Category Archives: Ho Chi Minh Trail

Hue Prepared for a Holiday, Then the War Came

Many civilians were driven from their homes during street fighting in the ancient city of Hue in February 1968.  “During the early days of January 1968, the 150,000 residents of Hue, like all Vietnamese, began preparations for their biggest event … Continue reading

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The Story of the Tet Offensive

“At the end of January, the media will commemorate the fifty-year anniversary of one of the Vietnam War’s most pivotal moments: the Tet Offensive. On January 30, 1968, the combined forces of the Viet Cong, the People’s Liberation Armed Forces … Continue reading

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The Snake-Eaters and the Yards

An American officer sits with a group of Montagnards in a military camp in central Vietnam in 1962. “In 1965, syndicated columnists Rowland Evans and Robert Novak used a frontier metaphor to describe the American Special Forces’ advisory role with … Continue reading

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The Laos Crisis, 1960–1963

“The first foreign policy crisis faced by President-elect John F. Kennedy was not centered in Berlin, nor in Cuba, nor in the islands off the Chinese mainland, nor in Vietnam, nor in any of the better-known hot spots of the … Continue reading

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Was It Legal for the U.S. to Bomb Cambodia?

South Vietnamese marines rushed to the American Army helicopter after a sweep east of the Cambodian town of Prey-Veng during the Vietnam War. “Is it acceptable to engage an enemy on the territory of a third country? It’s a question … Continue reading

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The Laotian Fragments – John Clark Pratt (1974)

John Clark Pratt: “After my long, long year (1969-70) at war (first in Vietnam, then in Thailand flying combat missions into Laos and writing official Air Force histories about the ‘secret war’), I vowed to put the experience behind me. … Continue reading

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Battle of Huế

“The Battle of Huế (also called the Siege of Huế), was one of the bloodiest and longest battles of the Vietnam War. In February 1968, in the South Vietnamese city of Huế, 11 battalions of the Army of the Republic … Continue reading

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