Welcome to Vietnam

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

Vietnam War - US troops during the war in Vietnam in 1966. Sunday is the 25th anniversary of the pullout of Americans from the Vietnam War.
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 War Veterans Flag
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.

Vietnam War - Remembering Vietnam - Vietnam War Memorial

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.

Vietnam War -

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

Vietnam War - Phan Thi Kim Phuc
Who could ever forget this photo!

Operation Homecoming

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

Canadian Casualties

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

Cambodian Invasion

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

Soldiers Medals

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