Karl Schappeler adds alumni casualties of the Vietnam War to Princeton University’s Nassau Hall Memorial Atrium, August 1974. Photo by Marie E. Bellis.
Historical Photograph Collection, Grounds and Buildings Series (AC111), Box AD10, Image No. 9452.
Gen. Westmoreland wanted to have nuclear weapons on hand in South Vietnam in the event that the besieged Marines at Khe Sanh fell.
This is a clear correlation between the events of the Korean War and the fears that arose from that conflict. American leaders feared a massive, conventional attack over the DMZ. And some of them went ahead with nuclear plans in that event.
Armed with bandages and medicine, these two members of the U.S. Air Force’s Operation MED CAP (Medical Civilian-Assistance Program) are making the rounds. MED CAP was composed of a team of doctors, nurses, and aides which traveled to Vietnamese villages to treat the ill, and educate the local populace on the importance of sanitation. Here, Second Lieutenant Kathleen M. Sullivan, treats a sick Vietnamese child in 1967.
Second Lieutenant Kathleen M. Sullivan treats a Vietnamese child during Operation MED CAP, a U.S. Air Force civic action program in which a team of doctors, nurses, and aides travel to Vietnamese villages, treat the sick and teach villagers the basics of sanitation and cleanliness.
Though there are numerous details still debated among historians, the Tet Offensive is accepted as the turning point of the Vietnam War. The media is largely credited, in both positive and negative lights, for their portrayal of the battles of Tet. Called the General Offensive-General Uprising by the communists, they failed to hold any of the cities they attacked. Despite this incredible tactical defeat, they managed a strategic victory nonetheless as public disapproval in the US soared and President Johnson announced a halt to the bombing of North Vietnam.
In the same address, he proclaimed, “I will not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your president.”
These are peer reviewed texts from university presses, as well as popular press books. I’ve noted the publisher and publication year for each.
The Tet Offensive: A Concise Historyby James Willbanks – Columbia University Press, 2008
This Time We Win: Revisiting the Tet Offensiveby James S. Robbins – Encounter Books, 2012
The Tet Offensive: Politics, War, and Public Opinionby David F. Schmitz – Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005
Tet!: The Turning Point in the Vietnam Warby Don Oberdorfer – Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001
The Battle for Saigon: Tet 1968by Keith Nolan – Presidio Press, 2002
Hanoi’s War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnamby Lien Hang Nguyen – University of North Carolina Press, 2012 – Though not strictly about the Tet Offensive, the chapters on it are a must-read.
“Elephants to parachute to war” –
Times [London, England] 12 Jan. 1968
From the source: “Seabees of the Third U.S. Naval Construction Battalion Team (NCBT) help Vietnamese villagers build an elementary sanitation system.” 
173rd Airborne Brigade, circa 1965-1966.
Did you know that in excess of 49,000 Australians served during the Vietnam War? Like the United States, Australia supported South Vietnam against the North, first with the aid of military advisers and later with ground troops. The poster above was part of a set entitled “The Common Struggle” which featured different nations united in aiding the South Vietnamese cause.
Lockheed C-130, Saigon, 1972