Vietnam War
Research Material

Part 3

Nam: A Photographic History
Features more than 700 full-color and black-and-white photographs from a variety of sources, many of which are seen here for the first time.

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

The Nightingale's Song
by Robert Timberg
The life stories of five graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy -- John McCain, John Poindexter, Bud McFarlane, Jim Webb, and Oliver North.

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

President Nixon's "Silent Majority" Speech

No Shining Armor: The Marines at War in Vietnam: An Oral History
by Otto J. Lehrack
This oral history covers the experiences of numerous members of one Marine battalion, in which the author served and which he considers representative of the infantry experience in Vietnam.

None So Blind: A Personal Account of the Intelligence Failure in Vietnam
by George W. Allen
"Few Americans knew more about the inner workings of American Vietnam War policy over as long a period of time as Allen did. A WWII navy veteran, Allen went to work as a midlevel civilian defense department intelligence analyst after the war. In 1964, he switched to the CIA, where he served in a similar capacity until his 1979 retirement. Allen spent virtually all of that time in Vietnam and Washington compiling firsthand intelligence about the French and American wars; he tells (what seems like) all in this wide-ranging, illuminating memoir." --Publishers Weekly

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

The Only War We've Got: Early Days in South Vietnam
by Daniel Ford
A war correspondent's journal, from the Mekong Delta to the Central Highlands, including the patrol that inspired the novel "Incident at Muc Wa" and the Burt Lancaster film "Go Tell the Spartans."

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

The Phoenix Trip: Notes on a Quaker Mission to Haiphong
by Elizabeth Jelinek Boardman

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

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.

Ron Steinman
NBCs Bureau Chief in Saigon during the Vietnam War.

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.

Station Hospital Saigon: A Navy Nurse in Vietnam, 1963-1964
by Bobbi Hovis, Shea Buckley (Illustrator)
"A competently written, understated, detailed account by a nurse assigned to the first military hospital in Vietnam. Interesting not only because her tour was early, but because Hovis was a Navy nurse."--Marilyn Knapp Litt

Stolen Valor: How the Vietnam Generation
Was Robbed of Its Heroes and Its History

by B.G. Burkett, Glenna Whitley
"A tough, courageous book, overwhelmingly documenting the fraud that has been so destructive to the true legacy of those who fought in Vietnam. Its central thesis should make American mainstream media cringe in shame from their decades of negligence and collusion in this defamation of those who served with honor." --James Webb, author of "Fields of Fire," and former Secretary of the Navy.

Oliver Stone
Vietnam Vet filmmaker.

A Story of Vietnam
by Truong Buu Lam
From the author: "As a specialist of Southeast Asia, I am often asked to introduce a history of Vietnam that would treat evenly all of its diverse periods and also would give equal importance to the cultural and artistic aspects as to the political or military events.As often, I am embarrassed to answer that there is no such work written in English. In effect,a comprehensive history of Vietnam is still lacking. That is why I am happy to introduce here a work of mine entitled A Story of VIT NAM.

I call it a story and not a history, because I do not want my book to be the usual conventional textbook. While not a conventional text, my work can,nonetheless, provide a substantial reading material to students who are interested in Asian affairs. To the hyphenated Vietnamese in particular, --who have not been schooled in Vietnam-- it represents a convenient reference tool to unveil the historical allusions, cultural insinuations, mythical hints, literary suggestions, ethnic idiosyncrasies they encounter every day at home. Finally, this book can also be sought after by all those people who know so much already about Vietnam as a war but who still would like to know a little bit more about a Vietnam which is a culture, a country and a people."

Street Without Joy
by Bernard B. Fall
A military and political history of the pre-American conflict.

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