The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration

The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration Thanking and honoring the 6.2 million living veterans and the 9 million families of those who served from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975. In Accordance With Public Law 110-181 SEC.598; the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act authorized the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and “in conducting the commemorative program, the Secretary shall coordinate, support, and facilitate other programs and activities of the Federal Government, State and local governments, and other persons and organizations in commemoration of the Vietnam War.” The Secretary of Defense shall determine the schedule of major events and priority of efforts for the commemorative program, in order to ensure achievement of the objectives specified in Law.
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We honor your sons, daughters and your sacrifice. ❤️ #GoldStarMothersDay #GoldStarMothers #Sept27
09/27/2020

We honor your sons, daughters and your sacrifice. ❤️ #GoldStarMothersDay #GoldStarMothers #Sept27

Great to meet with Administrator, Pete Gaynor, @FEMA_Pete today to discuss FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency's co...
09/25/2020

Great to meet with Administrator, Pete Gaynor, @FEMA_Pete today to discuss FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency's commitment to Vietnam veteran employees and citizens. Thank you for all you do for our country and communities! #JoinTheNation #ThankAVietnamVeteran

On September 25, 1970, a flight of two Huey gunship helicopters, accompanied by several South Vietnamese Air Force helic...
09/24/2020

On September 25, 1970, a flight of two Huey gunship helicopters, accompanied by several South Vietnamese Air Force helicopters, was on a special operations mission over Cambodia when a simple mistake led to catastrophic consequences... #ThisWeekInHistory #ThrowbackThursday https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/education/this_week_in_history/

The Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin is presented on behalf of a grateful nation to living United States veterans who served on...
09/22/2020

The Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin is presented on behalf of a grateful nation to living United States veterans who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location of service. Each veteran is eligible to receive one lapel pin. To view the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin Fact Sheet, visit our website athttps://www.vietnamwar50th.com/assets/1/7/Official-Fact-Sheet_Vietnam_Veteran_Lapel_Pin_VWC_FINAL1.PDF

Happy 73rd birthday to the United States Air Force! United States Air Force @usairforce United States Air Force #USAF73 ...
09/18/2020

Happy 73rd birthday to the United States Air Force!
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#USAF73 #FlyFightWin

On this #POWMIARecognitionDay, we honor the families & sacrifices of the 1,586 uniformed patriots who remain missing and...
09/18/2020

On this #POWMIARecognitionDay, we honor the families & sacrifices of the 1,586 uniformed patriots who remain missing and “Unaccounted For” from the Vietnam War. #NeverForget

This Week in History: Ambush in Quang NgaiOn September 16, 1969, elements of C Company, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Reg...
09/17/2020

This Week in History: Ambush in Quang Ngai

On September 16, 1969, elements of C Company, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment of the 11th Light Infantry Brigade were on a search-and-clear mission in Quang Ngai Province, approximately 100 miles southwest of Da Nang. As 1st Lieutenant Robson W. Wills led his platoon forward, a force of North Vietnamese soldiers ambushed them using a “horseshoe” formation. Read more here: https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/education/this_week_in_history/ #TBT #ThisWeekInHistory #JoinTheNation #ThankVietnamVeterans

In honor and celebration of #HispanicHeritageMonth, three Hispanic American Vietnam veterans who served their country wi...
09/16/2020

In honor and celebration of #HispanicHeritageMonth, three Hispanic American Vietnam veterans who served their country with honor and distinction share their stories of service and sacrifice. Check out their oral history interview on YouTube at https://youtu.be/NowcLGvXH0s

The Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin is a "lasting memento of the Nation's thanks." Living U.S. veterans who served on active d...
09/15/2020

The Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin is a "lasting memento of the Nation's thanks." Living U.S. veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are eligible to receive one lapel pin. To find out more, visit our website at www.vietnamwar50th.com. #JoinTheNation #ThankVietnamVeterans

#NeverForget
09/11/2020

#NeverForget

Today we pause to remember an attack that took the lives of nearly 3,000 lives at the Pentagon, World Trade Center, and Shanksville, PA. Evil struck, but it did not shake our strength, resolve, and unbreakable spirit.

Sergeant First Class Dwaine U. McGriff sat in his armored bulldozer on September 7, 1970, filling out paperwork after fi...
09/11/2020

Sergeant First Class Dwaine U. McGriff sat in his armored bulldozer on September 7, 1970, filling out paperwork after finishing up for the day. He and the U.S. Army 984th Engineering Battalion had just finished clearing land for a road-building project in South Vietnam when the engineers were suddenly attacked by a force of Viet Cong fighters with automatic weapons and rockets. Before he could escape his vehicle, McGriff was struck in the hip by a rocket propelled grenade, which destroyed his left leg and ripped out most of his torso. Incredibly, McGriff survived. After years in intensive care, McGriff spent another two-and-a-half decades courageously fighting the wounds he received in Vietnam. Regrettably, those wounds eventually claimed his life in January 1999, at the age of 63. Read more here: https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/education/this_week_in_history/

To learn more about The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration and how it all began, visit our website at ww...
09/10/2020

To learn more about The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration and how it all began, visit our website at www.vietnamwar50th.com. #JoinTheNation #ThankVietnamVets #TBT

Success in counterinsurgency hinged on removing the North Vietnamese Army threat, severing its ties to the Viet Cong, ro...
09/09/2020

Success in counterinsurgency hinged on removing the North Vietnamese Army threat, severing its ties to the Viet Cong, rooting out the insurgents and replacing them with peaceful and stable governance, and binding South Vietnam's people to a growing South Vietnamese state. This paradox became one of the war's chief legacies; historians and contemporary policymakers continue to reconcile its significance to this day. To download copies of our poster series entitled “Counterinsurgency in the Vietnam War,” visit our website athttps://www.vietnamwar50th.com/assets/1/7/Countersinsurgency_in_Vietnam.pdf

Medical teams provided exceptional, innovative care under extraordinary circumstances during the Vietnam War, and many s...
09/04/2020

Medical teams provided exceptional, innovative care under extraordinary circumstances during the Vietnam War, and many servicemembers survived traumatic wounds and debilitating illnesses that would have incapacitated or mortally wounded them in previous conflicts. To download copies of the poster series entitled “Combat Medicine in the Vietnam War” please visit our website athttps://www.vietnamwar50th.com/assets/1/7/CombatMedicine_Posters_9-20-18_LowRes.pdf

This Week in History: Valorous Actions of Medal of Honor Recipient Sergeant Lawrence D. Peters, September 4, 1967During ...
09/03/2020

This Week in History: Valorous Actions of Medal of Honor Recipient Sergeant Lawrence D. Peters, September 4, 1967

During Operation SWIFT on September 4, 1967, Company M, Third Battalion of the Fifth Marines was on a mission in Quang Tin Province, South Vietnam, when they walked into a concealed North Vietnamese Army unit. Read more here: https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/education/this_week_in_history/
#ThisWeekInHistory #TBT

Check out our video, “Women Veterans Share Their Experience In Vietnam” on YouTube!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nhd...
09/02/2020

Check out our video, “Women Veterans Share Their Experience In Vietnam” on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhdKObnSSmk&t=130s
This video highlights the wartime experiences of four Americans; each woman exemplifies service in her branch of the Armed Forces. The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration salutes all women who served honorably during the Vietnam era.
#JoinTheNation #ThankVietnamVeterans

The North Vietnamese Army used the Ho Chi Minh Trail to move men and materiel through Laos and Cambodia into South Vietn...
09/01/2020

The North Vietnamese Army used the Ho Chi Minh Trail to move men and materiel through Laos and Cambodia into South Vietnam. In response, the Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara approved deploying sensor technology along the trail to detect movement and their path of incursion. To download the poster series entitled “U.S. Sensor Technology in the Vietnam War,” visit our website athttps://www.vietnamwar50th.com/assets/1/7/VW50th_SensorTech_12-3-19.pdf
#JoinTheNation #ThankVietnamVeterans

#ThisWeekInHistory Major Stephen W. Pless and His Crew Rescue Four Soldiers. On August 19, 1967, Cpt. Pless and his thre...
08/20/2020

#ThisWeekInHistory Major Stephen W. Pless and His Crew Rescue Four Soldiers. On August 19, 1967, Cpt. Pless and his three crewmates were on an escort mission aboard a UH-1E “Huey” helicopter when they received a distress call...https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/education/this_week_in_history/ #ThrowbackThursday #TWIH

This Week in History, August 9–15: Battle of Landing Zone Pat (1967). As soon as the first six Hueys dropped off the ini...
08/13/2020

This Week in History, August 9–15: Battle of Landing Zone Pat (1967). As soon as the first six Hueys dropped off the initial wave of troops, the North Vietnamese hidden around the ridge opened up on the helicopters...https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/education/this_week_in_history/ #ThisWeekInHistory #ThrowbackThursday

Honoring the courageous sacrifices made by those who were wounded in action or gave their lives for our nation.  #JoinTh...
08/07/2020

Honoring the courageous sacrifices made by those who were wounded in action or gave their lives for our nation. #JoinTheNation #ThankAVietnamVeteran #PurpleHeartDay

TWIH: During the first week of August 1970, five helicopters from the 135th assault helicopter company (AHC) – a combine...
08/07/2020

TWIH: During the first week of August 1970, five helicopters from the 135th assault helicopter company (AHC) – a combined U.S. Army and Royal Australian Navy helicopter squadron – conducted a joint operation with a U.S. Navy Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) team into the coastal hamlet of Kien Hoa. Read more here: https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/education/this_week_in_history/
#ThisWeekInHistory

HAPPY 230TH BIRTHDAY, USCG!Our three-panel poster entitled "The Coast Guard in the Vietnam War" highlights the Coast Gua...
08/04/2020

HAPPY 230TH BIRTHDAY, USCG!

Our three-panel poster entitled "The Coast Guard in the Vietnam War" highlights the Coast Guard’s organization in Vietnam, and the many roles Coast Guardsmen performed while serving there. It also details the vessels the Coast Guard brought with it, and how the U.S. Coast Guard presence enhanced the U.S. Military’s mission in Southeast Asia. To download this poster series, visit our website athttps://www.vietnamwar50th.com/assets/1/7/VIETNAMCOMM-CSTGRD-WEB_v2.pdf

This Week in History: Operation CORONADO II, July 27-31, 1967Working with South Vietnamese forces, the U.S. Mobile River...
07/31/2020

This Week in History: Operation CORONADO II, July 27-31, 1967
Working with South Vietnamese forces, the U.S. Mobile Riverine Force launched Operation CORONADO II in late July 1967 to shut down Viet Cong strongholds. It was the second of eleven consecutive operations conducted in the Mekong Delta. Read more here: https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/education/this_week_in_history/
#ThisWeekInHistory

Check out Issue 5 of the VWC SITREP to read compelling stories of CP (and non-CP) ingenuity … thanking & honoring Vietna...
07/30/2020

Check out Issue 5 of the VWC SITREP to read compelling stories of CP (and non-CP) ingenuity … thanking & honoring Vietnam veterans while respecting social distancing and safety protocols.https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/assets/1/7/VWC_SITREP_2020_-_Issue_5.pdf #JoinTheNation #ThankVietnamVets #WelcomeHomeVietnamVets

This video highlights the wartime experiences of U.S. Army veteran General Eric Shinseki, who served his country with ho...
07/29/2020

This video highlights the wartime experiences of U.S. Army veteran General Eric Shinseki, who served his country with honor and distinction during the Vietnam War. His unique story highlights his service and sacrifice during a difficult time in our Nation's history, and testifies to his courage and patriotism. To watch the full video, visit our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WIZje9P1dI&t=10s

The fifth and final objective given to the Vietnam War Commemoration from Congress (states in Public Law 110-181 Section...
07/28/2020

The fifth and final objective given to the Vietnam War Commemoration from Congress (states in Public Law 110-181 Section 598) is: To recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the allies of the United States during the Vietnam War. To download copies of the poster series entitled “U.S. Allies in the Vietnam War,” visit our website athttps://www.vietnamwar50th.com/assets/1/7/VW50th_Allies_Posters_11-6-19REV.pdf

This video highlights the wartime experiences of three Hispanic Americans, one being Retired Army Major Laura Holguin Pa...
07/27/2020

This video highlights the wartime experiences of three Hispanic Americans, one being Retired Army Major Laura Holguin Pariseau, a Hispanic American who served in Vietnam as an enlisted intelligence specialist from 1969-1972. To view the full video, please visit our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NowcLGvXH0s
#JoinTheNation #ThankVietnamVets

Join the Nation ... thank a Vietnam veteran!
07/27/2020

Join the Nation ... thank a Vietnam veteran!

Vietnam War Commemorative Partner Program.

We will have 2 activities honoring our Vietnam Veterans in 2020- 2022 to honor, thank and honor them.

Below in photo (l to r) William “Doc” Sheets (past Adjutant and past Commander), Joe McGlofin (Commander), Allen Miller (Service Officer) and RD Kinsey (past State Commander).

Women in the United States military during the Vietnam War held diverse and important roles supporting the war mission. ...
07/24/2020

Women in the United States military during the Vietnam War held diverse and important roles supporting the war mission. Many servicewomen stationed in the combat zone served with distinction. Women line officers, staff officers, and enlisted personnel performed a range of military occupational specialties in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. To download our poster series entitled “U.S. Servicewomen in the Vietnam War,” visit our website athttps://www.vietnamwar50th.com/assets/1/7/US_Servicewomen_in_the_Vietnam_War.pdf

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Interesting site.
I am deeply grateful for you sacrifice in serving our country. Thank you!!!
This concert was a tribute to Vietnam Veteran's and we were honored to have The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration be part of this event to present pins and honor Vietnam Veterans https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=560935868126613
I have a great amount of respect for my brothers and sisters who lived it. The phrase "You can never understand unless you were there" hits it on the head. I know talking to another that lived it too, relieves pent up anxiety. Why? They lived it.
Thank you so much for all of you who served during those very trying years, and thanks to the families who lost loved ones during those battles. Pray for those MIA and for those who struggled so harshly with the less than honorable welcome home by a country ungrateful for how you served.
Flight Attendants of Flying Tigers (Freedom Birds) salute you today on this Virtual Celebration. We shall not forget any one of you.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Smiling MP As I write this it is the end of July 2004. It has been almost exactly 34 years since we met and his smile is burned into by memory so deeply that I cannot see him without a smile on his face. In August 1970 I was a 20-year-old Military Policeman just being assigned to B Company 720th Military Police Battalion in the Republic of Viet Nam. I have almost a year and a half experience as an MP prior to arriving here. The Company Commander tells me that my experience with the 463rd MP Co. (Escort Guard) at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri should be of value where I'm going. I am assigned to the platoon in Can Tho. That's where we meet. I get to Can Tho with less than a week in country. When I arrive I must do all those things a soldier does upon arrival anywhere. As I go about my task a smiling MP walks up to me, sticks out his hand and says, I'm Dennis where you from?. My answer is Washington, D.C. Instantly Dennis seems to brighten even more, "me too" he responds. We stand half way around the world from home. It seems almost impossible. We talk in that rapid-fire mode of old friends who can answer each other's questions. He has been in country a month and it's just a couple weeks till his birthday, he is almost 2 years older than me. Anyone who has ever served in the military knows it is a rarity to find someone from home. When you do it gives you both a little stronger connection to each other since even if your experience in life has been different almost assuredly you have experienced some of the same things and the same places. And so it was with us. Over the coming months we could always talk of home to each other. Even though we did not work together much we still had the connection. As time went on I learned about his life. His Father was a career soldier. He had a brother in the Army also. He was single but would talk fondly about a young girl at home, not a daughter, but a relative. That young girl, his niece, would find me in June 2004. He had gone to college for a time but had had "some troubles" there. In time he would tell me he wanted to go back to school when he got home. In Can Tho every day could bring a different assignment. Some people grumbled but Thaddeus Dennis did it all with a smile on his face. Maybe the thing that stands out the most to me was Thaddeus and the Vietnamese children. If you were not there it is hard to understand how so many children who had absolutely nothing could be so friendly. And that was a situation tailor made for Thaddeus. I cannot recall how many times a kid in Can Tho came up to me looking for Thaddeus. He was their provider of treats. American candy, Asian candy, and cold drinks you name it they came to him looking for something that they could not get elsewhere. Don't get me wrong, most everyone I served with was taken with the kids and did things for them, but the kids were taken with Thaddeus. Always concerned about others and always smiling is how I recall him and 34 years later I would learn it is a family trait. We worked our way through the fall and into the winter. In Can Tho we seemed to always be shorthanded so most everyone worked their shift and then was assigned more work. Thaddeus smiled through it all. As we came into spring we soldiered on. Easter Sunday, 11 April 1971, the worst day of my life. I was the Patrol Supervisor for the midnight shift, as I said we were normally shorthanded otherwise a SP/4 would not be the Patrol Supervisor. I and whoever I chose to go with me would be the only motor patrol in the city that night. But first I needed to take a relief MP to the hospital at Binh Thuy and stop on the way back and pick up some food for the night shift at 235th Aviation at Can Tho Airfield. This would take an hour or so. To get to the hospital it was necessary to go about 9 kilometers out of town on LTL (highway) 27. Just 2 MP's by themselves. As I was about to finish up giving out the assignments at Guard Mount Thaddeus Dennis, who was not working, steps up on my left side and says , I'll take the relief to the hospital for you. I asked if he was sure and he replied, with a smile, "yes" (I can see this in my mind as if it happened just now). I told him to get his gear and told the relief MP that he was going with Dennis and we all got to work. On the way to the hospital while doing me a favor on his own time SP/4 Thaddeus Dennis was to lose his life. I had lost my friend. Had it been my fault. No of course not. Even at the age of 21 I knew it had not been my fault but it was my responsibility. I did not have to let him go. But I would have done it for him and he was doing what he believed would lighten my load. And that is what a friend does. Even in death the smile never faded. I see him now, sweat on his forehead with a big grin. If I reach to my left I can almost touch him. I will never forget him.
The Daughters of the American Revolution has always and will continue to honor all Veterans during the way times for the United States of America!
Join the Maryland Catholic War Veterans Vietnam Veterans Commemoration Mass on Sunday March 29, 2020 10:00 a.m Mass, St. Casimir Church, O'Donnell St. & S. Kenwood Ave. Baltimore, MD. All Faiths are invited. A meet and Greet will be held afterward with refreshments. call 410-299-7283
We will honor all that served
During 15-18 August 2019 the Town of Washburn Maine hosted the AVTT American Veterans Traveling Tribute Wall and recognized over 380 Vietnam Veterans that visited the Wall. This was a tremendous and Healing visit for many Vietnam Veterans.