Category: 1965

“Some day all this will be yours!”Unpublished political cartoon…

“Some day all this will be yours!”

Unpublished political cartoon by Arthur Horner depicting President Johnson as a soldier, arm around Vietnamese civilians, and gesturing to the war torn countryside. [1965]

173rd Airborne Brigade, circa 1965-1966.

173rd Airborne Brigade, circa 1965-1966.

“Let no one think for a moment that retreat from Viet-Nam would bring an end to conflict. The battle…”

“Let no one think for a moment that retreat from Viet-Nam would bring an end to conflict. The battle would be renewed in one country and then another. The central lesson of our time is that the appetite of aggression is never satisfied. To withdraw from one battlefield means only to prepare for the next.”

President Lyndon B. Johnson in his address at Johns Hopkins University: “Peace Without Conquest.” 7 April 1965.

This quote, specifically the words “appetite of aggression” are meant to call to mind the aggression exhibited by Germany and Japan during the opening acts of World War II. If a policy of appeasement is followed in this situation, it will encourage aggressors. This was the lesson of WWII and immediate action must be taken in Vietnam to avoid this, so argues Johnson. 

In this speech, Johnson also touches upon the rhetoric of Winston Churchill and Martin Luther King, Jr. The president also outlines the desire, even the plan, to spread his War on Poverty to Southeast Asia. He wanted his Great Society to be global, and evidence of that is seen in this speech. 

From the source:Duc Co Special Forces camp, 1965: Wounded…

From the source:

Duc Co Special Forces camp, 1965: Wounded soldiers crouch in the dust as a U.S. helicopter takes off from a clearing. This was one of many images taken by photojournalist Tim Page that chronicled the Vietnam conflict. TIM PAGE

From the source: Under sniper fire, a Vietnamese woman carries…

From the source:

Under sniper fire, a Vietnamese woman carries a child to safety as US marines storm the village of My Son, near Da Nang, searching for Vietcong insurgents, 25 April 1965. As was typical in such situations, the men of the village had mostly disappeared, and the remaining villagers revealed little when questioned

Photograph: Eddie Adams/AP

“The air base at Da Nang saw considerable action that was not particularly warlike during these early…”

“The air base at Da Nang saw considerable action that was not particularly warlike during these early days in Vietnam. The veranda of the officers’ club at China Beach was a favorite place for REMF [rear-echelon mother fucker] gay cruising. And the swimming pool at any Army or air base also became a cruising zone as the numbers of troops swelled in 1965 and 1966. Most organized gay life, however, was in Saigon, a cosmopolitan city that had long considered itself the Paris of the East.
         Saigon’s best pickup spot was t he bar at the Continental Hotel, which had been a favorite gay meeting place since the days of Tom Dooley, where a casual visitor might not even notice the subplots being played out between five and seven every evening. Here, large numbers of handsome young officers gathered to strike up convivial conversations before pairing off for dinner.
        A few blocks from the Presidential Palace were the Louis Pasteur Scientific Baths, where a gentleman could usually spot like-minded companions. If no assignation occurred here, one might make a trip to Tu Do Street, a honky-tonk thoroughfare with rooftop bars and restaurants that served thick American steaks. Rooftops made the bars fairly safe from random hand grenades thrown by passing Vietcong bicyclists, and, at night, tanked up with plenty of beer, one could watch U.S. Air Force bombing raids on suspected enemy supply routes, the explosions lighting up the horizon like fireworks on the Fourth of July.
        Curfews complicated cruising. You had to pick up early enough to get your business over with in time to return to the barracks, or you had to be sure you could spend the night. Curfews also presented a cover. Army intelligence officer Lieutenant Dave Dupree learned this one morning when eyebrows raised over his having spent the night in the room of an Army major with whom he was having an affair. He had gotten drunk and missed curfew, Dave explained, and everybody understood, because under the pressure of the fighting and dying just about everybody got drunk at one time or another and missed curfew.”

Conduct Unbecoming: Gays & Lesbians in the U.S. Military by Randy Shilts, page 42.

Tom Dooley was a US Navy physician who served in Vietnam immediately following the signing of the 1954 Geneva Accords. He oversaw the medical treatment of thousands of refugees fleeing North Vietnam under Operation Passage to Freedom. Dooley was also investigated for “participating in homosexual activities.” He is the author of Deliver Us From Evil.

Soldier of the 2/8th Cavalry, circa 1965

Soldier of the 2/8th Cavalry, circa 1965

Alpha Company, 2/8th Cavalry, circa 1965

Alpha Company, 2/8th Cavalry, circa 1965

Marine of HQ Company, 9th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division,…

Marine of HQ Company, 9th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, circa 1965

Marine with an M14, 9th Marine Regiment, circa 1965

Marine with an M14, 9th Marine Regiment, circa 1965