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    Dispatches from Saigon

    ‘Old hacks’ return to their Saigon haunts for a last hurrah 35 years after the fall. On April 29, 1975, the end of the Vietnam War was at hand. Helicopters were hitting pickup sites around Saigon in what became the largest helicopter...

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    Kids Can Kill Too

    An observation plane pilot’s chilling encounter epitomized the perils and uncertainties of warfare in Vietnam. “Damn generals,” I muttered to myself as I climbed into the cockpit of my Cessna O-1 Bird Dog at Nha Trang Air Base on a...

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    The War’s Final Firefight – the Mayaguez Incident

    The desperate and confused battle triggered by the Mayaguez incident was a disturbing finale to America’s war in Southeast Asia. Could it get any worse? Two weeks earlier, April 29, 1975, Saigon had fallen to the North Vietnamese—just...

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    Smashing Sanctuaries in Cambodia

    When Charlie Company crossed the border, its troops couldn’t imagine they would be the very last unit out—or the fate that awaited them. After three days beating the bush in Bu Dop and finding nothing but deserted jungle, I got a radio...

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    Vietnam News- August 2010

    Vietnam Vets First to Spot Times Square Car Bomb On May 1, two Times Square street vendors, Vietnam veterans Lance Orton and Duane Jackson, were hawking their T-shirts and handbags on a typical Saturday evening in New York’s busy theater...

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    Body Count in Vietnam

    A second lieutenant assigned to lead the infamous platoon responsible for the My Lai massacre recalls the bitter reality behind Vietnam’s measurement of combat success. Fresh out of Officers Candidate School, 20-year-old Oklahoman Gary...

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    General James F. Hollingsworth

    A brash tank commander for Patton in WWII who never let up in Vietnam. When Lieutenant General James F. Hollingsworth died at 91 on March 2, 2010, America lost a legendary figure of near epic proportions who left a lasting impression on...

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    From Torching to Teaching

    Marine Combined Action Platoons won hearts and minds—and some ferocious battles—deep inside enemy strongholds. With its “clear-hold-build” philosophy, the “Surge” initiated in 2007 by General David Petraeus proved to be...

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    “Piece of Cake”

    A young reporter on a 1967 medevac mission gone bad returns to face hard memories at Marble Mountain. When revisiting a significant experience in one’s life, it seems there always comes that moment when your heart begins beating faster...

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    Vietnam News- October 2010

    Vietnam Vet Clapper Tapped to Be New Spy Chief Retired Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper Jr., a decorated Vietnam War veteran who flew nearly 75 combat support missions in Douglas EC-47s, was nominated in June by President Barack Obama to become...

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    Prescient at the Creation

    Ridiculed after the 1963 Battle of Ap Bac as being too old, out of touch and mired in outdated military thinking, was General Paul Harkins actually the most accurate American prophet of the Vietnam War? As General Paul D. Harkins arrived...

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    NVA Sketchbook’s Long Strange Trip

    Lost in a bloody fight during Tet 1968, a captured NVA fighter’s sketchbook chronicle finally finds it way back home. North Vietnamese Army Private Le Duc Tuan crouched in a hastily dug fighting position with two fellow squad members in...

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    Cam Ne Burning

    Less than a month after landing at Da Nang on July 7, 1965, with the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, 1st Lieutenant Franklin Cox found himself on the outskirts of the Viet Cong–controlled complex of villages known as Cam Ne. What was about...

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    North Vietnam’s M-30: A critical key to victory

    Despite popular perceptions, it was the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) that ultimately carried the day in Vietnam, and it did so via traditional combined arms operations with artillery playing a key role. The Marines at Khe Sanh and Army...

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    Vietnam News- December 2010

    Secretary Clinton Presses Hanoi on Human Rights During Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent two-day visit to Hanoi, she met with Vietnam Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem to mark the 15th anniversary of the reestablishment of...

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    The War’s Final Act

    A political insider gives his view on what went wrong Rufus Phillips served with the Army, CIA and U.S. Agency for International Development in South Vietnam from 1954 to 1968, working undercover and on “pacification” projects to...