“A welcome, much-needed reexamination of the secret negotiations that led to America’s withdrawal from the Vietnam War. Using impressive new research, Robert K. Brigham skillfully analyzes the origins of the 1973 Paris Agreement and persuasively debunks the myth of Henry Kissinger as a diplomat of rare ability.”
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.
Operation Newcastle was a search and destroy mission, aptly named as this photograph reveals. The purpose of such missions was to find and ambush Viet Cong units hiding in the countryside and to decimate their hideouts and supplies. However, these missions may have done more harm than good, as the devastation they caused rural Vietnam embittered many Vietnamese.
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.
The Marine CAP, or Combined Action Program, were joint force units consisting of a Marine rifleman squad and a platoon of Regional or Popular Forces (essentially Vietnamese militia, poorly equipped). The idea was that the Marines would help the RF/PF platoon to patrol the area around a specific village or villages. The Marines would train them, and the RF/PF would benefit from the firepower that their American allies could call in. Meanwhile the Marines were living with the villagers, helping them with local projects, providing medical aid, etc. In many instances the Marines would send home asking for toys or clothes for the children and their families helped to raise money and send any requested items.
If truly successful, the Marines would basically work themselves out of a job in that area. The RF/PFs would be able to defend the area themselves and there would be much less chance, if any at all, of Communist infiltration into the villages.
Photo of what appears to be AVRN troops depart a U.S. Chinook helicopter (Vietnam War)
USMC photograph of ARVN Airborne troops, with a Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter in the background, 1966.
The Charge–Army of Republic of Vietnam Airborne troops charge for cover after being lifted into battle by a CH-46A Sea Knight Helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM)-265. The action took place during Operation Hastings.
The book of my father’s side of the family history was written by Major Joel Levin, and detailed the history of the Levins from one orphan in Ukraine in the late 1800s to 1999. Joel goes to great lengths to describe the WWII service of my extended family, but his only words for himself are:
“I personally served in Viet Nam in 1970 and 1971 and saw combat at Khe Sanh, Phan Thiet and also outside Cam Ranh Bay at Bac Cum Mountain. I received the Viet Nam service ribbon and the Bronze Star.”
That is all he had to say about that.