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Whose War Was it?
New York Times article on the South Vietnamese Military.
Received from Bruce Eaton, August 2017.Type your paragraph here.
You Are Not Forgotten
This is a moving story of a daughter's visit to the Vietnam Memorial and finding the name of a young soldier
for whom her mother had once bought and worn a bracelet commemorating that he was missing in action.
(Received from Jim Anderson in August 2013. Posted with the author's permission.)
by John Wolf on November 7, 2011
At tht time, he wrote "I bought a 8mm Yashica movie camera during a stand down from combat. Took movies during the stand down and then decided to hump the camera into the bush on our next mission. I took footage during our airmobile assault. After blocking out Vietnam for 36 years I decided to use my footage to pay tribute to those soldiers that were ambushed and killed on Easter Sunday 4-11-1971. I never expected that video to be seen 1.5 million times and the rest of my videos to be seen 1 million times for a total of 2.5+ million currently. In this version I decided to add personal narration."
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Note: This comes close to being an advertisement, something I try to avoid but since it appears to be
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[Received from Michael Goucher in June 2017.]
A couple of links and other information related to the 40th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon.
Fifty years after Vietnam, an original collection of stories has been released to honor and remember the service, duty,
and sacrifice of Vietnam era veterans. Representing all states and services, this Vietnam 50th Commemorative Gift
is available as a state sponsored gift to Vietnam veterans through 2017, and will be made available to the general
public in 2018. We invite you to learn more about this unprecedented commemorative gift and the states and private
community partners who are making it possible.
[Submitted by Mike McNally in February 2017.]
I bought a 8mm Yashica movie camera during a stand down from combat. Took movies during the stand down and then decided to hump the camera into the bush on our next mission. I took footage during our airmobile assault. After blocking out Vietnam for 36 years I decided to use my footage to pay tribute to those soldiers that were ambushed and killed on Easter Sunday 4-11-1971. I never expected that video to be seen 1.5 million times and the rest of my videos to be seen 1 million times for a total of 2.5+ million currently. In this version I decided to add personal narration.
[Posted by John Wolf on YouTube November 7, 2014.]
This goes to a variety of websites on the Vietnam War.
Vintage Postcards Showing Life in Vietnam in the Early 20th Century.
[Received from Rick Fredericksen in January 2016.]
A lists of current radio and TV stations in Vietnam. Some of them are where some of us
have been and others are undoubtedly at locations familiar to someone.
This WBGH (Boston) link shows the November 1, 1964 anniversary celebration of the overthrow of the Diem regime.
General Westmoreland, in dress whites, and Duong Van Minh (Big Minh),
the last president of South Vietnam, are shown on the reviewing stand.
(Unfortunately, there is no sound to accompany the video.)
[Submitted by Mike McNally.]
by Gene Basset / Book by K.M. Kostyal
[Received from Rick Fredericksen, January 2016
Vietnam - The Quiet Mutiny 
This is a 1970 Documentary by John Pilger about disillusioned American troops in open rebellion against the war.
From "The Guardian"
[Taken from Facebook, November 2017]
Vietnam - The 10,000 Day War
A series of 13, 50-minute or so YouTube programs on the Vietnam War by Ferenc Csaszar
A short discussion about Vietnam today and how much it has changed or not changed over the years.
A travel brochure inviting people to visit "beautiful South Vietnam." Possibly dated 1961.
[Submitted by Rick Fredericksen.]
Also some information on Cambodia and Laos.
Don't worry if your French is rusty. Attached is a link to a French site which you can enjoy just by clicking on everything
that is clickable. When you get to the end of a particular page, just return to the Sommaire page and go to the next item.
Near the bottom of the Sommaire page, is a recording of Josephine Baker singing "La Petite Tonkinoise."
There is also a short video showing the French in Indochina.
[Submitted by Mike McNally.]
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the only national Vietnam veterans organization congressionally
chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families.
This link goes to a where one can explore the memorial where one can searchin a variety of ways.
[Received from Steve Sevits in January 2016.]
A list of 22 major facts related to the Vietnam Wall Memorial
[Received from John Kafka in August 2016]
This goes to a number of unique photos of the Vietnam Wall and other wall memorials in the D.C. area
taken by Paul Kasper's friend, Richard McCorrison.
[Received from Paul Kasper in November 2016]
Jack Wheeler co-founded the organization that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, known as the Wall.
His body was found in a landfill in Delaware in 2010.
[Received from Jim Anderson in May 2017.]
[Received from Bob Peetz in June 2017]
By Prof. Robert F. Turner
[Posted on Facebook, April 2018]
Camp Zama, Japan
May 12, 2015
[Submitted by Jim White]
Twelve PDF files covering the Vietnam War by month. Select the month and then scroll down to find the day.
The files are rather large so they may take a moment to load.
A new book explores the way Americans who served in the Vietnam War
turned to music to cope.
[Submitted by Rick Fredericksen on December 11, 2015.]
[Received February 2018.]
This is a website for veterans of the Vietnam War. You have to sign up through Facebook but that is easy to do.
(Click on the above to open Facebook. Sign in. Then search for VietnamWarHistory.org.
You will get their postings and, if not already signed up, a chance to do so.)
After joining, posts made by other members will show up as you browse Facebook.
[Received from Jerry Nelson on August 24, 2017.]
[Received from Rick Fredericksen on September 5, 2017.]
[Taken from Facebook in October 2017.]
by Karl Marlantes
[Submitted by Paul Kasper in June 2017.]
Posted in advance as a means to help all of us remember to see it.
[Received from Bob Morecook in Novemberr 2016.]
Another link--This one to a New York Times article.
[Received from Jim Anderson in June 2017.]
Review by Marc Leepson, Arts Editor Vietnam Veterans of America
[Taken from Facebook, October 2017.]
Group Discussion following the broadcasting of the series.
[October and November, 2017.]
Vietnam War (The) - TV Documentary by Ken Burns
By Marc Leepson, Arts Editor, The VVA Veteran
[Taken from Facebook in November 2017.]
Article by Nick Turse in "The Intercept_
[Taken from Facebook in November 2017.]
Written by Robert Turner at the request of the Vietnam Veterans for Factual History
[Received from Dick Ellis, April 2018]
This goes to a three-part photo history of the Vietnam War
[Submitted by Mike McNally on April 2, 2015.]
This video was made by some dirt bikers along the continental divide near Gunnison, Colorado who
stumbled upon this Vietnam memorial in the woods. Whoever did it, put a lot of money into it.
Interesting to say the least as to the location and how it got there.
I had first posted this in 2014, and also included another link to some comments
related to the Memorial. However, this link disappeared a few years later.
The above link is from Marc Yablonka (in November 2018) and
includes a long list of messages from various people about the site.
Remarks by Jim White when originally posted in 2014:
Vietnam Veteran LTC Stuart Beckley spent the last years of his life building a Vietnam memorial in a
remote area of the Rio Grande National Forest in Colorado at Sargent’s Pass (correct spelling) near
the continental divide…and wanted it kept a secret except to those who simply happened to find it.
It is called ‘Soldierstone’. This clip is from a Colorado television station. They noted that they had
broadcast the story with the promise that they would keep the location of the site a secret.
Most interesting! And, very international! One of the small surrounding markers (towards the end
of the video) is in Japanese and dedicated to the Japanese soldiers who died in Indo-China between
1940 and 1945.
(Related to the previous entry.)
The public has discovered a hidden war memorial.
Does that change its meaning?
By Grace Hood, KUNC - Hidden Colorado
[Received from Marc Yablonka, November 2018.]
When Marc submitted this, he wrote: "This was conceived, designed and built by the late LTC Stuart Beckley who served multiple tours in SE Asia. My comments here are true because they're what Stu told me when I knew him via mail and voice tapes several decades ago, before cancer killed him. Stu served multiple SE Asia tours, in VN, Laos, Thailand, always as an advisor as he preferred. He had a close affinity with SE Asian people and their cause to build a just, decent society. Of course wangling for advisor tours did not boost one's career but Stu didn't care. He married a Thai woman, Panee, and they had at least one son who eventually became an Infantry officer and his his jump wings pinned on him by his Dad. It was a race to get things finished but Stu pressed on. He had profound respect and reverence for SE Asia's KIA and the monument is not only one to U.S. but to all who died fighting communism."
This link goes to Blackpony.ORG run by Bob Peetz and covers much of the above plus much more of the story.
[Received from Bob Peetz in November 2018.]
One of the largest concentrations of Vietnamese-Americans in the United States.
This link goes to an article about the memorial and the installation of computers which will permit visitors
to learn more about the war and those who sacrified their lives.
[Received from Mike McNally in October 2016.]
Vietnam War Photographs by Dickey Chapelle
Wisconsin-born photojournalist DIckey Chapelle was one of the first women foreign correspondents to cover World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and other U.S. military engagements worldwide. Her writings and pictures appeared in the magazines Reader's Digest, National Geographic, Look, and the Saturday Evening Post from the 1940's to the 1960's. Chapelle was killed in Vietnam in 1965 while pursuing her profession. The link above takes you to a dozens of her pictures made in Southeast Asia before her death.
[Received from Mike McNally in May 2016.]
Vietnam War Websources
"One of the best Vietnam information sources ever seen."
[Received from Dick Ellis]
Since receiving the above, I have been in contact with Tom Pilsch, the Webmaster for the above site.
He wrote that he had moved them to another server so the above and related sites are now found as follows:
[Jim White, Webmaster]
Comments by Steve Sevits and Frank Rogers Click Here
[Received from David Pinto]
Basically a travelogue but it provides a good comparison of the Vietnam that all of us
knew 40 years ago and presents one aspect of Vietnam today.
Comments about various VIP's visiting AFVN.
(Goes to AFVN Group Conversation - Celebrities)
An article from the opinion pages of The New York Times by Mark Moyar
Received from Rick Fredericksen, May 2017.
A Documentary on the Vietnam War
Received from Bruce Eaton, August 2018
Welcome to the Sunny Tropics of South Vietnam
Received from Keith Goudy, VietnamWarHistory.Org