Hmong soldier Wa Seng Ly recounts Vietnam War, friendly fire incident
The sky over Long Chiang, Laos showed the first daylight as Hmong army Captain Wa Seng Ly walked to an U.S. Air Force Cessna aircraft with an American pilot at the controls. Unfortunately, high above, the pilot of a U.S. fighter jet saw movement, and dove firing a rocket armed with an anti-personnel cluster bomb: 670 tennis ball-sized bomblets, each filled with 300 metal fragments. Ly never heard the jet before the bombs exploded. A shrapnel sliced into his head - and through his brain - but he holds no grudge toward the pilot who dropped the bomb: "It was a mistake."
New VA program for Vietnam war veterans exposed to Agent Orange
During the Vietnam War the American military used 20,000,000 gallons of Agent Orange and other chemicals in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, as part of Operation Ranch Hand. Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange suffer from increased rates of cancer and other disorders. On December 2010, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) began processing Agent Orange claims under a new quicker program.
Search and Destroy: The Story of an Armored Cavalry Squadron in Vietnam: 1-1 Cav, 1967-1968 (book review)
The hell of the Vietnam War from 1967–1968 as lived through the the 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, of the 1st Armored Division, is told by Keith W. Nolan in "Search and Destroy." From Chu Lai in August of 1967, Cigar Island in October, Que Son Mountains and the Pineapple Forest in November, to the fight for Hill 34 in the Tet counteroffensive, on to the battles of Tam Ky and Tien Phuoc in 1968, Nolan's narrative is well researched. The daily horrors became almost unbearable, as one trooper explained: "It did a combat soldier no good to think deeply about what he was doing. It was not the way to keep one's sanity."
Hmong Vietnam War veterans fight for equal burial rights in the US
A leader in the Hmong community delivered a strong message to his soldiers in Fresno. General Vang Pao was chosen by the CIA back in the 1960's and 1970's to recruit and lead tens of thousands of Hmong soldiers into battle against the communists. Currently Hmong veterans who fought along with the U.S. in the Vietnam War do not have the same burial benefits as American GIs. Dozens of Hmong veterans were dressed in their camouflage military uniforms, with their medals, to show the sacrifices they made on the United States' behalf in the Vietnam War, in which 35,000 Hmong soldiers perished.
Department of Veterans Affairs expands list of Agent Orange ailments, but still needs Congress approval
35 years after the end of the Vietnam War, many veterans are still fighting for compensation for diseases related to Agent Orange. The Department of Veterans Affairs announced new guidelines that would cover exposed veterans for some extra diseases. The VA estimates the cost for treating these extra diseases at $40 billion over the next decade. The VA rules need congressional approval, but some members of Congress have opposed the increasing costs of Agent Orange related claims. Congress has until the end of October 2010 to decide whether the new rules will stand and veterans will have their treatment covered by the VA.
Vietnam War "girl in the picture" - Kim Phuc - reunited with journalist who saved her life
Kim Phuc, the Vietnamese girl pictured fleeing from a napalm attack in one of the most iconic Vietnam War images, has been reunited with the British correspondent who saved her life. In a photograph that shocked the world, 9yo Kim was fleeing the attack with her arms outstretched and screaming for help. Now Kim has been reunited with Christopher Wain, the ITN correspondent who took her to the hospital after the photo was taken on June 8, 1972. A Vietnamese photographer, Nick Ut, snapped the photograph as Phuc fled and she was still running when Wain stopped her to pour water on her, while telling his crew to continue filming.
47 photographs from the Vietnam War
47 photographs from the Vietnam War.
Vietnam War Correspondents travel to Saigon for reunion
Many foreign journalists who covered the Vietnam War are gathering in Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, to mark the anniversary of the city's capture by communist North Vietnam's soldiers in 1975. Tim Page liked Vietnam so much that he has travelled back there almost 60 times since the end of the war in April 1975. Page, a photojournalist for Time magazine, comes back to teach the post-war generation of Vietnamese photographers. "I think it was one of the nicest places I ever lived. It was the most exciting story I ever covered. I took some of the best pictures I ever made."
Veteran organizes tours to Vietnam for ex-soldiers
Tex Stiteler travelled back to Vietnam in 2001, three decades after his first visit as a U.S. Marine ended with a neck wound. Since then, he's been back 17 times. Stiteler is the president of Vietnam Battlefield Tours, a not-for-profit organization based in San Antonio that is dedicated to taking veterans back to where they served. The 14-day tours, which leave from LA, cost $3,200 and draw veterans from all over the country. Sheila McCann, who served as an Army nurse in Saigon in 1968, stated: "I had never seen anything of Vietnam except Saigon. I didn't realize what a beautiful country it is."
The last U.S. commander of U.S. military operations in Vietnam: Frederick C. Weyand
Frederick C. Weyand, the last commander of U.S. military operations in the Vietnam War and a former Army chief of staff, has passed away at 93. During WW2 Weyand served as an intelligence officer in India, China and Burma. He commanded an infantry battalion in the Korean War. In 1964 Weyand assumed command of the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii and took it to Vietnam. In 2006, Weyand was identified as the American general who in 1967 confidentially told two reporters about his doubts about American involvement in Vietnam. According to correspondent Murray Fromson, Weyand said the war was "unwinnable."