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usnatarchivesexhibits: Airborne: Lobo, 1968 Does your dog…


Airborne: Lobo, 1968

Does your dog enjoy the breeze blowing in his face during a car ride? Maybe he would enjoy parachute jumping as Lobo here did. The pup almost appears to be grinning after finishing his first parachute jump with his handler, Sergeant Frank Spano.

Animals (war dogs, mascots, pets) – 1968

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newhistorybooks:“Psychological warfare (PSYOP) has always played…


“Psychological warfare (PSYOP) has always played an important role on the battlefield. In this important and well-researched study, Mervyn Roberts explores PSYOP techniques employed by the United States in Vietnam through the 1968 Tet Offensive and concludes that while these registered considerable success, this went for naught given the US decision to depart Vietnam.”

A lot of people in the past have asked me about PSYOP, and from what I can tell, this looks like a great book to read for those interested in the topic. This isn’t just about the psychological operations themselves, but also how they were impacted by the broader context of the Cold War.

The Psychological War for Vietnam, 1960-1968 by Mervyn Edwin Roberts III is on my wishlist and I think it should be on yours too.

datarep:U.S. and South Vietnamese Military Casualties During the…


U.S. and South Vietnamese Military Casualties During the Vietnam War

From the source:

As a Vietnamese-American, I was interested in how many casualties were suffered by the South Vietnamese military over the course of the Vietnam War. This plot shows a comparison of fatal casualties between the United States military and the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces (RVNAF). The U.S. government kept meticulous records so U.S. casualty data was easy to acquire. Records of South Vietnamese casualties were not as well accounted for, but I did manage to find some yearly casualty data which you can check out in the sources section below. US casualties include killed in action, accidents, and illness among other things. The South Vietnamese estimates are killed in action only.

Casualties peaked during years of the Tết and Easter Offensive which are indicated by vertical dash lines. I have also indicated when my dad joined the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) as a personal addition to the graph.

Tools: Python 3.5.5 and Matplotlib

Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces casualties statistics:

Clarke, Jeffrey J. (1988), United States Army in Vietnam: Advice and Support: The Final Years, 1965–1973, Washington, D.C: Center of Military History, United States Army, p. 275

Vietnam War U.S. Military Fatal Casualty Statistics

usnatarchivesexhibits: Obsolete Technology, 1969 It’s…


Obsolete Technology, 1969

It’s rather amazing to think that in 1969, messaging coordinates was a two-person job which required a paper map and a wired telephone. It could probably all be done on today’s smartphone. In this photograph taken on Christmas Day 1969,  1st Lieutenant John R. Rabb uses a physical map to get coordinates of locations for bombing. Meanwhile, Gunnery Sergeant Earl L. Jones relays those positions over the radio.

Map Reading – December 25, 1969

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uss-edsall:Marines of Co. E, 2nd Bn., 7th Marines, move across…


Marines of Co. E, 2nd Bn., 7th Marines, move across rice paddies under machinegun fire during Operation Arizona, 25 miles southeast of Da Nang, June 20, 1967. NARA 5891329 

uss-edsall:Sergeant Major Lewis E. Tuttle and Major O’Toole pose…


Sergeant Major Lewis E. Tuttle and Major O’Toole pose with an old woman in the “Arizona Territory.” The photo was originally shot as a joke, since the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, was operating in the area known as the “Arizona Territory” at the same time the Miss Universe contest was being held in Tokyo. September, 1969. NARA 532486 

usnatarchives: “Man/Ready, Vietnam” by Paul MAC Wiliams. RG…


“Man/Ready, Vietnam” by Paul MAC Wiliams. RG 330, Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, 1921-2008. View in National Archives Catalog

Combat Artists Share War Experience

By Kerri Lawrence  | National Archives News

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2018 —  Combat artists create art out of the experience of war. Several such artists recently shared their stories at the National Archives, which hosted a panel discussion of their artistic work and wartime experiences.

Combat artists aim to preserve the experience and activities of military men and women through art. The works document the lives of service members in battle and in training, during humanitarian missions, and on the home front. Several of the participating artists were active during the Vietnam War, a major focus at the National Archives Museum since the opening of the special exhibit, “Remembering Vietnam.”

Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero, himself a Vietnam War veteran, welcomed the artists and explained that the National Archives holds some of the founding documents of the combat artist program as well as letters and newspaper articles detailing the program, photos of combat artists, and images of some of their work.

“Imagery of the Vietnam War in photographs and moving images is familiar. Coverage of the war in print and television media was extensive and far reaching,” Ferriero said. “Less well known is the artwork created by artists in the field.  In an age of cameras, paints and pencils seemed to be out of place. Combat art, however, preserves the human experience of war in a different and unique way,” Ferriero added.

Read more and see more combat art work at National Archives News

bmashina:Armored personnel carrier company in the 2nd battalion…


Armored personnel carrier company in the 2nd battalion of the 22nd infantry regiment, which was part of the 4th infantry division of the American army, sunken when crossing the river in one of the operations in Vietnam.


dianebluegreen: aquadreammachine replied to your post “Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War…


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“Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Black Veterans by…”

I’ll be honest I really prefer the story of Vietnam war to be told by Vietnamese people.

i agree. i have not heard their side of it at all.

Check out these two posts:

usnatarchivesexhibits: Corruption Constitutes Collapse,…


Corruption Constitutes Collapse, 1972

There were many reasons why the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) struggled against North Vietnamese forces. However, in this telegram from the American Ambassador in Vietnam, Ellsworth Bunker, to the secretary of state, Bunker recounts what the South Vietnamese Vice President Tran Van Huong thought was the main problem: that internal corruption was an integral force destroying the power of South Vietnam.

Telegram from Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker Related to Corruption in South Vietnam

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