Vietnam War | War History

Mayaguez Incident: The Post-Vietnam Rescue Operation That Left Over 40 Americans Dead

US Marines boarding the SS Mayaguez

Just weeks after the Vietnam War was declared to be over, a new conflict erupted, threatening the peace many US and South Vietnamese soldiers had…

The Ending of the Battle of Ia Drang Was Different Than How It’s Depicted In ‘We Were Soldiers’

Mel Gibson and Sam Elliott as Lt. Col. Hal Moore and Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley in 'We Were Soldiers'

We Were Soldiers (2002) is considered by many to be one of the best Vietnam War films ever made. This praise is largely due to…

Playboy’s Surprising Impact On the Vietnam War

US soldier reading a magazine while sitting in a river

For those fighting overseas during the Vietnam War, there was nothing like the comforts of home. From Adrian Cronauer‘s radio show on the American Forces…

17 Powerful Images That Show the Human Side of War

Soldiers making a human pyramid + Soldiers lifting a woman up to kiss their comrade in the back of a truck

Since the First World War, every conflict has been well-documented. There are millions of photos showing soldiers, aircraft, tanks and battlefields, and behind them are…

PBRs: The US Navy’s Small and Nimble Watercraft In Vietnam

Still from 'Apocalypse Now'

The Patrol Boat, River – commonly known as PBR – was a nimble, speedy riverboat commissioned by the US Navy, for use during the Vietnam…

Pardo’s Push Saved the Lives of Two Men, But Wasn’t Recognized for Decades

John "Bob" Pardo standing with his arms crossed + McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II in flight

Capt. John R. “Bob” Pardo was assigned to the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, which attacked an integral North Vietnamese steel mill.…

Gary Wetzel: The MoH Recipient Who Rescued His Commander, Despite Losing His Arm to Enemy Action

Gary Wetzel, Sammy L. Davis, Dwight H. Johnson, Angelo Liteky and James Allen Taylor standing together

Medal of Honor recipients are built differently than your average soldier, and there’s no one who proves this more than Sp4c. Gary Wetzel. The Vietnam…

Roy Benavidez Survived ‘Six Hours of Hell’ to Save His Comrades

Ronald Reagan presenting Roy Benavidez with the Medal of Honor

Roy Benavidez served during the Korean War and in Vietnam, although it’s his actions in the latter that he’s best known for. In an incredible…

Held Captive: Airman Richard Keirn Survived Being a Prisoner of War In Both WWII and Vietnam

Military portrait of Richard Keirn + Aerial view of Hỏa Lò Prison

Many servicemen found themselves fighting in not just the Second World War, but also in Vietnam. However, very few were held captive as prisoners of…

Joe Galloway: Legendary War Correspondent and Vietnam Hero

Joe Galloway standing in front of a hedge

Joe Galloway is certainly a well-known name to those familiar with the Vietnam War. Whether through his book, We Were Soldiers Once… And Young, or the…

Going Against Orders, Paris Davis Braved 19 Hours of Enemy Fire to Rescue His Wounded Comrades

Paris Davis standing outside in his US Army uniform

A number of soldiers distinguished themselves during the Vietnam War, but few displayed the bravery of Paris Davis. One of the first African-American officers in…

Actors Who Served in Vietnam: Famous Vietnam Veterans and Celebrities Who Bravely Fought in the War

Behind the scenes photo of Oliver Stone on the set of 'Natural Born Killers' + R. Lee Ermey as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in 'Full Metal Jacket' + Dale Dye dressed in his US Marine Corps uniform

Prior to embarking on their Hollywood careers – and even during them – a number of celebrities opt to serve in the US military. While…