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Vietnam War

8 Photos For Remembering On Memorial Day

Geoff Livingston | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Geoff Livingston

Memorial Day is upon us, the special day in the United States when we remember the people who died while serving in our country's armed forces. Here is a virtual tribute to those that made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America.

Memory, Karma and Desire

David Sable | Posted 05.25.2015 | Business
David Sable

Every year, around this time, as the United States approaches its national day of commemoration aptly called Memorial Day. I am struck by the nature, the very essence of memory and what it really means, what it can achieve and the flip side -- the deep harm it can catalyze.

What It Means to Be the Daughter of a United States Marine

Liza Long | Posted 05.22.2015 | Women
Liza Long

My father joined the ROTC in college. Dad started his thesis with the intention of defending the Vietnam War and the United States' role in it. Upon researching the subject, he concluded that the war was indefensible. He went to fly helicopters in Vietnam anyway.

Remembering a Generation Defined by Duty

Llewellyn King | Posted 05.22.2015 | Impact
Llewellyn King

When the World War II Memorial opened on the Mall in Washington in April 2004, I went there. I did not like it, architecturally; I was disappointed. But then men with canes and in wheelchairs began arriving, smiling and shedding occasional tears

Our Family's Story Is What Memorial Day Is All About

Mindy Lotz | Posted 05.22.2015 | Women
Mindy Lotz

Just two months after my birth and right around Christmas, my 19-year-old brother Tim was killed in Vietnam. Instantly, life was irrevocably changed forever. The house that once was a hub of friends, parties and general merriment became a place of broken dreams and deafening silence.

Jeb Bush, Iraq, and the Vietnam Syndrome

Steven Conn | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Steven Conn

Those who forget the past may not be doomed to repeat it, but they might well make a lot of very bad decisions that the rest of us wind up regretting.

A Sad Man Left Behind

Michael Putzel | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
Michael Putzel

It was bitter cold at Arlington National Cemetery on February 18, 2009, as mourners gathered in the warmth of a waiting room in the administration building before walking out into wet snow to join the funeral procession.

The Vietnam War: After 40 Years

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.18.2015 | World
Lawrence Wittner

Traveling through Vietnam during the latter half of April 2015 with a group of erstwhile antiwar activists, I was struck by the transformation of what was once an impoverished, war-devastated peasant society into a modern nation.

Thank You Hollywood for Making War Films

Shannon Wrzesinski | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Shannon Wrzesinski

In honor of those who have served, or are serving now, we will all stand. We will remove our hats. Some will salute. Others will shed tears.

Should I Know Her Name?

Sue Carswell | Posted 05.14.2015 | Women
Sue Carswell

I just came back from a trip to Vietnam visiting the southern and northern cities of Saigon, Hoi An, Hue, Halong Bay and Hanoi. When I returned, the U.S. Customs Agent asked me if I went there on business to which I replied, "No, I went on vacation." He then asked what was in Vietnam, and the first thought that came to my mind was "life," and that's what I said. It is very far away. Very far.

Kent State and the Frisbee Revolution

Michael Winship | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

Thinking I'd write a piece on the 45th anniversary of the deaths at Kent State, I realized I'd already written it -- five years ago. There's not a lot I'd change in this, although there's some comfort in the knowledge that unemployment has dropped from the 9.9 percent of 2010

Agent Orange: Terrible Legacy of the Vietnam War

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Although U.S. veterans of the Vietnam War have received some compensation for Agent Orange-related illnesses, the Vietnamese people have never seen a dime.

An Old Soldier Says No

Jim Calio | Posted 05.01.2015 | World
Jim Calio

I caught the eye of one of the men that my guide had been talking to. I smiled, but he didn't He just shook his head, very subtly, but it was unmistakable. The war was not over for this Vietnamese veteran.

40 Years After End of Vietnam War, Let's Not Forget Who Helped Stop It and the Vietnamese Who Still Suffer

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

Today as the U.S. wages simultaneous land and drone wars in several countries, the lessons of the Vietnam War are under attack as never before.

But When Did It Start?

Michael Putzel | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics
Michael Putzel

Within months, tens of thousands of U.S. forces were committed to battle on the ground and in the air. But by the time the Army joined the fight in substantial numbers, I was off active duty, in the Reserves and most of the way through my six-year military obligation.

Vietnam Veteran's Remastered Photos Give A Remarkable Glimpse Of War

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender & Damon Dahlen | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

It's been 40 years since the Fall of Saigon, and many are reflecting on the changes that came about because of the Vietnam War. Veteran James Loesc...

8 Historic Photos That Capture The Chaotic U.S. Withdrawal From Saigon

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 05.04.2015 | World

On April 30, 1975, North Vietnamese tanks rolled into the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon, marking the end of a decades-long conflict that left mil...

The War Blog: On the 40th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon

Capt. Dale A. Dye, USMC (Ret.) | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics
Capt. Dale A. Dye, USMC (Ret.)

Unlike the veterans of earlier wars the brave men and women who went to Vietnam and survived had to endure two wars. There was that bloody one in the jungles and rice paddies and then there was the fight for respect and recognition at home.

Vietnam Celebrates 40th Anniversary Of War's End With Enormous Parade

AP | MARGIE MASON | Posted 04.30.2015 | World

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (AP) — This city once known as Saigon was blanketed in red banners on Thursday that read "Long Live the Glorious Communist...

Five Lessons From Vietnam

Bennet Kelley | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

A decade after the fall of Saigon, President Nixon wrote, "[n]o event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War." A generation and a half later, this remains true. Yet what lessons should we draw from our nation's first major defeat?

The Wall Times 65: Commemorate That

Mark A. Ashwill | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
Mark A. Ashwill

Here's a simple exercise that will help you comprehend the horrific magnitude of the loss of human and, more specifically, Vietnamese life during that war.

The Continuing Curse of Agent Orange

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

It is time for the U.S. government to take responsibility for the human and environmental disaster that is still being caused by Agent Orange and provide comprehensive assistance to all those suffering from this deadly poison.

40 Years After the Vietnam War

David Duong | Posted 04.28.2015 | World
David Duong

As this once war-ridden country rushes towards the future, Vietnamese-Americans like me are coming back with a desire to contribute to the nation building, through the lens of our American education, upbringing and culture.

The Real Cost of Vietnam

John Tirman | Posted 04.28.2015 | World
John Tirman

What we won't hear so much this week is the story of the Vietnamese, the burned out villages, the bombed dams, the five million people displaced, the promiscuous use of napalm and Agent Orange (which still ravages Vietnamese), the three million dead.

Jim Morrison's War Today

Nick Turse | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Nick Turse

To me, the song always was and always will be about the Vietnam War. If you know it -- and you will the instant you hear the first notes and the shivering tambourine -- you know it as "The End."