Longest war in US history. The first major military defeat for the United States 1954-1975. 55,000+ American soldiers dead. Millions of U.S. and Vietnamese veterans injured or psychologically damaged. 1.3 million Vietnamese soldiers dead, and unknown numbers of civilians.
What prompted U.S. involvement? civilians
South Vietnam (Anti-Communists)
Republic of Vietnam (RVN)
North Vietnam (Communists)
North Vietnamese Army (NVA)
Vietcong (Charlie, VC) from the South
A Vietnamese Buddhist monk burns himself alive to protest the actions of the Diem government
At first, the U.S. was the actions of the Diem government
To only advise
A resolution was then developed allowing Johnson to use military force in Vietnam – to “take all necessary steps, including the use of armed forces’ to help the South East Asia Treaty Organization “defend their freedom.”Link
. . . Until The Wall commemorating their service was built in Washington D.C., helping to finally honor the men and women who died in service to their country
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12 year old child soldier of the ARVN with a M-79 grenade launcher
Conditions in Vietnam were tough . . .
Notice how the Ho Chi Minh Trail (red line) goes through Laos
Photograph of 1st Lt. Elaine H. Niggemann Changing a Surgical Dressing
1st Lt. Elaine H. Niggemann changes a surgical dressing for Mr. James J. Torgelson at the 24th Evacuation Hospital. Mr. Torgelson is a civilian
Photograph of a Nurse Tending to a Patient
In the South China Sea, a nurse tends a patient just out of surgery in the intensive care ward of the hospital ship USS Repose (AH-16).
Photograph of Medevac Helicopter Taking Off to Pick Up an Injured Member of the 101st Airborn Division
A UH-1D Medevac helicopter takes off to pick up an injured member of the 101st Airborn Division, near the demilitarized zone. 10/16/1969