Vietnam War re-enactments are on the rise (Article no longer available from the original source)
The paths to Alpha Company's field headquarters are lined with overgrown grass. A canvas tent is protected by machine guns, sandbags and Army-green storage boxes. And waiting somewhere outside is the Viet Cong. But these aren't the jungles of Vietnam, just the woods of Pennsylvania, where history buffs are beginning to re-enact the Vietnam War. For decades re-enactors have played out key battles in the Revolutionary War or Civil War. Now they are bringing alive one of the most controversial conflicts in American history. Vietnam re-enactors have no national organization yet, but Vietnam War re-enactment groups are popping up around the country.
Camouflage uniforms, replicas of AK-47s and M-16s : Airsoft Wargames (Article no longer available from the original source)
Max Gherardi's team of young soldiers in camouflage uniforms carry replicas of M-16s and AK-47s that shoot pellets that sting when they hit. This is airsoft, a sport in the first place played by adult men, but recently it's been embraced by kids. The young players compete alongside the adults in a game that is similar to the paintball, but more realistic, re-enacting a military simulation of war. The airsoft phenomena has dealt with negative public opinion as "the guns look and function similarly to real firearms." Police have also run into misinterpretations with airsoft guns, as it's often impossible to distinguish them from real weapons.
Bored Vietnam war veteran carried out military-style raids
A war veteran Vincent Holochuost carried out a series of military-style raids on a waste depot to escape the boredom of old age. The 72-year-old, who fought in the Vietnam and Korea wars, broke in 7 times before baffled managers set up a sting. On his eighth attempt, CCTV cameras showed an elderly man jumping over a 2.4m (8ft) high fence and hiding in the shadows. Holochuost, who helped rescue US Air Force pilots who had been shot down in the sea, then fled with Б5 worth of scrap copper pipe. Magistrates told him: "Thrill-seeking behaviour is unacceptable in a 17-year-old and we will no more accept it from a 72-year-old."
Veterans in battle over helicopters
Jerry Seago flew Hueys in Vietnam 30 years ago just like the one he's bringing for a Veteran's Day parade. He has painstakingly repaired, painted and exhibited them for more than a decade. Now the U.S. Army, which loaned him the decommissioned chopper, says stewardship is not enough. Unless vets with loaned helicopters agree to keep them in a public space, they'll have to give them back. The pilots don't want to do either. Seago's group, the N.C. Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, believes it is using 5 Vietnam-era helicopters as it promised the U.S. Army: to educate the public and honor the veterans.
Vietnam War re-enactment with UH-1H "Huey" Helicopter
Chip Robinson was thrilled after his ride in a UH-1H "Huey" Helicopter. He rode one of the helicopters that will take part in the Vietnam War re-enactment called "Sky Soldiers." The Army Aviation Heritage Foundation's "Sky Soldiers" re-enactment uses seven Vietnam-era aircraft, pyrotechnics and combat veterans to portray a rocket attack, artillery barrage and an airborne infantry assault.
Here it`s always 1968 - Vietnam War reenactment
Here, it`s always 1968. American troops left Vietnam more than 30 years ago, but deep in the Mississippi woods the Vietnam War never ended. Jeff Foster led soldiers on daily patrols. Fletcher Isaacs planned an attack on the Viet Cong. "Our whole purpose is to interdict supply trains to stop the flow of supplies coming out of Cambodia." The objective of this war is authenticity. Every soldier has a role. Of the few re-enactments in the country, this is the largest. Most who come here choose to portray American soldiers. Those who sign up to play the enemy get a discount.
Vietnam remembers fall of Saigon, the end of the war
Tens of thousands of people have taken part celebrations to mark 30 years since the end of the Vietnam War. Military bands and marching soldiers re-enacted the North Vietnamese victory in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. In Hanoi, dancers on a stage mimicked the downing of US war planes and wept over their fallen comrades. Liberation Day marks the victory of communist North Vietnamese forces over the US-backed regime in the south. Events included a parade by Vietcong veterans and a ceremony for those who were born 30 years ago to the day when communist tanks rolled through the gates of the Presidential Palace.