Vietnam War | War History

MACV-SOG: The Vietnam-Era Special Operators You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Members of MACV-SOG standing together outside

You’ve heard of the elite Navy SEALs and Green Berets who conducted guerrilla and counter-guerrilla operations, trained local troops and quashed enemy uprising in Vietnam.…

Thanksgiving Day Mission: Six MACV-SOG Commandos vs. 30,000 Enemy Troops

MACV-SOG reconnaissance team standing together

Thanksgiving, a time for filling yourself with turkey, stuffing and potatoes in various different forms – unless you’re MACV-SOG, that is. Then it’s a time…

David Larsen Took On 50 Enemy Troops With Just An M60 Machine Gun

Soldiers walking ashore in Vietnam + Navy Cross

When an ambush turned sour, Petty Officer David Larsen took up arms to provide support for his fellow servicemen. Taking on an enemy force of…

Hugh Thompson Jr. Saved Innocent Civilians During the Mỹ Lai Massacre – He Was Deemed a Traitor

PFC Capezza setting fire to a hut + Military portrait of Hugh Thompson Jr. + Soldier's Medal

The Vietnam War saw the US military employ a number of controversial tactics in the name of protecting the American public. One of the worst…

Despite Being Up Against 2,000 Enemy Troops, Bernard Fisher Risked His Life to Save a Fellow Airman

Military portrait of Bernard Fisher

During the Vietnam War, a number of US military service members distinguished themselves. Among them was US Air Force pilot Bernard Fisher, who risked his…

Vietnam Jungle: The Dangerous Snakes, Animals and Traps US Troops Encountered During the Vietnam War

American soldiers walking through the Vietnam jungle

The experience of war has always been intertwined with the environment. Weather, landmarks, climate and ecology all play a role in the outcome of a…

Billy Waugh Couldn’t Walk Away From the US Military, Not Even After Being Shot In the Head

Billy Waugh sitting on a couch

Billy Waugh had a long military career, during which he honorably served. His commitment earned him many awards, including the Silver Star, four Bronze Stars,…

Theodore Roosevelt IV: Vietnam War Veteran, Activist and Environmentalist

Theodore Roosevelt IV speaking at a podium

Theodore Roosevelt IV is one of many in a long line of namesakes. His most well-known relative is his great-grandfather, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, who served…

Vietnam War Movies That Best Show the Realities of the Conflict

Robert De Niro as Michael Vronsky in 'The Deer Hunter' + Martin Sheen as Capt. Benjamin L. Willard in 'Apocalypse Now'

Life was forever changed for the 2.7 million individuals who served in Vietnam. The realities of the war also changed cinema. Rather than show the…

John McCain Opened Up About What It Was Like Being a POW In the Vietnam War

John McCain lying in a hospital bed

During the years he served in the US Senate, John McCain was known for being a maverick. He earned this reputation by sticking to his…

Adrian Cronauer: The Charismatic Inspiration for ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’

Robin Williams as Adrian Cronauer in 'Good Morning, Vietnam' + Adrian Cronauer wearing a suit, with his military medals on his chest

Of all the films made about the Vietnam War, none are quite like 1987’s Good Morning, Vietnam. It follows Adrian Cronauer, a radio disc jockey…

Wes Studi Served in Vietnam Before Becoming an Actor and Veterans Advocate

Wes Studi as Magua in 'The Last of the Mohicans'

Wes Studi is best known for his roles in such award winning films as Dances with Wolves (1990), The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Geronimo: An…