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The Vietnam War was the longest military conflict in U.S. history. The hostilities in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia claimed the lives of more than 58,000 Americans. Another 304,000 were wounded. The Vietnam War was a military struggle fought in Vietnam from 1959 to 1975, involving the North Vietnamese and the National Liberation Front (NLF) in conflict with United States forces and the South Vietnamese army. From 1946 until 1954, the Vietnamese had struggled for their independence from France during the First Indochina War. At the end of this war, the country was temporarily divided into North and South Vietnam. North Vietnam came under the control of the Vietnamese Communists who had opposed France and who aimed for a unified Vietnam under Communist rule. The South was controlled by Vietnamese who had collaborated with the French. In 1965 the United States sent in troops to prevent the South Vietnamese government from collapsing. Ultimately, however, the United States failed to achieve its goal, and in 1975 Vietnam was reunified under Communist control; in 1976 it officially became the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. During the conflict, approximately 3 to 4 million Vietnamese on both sides were killed, in addition to another 1.5 to 2 million Lao and Cambodians who were drawn into the war.
No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now. --Richard M. Nixon, 1985
US troops during the war in Vietnam in 1966. Sunday is the 25th anniversary of the pullout. (AP file photo) The Vietnam War was the longest and most unpopular war in which Americans ever fought. And there is no reckoning the cost. The toll in suffering, sorrow, in rancorous national turmoil can never be tabulated. No one wants ever to see America so divided again. And for many of the more than two million American veterans of the war, the wounds of Vietnam will never heal.
Fifty-eight thousand Americans lost their lives. The losses to the Vietnamese people were appalling. The financial cost to the United States comes to something over $150 billion dollars. Direct American involvement began in 1955 with the arrival of the first advisors. The first combat troops arrived in 1965 and we fought the war until the cease-fire of January 1973. To a whole new generation of young Americans today, it seems a story from the olden times.
Vietnam War Timeline
1965-1968 - The Jungle Years
1969-1975 - The Bitter End
Vietnam Veterans Flag
"Let every nation know, whether, it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival of liberty." -President John F. Kennedy, 1961 For those who fight for it, Freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.
Those who have fought for freedom, and have lost it, know a sadness and sense a loss beyond bearing.
Freedom rings loudest for those denied Freedom.
Wall of Honor: Their names are engraved on the black granite of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. as well as on the hearts of those who love them. They are the 58,226 Americans who paid the supreme sacrifice in the service of their country in Southeast Asia. Zoom in and interactively explore the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall" to see the names of those who gave their lives in defense of the United States of America - We're Proud of You.
A Moment of Silence - Francesca Beghe Tells the Story of The Vietnam Memorial Wall in Song ... It Has Never Been Told More Brilliantly...
Son Tay Prison Raid - November 20, 1970
Back ailment got Howard Dean Vietnam War draft deferment
Who could ever forget this photo!
National POW/MIA Recognition Day September 14th
Vietnam War MIAs identified September 30, 2003
US identifies 6 airmen killed in Laos during Vietnam War - Nov 5, 2004
Vietnam War Missing in Action Servicemen Identified - April 13, 2005
Vietnam War Casualties
Green Berets - America's Fighting Force
Jim Gibbons Statement on Introduction of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Visitor Center Legislation
Gen. William Westmoreland
Vietnam War Maps
Vietnam War Medal of Honor Recipients
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Beyond Vietnam ," Address delivered to the Clergy and Laymen
Concerned about Vietnam, at Riverside Church April 4, 1967 New York City
Americans Who Have Received The Nation's Highest Honor, The Congressional Medal of Honor
Gulf of Tonkin Presidential Address August 7th 1964
Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
United States Air Force in Southeast Asia 1967
Vietnam War History
Women's Vietnam War Memorial
Vietnam War Veterans
Sen. John Kerry Speaks at the Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C. on the 20th Anniversary of the Memorial
My Lai Massacre
Vietnam War Australian Veterans
Photos of the Vietnam War
Traveling Soldier: Dixie Chicks
We Were Soldiers
Marine Sniper - The Explosive True Sory of a Vietnam Hero
Vietnam War Glossary Vietnam War Features & Topics
History of Vietnam War
Vietnam at a Glance
Who's Who in the History of Vietnam
Combat Chronicles, Military Photographs of the Vietnam War
Executive Order 11231--Establishing the Vietnam Service Medal
The Tet Offensive, Turning Point of the Vietnam War
'Honor Bound ' - a Pentagon study provides new details--about bravery, torture, and endurance -- on the experience of American POWs in Vietnam , including John McCain.
U.S. Government White Paper on Vietnam 1965
Events Prior to the Vietnam War
Political War Protestors
Hanoi Hilton Prison
The Saigon Executioner
Gunnery Sgt. Carlos N. Hathcock, Sniper
Vietnam War Overview
War Powers Resolution
Kent State Student Killings May 4, 1970
President John F. Kennedy's Role in Vietnam
President Lyndon Johnson's Role
President Nixon's Role in Vietnam
Vietnam War - What part did Jane Fonda Play?
Former POW and Senator John McCain
The First Helicopter War
The Fall of Saigon - April 30, 1975
April 30, 2005 - 30th Anniversary of the End of the Vietnam War
George W. Bush v. John F. Kerry Military Comparisons
Senator John Kerry, 2004 Presidential Candidate
Senator John F. Kerry: 2004 Presidential Election Concession Speech - Nov. 3, 2004
Senator John F. Kerry Photo History
Senator John Kerry, 2004 Presidential Candidate
Vietnam Veterans Against the War Statement by John Kerry
to the Senate Committee of Foreign Relations April 23, 1971
John Kerry's Silver Star History
Senator John F. Kerry's Military History