History UsefulNotes / TheVietnamWar

18th Oct '17 12:43:03 AM Tapol
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* Jack Pearson(Milo Ventimiglia) the patriarch of ''Series/ThisIsUs'' is a Vietnam vet.
3rd Oct '17 10:19:25 AM BlackSunNocturne
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* Stan Ridgeway's song ''Camouflage'' (covered by Music/{{Sabaton}} on their album ''The Last Battle'') is sung from the viewpoint of a young P.F.C.[[note]]Private first class[[[/note]] of the United States Marine Corps during the The Vietnam War. On a search and destroy mission he is separated from his patrol. Alone in the jungle, he fears for his life when, unexpectedly, a "big marine" comes to his rescue introducing himself as "[[MysteriousProtector Camouflage]]". The two fight together through the course of a night making their way back to base, during which the PFC notices that Camouflage is [[ImmuneToBullets unaffected by bullets]] and is capable of superhuman feats. Camouflage leaves after leading the PFC to the edge of his camp. On his return, the PFC is informed that Camouflage has been on his death bed for the past week and died the previous night, his [[GhostlyGoals last wish being "to save a young marine"]].
* Music/{{Sabaton}}'s song ''Into The Fire'' is about the Vietnam War, with several notes about the United States' love of [[KillItWithFire napalm]] during the war, and is a narrative about the general unpleasantness of jungle warfare in Vietnam.
21st Sep '17 5:50:30 AM jamespolk
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* ''Hearts and Minds'', Peter Davis' Oscar-winning 1974 documentary.

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* ''Hearts and Minds'', ''Film/HeartsAndMinds'', Peter Davis' Oscar-winning 1974 documentary.


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* ''Series/TheVietnamWar'' is a documentary series by Creator/KenBurns, which, unlike many American examinations of the war, actually starts with the beginning and French colonial oppression in Indochina.
29th Aug '17 2:42:10 PM Schroeder1174
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* The sheer wealth of Vietnam War protest songs should have its own page. In fact, many entire genres were borne from the musical protest climate of the late '60s, the most evident being the revival of folk music and the creation HeavyMetal and, later and indirectly, punk.

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* The sheer wealth of Vietnam War protest songs should have its own page. In fact, many entire genres were borne from the musical protest climate of the late '60s, the most evident being the revival of folk music and the creation of HeavyMetal and, later and indirectly, punk.
7th Aug '17 10:16:56 AM isolato
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* Novels by Gustav Hasford (himself [[UsefulNotes/SemperFi USMC]] ShellShockedVeteran) - ''The Short-Timers'' (later [[AdaptationDisplacement adapted]] as ''Film/FullMetalJacket'') and ''The Phantom-Blooper''.

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* Novels by Gustav Hasford (himself [[UsefulNotes/SemperFi [[SemperFi USMC]] ShellShockedVeteran) - ''The Short-Timers'' (later [[AdaptationDisplacement adapted]] as ''Film/FullMetalJacket'') and ''The Phantom-Blooper''.
7th Aug '17 10:10:52 AM nightkiller
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American involvement was initially in the form of equipment, money and "advisors", but by the 1960s, these "advisors" were many thousands. Foreign countries began actively fighting on both sides of the conflict (most on the side of South Vietnam). American ships were supposedly attacked by North Vietnamese ones in 1964[[note]] the Gulf of Tonkin incident, which to this day does not have an official version of what happened. Sailors claimed they were attacked by North Vietnamese torpedo boats on two separate days, but the details were so widely varied that Johnson himself said "They might have been shooting at flying fish out there"[[/note]], and so President Lyndon Johnson ordered a massive military presence in Vietnam to "protect the freedom" of South-East Asia and curtail the advance of Communism. In strictly legal terms, the United States didn't enter a war, as Congress never wrote a declaration of war; the entire conflict was essentially an executive order. If you go into any U.S.-government-funded library, you'll likely have to search under "Vietnam Conflict". [[UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar The Korean Conflict]] and [[TheWarOnTerror the Overseas Contingency Operation]] are likewise not officially wars (although Korea at least was authorized by the UN).

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American involvement was initially in the form of equipment, money and "advisors", but by the 1960s, these "advisors" were many thousands. Foreign countries began actively fighting on both sides of the conflict (most on the side of South Vietnam). American ships were supposedly attacked by North Vietnamese ones in 1964[[note]] the Gulf of Tonkin incident, which to this day does not have an official version of what happened. Sailors claimed they were attacked by North Vietnamese torpedo boats on two separate days, but the details were so widely varied that Johnson himself said "They might have been shooting at flying fish out there"[[/note]], and so President Lyndon Johnson ordered a massive military presence in Vietnam to "protect the freedom" of South-East Asia and curtail the advance of Communism. In strictly legal terms, the United States didn't enter a war, as Congress never wrote a declaration of war; the entire conflict was essentially an executive order. If you go into any U.S.-government-funded library, you'll likely have to search under [[http://www.history.army.mil/html/bookshelves/resmat/vw.html "Vietnam Conflict".Conflict"]]. [[UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar The Korean Conflict]] and [[TheWarOnTerror the Overseas Contingency Operation]] are likewise not officially wars (although Korea at least was authorized by the UN).
7th Aug '17 9:57:59 AM isolato
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* Novels by Gustav Hasford (himself [[UsefulNotes/SemperFi USMC]] ShellShockedVeteran) - ''The Short-Timers'' (later [[AdaptationDisplacement adapted]] as ''Film/FullMetalJacket'') and ''The Phantom-Blooper''.
7th Aug '17 9:50:07 AM isolato
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* ''Film/NamsAngels'': SoBadItsGood BMovie mostly memorable for a brief onscreen appearance in ''Film/PulpFiction'' as a film Fabienne is watching.
16th Jul '17 9:39:04 PM JohnnyNevada
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* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' #216 (May 1969) sees Clark sent to Vietnam as a combat correspondent.
* In ''Superman'' #370 (April 1982), a flashback to ComicBook/{{Superboy}}'s college years (by this point taking place during TheSeventies thanks to ComicBookTime) shows the Boy of Steel visiting Vietnam toward the tail end of the war, in order to rescue his roommate's parents.
13th Jul '17 5:25:35 AM MAI742
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As the war's popularity declined The Draft became increasingly controversial, even in the white community. Selective Service (to give it its proper title), done on a lottery system, had been around in the past Music/ElvisPresley was famously drafted for two years in the 1950s. The draft became increasingly wide-ranging and undiscriminating. As a case in point, Project 100,000 lowered the mental acumen standards for draftees - Film/ForrestGump was not entirely a fiction. As a matter of fact, the lieutenant responsible for the My Lai Massacre was only even ''allowed into the Army'' because of the reduced standards of Project 100,000. These desperate measures were deemed necessary because the US had also decided to maintain a reasonably large standing army in western Europe, rather than relying solely on nuclear weapons (as under Truman-Eisenhower) to deter Soviet aggression. Moreover only low-quality draftees were assigned to General Infantry (GI) cannonfodder roles in particular and the non-European theatre in general. Not at all coincidentally, discarding UnfortunateImplications and moving to Racist-But-Intended-Statements, black men were disproportionately categorised as low-quality manpower due to their worse education and phyical fitness. This resulted from lower state funding for so-called 'separate but equal' black-only schools under Segregation and general malnutrition as a result of poverty. Accordingly, they were disproportionately assigned to GI service in Vietnam. Critics noted that Project 100,000 increased this disprortionate effect, as intentionally poor schooling had reduced black men's ability to score well on IQ tests.

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As the war's popularity declined The Draft became increasingly controversial, even in the white community. Selective Service (to give it its proper title), done on a lottery system, had been around in the past Music/ElvisPresley was famously drafted for two years in the 1950s. The draft became increasingly wide-ranging and undiscriminating. As a case in point, Project 100,000 lowered the mental acumen standards for draftees - Film/ForrestGump was not entirely a fiction. As a matter of fact, the lieutenant responsible for the My Lai Massacre was only even ''allowed into the Army'' because of the reduced standards of Project 100,000. These desperate measures were deemed necessary because the US had also decided to maintain a reasonably large standing army in western Europe, rather than relying solely on nuclear weapons (as under Truman-Eisenhower) to deter Soviet aggression. Moreover only low-quality draftees were assigned to General Infantry (GI) cannonfodder roles in particular and the non-European theatre theatres in general. Not at all coincidentally, discarding UnfortunateImplications and moving to Racist-But-Intended-Statements, Explicitly-Racist-Statements, black men were disproportionately categorised as low-quality manpower due to their worse education and phyical fitness. This resulted from lower state funding for so-called 'separate but equal' black-only schools under Segregation and general malnutrition as a result of poverty. Accordingly, they were disproportionately assigned to GI service in Vietnam. Critics noted that Project 100,000 increased this disprortionate effect, as intentionally poor schooling had reduced black men's ability to score well on IQ tests.
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