A new infantry transport changed the nature of firefights in Vietnam—and for generations to come
The Ambush of Task Force Robbie
The record for combat decorations in Vietnam
The M107, which entered production in 1963, arose from the desire for a family of artillery weapons that were self-propelled (drivable), transportable by air and based on the same chassis. The result was two systems: the M107 gun and M110 howitzer.
The humiliating April 29, 1975, image of U.S. helicopters evacuating Americans and Vietnamese from Saigon rooftops as North Vietnamese troops overran South Vietnam to win the Vietnam War was a political-military disaster damaging America’s global prestige. Two weeks later, the U.S. endured another humiliation in Southeast Asia.
Before Pham Thanh Ngan became the first ace of the Vietnam War, 11 other pilots had claimed the same status
Nearly 40 countries provided material support, but a handful contributed numerous soldiers
As his country crumbled, a South Vietnamese pilot attempting a high-risk landing on the Midway depended on the ship’s quick-thinking crew to save his family from disaster
He died saving fellow airmen on a secret mission. And fellow airmen campaigned to get him an MOH delayed for decades.