President Nixon visits the troops in Vietnam, 1969

Jim Clare ©Stars and Stripes
Di An, South Vietnam, August, 1969: One group of American soldiers was about to take part in a helicopter assault, and another was about to go on a night ambush mission. But before they could leave the base at Di An, they had some visitors: President Richard Nixon and a horde of 200 newsmen. Nixon made the surprise stop in the Saigon area on his way to Thailand; more than 20 helicopters and a flight of F100 jets patrolled the area's skies as the commander in chief talked to this servicemember and his comrades.

Two Stars and Stripes stories about President Nixon's 1969 visit to Vietnam.

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