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    Brown Water Admiral

    Hard-charging Elmo Zumwalt’s Operation Sealords blasted the Viet Cong out of the waters of the Mekong Delta. Cigar-chomping Army Gen. Creighton Abrams slammed the table during a briefing in Saigon. “Bullshit!” he erupted....

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    Media Digest | Unknown Soldiers of the Vietnam War

    Did the Republic of Vietnam deserve to lose the war? That certainly seems to be the major theme presented by the U.S. media’s war coverage: South Vietnam’s government wasn’t “democratic enough” to merit America’s support and...

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    Attack on Long Binh

    It was another hot February day in 1969 at the sprawling Long Binh logistics base about 20 miles northeast of Saigon. My driver arrived at the usual time, a little before sundown, on Feb. 22, for my 12-hour graveyard shift at the 1st...

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    VIDEO: Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Discuss New Vietnam Documentary

    The Vietnam War, a documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, premieres Sunday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. on PBS. In an interview with Vietnam magazine, Burns and Novick talk about their reasons for making the film....

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    Experiencing Vietnam Through Movies

    The Vietnam War dramatically changed the way combat was portrayed in American film. The Vietnam War was a national trauma that fundamentally altered American culture—including motion pictures. In Hymns for the Fallen: Combat Movie Music...

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    At the Leading Edge of Counterinsurgency

    Mobile Advisory Teams were an unconventional approach to an unconventional war. Even before French soldiers left Vietnam in 1956 as France’s colonial rule came to an end, U.S. Army advisers were already working in the country. Small...

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    Voices | Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

    We’re trying to do as good a job as we can telling the story from every perspective as we can. The story of the Vietnam War is a story about the present as well as the past, says Ken Burns, whose documentary on the conflict, co-directed...

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    Media Digest | The Battle That Changed the War

    Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam by Mark Bowden, Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017. There were hundreds of battles and thousands of smaller engagements during America’s involvement in the Vietnam War, but most...

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    Mess Hall Antics: Life as an Army cook in the Vietnam Era

    During the Vietnam conflict my military occupational specialty was 94B, “food service specialist,” or simply put, Army cook. Ask veterans what they think about military chow, and you get an answer between love and hate. But this...

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    More Than Just a Prop

    The versatile Skyraider flew missions that no jet could. Three and a half months after the first American combat troops, two battalions of Marines, waded ashore without resistance at Da Nang, U.S. Air Force jet pilots learned they...

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    Hell on Earth

    During the spring 1972 Battle of An Loc, South Vietnamese troops were nearly overwhelmed in one of the most intense engagements of the war. In the early morning hours of Good Friday, March 30, 1972, a massive barrage from four North...

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    Interview: ‘Black Hawk Down’ Author Mark Bowden on his new book ‘Hue...

    Author Mark Bowden discusses the Vietnam War and his new book Hue 1968....

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    War’s Song

    How Barry Sadler’s “The Ballad of the Green Berets” became the No. 1 single of 1966. A little more than 50 years ago, on May 7, 1967, a 26-year-old Green Beret staff sergeant let his term of enlistment expire and took his honorable...

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    Battle for Paracel Islands

    With U.S. troops gone from South Vietnam, China made a move at sea in 1974, and the ripple effects are still being felt. On Jan. 11, 1974, South Vietnamese officials received reports of Chinese activity on two of their islands in the...

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    A Sergeant’s Prayer Is Answered

    The cavalry came to the rescue at Loc Ninh. Lieutenant Ed Knoll was awakened by his foot being gently pushed, the cautious and safe method of waking someone in combat. A handset was shoved in his face, and the radio telephone operator...

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    Common Men, Uncommon Valor

    “Everything around you is just riddled with shrapnel. You see that right away. There isn’t anything that isn’t torn open; sandbags are ripped open, buildings are just shredded.” That’s how former Marine Ron Rees describes the...