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Why American Soldiers Had Human Skulls Watching Over Them In Vietnam

American soldier sitting behind a human skull while camped out in Vietnam

Above is an American soldier encamped during a tour of Vietnam, sitting with his rifle in-hand while a human skull keeps watch. Award-winning British photojournalist…

The Freelance Photographer With the Amazing Mustache Who Survived Enemy Fire In Vietnam

Kurt Rolfes holding his damaged camera

Photographers played an incredibly crucial role in documenting the Vietnam War, capturing the harsh realities and human side of the conflict. These brave individuals, such…

The USS Oriskany Was Purposefully Sunk In the Gulf of Mexico to Form An Artificial Reef

USS Oriskany (CV/CVA-34) sinking into the Gulf of Mexico

Laid down in the middle of World War II, the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CV/CVA-34) didn’t see action until after the conflict. She was…

The Controversial Phoenix Program Was Created to Obliterate the Viet Cong

US Army Special Forces members and South Vietnamese soldiers crouching in the jungle

The Vietnam War was arguably the most controversial conflict of the 20th century. One of the most contentious aspects of the war was the Phoenix…

Charles Robert Jenkins Defected to North Korea Because He Didn’t Want to Serve in Vietnam – He Was Held for 39 Years

Charles Robert Jenkins sat in front of a US Army officer at a table

Charles Robert Jenkins was an American soldier who defected to North Korea in 1965. Contrary to what it may seem, his plan was never to…

Robert Downey Jr. Tackles Several Roles In Trailer for HBO’s ‘The Sympathizer’

Hoa Xuande and Robert Downey Jr. in 'The Sympathizer'

The trailer for HBO’s upcoming Vietnam-era miniseries The Sympathizer has been released. Based on the 2015 novel of the same name by Viet Thanh Nguyen,…

Cessna A-37 Dragonfly: The Forgotten Legend of Vietnam

Cessna A-37A Dragonfly in flight

The Cessna A-37 Dragonfly is an American light attack aircraft. Developed from the T-37 Tweet basic trainer, which earned it the nickname, “Super Tweet,” it…

The Vought F-8 Crusader was Nicknamed the ‘Last of the Gunfighters’

Vought F8U-2 Crusader in flight

The Vought F-8 Crusader was an American jet-powered fighter that served with the US Navy from 1957-76. During its tenure, the aircraft participated in the…

The Real-Life Battle Behind the Brutal Vietnam War Movie, ‘Hamburger Hill’

Still from 'Hamburger Hill'

Some of the best war movies are based on real-life events – stories that are so fantastical that they’re almost unbelievable, such as Hacksaw Ridge…

Facts About the Award-Winning and Controversial Vietnam Epic, ‘The Deer Hunter’

Still from 'The Deer Hunter'

The Academy Award-winning film The Deer Hunter (1978) is the most controversial Vietnam-era film – that’s not an opinion, it’s a fact. Starring Robert De…

The Personal Experiences That Influenced Oliver Stone’s Vietnam War Trilogy

Tom Cruise as Ron Kovic in 'Born on the Fourth of July' + Tom Berenger as Staff Sgt. Bob Barnes in 'Platoon' + Portrait of Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone is arguably one of the best directors and screenwriters in Hollywood, known for his ability to bring blockbuster and award-winning stories to the…

George Patton Called Creighton Abrams a ‘World Champion’ Tank Commander

Creighton Abrams speaking at a table lined with microphones

There are some military commanders who stand out among the rest, and Creighton Abrams is one of them. Serving during the Second World War, as…