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My Lai Massacre

“The Mỹ Lai Massacre was the Vietnam War mass killing and gang rape of between 347 and 504 unarmed Vietnamese civilians in South Vietnam on March 16, 1968. It was committed by U.S. Army soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, … Continue reading

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The Ken Burns Effect

Gen. William Westmoreland, left, and President Lyndon Johnson in 1968. “With any luck, the television documentary ‘The Vietnam War’ by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick may open the way for a new period of public and academic interest in the … Continue reading

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How the Draft Reshaped America

Women burning the draft cards of their husbands and sons during an anti-war protest in 1968. “‘Greeting: You are hereby ordered for induction in the Armed Forces of the United States.’ In 1967, more than 300,000 American men opened envelopes … Continue reading

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The Vietnam War Is Not Over

Marines marching in Danang, Vietnam, March 15, 1965 “‘The Vietnam War’ Ken Burns says in a recent interview, ‘was the most important event in American history since World War II.’ But, he explains, it’s also an event that tore the … Continue reading

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How Not to ‘Win Hearts and Minds’

A U.S. infantryman moving Vietnamese civilians from their village northwest of Saigon to protect them during a firefight with Viet Cong snipers. “From the early stages of the Vietnam War, American officials insisted that winning the hearts and minds (yes, … Continue reading

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Battle of Lang Vei

“The Battle of Lang Vei (Vietnamese: Trận Làng Vây) began on the evening of 6 February and concluded during the early hours of 7 February 1968, in Quảng Trị Province, South Vietnam. Towards the end of 1967 the 198th Tank … Continue reading

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Đông Hà

“Đông Hà ( listen) is the capital of Quảng Trị Province, Vietnam. Đông Hà is situated at the crossroads of National Highway 1A and Route 9, part of the East–West Economic Corridor (EWEC). It lies on the North–South Railway (Reunification Express) … Continue reading

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