PT-76 Tank at the site of the Lang Vei Special Forces Camp
My Visit to Vietnam: 5-18 March 2013
I took a 2 week comprehensive tour of Vietnam traveling from Hanoi in the north, down to Can Tho in the Mekong Delta. I saw the site of the Khe Sanh Combat Base, The Rockpile, the site of the Lang Vei Special Forces Camp, the Hanoi Hilton prison, the Vinh Moc Tunnels, Chu Lai, the Cu Chi Tunnels, the War Remnants Museum, the former Presidential Palace plus many other interesting locations. I have posted approximately 275 photographs. Simply click on the above image to view each day's gallery of pictures and maps, or CLICK HERE.
Nadezhda Popova, World War II 'Night Witch', Dies at 91
Ms. Popova said in 2010. "I can still imagine myself as a young girl, up there in my little bomber. And I ask myself, 'Nadia, how did you do it?'" GO HERE
Stanley R. Resor, Vietnam War Army chief, Dies at 94
When he resigned in May 1971, he said the Vietnam War could prove to be "unwise" if it resulted in a new American isolationism. GO HERE
John F. Baker, Medal of Honor Recipient, Dies at 66
"He wasn't just someone you wanted beside you in combat, he reached out to others all his life." GO HERE
Nick Bacon, Medal of Honor Recipient, Dies at 64
When his platoon leader was shot and fell wounded on open ground, Staff Sgt. Bacon took charge of the platoon and led its assault againt an enemy bunker. GO HERE
Vernon Baker, Belated Medal of Honor Recipient, Dies at 90
Vernon Baker, who was the only living black veteran awarded the Medal of Honor for valor in World War II, receiving it 52 years after he wiped out four German machine-gun nests. GO HERE
John Finn, Medal of Honor Winner, Dies at 100
John W. Finn, the last survivor of the 15 Navy men who received the Medal of Honor for herorism during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. GO HERE
Modesto Cartagena, Hero of Korea, Is Dead at 87
Sergeant Cartagena received the Distinguished Service Cross. GO HERE
Red Army soldier who helped raise Russian flag over Hitler's Reichstag dies at 93
Abdulkhakim Ismailov had fought all the way to Berlin from the Battle of Stalingrad three years earlier. GO HERE
Marek Edelman, Commander in Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Dies at 90
Marek Edelman, a cardiologist who was the last surviving commander of the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising against the Germans. GO HERE
Robert S. McNamara, Architect of a Futile War, Dies at 93
He was a forceful defense secretary who helped lead the nation into the maelstrom of Vietnam and spent the rest of his life wrestling with the war's moral consequences. GO HERE
Sergeant Russell Dunham, Medal of Honor Recipient, Dies at 89
He charged up a snowy hill in the Alsace region of France and single-handedly killed, wounded or captured 18 German soldiers. GO HERE
Lt. Gen. Victor H. Krulak, Marine Behind U.S. Landing Craft, Dies at 95
“The marines,” he wrote, “are an assemblage of warriors, nothing more.” GO HERE
Colonel Donald Blakeslee, Decorated World War II Flying Ace, Dies at 90
In his four years in the European theater, Colonel Blakeslee flew nearly 500 missions and had about 1,000 combat hours to his credit. GO HERE
Robert Rosenthal, Leader in Bombing Raids and Lawyer at Nuremberg, Dies at 89
Robert Rosenthal helped usher in a new kind of warfare, the strategic bombing of Germany. GO HERE
Raymond Murphy, 77, Medal of Honor Recipient During the Korean War, Dies
He was awarded the Medal of Honor for leading his platoon to take a hill, even though he was painfully wounded. GO HERE
Jay Zeamer Jr. a Pilot in WW II, and a Medal of Honor Recipient, Dies at 88
Jay Zeamer Jr., a World War II bomber pilot was awarded the Medal of Honor for fighting off enemy attacks during a photographic mapping mission. GO HERE
Jack P. Smith, Ia Drang Valley Veteran, Dies at 58
Mr. Smith, son of the late broadcaster Howard K. Smith, wrote a first-person article for the Saturday Evening Post on the bloody battle of the Ia Drang Valley, Vietnam. GO HERE
General Jacob E. Smart, Ploesti Raid Strategist, Dies at 97
General Jacob E. Smart, then a colonel, conceived the strategy for the daring World War II bombing raid on the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. GO HERE
Guy Gabaldon, 80, Hero of Battle of Saipan, Dies
Guy Gabaldon, a Marine private in World War II used extraordinary grit and a smattering of Japanese phrases to capture more than 1,000 Japanese soldiers single-handedly in the battle for Saipan. GO HERE
Joe Rosenthal,94, Photographer at Iwo Jima, Dies
An American flag is raised atop Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, on Feb. 23, 1945. Joe Rosenthal took this famous picture on the fifth day of the furious 36-day battle that left 6,621 American dead and 19,217 wounded. GO HERE
Besby Frank Holmes, 88, Ace Who Scored a Big Kill in 1943, Dies
Besby Frank Holmes in front of a P-38 fighter plane in 1943. GO HERE
Donald Rudolph, 85, Medal of Honor Recipient, Dies
Donald Rudolph, received the Medal of Honor for his actions on the island of Luzon, the main Philippine island, on 5 February 1945. GO HERE
After 65 Years a Hero's Medal of Honor Finds a Home
Peter Tomich, Born in Bosnia, received the Medal of Honor for his actions on 7 December 1941. GO HERE
Fred Christensen, 84, U.S. Ace in Europe in World War II, Dies
Fred Christensen, a leading American ace shot down six German transport planes in a single day in 1944. GO HERE
Desmond T. Doss, 87, Heroic War Objector, Dies
Desmond T. Doss, recipient of the Medal of Honor. As a unarmed Army medic he saved the lives of dozens of fellow soldiers under fire on Okinawa in World War II. GO HERE
Military Lab Puts Name on a Long-Lost Airman
The melting snow of the Sierra Nevada fell away from the airman inch by inch. He lay facedown, his hair thick and blond atop a crushed head. GO HERE
Duty and Honor, in 24 Notes
The weather is cold, the mood solemn as Ed Crobie raises his bugle to sound taps. His calling is to ensure that tradition keeps its human touch
Retired Marine Corporal Ed Crobie trudges through the snowdrifts with his bugle. GO HERE
Hugh Thompson, 62, Who Saved Civilians at My Lai Dies
Chief Warrant Office dies on 6 January 2006. GO HERE
Medal of Honor Citations
Vietnam War 1964-1972
A complete and official catalog of the 246 Medal of Honor citations issued for combat actions during the Vietnam War
Listed below are the official military citations for the 246 men who were awarded the Medal of Honor for combat actions during the Vietnam War. The recipients are listed alphabetically without regard to the military branch they served in. An asterisk(*) next to a name indicates that he was killed in combat. Click on a name to view personal data about the recipient and the citation describing the circumstances which caused the award to be issued. Some of the citation pages contain a remembrance of the recipient, and/or a contemporary or recent photograph of the soldier who received the Medal of Honor.
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Belcher, Ted* P/R
|Michael, Don L.*P|
Rascon, Alfred P/R
James Montgomery Flagg, 1917
11 September 2001
"Only in winter can you tell which trees are truly green
Only when the winds of adversity blow can you tell whether an individual or a country has steadfastness."
John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States: 1961-1963
Men and woman who performed a significant or heroic role in the military conflicts of our age.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt 63, died on 12 April 1945; 32nd President of the United States. Go Here to read his obituary.
Sir Winston Churchill 90, died on 24 January 1965; Wartime leader of Great Britain. Go Here to read his obituary.
Joseph Stalin 74, died on 5 March 1953; leader of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Go Here to read his obituary.
Adolph Hitler 56, died on 30 April 1945; leader of Nazi Germeny. Go Here to read his obituary.
Ho Chi Minh 79, died on 2 September 1969; leader of North Vietnam. Go Here to read his obituary.
Pham Xuan An 79, died on 20 September 2006; reporter who spied for Hanoi. Go Here to read his obituary.
Hugh Thompson, 62,who saved civilians at My Lai died on 6 January 2006. Go Here to read his obituary.
Bill Mauldin, famed WWII GI cartoonist died on 22 January 2003. Go Here to read his obituary.
Richard Rocco Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient, died 31 October 2002. Go Here to read his obituary.
Arthur Simmons 80; British Tank Commander. Go Here to read his obituary.
Johnnie Johnson 85; British Air Ace. Go Here to read his obituary.
Leo Marks 80; British WWII Code Breaker. Go Here to read his obituary.
Jimmy Yule 84; Colditz Hero. Go Here to read his obituary.
Harry DeWolf 97; Canada War Hero. Go Here to read his obituary.
Lida Baarova 86; Goebbels' Mistress. Go Here to read her obituary.
Bruce Palmer Jr. 87; Led Forces in Vietnam. Go Here to read his obituary.
John Worsley 81; Outfoxed the Nazis. Go Here to read his obituary.
Douglas Bagnall 82; Daring Bomber Attacks.Go Here to read his obituary.
Werner Klemperer 80; Colonel Klink in TV's "Hogan's Heroes." Go Here to read his obituary.
John Levitow 55; Medal of Honor Recipient-Vietnam War. Go Here to read his obituary.
Saburo Sakai 84; Japanese Pilot who Shot Down 64 Allied Aircraft. Go Here to read his obituary.
Pham Van Dong, 94; Voice of Vietnam's Revolt. Go Here to read his obituary.
Go Here to read additional obituaries of a similar nature.
From The Other Side
Ho Chi Minh Trail, Again. Go Here
Cu Chi Tunnels, Americans Welcome. Go Here
Vietnam US Military Ties? Go Here
Saigon Basks in Peace. Go Here
In Village, Vietnam War is Fleeting. Go Here
Vietnam Forgets Those Who Lost. Go Here
John McCain in Vietnam. Go Here
John McCain in Hanoi Hilton. Go Here
Vietnam and U.S. Sign Trade Agreement. Go Here
Vietnam's Widening Economic Gap. Go Here
Vietnam Reunited 25 Years On. Go Here
Vietnam Today: A Different War. Go Here
U.S. Defense Chief Visits Hanoi. Go Here
Ho Chi Minh Trail's Myth Dazzles Road Planners. Go Here
Go Here to read additional accounts about the other side.
11 November: The History of Veterans Day Go Here
Bill Cosby's Address to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education - 17 May 2004 Go Here
Death in the Ia Drang Valley,November 1965. By Jack P. Smith Go Here
Remains of naval air crew coming home after 35 years Go Here
Four new names added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. The total is now 58,235 Go Here
The Lost Father by Karen Spears Zacharias Go Here
New York Times Reporter leaves a Long Trail of Deception. 11 May 2003. Go Here
President Bush Signs Bill Authorizing World War II Memorial. May 28, 2001. Go Here
Stalin's Military Order #227: "Not a Step Back." July 28, 1942. Go Here
Hitler Declares War on the Soviet Union. June 22, 1941. Go Here
Stalin's Address to the People of the Soviet Union. July 3, 1941. Go Here
Molotov's Radio Broadcast to the People of the Soviet Union. June 22, 1941. Go Here
Bush Providing Corporate Look to White House. March 11, 2001. Go Here
George W. Bush's Speech to Congress. February 27, 2001. Go Here
Waco, Texas Pins its Hopes for Image on the G.W. Bush Ranch. February 16, 2001. Go Here
Californians Get Off the Electric Grid. January 24, 2001.Go Here
Bill Clinton's Indefensible Pardon. January 24, 2001.Go Here
George W. Bush Inauguration Address. January 20, 2001.Go Here
Martin Luther King Speech "I Have A Dream" Watch a video of the speech August 28, 1963. Watch a Video of the Speech Here
Kate Smith sings "God Bless America" which was recorded on 21 March 1939. Listen Here
Franklin D. Roosevelt Speech" A Date Which Will Live In Infamy" December 7, 1941. Listen Here RealAudio required
"Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historic Park," Richmond, California. Go Here
North Korean Military Official meets with the President at the White House. October 10, 2000. Go Here
Nazi Enigma Machine Poses a New Enigma for the British. October 9, 2000. Go Here
Presidential Debate. Bush and Gore do the Expected. October 3, 2000. Go Here
Bush Assails Gore, Calling Ideas 'Tired.' September 17, 2000. Go Here
U.S. Withdrawing from Saigon. April 29,1975. Go Here
Vietcong in Saigon. April30,1975. Go Here
Communists Take Over Saigon. May 1, 1975. Go Here
Fall of Danang. March,1975.Go Here
Vietnam Peace Pact. January,1973. Go Here
Bush Tax Plan: The Debate Takes Shape. Go Here
Bush See Military Decline and Pledges a Turnaround. Go Here
George W. Bush's Acceptance Speech. Go Here
Word for Word: Nixon and Vietnam. Go Here
False Medal of Honor Recipients. Go Here
Captain Ben L. Salomon and Captain Jon E. Swanson posthumously received the Medal of Honor on 1 May 2002. Captain Salomon for actions on 7 July 1944 in the Marianas Islands, and Captain Swanson for actions on 26 February 1971 over Cambodia. Go Here and Go Here
President Theodore Roosevelt received the Medal of Honor. On Tuesday, 16 January 2001, the 26th President of the United States posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions on 1 July 1898 at the Battle of San Juan Hill, Cuba, during the Spanish-American War. Go Here
MilitaryVALoan.com can help Veterans use their VA benefits and save money on their home loan or refinance. Go Here
Go Here to read additional articles of related interest.
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Web sites of related interest:
• Vietnam-Era Prisoner-of-War / Missing-in-Action Government Database. Go Here
• Three's In: The Vietnam Prisoner of War Home Page, and a resource for additional POW related web sites. Go Here
• New York City Vietnam Memorial Plaza website. Go Here
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Thanks to Sergeant First Class David L. Bata, U.S.Army, 101 Airborne Division, and Doug Sterner, homeofheros.com, for sharing many of their photographs of Medal of Honor recipients.
I have incorporated statistical information on the above citation pages for most of the Medal of Honor recipients who were killed in combat. The information has been retrieved from www.noquarter.org. (No longer on the Internet) Thanks to Chris Shepard and Tom Holloway.
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