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    Giap at Dien Bien Phu, 1954: You Take Command

    It is January 24, 1954, as you assume the role of General Vo Nguyen Giap, commander of the military forces of the Viet Minh, the Vietnamese communist independence movement led by Ho Chi Minh that seeks to overthrow French colonial rule....

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    6 Questions | Author John Garofolo

    JOHN GAROFOLO, a former entertainment industry executive, is currently assigned as a Coast Guard liaison to the Defense Department. A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Garofolo provided security and escorted members of the...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Last Letter Home: The Story of Michael Momcilovich Jr.

    A young pilot’s letter to a newspaper columnist started a story that ended 45 years after he was killed. In May 1968, when Nancy’s Vietnam Mailbag first ran in the Wilmington, Delaware, Journal, I received a letter from a Captain News...

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    Trench Foot, Wild Boars, and Bad Hair Days

    A newly minted company commander had to deal with all those things and more in Operation Santa Fe. In late September 1967 I was called to the battalion headquarters and received orders for an operation named “Santa Fe.” Earlier that...

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    One Man’s Tet

    Jan Patronek, a young U.S. Army lieutenant, finds himself leading South Vietnamese troops in house-to-house fighting with the Viet Cong during the 1968 Tet Offensive. Sentries standing guard at 3 a.m. in the Mekong Delta initially assumed...

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    Purple Heart Group Official Tells How He Earned 3

    Wounded veterans have problems most veterans don’t experience. They may be so seriously hurt they cannot even walk up a flight of stairs or drive a car, for example. The Military Order of the Purple Heart, a nonprofit formed in 1932...

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    Sapper Attack: The Elite North Vietnamese Units

    Surprise attacks by elite Communist units known as sappers were one of the most serious—and feared—threats to Americans in Vietnam. In the fog-shrouded early morning hours of March 28, 1971, 50 members of a specially trained North...

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    Terror in the Night: The Victoria Hotel

    When a truck bomb explodes at the Victoria Hotel officers quarters in Saigon, the bravery of three military policemen saves hundreds of lives. Saigon in the spring of 1966 was fast losing its reputation as the “Pearl of the Orient.”...

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    M29A1 81mm Medium Mortar

    Shortly before midnight on July 12, 1970, Alpha Company of the 2nd Battalion, 501st Airborne Infantry Regiment, detected movement about 200 meters below its landing zone on a hill. Company commander Chuck Hawkins ordered his forward...

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    Three Hots, a Cot and a World-Class Shot

    I enlisted in the Army as a 17-year- old recruit from a 4-mile hollow in Hernshaw, West Virginia, in 1955. Years later, when it came time to do my security clearance, I had to own up to my real birthdate. I had changed it from April 19,...

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    Interview: Jan Scruggs

    JAN SCRUGGS volunteered for service in Vietnam and suffered shrapnel wounds over much of his body when his unit was ambushed in May 1969. After the war, while studying for a graduate degree, Scruggs researched the psychological conflicts...

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    Intel- Vietnam magazine April 2015

    Education Center at Wall Faces Funding Hurdles Jan Scruggs, the force behind the creation of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982, is now leading the charge for construction of a privately funded “Education Center at the Wall” to help...

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    Letters from Readers- Vietnam April 2015

    Honor Thy Father  I could not put the December 2014issue down while reading “Descent into the DMZ.” John J. Galluzzo made me feel as if I had known his father, Robert Francis Galluzzo. The epilogue was very moving and I was saddened...

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    Audio: Vietnam Vet Jack Craig Reels Off His War Wounds

    Jack Craig, a veteran from the Vietnam War of the 23rd Infantry Division, describes his war wounds from a an explosion of a hand grenade....

  • American History Magazine

    Book Reviews: Four Dead in Ohio

    Society comes off the hinges. Fear and hatred swirl out of control. Violence erupts. Outbursts of aggressive behavior attempt to regain control or to restore justice. We live in such times. Precedent offers a chance to reflect on how...

  • American History Magazine

    Interview with Ron Kovic

    In January 1968, U.S. Marine Ron Kovic was fighting near My Loc, Republic of Vietnam, when an enemy bullet paralyzed him from the chest down. He became one of the war’s best-known opponents. In 1976, the Massapequa, New York, resident...