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Vietnam Stories

1969 marked the beginning of the end of American involvement in Vietnam. President Richard Nixon announced he would begin withdrawing troops from South Vietnam. Rather than pursuing total victory the U.S. would gradually leave and hand over the war to the South Vietnamese. “Peace with honor” became the new motto.

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War stories: Vietnam War journalists share examples of courage
Vietnam-era war correspondents wore uniforms, ate field rations and shared many of the deprivations and dangers of ordinary fighting men. Five decades later, their ranks are thinning but those who remain are still telling stories about “the last good war” for combat journalists.
Charlie Company, 1967: an unlikely friendship
From massive moments of traditional warfare like Operation Junction City, to battles in defense of exposed and vulnerable Marine bases along the Demilitarized Zone like Con Thien, to stealthy long-range reconnaissance patrols – American forces across the length and breadth of South Vietnam sought to bring overwhelming firepower to bear on their North Vietnamese and Viet Cong foes.
The sparks that kindled the flames of war
Viewed through the prism of time, the years after World War II can seem like an idyllic era, with U.S. power supreme, the middle class thriving and families living stable “Ozzie and Harriet” lives after decades of war and economic depression.
Vietnam at 50: 1966
It was the year of the reality check. In 1966, Americans began to grasp what they faced in Vietnam. Back home the U.S. administration struggled to sell the war as a necessary sacrifice to stop global communism and save a backward people from an evil aggressor seeking to enslave them.
Hon Lee: 'I wouldn't trade it for the world'
Hon Lee, 73: Navy ROTC University of Oklahoma, artillery officer in Vietnam 1967-68, CIA intelligence officer 1971-2001, founder of martial arts school, opened Chinese medicine and acupuncture practice in 2001.
John Astle and Roger Hunt: Friends survived combat as CH-46 pilots
John “Ace” Astle, 73: Enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves out of high school, Marshall University in West Virginia and Platoon Leaders Course, 1962-66, Navy Flight School in Pensacola, Fla., 1967-68. Flew CH-46 helicopter in Vietnam 1968-69, served as a pilot on Marine One, retired from the Marine Corps as a colonel after 30 years. Spent several years as a police pilot, and since 1982, has been an elected official in the Maryland legislature – first in the House, then in the Senate.

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