Under U.S. guidance, the Diem government also began construction of “strategic hamlets.” These fortified villages were intended to insulate rural Vietnamese from Vietcong intimidation and propaganda. A week-long US-Australian naval operation, to halt and intercept sea movement between North and South Vietnam. In October, Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, the PAVN commander, launched a major offensive in the Central Highlands, southwest of Pleiku. They were brought in by government troops from a village where they were used as labor force by communist Viet Cong forces. In June, a monk dramatically burned himself to death at a busy Saigon intersection. The battle convinced the U.S. commander that “search and destroy” tactics using air mobility would work in accomplishing the attrition strategy. When McNamara concurred, Johnson decided to commit the forces. Left: A Vietnamese child clings to his bound father who was rounded up as a suspected Viet Cong guerrilla during “Operation Eagle Claw” in the Bong Son area, 280 miles northeast of Saigon on February 17, 1966. Thousands attend a rally on the grounds of the Washington Monument in Washington on April 17, 1965, to hear Ernest Gruening, a Democratic senator from Alaska, and other speakers discuss U.S. policy in Vietnam. Under the terms of Geneva Accords, France agreed to withdraw its troops from Indochina while Vietnam was temporarily divided into North and South Vietnam, led by Ho Chi Minh and Bao Dai respectively, at the 17th parallel. The child was killed as government forces pursued guerrillas into a village near the Cambodian border. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, Secretary of State Dean Rusk, and other key White House aides remained convinced that the assault on South Vietnam originated in the ambitious designs of Hanoi backed by Moscow and Beijing. In 1967, the Army leadership in Saigon advocated that the Marines concentrate their efforts on large unit search and destroy operations. The Battle of Ong Thanh took place when U.S. forces were ambushed by a superior communist force. The Australians did not believe her because she seemed to lack any medical knowledge. Throughout 1964, the United States assisted South Vietnam in covert operations to gather intelligence, disseminate propaganda, and harass the North. In 1965, U.S. aircraft flew 25,000 sorties against North Vietnam, and that number grew to 79,000 in 1966 and 108,000 in 1967. Read more about this picture. Three weeks later, President Kennedy was assassinated, and U.S. policy in Vietnam was again at a crossroads. Although doubts existed about these reports, the president ordered retaliatory air strikes against the North Vietnamese port of Vinh. Using mobility and powerful weapons, the MACV commander could limit U.S. casualties while exhausting the enemy, that is, inflicting heavier losses than could be replaced. Late in 1967, with 485,600 U.S. troops in Vietnam, Westmoreland announced that, although much fighting remained, a cross‐over point had arrived in the war of attrition; that is, the losses to the NVA and Vietcong were greater than they could replace. A successful US-ARVN joint operation against the Viet Cong, north of Saigon. The “Buddhist crisis” and dissatisfaction with Diem by top Vietnamese Army leaders made U.S. officials receptive to the idea of a change in South Vietnam’s leadership. On 2 January 1963, however, at Ap Bac on the Plain of Reeds southwest of Saigon, a Vietcong battalion of about 320 men inflicted heavy damage on an ARVN force of 3,000 equipped with troop‐carrying helicopters, new UH‐1 (“Huey”) helicopter gunships, tactical bombers, and APCs. In a letter to Ngo Dinh Diem – the new Prime Minister of the Bao Dai government on October 23, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower promised American support to his government to ensure a non-communist Vietnam. She was being led away after interrogation, clothes soaked from the “waterprobe” on October 29, 1966. Remembering the Vietnam War 50 Years Later: The U. S. Mobile Riverine Force Succeeds in Operations Coronado Monday, February 26, 2018 In the jungles of Vietnam, American forces battled the North Vietnamese Army and their Allies, the Viet Cong, an unrelenting enemy with both regular army … The four specially equipped planes covered a 1,000-foot-wide swath in each pass over the dense vegetation. "Everybody I … Lieutenant Commander Donald D. Sheppard, of Coronado, California, aims a flaming arrow at a bamboo hut concealing a fortified Viet Cong bunker on the banks of the Bassac River, Vietnam, on December 8, 1967. General William Westmoreland talks with troops of first battalion, 16th regiment of 2nd brigade of U.S. First Division at their positions near Bien Hoa in Vietnam, in 1965. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. With U.S. bombs pounding North Vietnam, Westmoreland turned America’s massive firepower on the southern insurgents. A six month operation against NVA forces located south of the demilitarised zone. Nevertheless, Diem’s political repression and attacks on Buddhist community made him more and more unpopular among ordinary South Vietnamese people. From February through April, Operation Junction City was an even larger attack on nearby War Zone C. There was major fighting in the Central Highlands, climaxing in the battle of Dak To in November 1967. In the early spring of 1967 the tree­crusher proved its ability to perform in a swampy jungle; however, it was not reliable enough in South Vietnam and was returned to the United States when the lease expired. The woman was crouched over a World War II radio set. From the beginning of the bombing, American strategists debated the effectiveness of air power in defeating a political insurgency in a predominantly agricultural country. After six infantry, armor and cavalry battalions sealed the 40-square-mile area on January 9, 1967, the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (11th ACR) attacked west of Ben Cat. Seven Americans were killed in the attacks. On 7 August 1964, Johnson secured almost unanimous consent from Congress (414–0 in the House; 88–2 in the Senate) for his Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which became the principal legislative basis for all subsequent military deployment in Southeast Asia. In May 1967, a 182-strong rifle company dubbed Victor (V) was deployed from the 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (1RNZIR) base in West Malaysia. Training was conducted in waterways very similar to those in the Mekong Delta of the Republic of Vietnam where the squadron would soon conduct combat operations. A. Through much of November, in the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley, U.S. and North Vietnamese forces engaged each other in heavy combat for the first time. Following through on that commitment, American aid to South Vietnam began as early as in January, 1955. He was captured with 13 other guerrillas and 17 suspects when two Vietnamese battalions overran a Viet Cong camp about 15 miles southwest of Da Nang air force base. Sgt. A South Vietnamese Marine, severely wounded in a Viet Cong ambush, is comforted by a comrade in a sugar-cane field at Duc Hoa, about 12 miles from Saigon, on August 5, 1963. 1967 With U.S. aid, the ARVN also expanded to eleven divisions, supplemented by local and irregular units. A Vietnamese girl, 23 years old, was captured by an Australian patrol 30 feet below ground at the end of a maze of tunnels some 10 miles west of the headquarters of the Australian task force (40 miles southeast of Saigon). October 25th: Operation Sea Dragon. Several third countries, such as Poland and Great Britain, offered proposals intended to facilitate negotiations. A study of the development of the U.S. military command and control structure in Vietnam, focusing primarily on the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, and the U.S. Army, Vietnam History of Operations Research in the United States Army, Volume 2: 1961-1973 2008; 374 pages, illustrations, charts, figures, appendixes, glossary, bibliography, index The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) favored a massive bombing campaign, but civilians in the State and Defense Departments preferred a gradual escalation. Soon after the PAVN departed the battlefield, however, so too did the American air “cavalry.” Clearly, control of territory was not the U.S. military objective. A grim-faced U.S. Marine fires his M60 machine gun, concealed behind logs and resting in a shallow hole, during the battle against North Vietnamese regulars for Hill 484, just south of the demilitarized zone, on October 10, 1966. About seven male Viet Cong took off when the Australians appeared—but the woman remained and appeared to be trying to conceal the radio set. President Ngo Dình Diem, part of the Catholic minority, had adopted policies that discriminated against Buddhists and gave high favor to Catholics. While MACV was getting men and munitions in place for large‐unit search and destroy operations, army and marine units conducted smaller operations. This reference report provides an overview of the electronic data records in the custody of the National Archives that contain data related to military objectives and activities during the Vietnam War.The National Archives holds a large body of electronic records that reflects the prolific use of computers by the military establishment in carrying out operations during the Vietnam War. Vietnam War: The Early Years, 1965-1967. They thought that she may have possibly been the leader of the political cell in Long Hoa. Nor does it necessarily include all … In July 1955, Diem rejected the national election, claiming South Vietnam was not bound by the Geneva Accords. Although the “body count”—the estimated number of enemy killed—mounted, attrition was not changing the political equation in South Vietnam. The UH-1 Iroquois ("Huey") The Hoist Evacuation Missions Evacuation Problems Enemy Fire A Turning Point . A slideshow of my tour of duty in Vietnam with 1st Sig Bg at Lang Bian Mountain, Cam Ranh Bay. An American officer serving with the South Vietnam forces poses with group of Montagnards in front of one of their provisionary huts in a military camp in central Vietnam on November 17, 1962. The Americans ultimately forced the NVA out of the valley and killed ten times as many enemy soldiers as they lost. Recognizing the interdependence of political, economic, sociological, and military factors, the Joint Chiefs of Staff declared that American military objectives should be to cause North Vietnam to cease its control and support of the insurgency in South Vietnam and Laos, to assist South Vietnam in defeating Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces in Sout… A Vietnamese battalion commander, Captain Thach Quyen, left, interrogates a captured Viet Cong suspect on Tan Dinh Island, Mekong Delta, in 1965. A strategic air command B-52 bomber with externally mounted, 750-pound bombs heads toward its target about 56 miles northwest of Saigon near Tay Ninh on November 2, 1965. This assessment was debatable, and there was considerable evidence that the so‐called “other war” for political support in South Vietnam was not going well. In January, Operation Cedar Falls was a 30,000‐man assault on the Iron Triangle, an enemy base area forty miles north of Saigon. Napalm air strikes raise clouds into gray monsoon skies as houseboats glide down the Perfume River toward Hue in Vietnam on February 28, 1963, where a battle for control of the old Imperial City ended with a Communist defeat. Injured Vietnamese receive aid as they lie on the street after a bomb explosion outside the U.S. embassy in Saigon, Vietnam, on March 30, 1965. A Marine, top, wounded slightly when his face was creased by an enemy bullet, pours water into the mouth of a fellow Marine suffering from heat during Operation Hastings along the demilitarized zone between North and South Vietnam on July 21, 1966. Hovering U.S. Army helicopters pour machine gun fire into a tree line to cover the advance of South Vietnamese ground troops in an attack on a Viet Cong camp 18 miles north of Tay Ninh, near the Cambodian border, in March of 1965. Vietnamese airborne rangers, their two U.S. advisers, and a team of 12 U.S. Special Forces troops set out to raid a Viet Cong supply base 62 miles northwest of Saigon, on August 6, 1963. The guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett fires its Mark 38 25mm machine gun during a live-fire exercise. Firebombs were directed against a village on the outskirts of Hue. The infantrymen who explored the complex are known as “Tunnel Rats.” They were called out of the tunnels on January 21, and nauseating gas was pumped in. In 1967 annual bombing tonnage reached almost a quarter million. If the new government in Saigon failed to show progress against the insurgency, would the United States withdraw its support from a lost cause, or would it escalate the effort to preserve South Vietnam as an anticommunist outpost in Asia? 2401 ADP Officer, PCM 6101 Accounting Officer 73D Accounting Specialist 225B ADA Command and Control Maintenance Technician 2110 Adjutant or Adjutant General 2120 Administrative Officer 71L Administrative Specialist A platoon of 30 Vietnamese Marines was searching for communist guerrillas when a long burst of automatic fire killed one Marine and wounded four others. The helicopter crashed and exploded on a hill, killing one crewman and 12 Marines. Second and most importantly, if the communists won in Vietnam, communism could spread throughout Southeast Asia and become a greater threat to the U.S. The Rome Plow meanwhile had already fully demonstrated its suitability in major tactical operations. A man brews tea while a U.S. Marine examines a pinup in Vietnam in September of 1967. By June 1965, there had been five governments in the South since Diem’s death, and the newest regime, headed by General Nguyen Van Thieu and Air Marshall Nguyen Cao Ky, inspired little confidence. As the H-21 helicopters hovered six feet from the ground to avoid spikes and wires and under sniper fire, the troops jumped out to attack. Westmoreland immediately asked for more men, and by the end of 1964 U.S. personnel in the South exceeded 23,000. — By the beginning of 1967, there were 490,000 American troops in South Vietnam — along with some 850,000 from South Vietnam, South Korea and … U.S. Navy Douglas A-4E Skyhawks from Attack Squadrons VA-163 Saints and VA-164 Ghost Riders attack the Phuong Dinh railroad bypass bridge, 10 kilometers north of Thanh Hoe, North Vietnam, on September 10, 1967. 1st Brigade 2nd Brigade 3rd Brigade Infantry 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment (Mechanized) 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment (Mechanized) 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment Artillery 1st Battalion, 5th Artillery Regiment (105mm) 8th Battalion, 6th Artillery Regiment (15… Without such recognition, the United States would continue to provide Saigon as much help as it needed to survive. On 1 November 1963, the generals seized power, and Diem and his unpopular brother Ngo Dinh Nhu were murdered. Such actions would have placed the United States on a war footing. Increasingly, however, the U.S. effort focused on the North. In June, Marine and army units began offensive unit operations—“search and destroy” missions. Flares from planes light a field covered with the dead and wounded of the ambushed battalion of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division in the Ia Drang Valley, Vietnam, on November 18, 1965, during a fierce battle that had been raging for days. Johnson’s decisive but restrained response to the Gulf of Tonkin incidents helped him win the 1964 election, but Saigon’s prospects continued to decline. A U.S. Air Force Douglas A-1E Skyraider drops a white phosphorus bomb on a Viet Cong position in South Vietnam in 1966. By the spring of 1964, the Vietcong controlled vast areas of South Vietnam, the strategic hamlet program had essentially ceased, and North Vietnam’s aid to the southern insurgents had grown. Units of the division were battling to hold their lines against what was estimated to be a regiment of North Vietnamese soldiers. Controversy about the use of Agent Orange erupted in 1969 when reports appeared that the chemical caused serious damage to humans as well as to plants. In Berkeley-Oakland City, California, demonstrators march against the war in Vietnam in December of 1965. In August 1966, led by the 2nd Brigade, the 4th Infantry Division’s (“Ivy Division”—a play on the Roman numeral IV) headquarters closed in on the central highlands of Vietnam. Two nights later, under stormy conditions, the Maddox and another destroyer, the Turner Joy, reported a gunboat attack. Payne and others of the 196th light infantry brigade probed the massive tunnel in Hobo Woods, South Vietnam, on January 21, 1967, and found detailed maps and plans of the enemy. Funeral services were held at the Saigon Airport with U.S. Formal training at Vallejo ended on 16 December 1966 and squadron personnel began preparations for their deployment to combat operations in the Republic of Vietnam on 4 January 1967. This victory led to the Geneva Conference where the French and Viet Minh negotiated a ceasefire agreement. Meet Woman Guard Member Driving 'Wrecker' In D.C. FORT BRAGG, N.C., - Today marks the 55th anniversary of the activation of the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG) in the Republic of Vietnam. The government was trying to win their alliance in its war with the Viet Cong. He has admitted to killing Vietnamese civilians. During 1966 Westmoreland requested more ground troops, and by year’s end the U.S. ground force level “in country” reached 385,000. The most famous among them, who some experts point to as the "real" Colonel Kurtz, was the CIA operative Anthony Poshepny, Tony Poe for short, but also known as agent Upin or Pat Gibbs. Consequently, he relied on other means. The JCS wanted a mobilization of the reserves and National Guard, and McNamara proposed levying war taxes. In Operation RANCH HAND, the USAF sprayed the defoliant Agent Orange to deprive the guerrillas of cover and food supplies. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) did not interfere as a group of ARVN officers plotted a coup. Hovering U.S. Army helicopters pour machine gun fire into a tree line to cover the advance of South Vietnamese ground troops in an attack on a Viet Cong camp 18 miles north of Tay Ninh, near the Cambodian border, in March of 1965. As Senate majority leader in the 1950s and as vice‐president, he had supported Eisenhower’s and Kennedy’s decisions to aid South Vietnam. Corruption, factionalism, and continued Buddhist protests plagued the Thieu‐Ky government. Flag-draped coffins of eight American Servicemen killed in attacks on U.S. military installations in South Vietnam, on February 7, are placed in transport plane at Saigon, February 9, 1965, for return flight to the United States. U.S. troops of the 7th and 9th divisions wade through marshland during a joint operation on South Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, in April of 1967. The Khe Sanh Combat Base was a United States Marine Corps outpost and tactical center south of the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone. Sergeant Ronald Payne, 21, of Atlanta, Georgia, emerges from a Viet Cong tunnel holding his silencer-equipped revolver with which he fired at guerrillas fleeing ahead of him underground. On May 07, 1954, Viet Minh forces won the Battle of Dien Bien Phu and ended French involvement in Indochina. As U.S. “Eagle Flight” helicopters hover overhead, South Vietnamese troops wade through a rice paddy in Long An province during operations against Viet Cong guerrillas in the Mekong Delta, in December of 1964. Westmoreland used helicopters extensively for troop movements, resupply, medical evacuation, and tactical air support. William Doyle, center, in soft-brimmed hat, received a medal at Phan Rang in November, 1967. Using as a pretext a Vietcong attack on 7 February 1965 at Pleiku that killed eight American soldiers, Johnson ordered retaliatory bombing north of the Demilitarized Zone along the 17th parallel that divided North and South Vietnam. A steady stream of airplanes, helicopters, armored personnel carriers (APCs), and other equipment poured into the South. American troops found 100-degree temperatures a tough part of the job. 2021 Military Pay Scale Army Ranks Navy Ranks Air Force Ranks Alphabet Code DoD Dictionary American War Deaths French Military Victories The "Military Factory" name and MilitaryFactory.com logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and … Note the attacking Skyhawk in the lower right and one directly left of the explosions on the bridge. Despite incredible losses, the Vietcong still controlled many areas. By the end of the year, there were 184,300 U.S. personnel in the South. Indeed, many South Vietnamese perceived the strategic hamlets as government oppression, not protection, because people were forced to leave their ancestral homes for the new settlements. Ap Bac represented a leadership failure for the ARVN and a major morale boost for the antigovernment forces. Ambassador Maxwell D. Taylor and Vietnamese officials attending. Marines wade ashore with heavy equipment at first light at Red Beach near Da Nang in Saigon on April 10, 1965. A nurse attempts to comfort a wounded U.S. Army soldier in a ward of the 8th army hospital at Nha Trang in South Vietnam on February 7, 1965. A diplomatic resolution of the conflict remained elusive. Flying out of bases in Thailand, U.S. Air Force fighter‐bombers—primarily F‐105 Thunderchiefs and later F‐4 Phantoms—joined U.S. Navy Phantoms and A‐4 Skyhawks from a powerful carrier task force located at a point called Yankee Station, seventy‐five miles off the North Vietnamese coast in the Gulf of Tonkin. USAF tactical bombers and even huge B‐52 strategic bombers attacked enemy positions. The absence of fighting spirit in the ARVN mirrored the continuing inability of the Saigon regime to win political support. He also launched many political repression and anti-communist campaigns across the country, in which 25,000 anti-government activists and communists were arrested and more than 1,000 killed as claimed by the communists. The Montagnards, dark-skinned tribesmen numbering about 700,000, live in the highlands of central Vietnam. Instability mounted in South Vietnam as rival military and civilian factions vied for power and as Vietcong strength grew. United States operations after 1 July 1966 were a continuation of the earlier counteroffensive campaign. U.S. forces killed many enemy soldiers and destroyed large amounts of supplies. Although Johnson’s actions meant that the United States had crossed the line from advising the ARVN to actually fighting the war against the Vietcong, the president downplayed the move. By early 1955, Diem had consolidated his power and control over South Vietnam. These formulas typically called upon the United States and DRV to coordinate mutual reduction of their military activities in South Vietnam, but both Washington and Hanoi firmly resisted even interim compromises with the other. With South Vietnam’s forces assigned primarily to occupation, pacification, and security duties, massive U.S. combat sweeps moved to locate and destroy the enemy. V. FROM TET TO STAND-DOWN. However, the accords apparently did not please the United States. She was taken back to the Australian headquarters where she told under sharp interrogation (which included a “waterprobe”; see her wet clothes after the interrogation) that she worked as a Viet Cong nurse in the village of Hoa Long and had been in the tunnel for 10 days. The father was taken to an interrogation camp with other suspects rounded up by the U.S. 1st air cavalry division. Right: Army nurse 2nd Lieutenant Roberta “Bertie” Steele in South Vietnam, on February 9, 1966. Flying low over the jungle, an A-1 Skyraider drops 500-pound bombs on a Viet Cong position below as smoke rises from a previous pass at the target, on December 26, 1964. These were organized into seven divisions and other specialized airborne, armored, special forces, and logistical units. A father holds the body of his child as South Vietnamese Army Rangers look down from their armored vehicle on March 19, 1964. Throughout his administration, Johnson insisted that the only possible negotiated settlement of the conflict would be one in which North Vietnam recognized the legitimacy of South Vietnam’s government. Wounded and shocked civilian survivors of Dong Xoai crawl out of a fort bunker on June 6, 1965, where they survived murderous ground fighting and air bombardments of the previous two days. A consensus formed among Johnson’s advisers that the United States would have to initiate air warfare against North Vietnam. Military police, reinforced by Army troops, throw back anti-war demonstrators as they tried to storm a mall entrance doorway at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., on October 21, 1967. Ill MAF, faced with a continued threat in 1967 of North Vietnamese large unit entry across the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Vietnams, turned over the Chu Lai enclave to the U.S. Army's Task Force Oregon and shifted the bulk of its forces — and its attention — northward. Pedestrians cross the destroyed Hue Bridge in Hue, Vietnam, in an undated photo. Civilians were able to move freely between two states for a 300-day period. There are many security checkpoints around the Capitol, and as you can see behind me, they are armed. A slideshow of my tour of duty in Vietnam with 1st Sig Bg at Lang Bian Mountain, Cam Ranh Bay. By the end of 1962, there were 9,000 U.S. military advisers under the direction of a newly‐created Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV), commanded by U.S. Army Gen. Paul Harkins. Bombing could boost Saigon’s morale and might persuade the North to cease its support of the insurgency. Rick Holmes of C company, 2nd battalion, 503rd infantry, 173rd airborne brigade, sits down on January 3, 1966, in Vietnam. Westmoreland responded with the 1st Air Cavalry Division (Air Mobile). Targets expanded to include the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos and factories, farms, and railroads in North Vietnam. The Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG), Indochina was also re-organized into MAAG, Vietnam to train South Vietnamese army. The “Eagle Flight” choppers were loaded with Vietnamese airborne troops who were dropped in to support ground forces at the first sign of enemy contact. A napalm strike erupts in a fireball near U.S. troops on patrol in South Vietnam in 1966. In October, he easily ousted Bao Dai and became President of the new Republic of Vietnam (ROV). Women and children crouch in a muddy canal as they take cover from intense Viet Cong fire at Bao Trai, about 20 miles west of Saigon, on January 1, 1966. Realizing the increasingly unpopularity of Diem regime, Hanoi established the National Liberation Front (NLF), better known as the Viet Cong, on December 20, 1960, which consisted of all anti-government activists – both communists and non-communists, as a common front to fight against Diem. While Vietcong guerrillas scored military successes, leaders of Vietnam’s Buddhist majority protested against what they saw as the Diem regime’s religious persecution. The Buildup of 1967 Riverine Operations Dak To The 54th and the Kelly Tradition Dust Off Wins Its First Medal of Honor Dust Off in the Saddle . A U.S. Marine, newly arrived in South Vietnam on April 29, 1965, drips with perspiration while on patrol in search of Viet Cong guerrillas near Da Nang air base. First, they feared that the general elections would not be fair and free under the communists’ influence. A U.S. Marine CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter comes down in flames after being hit by enemy ground fire during Operation Hastings, just south of the demilitarized zone between North and South Vietnam, on July 15, 1966. Check out Military.com's original video series today. Poe had already fought in the US Marine Corps in World War II, and later joined the CIA and served in Korea and in several secret US wars. Right: The body of an American paratrooper killed in action in the jungle near the Cambodian border is raised up to an evacuation helicopter in War Zone C, Vietnam, in 1966. A Vietnamese litter bearer wears a face mask to keep out the smell as he passes the bodies of U.S. and Vietnamese soldiers killed in fighting against the Viet Cong at the Michelin rubber plantation, about 45 miles northeast of Saigon, on November 27, 1965. 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