2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the US direct involvement of the Vietnam war. It was 1965, President Johnson orders troops to the jungle. The Operation Rolling Thunder bombing campaign began on March 2, 1965, partly in response to a Viet Cong attack on a U.S. air base at Pleiku. Shortly after the operation began in 1965, Johnson committed the first U.S. ground troops to the Vietnam War.
This page is dedicated to those men [women] of the Vietnam war who bravely went forth and answered the clarion call, they went where no one wanted to go. This page includes images, poems, songs of the era, links to related sites etc. I’ll be adding and/or rotating material from time to time so be sure to visit often! You can also check posts by using keyword #Vietnam50Years. I will be adding to this every week to include interviews I’ll conduct with V. vets, ‘conversations with a vet’ a collection of conversations between veterans of the same war, and so much more. If you have comments, concerns, suggestions, or would like to take part in an interview I’ve left a contact form below you can contact me privately there. I have full permissions for everything I share under these circumstances. All names are withheld by default. Any and all feedback is welcome. If you’re a veteran of this war, please let me know if you’d like anything added here, after all it’s your page. 😉 Thanks!
…they were injured from bombs and combat loss they never processed….couple that with the shock of coming home to their home soil and being spit on and called murderers and shunned from society— it forever damaged men who truly wanted to be good people. Source
The sun burns down with scorching breath
As trudging men seek out their death
Which lies ahead. In single file
They hump the jungle, mile on mile
In halting, cautious tread.
The fuzz-cheeked leader up ahead
Guides them on.
The heavy packs]
Rub and chafe their aching backs
The wet boots suck from clinging mud
And rub great blisters full of blood
On swollen feet. The thrill is gone!
THERE IS NO GLORY IN A PAWN!
Poem by Curt Bennett, Former US pilot on active service in Vietnam
A Corpsmen’s Anguish 1967
Photo taken by Catherine Leroy portraying U.S. Marine corpsman Vernon Wike during the battle for Hill 881 near Khe Sanh while he is cradling his comrade who has been shot while smoke from the battle rises into the air behind them. From the set of pictures, in “Corpsman In Anguish” he has just realised the man is dead.
Link to the list of Medal of Honor recipients of the Vietnam War
Link to learn about the Weapons of the Vietnam War
It came in low and hot, close to the trees…