Vietnam War

Find here all articles related to the Vietnam War that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975.

A northern aerial view of the "Boneyard" of the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz (Credits: U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)

The biggest aircraft Boneyard in the world

Rows after rows of once-majestic aircraft are lined up at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in the baking heat of Arizona’s Tucson desert, left abandoned in piles of metal. This is where planes go to rest – a 2,600-acre patch of U.S. desert where several generations of military aircraft are stored by the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and …

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Special Forces Legend James N. Rowe was saved by his beard

Col. James “Nick” Rowe played a large role in designing the modern training programs for Special Forces soldiers, especially the school that prepares troops to survive being taken captive. Rowe graduated West Point in 1960 and was eventually sent to South Vietnam as a military advisor. In 1963, then 1st Lt. Rowe was captured in a Viet …

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Bradley Jimerson (left) and Alan Johnson at Fort Campbell, Ky., in 1967. Jimerson was drawn to Army Airborne. (Credits: Bradley Jimerson)

Vietnam: Nightmare World of a Wounded Soldier

America’s press, public, and even Congress paid relatively little attention to the experience of the wounded soldier during the Vietnam War. Weekly casualty reports from U.S. headquarters in Saigon, South Vietnam, gave numbers, but rarely told the story. The Pentagon figure for Americans in Vietnam who suffered “wounds not mortal” is 303,604, including 153,303 of …

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U.S. Air Force 56th Special Operations Wing Douglas A-1E and A-1H/J Skyraiders at Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base prepare for missions over Laos, ca. 1968-69.

Ravens and the Secret Air War in Laos

Secret Air War in Laos Two wars were being waged in Southeast Asia in the 1960s and early 1970s. One was the “public war” in Vietnam. Highly publicized and highly controlled from Washington, it had all the media trappings associated with major military operations. The other was a “secret war” in Laos. Waged under the tightest of security, little …

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An Army 175mm M107 at Camp Carroll provides fire support for ground forces. (Credits: U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center)

The Guns at Khe Sanh, 1968

“The 66-day battle of Khe Sanh, which began in January 1968, became a classic defensive operation for U.S. forces. It tested American concepts of defense and demonstrated that good fire support could effectively neutralize a superior force.” —Major General David Ewing Ott, USA (US Army Vietnam Studies: Field Artillery 1954-1973) The North Vietnamese 1968 Tet Offensive was designed …

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USS New Jersey: A view behind her massive Guns

USS New Jersey (BB-62; also known as “Big J”), an Iowa-class battleship, was the most decorated US Battleship in Naval history and the second ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of the US state of New Jersey (the first being BB16). She was launched on 7 December 1942 by the Philadelphia …

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Haunting images of Plane Wrecks rotting away

Nestled in one man’s back garden, in Newbury/ Ohio, is this collection of more than 30 military jets – salvaged by Walter Soplata over a 50-year period. He bought the planes amid fears they would be dismantled and destroyed, and, upon his death in 2010, his relatives kept his prestigious collection a secret so that scrappers wouldn’t …

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