AFAR Travel Guides
[Received from Mike Jackson in December 2018.]
DAO (Defense Attache Office) Final Assessment for January through June 1975
Received from Mike McNally in January 2016.
When Mike sent this, he wrote: "I'm leaving a link which should open a PDF version of the Defense Attache Office final assessment from 1975. The first thing you'll notice is a statement, supposedly from the "Joint Staff", saying that the assessment is not trustworthy due to the lack of supporting documents. The statement seems to be crooked on the page, so I don't know if the statement is authentic....Mike
While it is true that our fighting forces had been removed from South Vietnam,
this 109-page phone book shows that the U.S. was still very much a "presence."
The American Services Radio (ARS) staff are listed on the following pages as "DAO Army Div. T-1, Rm 127":
Ian G. Tervet Page 70
Charles M. "Chuck" Neil Page 58
Michael A. "Mike" Monderer Page 56
Lewis A. "Lew" Ravenscroft Page 73
(Most likely the same SFC Ravenscroft, USA, who was in Engineering in Saigon in1967-69)
A novel about life in Saigon during the Vietnam War.
[From the Stars & Stripes for November 13, 2015.]
by Dante A. Ciampaglia
[Article in the Dail Star, August 6, 2020]
This 1967 U.S. Navy film is narrated by actor Jack Webb. The film argues that anti-war protesters don’t
understand what’s happening in Southeast Asia and sets out to promote the accomplishments, and
document the difficulties, facing the Marines and Navy in a single day.
It was supposed to land at Da Nang but the crew goofed.
They absolved themselves by getting it into the air again.
[Received from Jim Anderson on March 28, 2015]
[Prepared by Paul Kasper, proofread by Bob Nelson and edited by Jim White.]
Use your browser to search on "Donut Dollies Vietnam"
for lots of hits about the Donut Dollies
Donut Dollies - American Red Cross
Ken Leighty was the Compound Command of Special Services Recreation Center #4,
2nd Infantry Division. He has made a special effort to include the women who
worked in moral and recreation in Korea, especially ARC and Special Services.
This link is included here because of the many connections between the Donut Dollies,
USO and Special Services staff members, and AFVN during the Vietnam War.
Note: On July 27, 2015, I discovered that the original link no longer worked and that it was now
a part of a 2nd Infantry Division website. The link has been changed.
It now goes to a page with links to Special Services, Donut Dollies, AFKN, etc. Webmaster
A contemporary story about Big Minh, with photos, from a tourism website and a guy that writes
about Vietnam's war history (though you may not agree with it all).
[From a post on Facebook by Rick Fredericksen.]
[Received from Mike McNally]
The Story of the Engineer Corps during the Vietnam War.
Some of the Detachments received help from the Engineers in building their station,
maybe you can find that unit here.
[Received from Paul Kasper]
A 53-minute video, primarily on lessor known, free-lance
(mostly) Australian entertainers in Vietnam.
Go to the AFVN Group Conversation on Entertaining Vietnam
for some background behind this video.
Story of a South Vietnamese Helicopter Pilot Escaping from Vietnam in Comic Book Form.
Story of a South Vietnamese C-130 Pilot Escaping with his entire Family
[Received from John "Randy" Kafka.]
[Received from Bob Peetz in March 2019.]
This is one of the "Big Picture" programs that the Department of the Army prepared in the
1950's and 60's. It includes short stories about the various MAAGs in the Far East--
from Southeast Asia through Korea and Japan.
The portion on MAAG-Vietnam (the predecessor to MACV) starts at 5:38.
The story of the start of the "Brown Water Navy" in Vietnam.
[Taken from Facebook on February 2nd, 2020.]
This goes to a link with many sub-links related to commemorating the Vietnam War.
Go to the Group Conversation on this topic (Click here) to see our attempts to get involved with this project.
[Posted on Facebook by Jack Campione, October 19, 2020]
Taken from "Cheers and Tears: A Marine's Story of Combat in Peace and War.
[Posted in November 2017.]
The custom of flying small American Flags at each grave in our Military Cemeteries on Memorial Day each year.
[Received from David Pinto who had gotten it from a Canadian who served with the Marines in Vietnam.]
Comment by Steve Sevits. Click Here
[Received from David Pinto, May 2017)
A video of the rush to board the last World Airways flight.
[Received from Steve Sevits, February 2016.]
A news article on a reunion of some of the flight attendants who had worked for
Flying Tiger Airlinesand helped transport men back and forth from Vietnam.
[Submitted by Jim Anderson.]
Even though this site may not be that closely linked to AFVN, many of us were passengers
in a variety of Flying Tiger Airline planes during the Vietnam War.
The Story of the Montagnards in South Vietnam
[Received from Jim Anderson in November 2017.]
By Finbarr O'Reilly
[Received from Marc Yablonka in February 2019.]
Note the US 2nd Inf Div Patches. These troops had fought alongside
and as part of the US 2nd Inf Div during the Korean War.
With apologies, you will have to copy and paste the above link into a new tab on your browser.
[Posted on Facebook by Linh Yoshimura, VietnamWarHistoryOrg June 2019.]
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