups says. The report put costs in Iraq at
$500m (£278m) a month more than in Vietnam, adjusted for inflation.
Vietnam Veterans of America to Coordinate Relief
Effort for Hurricane Katrina
WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Vietnam
Veterans of America National President John Rowan is calling on the
organization's state councils, chapters, and members from across the
nation to come to the aid of the millions of Americans affected by
Iraq media toll tops Vietnam
The number of journalists and support staff
killed in Iraq since the start of the war in March 2003 now exceeds
the toll among the media during 20 years of the Vietnam war,
according to separate reports from two international journalists'
Hagel: Iraq growing more like Vietnam
Republican Senator says Bush should meet with protesting mom
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of
Nebraska on Thursday said the United States is "getting more and
more bogged down" in Iraq and stood by his comments that the White
House is disconnected from reality and losing the war.
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with film clips from World War II, Vietnam, Israel and Iraq.
Charlotte (NC) Observer
Kissinger finds parallels to Vietnam in Iraq
Former diplomat cites 'divisions in the United States'
Monday, August 15, 2005; Posted: 4:51 a.m. EDT (08:51 GMT) WASHINGTON
(CNN) -- An architect of the U.S. war in Vietnam more than 30 years ago said
Sunday that he has "a very uneasy feeling" that some of the same factors that
damaged support for the conflict there are re-emerging in the 2-year-old war in
U.S., Vietnam to coordinate on Agent Orange
(Kyodo) _ The United States and Vietnam opened a workshop Tuesday to
coordinate methods to remove the effects of the defoliant Agent
Orange in Vietnam, the U.S. embassy in Hanoi said.
Yahoo Asia News
Stress-disorder claims face review
Washington (AP) The government is going to take a new look
at the claims of about one-third of the military veterans who now get disability
payments for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Reprinted from the Omaha World Herald
U.S. Identifies Remains of Vietnam MIAs
By MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer
Tue Aug 9, 9:23 PM ET - The remains of 12 servicemen listed as
missing in action during the Vietnam War have been identified and
are returning home, 37 years after they died in a fierce battle near
the Laos-Vietnam border, the Defense Department announced Tuesday.
moving memorial for Vietnam vets
By Jennifer Roy / Daily News Staff Sunday, August
WALTHAM -- Thousands of people, including a man who was born two days after his
father was killed in action, are expected to pass through Gore Place this week
when a moving, half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial makes a stop
in the Watch City.
Metro West Daily News
Vietnam Vets Gaining Back Pride, Medals
Associated Press | August 05, 2005
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Still in his Army greens, William Tallerdy barely
had both feet back on American soil when a man came up to him,
demanding to know if he was returning from Vietnam. Then, right
there in the airport, the heckler punched the veteran in the face.
Hendrix used gay ruse to avoid Vietnam: book
AP - SEATTLE — Jimi Hendrix might have stayed in the Army. He
might have been sent to Vietnam. Instead, he pretended he was gay. And with
that, he was discharged from the 101st Airborne in 1962, launching a musical
career that would redefine the guitar, leave other rock heroes of the day
speechless and culminate with his headlining performance of "The Star-Spangled
Banner" at Woodstock in 1969.
Palm Springs man reunites with Vietnam War rescuers
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- For 40 years, Frank Tullo
dreamed of the day when he would be face to face with the four
members of the 12th Tactical Fighter Squadron who saved his life
after his plane was shot down over North Vietnam during the war.
North County Times.com
U.S. Vietnam Commander Westmoreland Dies
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Years after the Vietnam War, retired Gen. William
Westmoreland remained steadfast, proud of his command and of his support for a
bigger military at a time when American casualties were mounting.
"I have no apologies, no regrets. I gave my very best efforts," Westmoreland
told The Associated Press in 1985. "I've been hung in effigy. I've been spat
upon. You just have to let those things bounce off."
Westmoreland died Monday of natural causes at Bishop Gadsden retirement home,
where he had lived with his wife, said his son, James Ripley Westmoreland. He
AP via Yahoo News
A discourse shaped
by the Vietnam War
PARIS Wearing an elegant tweed jacket and sipping fruit
juice in a Left Bank café here, the writer Duong Thu Huong hardly cuts a
threatening figure. But Huong, 58, evidently does in her native Vietnam, where
she has spent time in jail, has seen her books banned and for 11 years was
denied a passport to travel abroad.
International Herald Tribune
Vietnam War link confirmed between Agent Orange and diabetes:
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Agent Orange, the chemical defoliant widely used
during the Vietnam War by US forces, is associated with diabetes
found in American veterans, a Pentagon study said.
Vietnam vets win battle
Vietnam war veterans will finally get what they've
been fighting 30 years for when the Prime Minister tomorrow
announces a compensation commission into the health impact of Agent
The New Zealand Herald
Foreigners Allowed To Buy Vietnam's Failing
HANOI, July 7 Asia Pulse -
International financial organizations, foreign investors and foreign
companies in Vietnam will now have the right to buy part or all of
poorly-performing State-owned companies, under a newly-released
decree regarding the transfer, hiring, and selling of these
Asia Pulse News
Vietnam Wall Experience
"Some said: Don’t go, it will make you sad. Some
said: Go see it, it’s not that bad. Yes some said: Don’t go, it's
best to forget. But I know that for many... It’s not over yet."
Perot running mate James Stockdale dead
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Retired U.S. Navy Vice Adm.
James Stockdale, who led a prisoner-of-war underground in North
Vietnam and later ran for vice president on H. Ross Perot's
third-party ticket, has died at age 81.
Congress plans emergency funds for vets health care
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As U.S. war injuries in Iraq
and Afghanistan mounted, Congress on Tuesday hurriedly crafted legislation to
provide around $1.5 billion in "emergency" funds for veterans' health care
programs stretched thin by combat and aging veterans of past wars.
Veteran Protests Vietnam Premier
WASHINGTON - Sitting as guest of honor at a dinner
marking a new era of friendship between his country and the United States,
Vietnam's prime minister got a stark reminder of the divisiveness that lingers a
generation after the war ended.
Bush says he'll visit Vietnam next year
"I'm looking forward to my trip and to the APEC
summit that Vietnam will be hosting," Bush said after meeting in the Oval Office
with Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai.
CNN.com (Wonder why this is his
Vietnam, war history through a political lens
"Of course, to the victors go the spoils - including
the right to rewrite history. Just imagine what British soldiers
would think if they could see all those monuments from Boston Harbor
to Yorktown...Thirty years after its final victory, Vietnam's
historical revisionism fulfills a political need: to unify a people
still divided by history, outlook, income, and social status. The
results vary considerably from what we lived and saw...
In the rewriting of history, though, it is the pattern of what the
Vietnamese call "the American war" that is most skewed. The siege of
Khe Sanh, broken after troops from the US First Air Cavalry Division
punched through on Route 9, goes down as an unqualified victory for
the North. That's because the Americans pulled out of Khe Sanh
several months later, realizing the base was exposed, isolated, and
extremely costly to defend."
By Donald Kirk | Correspondent of The
Christian Science Monitor
Vietnam vets in Iraq see 'entirely different war'
TIKRIT, Iraq — Before dawn, the pilots digest their
intelligence briefing with coffee. The sun rises as they start preflight checks.
Just after 7:30, they start rotors turning on their UH-60A Black Hawk, and ease
it smoothly into the desert sky.
Vietnam sending officers to U.S. for training
HANOI, Vietnam -- Once enemies in battle, Vietnam and the United States will
cooperate in the exchange of intelligence on terrorism and transnational crime,
and Vietnam will send military officers for training in the United States, Prime
Minister Phan Van Khai has announced on the eve of the first trip to the United
States by a Vietnamese Communist leader.
The Washington Post (Sound
Vietnam's telling trail
HO CHI MINH HIGHWAY, Vietnam -- If relentless
American bombing didn't get him, it would take a North Vietnamese
soldier as long as six months to make the grueling trek through
jungle down the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Today, you speed along the same
route at 100 kilometers (65 miles) an hour, past peaceful hamlets
and stunning mountain scenery.
Archives show JFK sought way out of Vietnam
WASHINGTON Newly uncovered documents from both American and Polish archives show
that President John F. Kennedy and the Soviet Union secretly sought ways to find
a diplomatic settlement to the war in Vietnam, starting three years before the
United States sent combat troops.
International Herald Tribune
Looking for American Remains in Vietnam
All Things Considered,
June 8, 2005
· The painstaking work of finding and identifying the remains
of Americans killed in the Vietnam War continues more than three
decades after U.S. forces pulled out. You need
to listen to this one. Check it out at
Vietnam vets’ poet laureate dies
Steve Mason, poet laureate of the Vietnam Veterans
of America, died Wednesday at his home in Ashland, surrounded by
friends and family. He was 65.
Southern Oregon Mail Tribune
Table Tradition Honors Lost Vietnam Vets
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. May 27, 2005 — The table is
set with a white tablecloth, a black napkin and white candle, and a
plate with only a slice of lemon and salt. An empty chair leans
against the table.
Vietnam PM to visit US from June 19 to 25
HANOI (AFP) - Vietnam's Prime Minister Phan Van
Khai will visit the United States from June 19 to 25 at the
invitation of President George W. Bush, Vietnam state television
said, quoting a foreign ministry statement.
Vietnam’s new consumer generation spends money
HANOI: A new middle class of young, tech-savvy
consumers with money to buy mobile phones, home electronics and
other luxury items is set to propel Vietnam’s economic growth for
years to come.
The Star Online
The long search is over for Reed McDonald. For more then two
years Reed has been actively searching for the soldier that saved
his life on May 6, 1970 when the 8 inch howitzer he had hooked a
ride on from FSB Burkett to FSB Wade
flipped off a bridge, pinning Reed below in the water. The years had
passed, the memories grew dimmer and the realities of the world first had to be
accepted. For Reed McDonald there remained a sense of guilt - an
obligation unfulfilled all these years to find and thank that special "guardian
angel" who he always credited with saving his life. Enough of my
chatter...let Reed tell the story "In
Memory to SSgt Archie Lamar Jones".
Try out the new
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if you have placed an entry in the old Guestbook please
this new one!
The last site
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and those entries have been removed from the current Guestbook. Look for
those entries in the "Guestbook
We are pleased this month to learn that our website has been awarded
"The Gunner's Net Award of Excellence". Given by the
unofficial home of all Gunners, past and present, in Australia, "Gunners
Australia", we are pleased to join the
select group of chosen
websites. Many thanks to Peter Tibbets, Webmaster, for this honor.
Okay, so some of us are gung ho for
this war in Iraq and others are not. This is not about that.
What it is about, is what we all can agree on, and that is -
regardless of how you feel about the politics of this war - the
troops deserve our support. Remember - they are following
orders just like we did back in Vietnam. So, here is a great
way that you can support those troops both in Iraq and in
Aphganistan. It's a site called
Instead of just nodding in agreement that you support the troops - this site
provides you with an opportunity to put your time and/or money to work.
Send a letter to a soldier - send a care package. Check it out!
(Many thanks to Reed McDonald for sending this link).