The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration

The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration Thanking and honoring the 6.4 million living veterans and the 9 million families of those who served from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975.
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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.

Mission: The commemoration program will include activities and ceremonies to achieve the following objectives: • To thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these veterans. • To highlight the service of the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War and the contributions of Federal agencies and governmental and nongovernmental organizations that served with, or in support of, the Armed Forces. • To pay tribute to the contributions made on the home front by the people of the United States during the Vietnam War. • To highlight the advances in technology, science, and medicine related to military research conducted during the Vietnam War. • To recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the allies of the United States during the Vietnam War.

Though Vietnam produced far fewer POWs than the Korean War or World War II, for their part, Vietnam POWs experienced lon...
07/17/2020

Though Vietnam produced far fewer POWs than the Korean War or World War II, for their part, Vietnam POWs experienced longer lengths of imprisonment. The majority were officers and downed pilots. This poster series is a description of the POW Experience in Vietnam, and is drawn from the recollections of POWs and their loved ones. To view or download the full version, visit our website athttps://www.vietnamwar50th.com/assets/1/7/VW50th_POW_Posters_7-10-19.pdf
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This Week in History: “Helicopter Valley” and Operation HASTINGS, July 15, 1966On July 15, 1966, during Operation HASTIN...
07/16/2020

This Week in History: “Helicopter Valley” and Operation HASTINGS, July 15, 1966

On July 15, 1966, during Operation HASTINGS, elements of two battalions of U.S. Marines began an assault into the Song Ngan Valley, a river valley in Quang Tri Province, just south of the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Vietnam. Read more here: https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/education/this_week_in_history/

School is out for the summer, but learning never ends!This Tookit can accommodate all ages from elementary schools and a...
07/15/2020

School is out for the summer, but learning never ends!

This Tookit can accommodate all ages from elementary schools and after-school programs to college-level students. To download a copy of this valuable resource, visit our website athttps://www.vietnamwar50th.com/assets/1/7/Teachers_Toolkit_SEP_2018_FINAL.pdf
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This video highlights the wartime experiences of three African American Vietnam War veterans who served their country wi...
07/14/2020

This video highlights the wartime experiences of three African American Vietnam War veterans who served their country with honor and distinction during the Vietnam War. To view the full video, visit our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjz3ytlbsIw. #JoinTheNation #ThankVietnamVeterans #WelcomeHome

Whether on patrol in hot, humid jungles, steep mountain ridges, or in remote rice paddies and villages, U.S. servicememb...
07/13/2020

Whether on patrol in hot, humid jungles, steep mountain ridges, or in remote rice paddies and villages, U.S. servicemembers, allies, and civilians received extraordinary health care during the Vietnam War. To download the “Medical Advancements in the Vietnam War” poster series, visit our website athttps://www.vietnamwar50th.com/assets/1/7/MedicalAdvance_Posters_6-27-18_low-resolution_FINAL.pdf

With its rich, fertile soil and plentiful water, the Delta produced most of Vietnam's rice crop. It became a stronghold ...
07/10/2020

With its rich, fertile soil and plentiful water, the Delta produced most of Vietnam's rice crop. It became a stronghold for the Viet Cong, and they exploited the area as a source of food and supplies. In order to secure the Delta and restore it to Saigon’s control, the United States determined to clear out the insurgents with a series of riverine campaigns. To download copies of the “Riverine Operations in the Vietnam War” poster series, visit our website athttps://www.vietnamwar50th.com/assets/1/7/Riverine_Operations_in_the_Vietrnam_War.pdf
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This Week in History: The “Hanoi March,” On July 6, 1966, American prisoners of war in North Vietnam were awoken early b...
07/09/2020

This Week in History: The “Hanoi March,”
On July 6, 1966, American prisoners of war in North Vietnam were awoken early by their captors, ordered to shave, and told to hand over their prison-issued pajamas. Something was up, though the POWs did not yet know what. Read more here: https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/education/this_week_in_history/

The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration's cover photo
07/09/2020

The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration's cover photo

To download copies of the “Military Nurses in the Vietnam War” poster series, visit our website at https://www.vietnamwa...
07/08/2020

To download copies of the “Military Nurses in the Vietnam War” poster series, visit our website athttps://www.vietnamwar50th.com/assets/1/7/MilitaryNurses_3Posters_11-22-13.pdf
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ICYMI: ISSUE 4 of the VWC SITREP is here!Check it out to learn about individual lapel pin requests and how social media ...
07/07/2020

ICYMI: ISSUE 4 of the VWC SITREP is here!

Check it out to learn about individual lapel pin requests and how social media platforms are helping Vietnam veterans to communicate during this time of social distancing. To download the full version, please visit our website athttps://www.vietnamwar50th.com/assets/1/7/VWC_SITREP_2020_-_Issue_4.pdf #JoinTheNation #ThankVietnamVeterans #WelcomeHome

This Week In HistoryJune 28—July 4, 2020:The Valor and Sacrifice of Major Charles L. Kelly, July 1, 1964. When Major Cha...
07/01/2020

This Week In History
June 28—July 4, 2020:
The Valor and Sacrifice of Major Charles L. Kelly, July 1, 1964.
When Major Charles L. Kelly took off from Soc Trang on July 1, 1964, it was for yet another medical evacuation mission- read more: https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/education/this_week_in_history/

06/26/2020
The United States Army Band

SPECIAL thanks to the The United States Army Band for sharing this #TBT video and honoring our Vietnam veterans and their families! #WelcomeHome #VietnamVeterans

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Join us for our next #throwbackthursday concert: "Debt of Gratitude." Tune in Thursday, June 25 at **3 PM (ET)** for concert band highlights, rock classics, and more! Keep up with our United We Stand | Music to Connect Us concert series by following us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or online at usarmyband.com.

This Week in History: On 6/25/65, several people were enjoying dinner at the My Canh, a popular floating restaurant on t...
06/26/2020

This Week in History: On 6/25/65, several people were enjoying dinner at the My Canh, a popular floating restaurant on the shore of the Saigon River. Just after 8:00 pm, an explosion sent shards of shrapnel tearing through the dining room. Read more here: https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/education/this_week_in_history/

The Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin was initially introduced in small numbers in late 2014 with the first lapel pin presented ...
06/24/2020

The Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin was initially introduced in small numbers in late 2014 with the first lapel pin presented to then Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. Millions have been presented to eligible Vietnam veterans ever since. To find out more, visit our website at vietnamwar50th.com. #JoinTheNation #ThankVietnamVeterans #WelcomeHome

The Commemorative Partner Program is designed for federal, state and local communities, veterans' organizations and othe...
06/17/2020

The Commemorative Partner Program is designed for federal, state and local communities, veterans' organizations and other nongovernmental organizations to assist a grateful nation in thanking and honoring our Vietnam Veterans and their families. To find out how YOUR organization can become a PROUD PARTNER with us, visit our website at https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/commemorative_partners/commemorative_partner_program/
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06/15/2020

Americans from all walks of life served in Vietnam: people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds, genders, religions, and sexualities. They served in different climates, geographical locations, and occupations. These posters highlight microcosms of the American experience in Vietnam, from women’s military service to specific military specializations. Although their stories may not be as visible in popular narratives of the war, their service was no less significant.
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06/14/2020

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Check out our Commemoration Objectives, in accordance with Public Law 110-181 SEC.598#JoinTheNation#ThankVietnamVets#Wel...
06/12/2020

Check out our Commemoration Objectives, in accordance with Public Law 110-181 SEC.598

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The Vietnam War Commemoration Oral History Project collects and preserves video-recorded interviews of Vietnam veterans ...
06/10/2020

The Vietnam War Commemoration Oral History Project collects and preserves video-recorded interviews of Vietnam veterans and their family members. Their stories provide the public with a clearer picture of military service and the effect of that service on the people waiting back home. It is an opportunity to consider the individual experience of war and how Americans remember the war 50 years later. The range of experiences can also challenge conventional understandings of the war and the American service person. To watch some of the oral history interviews and other videos, visit our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMRrIkdRxgKsjTTJuow0f5w
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The U.S. Coast Guard maintained a presence in Vietnam for ten years. This three-panel poster highlights the Coast Guard’...
06/08/2020

The U.S. Coast Guard maintained a presence in Vietnam for ten years. This three-panel poster highlights the Coast Guard’s organization in Vietnam, and the many roles Coast Guardsmen performed while serving there. To download free copies, visit our website athttps://www.vietnamwar50th.com/assets/1/7/VIETNAMCOMM-CSTGRD.pdf

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This Week in History: Lieutenant Charles F. Klusmann escapes from captivity by the Pathet LaoOn June 6, 1964, Naval Avia...
06/04/2020

This Week in History: Lieutenant Charles F. Klusmann escapes from captivity by the Pathet Lao

On June 6, 1964, Naval Aviator Charles F. Klusmann was flying an RF-8 Crusader fighter jet on a secret photoreconnaissance mission in Laos, over the Plain of Jars, when his aircraft was crippled by antiaircraft fire. Klusmann ejected and made it to the ground, but with a dislocated hip. Read more here: https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/education/this_week_in_history/

06/03/2020
African-American Veterans Discuss Their Experiences in Vietnam - Part II

This video highlights the wartime experiences of a U.S. Navy veteran 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. The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration joins the Nation in honoring the sacrifices and celebrating the accomplishments of all African-Americans.
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In recognition of African American History Month, this video highlights the wartime experiences of a U.S. Navy veteran who served his country with honor and ...

06/02/2020
African American Veterans Share Their Experiences in Vietnam

African American troops served in the military with distinction during the Vietnam War. In the 1960s and 1970s, the United States’ long history of racial inequality and segregation culminated in the civil rights movement. The social and political turmoil crept through American society, including the U.S. military.
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In recognition of National African American History Month, this video highlights the wartime experiences of three African Americans. All three veterans retir...

06/02/2020
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This Week In History: Operation BLACK SHIELDOn May 30, 1967, the Central Intelligence Agency’s secret new A-12 spy plane...
05/28/2020

This Week In History: Operation BLACK SHIELD

On May 30, 1967, the Central Intelligence Agency’s secret new A-12 spy plane (code-named OXCART) officially became operational as part of Operation BLACK SHIELD. Read more here: https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/education/this_week_in_history/
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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.
Are those of us who supported the Vietnam war from other countries addressed as Vietnam Veteran’s?
I served in Viet Nam 67-68 certainly would like to have the pin if it could be mailed to me.