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    Arsenal | North Vietnam’s P-4 Torpedo Boat

    At approximately 3:05 p.m. on Aug. 2, 1964, USS Maddox fired three warning shots at three North Vietnamese P-4 patrol torpedo boats approaching the destroyer at high speed.  Over the next 20 minutes, the Maddox fired more than 280...

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    Valor | John Lee Levitow

    Air Force AC-47 gunships, called “Spooky” and “Puff the Magic Dragon,” prowled the skies over South Vietnam during the dangerous hours of darkness when grunts on the ground would come under attack. Their miniguns could rain one...

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    Voices | Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

    We’re trying to do as good a job as we can telling the story from every perspective as we can. The story of the Vietnam War is a story about the present as well as the past, says Ken Burns, whose documentary on the conflict, co-directed...

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    Media Digest | The Battle That Changed the War

    Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam by Mark Bowden, Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017. There were hundreds of battles and thousands of smaller engagements during America’s involvement in the Vietnam War, but most...

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    Arsenal | M113A1 Personnel Carrier

    A group of troops atop an M113 is one of the iconic images of the Vietnam War. The M113 armored personnel carrier, second only to the UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” helicopter in battlefield importance, entered production in April 1960....

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    Valor | Willy Williams, Most Decorated Enlisted Sailor in Navy history

    In the history of the U.S. Navy only seven men have earned all of the “Big Three” valor awards: Medal of Honor, Navy Cross and Silver Star Medal. Six were World War II officers, including one aviator and four submarine commanders. The...

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    Lightning Bug War Over North Vietnam

    A top-secret, highly successful and still unheralded program in Vietnam presaged today’s drone victories in the war on terror. At a surface-to-air missile site south of Hanoi on February 13, 1966, radar appeared to lock in on a lone...

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    When Pigs Fly

    Five unlikely passengers add a surprising twist to a mundane chopper flight. I was prepared for another routine trip to Dak Pek to deliver the monthly payroll sheets and funds for the Civilian Irregular Defense Group troops. Routine meant...

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    War for Peace in Vietnam

    Final peace talks in Paris, interrupted by ferocious Yuletide bombing, epitomized the byzantine and often bizarre maneuverings that let the United States find a way out of Vietnam. IN TET’S WAKE, FORMAL PEACE TALKS between the United...

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    Vietnam- Letter from the Editor February 2013

    Counting the Years LAST MEMORIAL DAY AT the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, President Barack Obama launched the Department of Defense program to mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. On the stage that day were Defense Secretary Leon...

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    Vietnam News February 2013

    Drums of Agent Orange in Okinawa Cited in Army Report A recently discovered Pentagon document may confirm what some Vietnam War veterans have been claiming for years—that the U.S. was stockpiling drums of Agent Orange (AO) on Okinawa...

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    Vietnam-Letters from Readers February 2013

    Hailing Hereford I’ve been reading Vietnam magazine for several years. This is my first letter. The October 2012 account of the brave men in the article “Last Stand at Landing Zone Hereford” is excellent, one of the best articles...

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    Vietnam Book Review: The M60 Machine Gun

    The M60 Machine Gun by Kevin Dockery, Osprey Publishing, 2012  Standardized for the U.S. Army in 1957, the M60 was the product of a protracted evolution that led from the emergence of light machine guns during World War I, alongside...

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    Vietnam Book Review: Hanoi’s War

    Hanoi’s War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam  by Lien-Hang T. Nguyen, The University of North Carolina Press, 2012 For years the manner in which Hanoi waged its war—militarily, politically,...

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    Re-Banding the Brothers

    The social media revolution has been a godsend for pulling scattered bands of brothers—forged decades ago in Vietnam—back together again. Once the long line of passengers ahead of me finished fumbling with stowing their carry-on...

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    Hearts, Minds, and Herbicides

    Long before dioxin-laced Agent Orange supplanted Agents Blue, Purple and Pink, the Kennedy administration grappled with the moral and political dilemmas associated with defoliation and crop destruction in Vietnam. While the use of...