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  • Hollywood Hates America

    08/11/2009 8:47:56 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 7 replies · 799+ views
    Campus Report ^ | August 11, 2009 | Brittany Fortier
    Hollywood Hates America by: Brittany Fortier, August 11, 2009 Conservatives are a rarity in Hollywood, but director and producer Jack Marino is proud to be giving them a voice in the industry. Marino’s feature film Forgotten Heroes salutes the veterans of the Vietnam War and shows how the involvement of the Soviet Union impacted the conflict. Set in the jungles of Vietnam and Cambodia, the film tells the story of a group of “Kelly’s Heroes” who risk their lives to rescue a Russian general who has chosen to defect to America. Marino said that the idea for Forgotten Heroes came...
  • Are The Top Journalists Insiders Or Outsiders? (talking Cronkite)

    08/01/2009 8:37:53 AM PDT · by bilhosty · 13 replies · 784+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | August 01, 2009 | Larry Sabato
    Something truly astonishing appeared in a Washington Post column on July 25, 2009 (click here to view). It was written by Frank Mankiewicz, former press secretary to Senator Robert F. Kennedy (D-NY) and the man who is perhaps most widely remembered for announcing RFK's death in June 1968. Mankiewicz was also the political director of Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern's losing 1972 campaign. The column contained a two-fold revelation about the just-deceased Walter Cronkite, the longtime CBS News anchorman. Here are the disclosures, in Mankiewicz' own words:
  • Final Vietnam airmen's remains found (last Aussie MIAs)

    07/30/2009 1:33:45 AM PDT · by Dundee · 5 replies · 500+ views
    The Australian ^ | July 30, 2009
    THE remains of the last two Australian servicemen missing from the Vietnam War have been found in the wreckage of their crashed bomber. An RAAF search team, which has been excavating the crash site near the Vietnam border with Laos, found human remains which have been identified as pilot Flying Officer Michael Herbert, 24, from Glenelg, South Australia, and navigator Pilot Officer Robert Carver, 24, from Toowoomba, Queensland. Both died when their Canberra bomber crashed while returning from a mission on November 3, 1970. Defence Personnel Minister Greg Combet said the recovery team found human remains near the crash site....
  • Conrad Black: McNamara’s Folly - The road to failure in Vietnam.

    07/28/2009 11:17:13 AM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 934+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 27, 2009 | Conrad Black
    July 27, 2009, 4:00 a.m. McNamara’s FollyThe road to failure in Vietnam. By Conrad Black The recent death of former U.S. defense secretary and World Bank president Robert McNamara, at 93, has raised again, in editorials and obituaries, the hoary head of the Vietnam War. Geeky in his thick, rimless glasses and slicked-back hair, expressionless, desiccated, fast-talking, and mechanically confident, McNamara was at the cutting edge of the managerial revolution—a business administrator, statistician, and efficiency expert. He was a mesmerizing figure for a time, especially after the Kennedy public-relations apparatus confected the myth of calibrated crisis management in the...
  • Keating Reflects on POW/MIA Mission Ahead of Retirement

    07/23/2009 4:46:43 PM PDT · by Dubya · 6 replies · 589+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 23, 2009 – Nearing the end of his 42-year career in the Navy, Adm. Timothy J. Keating today reflected on those who served alongside him, giving special emphasis to troops whose fates remain unknown. Keating, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command, addressed the National League of POW/MIA Families, a group that strives to account for the more than 1,750 veterans of Vietnam and other wars still missing. “We’re going to do whatever it takes, with appropriate support, to have you reach some sort of conclusion in your minds and in your hearts as to where your loved one...
  • Buh-Bye, Walter Cronkite: He Lost the Vietnam War for U.S. on TV, Had American Blood on His Hands

    07/17/2009 7:51:49 PM PDT · by Sioux-san · 190 replies · 8,468+ views ^ | 7/17/2009 | Debbie Schlussel
    I just heard the news that former CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite died. And perhaps I will be one of the few with the guts to be real and say it: I'm not sad to see this overrated liar go. Buh-bye. Cronkite enjoyed a long and glamorous life, unlike many of our late teen and 20-something American troops against whom he editorialized on a nightly basis. They died on the killing fields of Vietnam in no small part because he contributed to the video demoralization of America and the resulting lack of commitment to help our boys win the Vietnam War....
  • Auction on Watergate Hotel Could Begin Next Week

    07/16/2009 3:11:14 PM PDT · by ETL · 5 replies · 499+ views
    AP via ^ | July 16, 2009
    The famous hotel could be open for bids next week The Watergate Hotel made famous by a presidential scandal is expected to be on the auction block next week. Alex Cooper Auctioneers is announcing that it will take bids Tuesday on the Washington landmark. [snip] The Watergate complex was made famous by the 1972 burglary that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation.
  • MOH Recipient Ed Freeman Dies

    07/13/2009 6:00:24 AM PDT · by Just another Joe · 17 replies · 1,128+ views
    Idaho Statesman ^ | 7/13/2009
    As Ed "Too Tall" Freeman lay ill in a Boise hospital over the past few weeks, many came to pay their respects to the 80-year-old national war hero and former helicopter pilot. One unexpected visitor offered a very personal thank you to Freeman, a veteran of three wars and recipient of the highest military award -- the Congressional Medal of Honor -- for his actions on Nov. 14, 1965, at Landing Zone X-Ray, Ia Drang Valley, Vietnam.
  • 37 enemy KIA's- One hero- One 1911

    07/10/2009 7:46:55 AM PDT · by Shooter 2.5 · 60 replies · 2,046+ views
    O.E.S. Project ^ | January 5, 2009 | Rick Watson
    Thomas’s Navy Cross citation states: “His deadly accuracy accounted for at least one enemy dead and held the aggressors at bay until an Army rescue helicopter landed.” It is assumed Thomas was given credit solely for the VC killed and witnessed at the rescue chopper. When a second Army rescue helicopter landed to retrieve the bodies of the dead co-pilot and gunner, the soldiers noted a plethora of VC dead all around the area. One was as close as three yards from Thomas’s shooting position, and the furthest was 150 yards. It was clear to those on the scene that...
  • Ceremony Commemorates Vietnam War’s First Combat Casualties

    07/08/2009 4:51:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 656+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, July 8, 2009 – Bright blue skies above the National Mall today belied the solemnity of the ceremony commemorating the first two American combat casualties of the Vietnam War. U.S. Army Master Sgt. Chester Ovnand and Maj. Dale Buis were the first two U.S. servicemembers killed in the Vietnam War. Their sacrifice was honored in Washington, D.C., Jyly 8, 2009, in a ceremony commemorating the 50th Anniversary of their deaths. DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “On this date 50 years ago, two men lost their lives...
  • Robert Strange McNamara … a strange man

    07/07/2009 10:52:19 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 27 replies · 1,178+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | July 8, 2009 | Corky Boyd
    Robert McNamara died Monday at the age of 93. Not a lot will be written about him because he is reviled by the left for his role in the Viet Nam war, and reviled by others for his mismanagement and failures. I am one of the latter. McNamara throughout his career held himself in higher regard than those around him did. He felt his intelligence trumped all, even when he was barking up the wrong tree. Prior to being tapped by Jack Kennedy for Defense Secretary, he was President of Ford. He came to Ford as one of a dozen...
  • McNamara's Wall

    07/07/2009 1:17:55 PM PDT · by Interesting Times · 64 replies · 1,145+ views
    Washington Inquirer ^ | May 8, 1995 | Michael Benge
    Rather than absolving him of his sins, former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara’s pseudo-mea culpa, “In Retrospect: Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam,” is a self-indictment. His lesser crime is self-indulgence. His arrogance and duplicity during the Vietnam conflict is echoed throughout his book as he recounts his mismanagement of the war. If as he admits, ignorance was his guiding light, then, it has grown to be a beacon today, proving that he has learned little about Vietnamese communism in the almost three decades that it took him to write his book. Besides the war, another tragedy is that McNamara seems...
  • RIP to an American Hero

    07/06/2009 1:02:03 PM PDT · by Taiku · 27 replies · 1,317+ views
    Michael Jackson dies and it's 24/7 news coverage. A real American hero dies and not a mention of it in the news. The media has no honor and God is watching Ed Freeman You're a 19-year-old kid. You're critically wounded and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley , 11-14-1965, LZ X-ray, Vietnam . Your infantry unit is outnumbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the MediVac helicopters to stop coming in. You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns, and you...
  • [from 2008] Walter Cronkite, Vietnam, and the Decline of Media Credibility

    06/19/2009 7:14:12 AM PDT · by ETL · 41 replies · 1,895+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 27, 2008 | Lee Cary
    Walter Cronkite’s remarks at the end of his February 27, 1968 evening news broadcast, four decades ago today, were a watershed in the history of the MSM’s credibility.   Unless you’re at least 55 years old, you probably don’t remember that CBS broadcast 40 years ago.  The most trusted man in America had recently returned from Vietnam where he hosted a documentary on the VC/NVA TET (New Year) offensive that began January 31, 1968.  Back in NYC, he closed his program that night by introducing “an analysis that must be speculative, personal, [and] subjective.”  Among his comments were these: Who won...
  • The Vietnam War Memorial of Victoria (Australia)

    06/06/2009 4:19:31 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies · 776+ views
    7th June 2009 | vanity
    Yesterday I was in Dandenong, a city/suburb towards the South East edge of Melbourne. The Dandenong RSL (Returned and Services League of Australia - may be roughly considered to be the Australian equivalent of something like the VFW or American Legion in the US) is the site of the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial of Victoria. It's quite a small memorial, but quite an impressive one, and I decided to take some photos to share with other people. These were taken using the small and not particularly wonderful camera on my cell phone. At some point, I intend to head out there...

    05/24/2009 12:46:30 PM PDT · by Stoat · 25 replies · 2,031+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 22, 2009
    The Washington Times has partnered with the Internet company on a new project that transforms Washington's Vietnam war memorial wall into an interactive, personal journey on the Web. The Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial allows you to search the names on the wall and to drill down into the government's official war records to learn details about each of the 58,000-plus heroes enshrined on the wall. You can also add your own personal stories, remembrances and photographs. (edit) Start by clicking on the "Search the Wall" box, where you can select "Search" or "View." Once you find the name...
  • Lost After Nam, Vets Finally Reunite

    05/13/2009 7:29:13 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 1 replies · 530+ views ^ | 05/08/09 | Kelly Johnson
    On March 25, 1969, the Marines of Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, moved through a thick jungle in enemy territory less than a klick from the Laotian border. Their mission was to locate, engage and destroy any enemy position near the company's area of operation. But not long into the patrol, the Leathernecks were soon pinned down by intense enemy fire from a North Vietnamese army position. At the direction of the company commander, the artillery officer called in air support and soon Marine jets dropped napalm and high explosives on the enemy. "We could feel the heat from...
  • Questions for a Communist Terrorist [FBI informant Grathwohl to speak at SF news conference today]

    04/23/2009 7:37:12 AM PDT · by ETL · 7 replies · 675+ views
    Accuaracy n Media - AIM ^ | April 20, 2009 | Cliff Kincaid
    Thanks to Rupert Murdoch, Bill Ayers’ “comrade” and Weather Underground terrorist Mark Rudd is on a book tour, trying to cash in on his bloody record. Murdoch’s Harper Collins published Rudd’s book, Underground: My Life With SDS and the Weathermen. This week he is in the San Francisco/Oakland, California area. According to Rudd’s website, he has other speeches and lectures scheduled around the country. [snip] On Thursday [today, April 23, 2009!], we are holding a news conference in San Francisco to demand justice in the case of the bombing murder of Sgt. McDonnell. If you are in the San Francisco...
  • Kerry aims to rescue newspapers

    04/22/2009 7:59:32 AM PDT · by lakeprincess · 45 replies · 1,819+ views
    Jennifer Harper ^ | 4/22/09 | Jennifer Harper
    Yes, annoyed his hometown newspaper is about to be shuttered by the NYT, Sen. John Kerry wants to rescue the mainstream press. Capitol Hill hearings a-'coming.
  • Our (Australia's) last Vietnam MIAs may have been found

    04/21/2009 5:39:14 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies · 356+ views
    The Australian ^ | 22nd April 2009 | Mark Dodd
    POOR weather was reported over the target when Flying Officer Michael Herbert and Pilot Officer Robert Carver took off from Phang Ran base in South Vietnam in their RAAF Canberra bomber on November 3, 1970. They had completed their mission and were returning home when their aircraft, A84-231, suddenly disappeared from the radar controller's screen while over hostile country near the rugged Viet-Lao border. The alarm was sounded and all No2 Squadron missions were cancelled the following day as a desperate search was launched involving RAAF and US Air Force planes. It failed to find any wreckage or evidence of...
  • US Senator McCain returns to wartime Vietnam jail

    04/08/2009 5:49:46 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 18 replies · 925+ views
    AFP ^ | 2009-04-08
    HANOI (AFP) — US Senator John McCain leaned over a miniature mock-up on of the Vietnamese prison where he was held for years as a wartime prisoner. "I'm trying to figure it out," he said, studying the scale model on a return visit to the prison site that is now a museum.
  • Agent Orange remains issue for US-Vietnam: McCain

    04/07/2009 6:55:41 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 6 replies · 454+ views
    AFP ^ | 2009-04-07
    HANOI (AFP) — US wartime use of the defoliant Agent Orange in Vietnam remains an issue between the two countries despite remarkable progress in relations, Senator John McCain said Tuesday. "I think it remains an issue both in Vietnam and the United States," McCain told reporters. . . . . . McCain said the United States has spent about 46 million dollars in Vietnam compensating victims and attempting to find areas that are contaminated by dioxin. "But I believe that it remains an irritant, and perhaps more than that, for some of the people of Vietnam. But I think we...
  • Senator John McCain to visit Vietnam

    04/05/2009 10:23:35 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies · 978+ views
    US Senator John McCain will stop over in Hanoion April 6 during his week-long Asian tour. He is scheduled to deliver a speech at the Institute for International Relations and host a press briefing. He will also visit Hoa Lo (Hanoi Hilton) Prison where he was imprisoned during the Vietnam War.
  • Breaking (Bad) News for Ed Profs Ayers and Dohrn

    03/11/2009 6:17:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 202 replies · 14,472+ views
    National Review ^ | 3/11/2009 | Candace de Russy
    The following just in from Nancy at (read to the end for word of a new report concerning a "new SDS" on campuses): In a sensational letter to be released at a March 12 National Press Club news conference, the San Francisco Police Officers Association (SFPOA) tells Cliff Kincaid of America’s Survival, Inc., and contributing editor, that evidence in the 1970 bombing murder of a San Francisco police officer points to Weather Underground members Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers, two associates of President Barack Obama. The letter will be made public at a news event that will feature a...
  • Military Honor Received After 43-year Wait

    01/12/2009 2:25:07 AM PST · by ComputerGuy · 2 replies · 886+ views
    The News Tribune ^ | 1/9/2009 | SCOTT FONTAINE
    Fort Lewis is the setting for an emotional Purple Heart ceremony more than 43 years after a young Marine was hurt in Vietnam. The corpsman who treated him attends.
  • Truth About the Vietnam War

    12/24/2008 4:32:38 PM PST · by dbz77 · 22 replies · 754+ views
    Google Groups ^ | May 3, 2005 | Eagle Eye
    And, the US was defending the Republic of Vietnam from an invasion. Whatever the US administrations and military leaders did wrong, THAT was not one of them. Let's put things in their proper context, for starters. You're talking about an authoritarian communist regime which, during the 1950s, was murdering many tens of thousands of North Vietnamese civilians, stealing the property of everyone else, and using terror tactics to subject the whole population of North Vietnam to a total destruction of rational social order. None of the usual excuses from historical revisionsists like you apply here: this wasn't self defense because...
  • Deep Throat: Too Late the Hero

    12/22/2008 5:01:36 AM PST · by RKV · 41 replies · 2,787+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 20 Dec. 2008 | Clarice Feldman
    When I decided to write something on Mark Felt who passed away this week at 95, an online friend, Narciso, wrote of the “incremental irony of Mark Felt.” When I asked him to elaborate he wrote back: He conducted illegal or at least dubious surveillance against the Weathermen, he then faults Nixon for the same tactics, he undermined his own agency and ultimately almost ended up in jail. Besides sage words about being wary of the motives of government employees bearing tales of corruption to the press, Narciso’s words constitute as complete an epitaph of Mark Felt as I can...
  • Gobin Stair, 96, artist and publisher of Pentagon Papers, dies

    12/01/2008 9:40:10 AM PST · by Borges · 2 replies · 504+ views ^ | 12/01/08 | Casey Meserve
    Gobin Stair, artist and the publisher of the Pentagon Papers, and longtime member of the First Congregational Parish Church of Kingston, died Tuesday night in his sleep. He was 96. Stair was a well-known abstract artist, but made a name for himself as publisher of Beacon Press when he decided to publish the 7,000 pages of the Pentagon Papers, the top-secret Defense Department history of the U.S.’s involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967. The 1971 publishing created questions of credibility in the U.S. government and injured the Nixon administration’s war effort.
  • Vietnamese Man Disagrees Ayers Was 'On The Right Side'

    11/21/2008 4:49:27 AM PST · by William Tell 2 · 13 replies · 1,076+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | 11/20/2008 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    One of the "dominoes" said antiwar terrorist was not on the right side of the Vietnam War
  • Soviet officer who 'shot down McCain over Vietnam' speaks out

    11/17/2008 8:22:06 AM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 56 replies · 10,091+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 17/ 11/ 2008 | unknown
    "We were preparing to leave when the sirens sounded again," he said. "Two American F-4 Phantoms flew in. We had two missiles out of six left. The Vietnamese fired first. Their rocket missed, it fell into the jungle. One plane went round the hill, the other came over the bridge. We fired at this one."
  • I shot down McCain

    11/17/2008 12:47:12 PM PST · by lizol · 62 replies · 3,360+ views
    RT ^ | November 17, 2008
    I shot down McCain A retired Red Army Lieutenant who fought in Vietnam has confessed to shooting down the plane of defeated presidential candidate, John McCain. Colonel Yuriy Trushechkin told Russia’s Moskovsky Komsomolets he had no regrets about downing the future Senator’s aircraft back in 1967. Journalists from Russia’s most popular tabloid paper found the veteran in a St Petersburg hospital. Trushechkin said he still hated John McCain and wasn’t at all sorry for what he had done all those years ago. He added he was very happy that McCain didn’t make to the White House. ”He always hated the...
  • The Chutzpah of Bill Ayers

    11/12/2008 1:45:00 PM PST · by AJKauf · 11 replies · 840+ views
    Today is the publication date of the new edition of his book Fugitive Days, and now that the election is over, Ayers has chosen to speak out in his own defense in the pages of a democratic socialist newsweekly, In These Times. By choosing this vehicle, Ayers is skillfully engaging in his own sanitized rewriting of history. His effort is to paint himself as just another honest dissenter, a man whose valiant socialist principles have caused the media to unfairly demonize him as a terrorist. All he did in his memoir, he writes, is to go back to those “exhilarating...

    11/05/2008 12:13:29 PM PST · by Stonewall Jackson · 50 replies · 2,519+ views
    The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of four U.S. servicemen, missing from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors. They are Lance Cpl. Kurt E. La Plant, of Lenexa, Kan., and Lance Cpl. Luis F. Palacios, of Los Angeles, Calif. Remains that could not be individually identified are included in a group. Among the group remains are Lance Cpl. Ralph L. Harper, of Indianapolis, Ind., and Pfc. Jose R. Sanchez, of Brooklyn, N.Y. All men were U.S. Marine Corps. Palacios will...
  • McCain’s revenge

    10/31/2008 12:46:12 PM PDT · by flyfree · 47 replies · 1,752+ views
    Erica Jong: “Yesterday, Jane Fonda sent me an email to tell me that she cried all night and can’t cure her ailing back for all the stress that has reduces her to a bundle of nerves.” Ah, the most entertaining presidential race in my adult life just became more amusing as our “Fear of Flying” feminist gives an expatriate interview to Corriere della Sera, an Italian newspaper. Jong is worried that Republican John McCain will win. So are all her friends. Hanoi Jane is waking in the middle of the night to cold sweats? Well, she is well past menopause...
  • Private David Fisher, last Vietnam Digger, returns

    10/03/2008 7:16:20 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies · 527+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 4th October 2008
    THE remains of Australia's last missing soldier from the Vietnam War will be repatriated next week. Private David Fisher, of the Special Air Service Regiment, fell from a rope as he was being evacuated from Vietnam by helicopter in September 1969. His remains were found in the Cam My district in August this year. ..... Pte Fisher was the last of the missing army personnel to be found in Vietnam following the recovery of the remains of three others last year. There are still two members of the air force - Flying Officer Michael Herbert and Pilot Officer Robert Carver...
  • Vietnam vet gets Bronze Star

    10/01/2008 5:46:41 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 3 replies · 332+ views
    UPI ^ | Oct. 1, 2008 | UPI
    More than 38 years after being recommended for a Bronze Star, a Texas man has received the medal for helping avert a Viet Cong attack in South Vietnam. Jim Greenwalt of Rockwall, Texas, a former U.S. Army sergeant, helped to prevent a surprise attack by Viet Cong, the Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday."I fired at muzzle flashes, sounds, any movement," Greenwalt said, recalling the violence that repelled a Viet Cong attack.Greenwalt's bravery on Jan. 30, 1970, was remembered at a ceremony at Fort Hood, in central Texas, after a paperwork snafu delayed the honor.The U.S. Army has awarded more than...
  • NBC Goes To Hanoi To Interview McCain's Torturer For "Real" Story (MSM BARF Alert)

    10/01/2008 3:57:09 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 42 replies · 2,654+ views
    Rush ^ | 10/01/2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Guess what NBC did last night, NBC Nightly News? They sent a reporter to Hanoi to find McCain's Hanoi Hilton torturer, to see if the torturer would confirm McCain's version of what happened. I am not kidding, ladies and gentlemen. I'm not kidding whatsoever. A new low has been reached. They also claim, by the way, that they've sent people to Chicago to find out about some of the things about Obama, but I'll be damned if I've seen it -- and they didn't uncover anything. We have two sound bites to illustrate this. A portion of the report...
  • Obama's Foul Weather Friends [Ayers, Dohrn given rings made of US planes shot down by N.Vietnamese]

    09/17/2008 9:40:21 AM PDT · by ETL · 37 replies · 396+ views
    American Thinker ^ | September 16, 2008 | Scott Swett and Roger Canfield
    Excerpt... After returning from Cuba, Dohrn and others met with North Vietnamese and Viet Cong representatives in Budapest, Hungary, to discuss antiwar strategy on US campuses. Speaking a few days later at an assembly of revolutionary student movements at Columbia University, Dohrn reported that the Vietnamese communists she met in Budapest were working with US GIs in Saigon, attempting to obtain military information. As a gesture of solidarity, the Vietnamese who Dohrn met in Budapest presented her with a ring made from an American aircraft shot down over North Vietnam. Bill Ayers would receive a similar ring while meeting with...
  • Did Joe Biden dodge draft after bloody Tet offensive?

    09/04/2008 7:04:38 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 75 replies · 985+ views ^ | September 4, 2008 | Tim Sumner
    Click on image for the actual September 2, 2008, front pageAfter seven years of initial eligibility, Joseph Biden was removed from the military draft pool just when it was most likely he would be drafted and sent into the Vietnam War. The American death toll was rising rapidly -- 11,153 in 1967. Thousands more had died since the Tet offensive began in January, 296,000 men ages 19 through 25 would be drafted during 1968, Joseph Biden had run out of college deferments, and he would not be safe until November 20, 1968, his twenty-sixth birthday. During the Democrat Party...
  • Biden's draft deferments equal Cheney's during Vietnam War

    DOVER, Del. (AP) | Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, received five student draft deferments during the Vietnam War, the same number of deferments received by Vice President Dick Cheney, and later was disqualified from service because of asthma as a teenager.
  • Biden received 5 deferments before being declared medically ineligible for Vietnam

    08/31/2008 4:09:33 PM PDT · by oldbill · 51 replies · 789+ views
    Hartford Courant via AP ^ | August 31, 2008 | Randall Chase
    Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden received five student draft deferments during the Vietnam War, the same number of deferments received by Vice President Dick Cheney, and later was disqualified from service because of asthma as a teenager. Additional deferments were granted in roughly 12-month intervals, the last coming in January 1968, shortly before he graduated from law school at Syracuse University
  • Joe Biden used 5 deferments to keep out of Vietnam

    08/31/2008 11:41:54 AM PDT · by Joiseydude · 60 replies · 273+ views
    AP ^ | August 31, 2008 | RANDALL CHASE
    DOVER, Del. - Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden received five student draft deferments during the Vietnam War, the same number of deferments received by Vice President Dick Cheney, and later was disqualified from service because of asthma as a teenager. In “Promises to Keep,” a memoir that was published last year and became an instant best-seller after he was tapped as Obama’s running mate, Biden never mentions his asthma, recounting an active childhood, work as a lifeguard and football exploits in high school.
  • Apocalypse Now: The River of Lies

    08/30/2008 6:49:28 PM PDT · by Roger W. Gardner · 27 replies · 186+ views
    Radarsite ^ | 8/29/08 | Roger W. Gardner
    Thoughts on seeing Apocalypse Now again:It's 1979 and a young Martin Sheen is taking us up that fateful river again. He is our wise and somber Virgil, our guide, our narrator, the ORM (the Only Rational Man) leading us up that labyrinthine river of death and insanity which is our national crucible, our Vietnam War. That great river of no return, that winding thread of dark infuriating lies that will take us further and further into the Heart of Darkness, into the Heart of Darkness of our great national shame and guilt and self-loathing. This was the real secret mission...
  • Tag, bones point to lost digger's grave (last Australian MIA soldier from Vietnam believed found)

    08/29/2008 7:31:20 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies · 334+ views
    The Australian ^ | 29th August 2008 | Kim Christian
    <p>A SEARCH team believes it has found the grave of the last remaining Australian digger unaccounted for after the Vietnam War.</p> <p>Special Air Services Regiment (SASR) soldier Private David Fisher fell from a rope suspended by a helicopter over thick jungle in southern Vietnam in 1969.</p>
  • Vietnam vets stand tall on day marked for them

    08/20/2008 5:55:05 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 17 replies · 273+ views
    The Australian ^ | 19th August 2008 | Sarah Elks
    VIETNAM veteran Ian Fruend attributes the breakdown he suffered six years ago to one thing - it was "because of some of the things I did and saw" in battle. After a harrowing war, the infantryman, who served with 8RAR in Nui Dat, Vietnam, returned to Australia without fanfare, landing in Sydney to find the airport in darkness. There was no one to meet him, or offer support. Seeking solace at nearby Liverpool RSL, he was singled out by an old Digger who, identifying his short hair and bandaged arms as that of a soldier recently returned from Vietnam, spat...
  • Remains in Vietnam may be SAS soldier (MIA found?)

    08/16/2008 4:30:14 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies · 334+ views
    Sunday Herald Sun ^ | 17th August 2008 | Glenn Milne
    THE remains of the last missing Digger in Vietnam may have been found. A team of experts is travelling to Vietnam to determine whether the discovered remains are those of SAS Pte David Fisher. Pte Fisher was lost when he fell 30m from a rope during a helicopter mission on September 27, 1969. He was second-in-command of a long-range SAS patrol, which became outnumbered and pursued through dense jungle. An extensive search of the area at the time by an SAS patrol, infantry units and aircraft failed to find any trace of the 23-year-old from Balgowlah Heights, NSW. It was...
  • Forgotten heroes of Long Tan (and other battles)

    08/15/2008 6:45:48 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies · 220+ views
    The Australian ^ | 15th August 2008 | Mark Dodd
    ON Wednesday night Harry Smith uncorked two bottles of fine red wine to celebrate the award of gallantry medals to his men for their role in the epic Battle of Long Tan. "The fat lady has finally sung," Smith told The Australian. ..... The main problem with the retrospective awarding of gallantry medals is deciding what point to stop, says historian Michael McKernan, former head of the Australian War Memorial. He warns of possible legal problems with awarding the Victoria Cross of Australia to World War I heroes, for example. ..... McKernan says it remains incomprehensible that 18-year-old Oerlikon gunner...
  • Long Tan veterans win medal battle (after 42 years, Australian veterans honoured)

    08/14/2008 1:10:36 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies · 268+ views
    The Australian ^ | 14th August 2008 | Mark Dodd and Patrick Walters
    FORTY-TWO years after the Battle of Long Tan, Harry Smith's long campaign for due recognition for his men is over. Mr Smith and two fellow officers will get top gallantry awards for the 100-odd men of D Company 6 RAR who on August 18, 1966, fought against 1500 North Vietnamese regular troops and Viet Cong guerillas. This follows approval by the Rudd Government of the main recommendations of an independent review, by a panel of retired senior army officers, of the battle regarded as a classic study in the use of combined arms to defeat a superior enemy. It restores...
  • Sailor Missing from The Vietnam War is Identified Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Manuel R. Denton

    08/04/2008 5:03:15 PM PDT · by Dubya · 7 replies · 175+ views
    DOD ^ | August 04, 2008 | DOD
    The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that a U.S. serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, has been identified. He is Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Manuel R. Denton, U.S. Navy, of Kerrville, Texas. He will be buried as part of a group on Thursday in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C. On Oct. 8, 1963, Denton was one of six men who crewed a UH-34D Choctaw helicopter that was on a search-and-rescue mission. While over Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, the helicopter came under intense enemy ground fire and crashed. There were no survivors. Over the next several...
  • Why did the US Lose the Vietnam War?

    07/22/2008 4:25:19 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 55 replies · 12,791+ views
    The truth is often overlooked in a sea of lies and mischaracterizations. The truth is not someones opinion or away of looking at something, it is simply the truth. Gen. Giap planned and directed military operations against the French and defeated them in 1954 in the battle of Dien Bien Phu. The NVA under the command of Gen, Giap planned the now famed and offten lied about Tet Offensive against the United States in 1968. In his book Gen. Giap plainly shows that the NVA had few supplies and had been defeated in battle time and time again. The NVA...