Vietnam War Destinations

Part 2

"This war has already stretched the generation gap so wide
that it threatens to pull the country apart."
--Sen. Frank Church, May 1970

La Vang Basilica
The basilica was a favorite pilgrimage site for Vietnamese Catholics.

Le Duc Tho
Le Duc Tho was North Vietnam's principal negotiator at the Paris peace talks.

Edward Lansdale
Super spy.

Letter from President Nixon
to President Nguyen Van Thieu
of the Republic of Vietnam
January 5, 1973

Released April 30, 1975.

The Library Card
A Vietnam War Short Story.

Life Was Simpler When I Carried a Duffel Bag
by Sergeant Major (Ret) George S. Kulas

I remember when I started out in the military and life seemed simple. Everything I owned could be carried in my duffel bag. When it was time to move on, my fatigues, underwear, socks, boots, shoes, hats, etc. were all packed into the duffel bag, which was then locked with a padlock. I guess I didn't want anyone stealing any of my stuff.

Walter Lippmann
One of the country's most prominent syndicated columnists.

Long Binh
A major United States Army supply facility.

Graham Martin
Martin was named to replace Ellsworth Bunker as ambassador to Vietnam in 1973.

John S. McCain, Jr.
Commander in chief of Pacific naval forces (1968-72).

Eugene McCarthy
Senator McCarthy was a blunt opponent of the Vietnam War.

Robert Strange McNamara
U.S. Secretary of Defense, 1961-68.

Mekong Delta
Known for its complex system of rivers and canals as well as its rice cultivation.

Mekong River Project
By the early 1970s, the Mekong River Project had completed three dams providing for flood control and hydroelectric power.

Michigan State University Advisory Group (MSUAG)
Headed by Wesley Fishel.

Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV)
A unified command subject to the direction of the Commander in Chief, Pacific.

Military-Industrial Complex Speech, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961

Mining of Haiphong Harbor
Haiphong is the major port and third largest city in North Vietnam.

Mobile Guerrilla Forces
Known as Blackjack Missions.

While used in World War II and the Korean War, napalm became notorious in Vietnam.

National Coordinating Committee to End the War in Vietnam
A short-lived organization formed in August 1965 in order to mobilize nationwide activity against the war in Vietnam.

National Leadership Council
Generals Thieu, Ky, and Co declared the establishment of a National Leadership Council to govern the Republic of Vietnam.

Navarre Plan
Henry Navarre was appointed commander of French forces in Indochina in May 1953.

New Zealand
New Zealand sent nearly a thousand soldiers and artillery support troops to South Vietnam because they wanted to prove their commitment to American collective security arrangements in the Pacific and because they genuinely did not want to see a Communist takeover of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.

Newport handled more than 150,000 tons of supplies each month.

Ngo Dinh Diem
His oppressiveness and refusal to instigate reforms tried the patience of the United States.

Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu
Madame Nhu saw herself as the reincarnation of the Trung sisters, ancient leaders in the struggle for independence from China.

Richard Milhous Nixon's First Inaugural Address, January 20, 1969

President Nixon's "Silent Majority" Speech

Richard Nixon Quotations

Once a Newby Always a Newby
by Sergeant Major (Ret) George S. Kulas

As we were leaving the plane, the stewardess announced that she hoped we had a good tour—not a good day, as is usually the custom. I recall thinking to myself that I probably wouldn’t have a good day, or see another pretty blonde like her, for the next 13 months.

199th Light Infantry Brigade
The 199th sustained more than 3,200 casualties during its stay in South Vietnam.

Excerpts from the Paris Accords
January 27, 1973

Peace Proposal of the Provisional Revolutionary Government
of the Republic of South Viet Nam

July 1, 1971

Saigon was the capital city of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

Saigon Rumors
A Vietnam War Short Story.

The acronym SAM described surface-to-air missiles used by the North Vietnamese.

San Antonio Formula
President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered a speech in which he offered to cease the bombing of North Vietnam.

Naval construction units, known as Seabees, were active in the Vietnam conflict from the very beginning of the American presence there.

An acronym for South East Asian Lake Ocean River Delta Strategy.

Seal Teams
The United States Navy started its own counterinsurgency groups, known as sea, air, and land (SEAL) teams.

II Corps
II Corps was the second allied combat tactical zone in South Vietnam.

II Field Force Vietnam
Headquartered at Bien Hoa.

Shanghai Communique of 1972
Issued by President Richard Nixon during his diplomatic mission to the People's Republic of China.

A Shot and a Wound by David A. Willson
"Folks who have read the first two books in my REMF trilogy, "REMF Diary" and "The REMF Returns" have marveled at the risk-free tour of duty that the REMF served in Vietnam. They assume that I and the REMF are the same man, that our tours of duty were the same. Not true. There are similarities, I admit. But unlike the REMF, I never served in Italy. I've never even been to Italy. Also, I never had a fixation on Madame Ky, although I did admire her style and felt my heart race when she appeared in her black go-to-hell jumpsuit." --David A. Willson

South Vietnam
Officially the Republic of Vietnam (RVN), an anti-communist led country that existed from 1954 to 1975.

Special Forces
First organized in 1952 to establish guerrilla warfare capabilities behind enemy lines.

Dr. Benjamin Spock
Antiwar activist and writer.

Spring Mobilization to End the War in Vietnam
Up to its time, the Spring Mobilization was the largest antiwar demonstration in U.S. history.

Oliver Stone
Vietnam Vet filmmaker.

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