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  • Army Vet Gets Medal Earned Decades Ago

    08/16/2017 2:29:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Vietnam vet Ed Hill earned the Bronze Star but never received it. Now after all this time, Hill received the medal he so rightly deserved.
  • India defies missile-exporting China with cruise missile sale to Vietnam

    08/14/2017 8:43:35 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    World Tribune ^ | August 14, 2017
    India’s sale to Vietnam of a short-range, supersonic anti-ship missile has opened a new conflict in an already tense situation with China, an analyst said. Vietnam will receive the BrahMos which is considered one of the most effective and lethal anti-ship missiles in the world, with speeds reaching Mach 2.8 to 3.0. “About half of China’s worldwide arms exports go to one country — Pakistan, for the primary reason of ‘containing India,’ ” said Hoover Institution Fellow and Geostrategy-Direct correspondent Maochun Miles Yu in a Facebook post. “Now India is playing the same game by arming one of China’s arch...
  • Vietnam wins U.S. defense pledges

    08/09/2017 6:46:10 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 61 replies
    Reuters ^ | AUGUST 8, 2017 | Eric Beech and My Pham
    Vietnam has won the promise of a visit from a U.S. aircraft carrier and deeper defense cooperation from the United States.. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Vietnamese counterpart Ngo Xuan Lich in Washington on Tuesday that a strong defense relationship was based on common interests that included freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. A Vietnam flag flies as U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (L) hosts an honor cordon for Vietnamese Defense Minister Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich (R) at the Pentagon...
  • Trump Says Blumenthal Lied About Vietnam (He Did) and Cried (He Didn’t)

    08/07/2017 5:03:36 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 56 replies
    NBC News ^ | 08-07-2017 | Jane C. Timm
    President Donald Trump on Monday unleashed a hostile tweet storm on Sen. Richard Blumenthal, making a number of claims against the Connecticut Democrat, including that he had lied about serving in Vietnam. Trump's Twitter fusillade was apparently set off by Blumenthal's appearance on CNN earlier Monday in which he spoke about the investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia. "I think is very important to protect and safeguard the independence and integrity of that investigation," Blumenthal said. Later Monday, Trump suggested Blumenthal take a long vacation in Vietnam "so he can at say he was there."
  • Trump awards Medal of Honor to Army medic 48 years later

    07/31/2017 2:40:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 31, 2017 | Darlene Superville, The Associated Press
    An Army medic who "ran into danger" to save wounded soldiers during a Vietnam War battle despite his own serious wounds on Monday became the first Medal of Honor recipient under President Donald Trump, 48 years after the selfless acts of bravery for which James McCloughan is now nationally recognized. McCloughan mouthed "thank you" as Trump placed the distinctive blue ribbon holding the medal around the neck of the former Army private first class. As the president and commander in chief shook McCloughan's hand, Trump said "very proud of you" and then pulled the former soldier into an embrace. "I...
  • Can the US get a foot in Vietnam’s door?

    07/25/2017 9:57:11 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    SHEPHARD ^ | 25th July 2017 | Wendell Minnick
    The China-Vietnam relationship might be less complicated than Washington would wish, despite BeijingÂ’s recent threat to use force against Hanoi to stop drilling in the South China Sea. Interestingly, there was nothing in the 31 May joint statement issued by President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc that would commit the US to assisting Hanoi in its current dealings with Chinese threats. Those in Washington who see Vietnam as a potential ally against China have quite possibly ignored the powerful and corrupting influence of cross-border trade between China and Vietnam. While attending IMDEX in Singapore in May, a...
  • Shattuck: Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against in battle with maverick

    07/20/2017 3:19:34 AM PDT · by calvincaspian · 121 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 07-20-17 | Tom Shattuck
    His North Vietnamese captors told him he’d never go home. They beat and tortured him to no end, but the Navy flyer’s patriotism manifested itself in historic defiance, refusing to do the easy thing for his own reward. He would not accept freedom before other prisoners who’d been there longer than he: It wasn’t the right thing to do, he thought. Instead, he gave the enemy hell. Now he has brain cancer. And he’s 80 years old. It’s the appropriate time to loudly honor this war hero for his toughness and resolve in combat and captivity, but subsequently during his...
  • ‘Killed’ in Vietnam and Buried With Comrades, One Marine Returned From the Dead

    07/10/2017 11:52:53 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/3 | Michael E. Ruane
    Ronald L. Ridgeway was “killed” in Vietnam on Feb. 25, 1968. The 18-year-old Marine Corps private first class fell with a bullet to the shoulder during a savage firefight with the enemy outside Khe Sanh. Dozens of Marines, from what came to be called “the ghost patrol,” perished there. At first, Ridgeway was listed as missing in action. Back home in Texas, his old school, Sam Houston High, made an announcement over the intercom. But his mother, Mildred, had a letter from his commanding officer saying there was little hope. And that August, she received a “deeply regret” telegram from...
  • Vietnam blogger 'Mother Mushroom' jailed for 10 years

    06/29/2017 9:33:24 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Vietnam blogger 'Mother Mushroom' jailed for 10 years [AFP] AFPJune 29, 2017 Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh (L), also known as "Mother Mushroom", stands trial at a courthouse in the central city of Nha Trang on June 29 Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh (L), also known as "Mother Mushroom", stands trial at a courthouse in the central city of Nha Trang on June 29 (AFP Photo/STR) A prominent Vietnamese blogger known as 'Mother Mushroom' was jailed for 10 years on Thursday, her lawyer said, during a brief trial rights groups decried as "outrageous". Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, whose...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dem Super-Lobbyist Podesta Got $170K To End US Sanctions On Russian Bank

    03/07/2017 4:59:08 AM PST · by kevcol · 17 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | March 6, 2017 | Richard Pollock
    Democrat super-lobbyist Tony Podesta was paid $170,000 over a six-month period last year to represent Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, seeking to end one of the Obama administration’s economic sanctions against that country, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group has learned. Podesta, founder and chairman of the Podesta Group, is listed as a key lobbyist on behalf of Sberbank, according to Senate lobbying disclosure forms. His firm received more than $24 million in fees in 2016, much of it coming from foreign governments, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
  • President Trump to award his first Medal of Honor

    06/13/2017 12:22:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    WTKR-TV ^ | June 13, 2017 | CNN
    President Donald Trump will award his first Medal of Honor as president to James McCloughan of the US Army for “conspicuous gallantry during the Vietnam War.” In a ceremony planned for July 31, McCloughan will receive the honor for actions he took over the course of 48 hours in close-combat fighting against enemy forces in Vietnam in 1969. McCloughan, who was 23 at the time, was serving as a private first class combat medic after being drafted. He voluntarily risked his life on nine separate occasions to rescue wounded and disoriented comrades. He suffered wounds from shrapnel and small arms...
  • The Viet Congs were Hunted with Silent Revolvers

    06/05/2017 10:33:18 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 32 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 6/5/2017 | J Trevithick
    The guns 'special' rounds were quiet but lacked stopping power Since World War II, America's elite forces have used quiet firearms for missions where it pays to be silent. Sound suppressors—commonly referred known as silencers—remain in service today. What many don't know is that U.S. commandos once carried revolvers with special cartridges designed to muffle gunshots. In the 1960s, the AAI Corporation developed the cartridges for the U.S. Army's and Navy's rifles, pistols and shotguns. The U.S. Army Special Forces and Rangers tested the unique ammunition in Vietnam. While they offered many advantages, AAI's products failed to win any widespread...
  • Trump hails signing of trade deals worth 'billions' with Vietnam

    05/31/2017 5:31:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Channel NewsAsia ^ | June 1, 2017 | Reuters
    US President Donald Trump discussed trade with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc during a White House visit on Wednesday (May 31) and welcomed the signing of business deals worth billions of dollars and the jobs they would bring. General Electric Co said it had signed deals with Vietnam worth about US$5.58 billion for power generation, aircraft engines and services, its largest ever single combined sale with the country. "They just made a very large order in the United States - and we appreciate that - for many billions of dollars, which means jobs for the United States and great,...
  • Reminder of when Hollywood produced heroes

    05/29/2017 10:34:29 AM PDT · by LS · 40 replies
    Hardly anyone thinks of "heroes" when you say "Hollywood" today. But not long ago, most of Hollywood's leading men--or those who would later go on to be stars---fought and many died in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Of course Jimmy Stewart always is among the first mentioned, flying missions in B-24s over Europe and remaining in the Air Force Reserve after the war to become a general. But did you know these stars also served in the USAAF? Charles Bronson, Gene Autry, Gene Roddenberry, Burgess Meredith, Cameron Mitchell, Kevin McCarthy, Dale Robertson, George (Superman) Reeves, Jackie Coogan (gliders), Martin...
  • US Delivers Ship to Vietnam Coast Guard

    05/29/2017 11:46:31 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 44 replies
    Marine Link ^ | May 26, 2017 | Joseph Keefe
    The U.S. Coast Guard transferred a high-endurance cutter to its Vietnamese counterpart in Honolulu, the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi said on Friday, in the latest effort to deepen ties with its former foe.
  • Memorial Day (Some Vietnam memories for Memorial Day)

    05/29/2017 8:58:21 AM PDT · by zot · 22 replies
    http://bswett.com/2016-05MemorialDay.html ^ | 29 May 2016 | Ben H. Swett, Bethany Christian Church
    The Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC, is inscribed with 58,307 names, including 8 women. 41 were men from my base who died in 1970, 2 in rocket attacks and 39 in air crashes. When I remember them, I remember what else we did in Vietnam, besides fighting, that never got a lot of publicity.
  • Remembering the lost platoon [Short Video]

    05/28/2017 7:55:37 PM PDT · by blueplum
    CBS Sunday Morning ^ | 28 May 2017 | Producer: Christine Weicher
    Clifford Rountree, Kenny Barker and Victor Renza were three American soldiers in Vietnam whose platoon was ambushed in May 1967. Twenty-two of their comrades were killed. John Blackstone reports on how that battle shaped the lives of the survivors, and how some of them spent the anniversary of that battle, fifty years later.
  • 50 Years Ago Today, Second Story

    05/20/2017 4:22:46 PM PDT · by Chainmail · 111 replies
    Self [link to first story] ^ | May 20 2017 | Chainmail
    Last Saturday, the 13th of May, I posted my article about the day I was wounded in Vietnam. hereBecause I had such wonderful responses and because a flood of memories have come back, I decide to write the next part of the story, my time in the hospitals after that pivotal day all those years ago.As I described before, I had been shot on May 13th, 1967 and underwent surgery that evening in Charlie Med, Danang Vietnam. That following morning I woke up in a Spica cast, a plaster sheath that enclosed my whole body from the top of my...
  • 50 Years ago today

    05/13/2017 3:21:41 AM PDT · by Chainmail · 114 replies
    Self | today | Self
    On May 13th, 1967, I was shot through my upper right thigh, shattering my femur and almost severing my leg. I celebrate this day every year because it was the day I almost died but through God’s grace, I have lived this half century more. I was a twenty-one year old Lance Corporal (E-3) in the Marines serving as an Artillery Scout (an enlisted Forward Observer) with Golf Company 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines (2/1) about 16 kilometers Southwest of Danang, Vietnam. Our company was on a local sweep a little north of Hill 55, following the edge of the Song...
  • Senator Stolen Valor

    05/11/2017 11:09:28 PM PDT · by pboyington · 12 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 11, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    DISREGARD PRIOR ARTICLE TITLED 'THE IMPEACHMENT OF SENATOR BLUMENTHAL' Last night, on CNN, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D., CT) told Anderson Cooper that President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, “may well produce impeachment proceedings.” Blumenthal continued: “It may well produce another United States vs. Nixon on a subpoena that went to United States Supreme Court.” Senator Blumenthal is simply parroting more Democratic talking points that are full of sound and fury and which signify nothing. There was no Saturday Night Massacre II. There were no violations of the law on the President’s part. There were no dictatorial machinations. There...