History UsefulNotes / TheVietnamWar

12th Apr '18 4:24:00 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* General Gum on ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' served as a Royal Lao Army general during the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/Laotion_Civil_War secret war]] in Laos.

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* General Gum on ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' served as a Royal Lao Army general during the [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/Laotion_Civil_War org/wiki/Laotian_Civil_War secret war]] in Laos.
6th Apr '18 6:52:55 PM StarSword
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* Music/{{Sabaton}}'s songs "Purple Heart" and "Into the fire" are 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.

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* Music/{{Sabaton}}'s songs "Purple Heart" and "Into the fire" Fire" are 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.Vietnam. "Soldier of 3 Armies" is about [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lauri_T%C3%B6rni Lauri Törni]], a Finn who had the unusual distinction of fighting for the Finnish Army and the Wehrmacht in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and earning both countries' highest military honors, then emigrating to the United States and serving as a Green Beret, dying in combat in Vietnam in 1965.
16th Feb '18 1:00:30 AM Psychadelico
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* Similarly, ''TabletopGame/{{PATROL}}'' is explicitly set during the war, and focuses on the horror of attrition combat, featuring very tight equipment limits, multiple fatigue meters, and a combined sanity/XP system that all-but-ensures that player characters will either become [[FireForgedFriends an extremely tight-knit unit]] (if not always [[IDidWhatIHadToDo an]] [[SuicidalPacifism honorable]] [[BloodKnight one]]), or will wind up stabbing each other in the back over moral or pragmatic grounds. Most likely the latter.
12th Feb '18 8:04:21 PM nombretomado
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* ''We Were Soldiers Once...And Young'', the inspiration for the Randall Wallace-Creator/MelGibson [[TheFilmOfTheBook film]] ''WeWereSoldiers'', and the follow-on ''We Are Soldiers Still''; both were co-authored by Harold Moore, the most well-known American commander in the battle depicted, and Joe Galloway, a reporter who covered the fighting from the thick of the action.

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* ''We Were Soldiers Once...And Young'', the inspiration for the Randall Wallace-Creator/MelGibson [[TheFilmOfTheBook film]] ''WeWereSoldiers'', ''Film/WeWereSoldiers'', and the follow-on ''We Are Soldiers Still''; both were co-authored by Harold Moore, the most well-known American commander in the battle depicted, and Joe Galloway, a reporter who covered the fighting from the thick of the action.
5th Feb '18 6:48:46 AM Cryoclaste
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* The Vietnam War is actually presented as an example of the HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct in ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'': CommanderBadass went back in time to that time period twice: Once to win the war for America, and again to prevent himself from doing that because winning the war caused the {{Rambo}} movies to not exist... and that's just too bizarre a world to contemplate.

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* The Vietnam War is actually presented as an example of the HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct in ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'': CommanderBadass went back in time to that time period twice: Once to win the war for America, and again to prevent himself from doing that because winning the war caused the {{Rambo}} ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' movies to not exist... and that's just too bizarre a world to contemplate.
4th Feb '18 6:01:57 PM patriciovalencia117
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4th Feb '18 5:58:56 PM patriciovalencia117
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'''Important Note''': As if you couldn't tell by this article, this war and its outcome is still a ''very'' strong point of contention in the USA more than 40 years later, even among people who weren't even alive at the time! Along with The Civil Rights Movement, [[NewAgeRetroHippie hippies]], [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon the 'Watergate Scandal']], and all the lingering cultural debates of TheSixties and TheSeventies, it was/is one of the key controversies in [[BrokenBase modern American politics]]. Communists, socialists, anarchists[[labelnote:]] (none of the preceding three groups exist to any significant extent in the USA anymore, though there are still enough Americans willing to declare themselves "Socialist" that the label is only ''mostly'' toxic)[[/labelnote]] and modern liberals as well as most libertarians, "paleoconservatives", the far-right [[TheExtremistWasRight John Birch Society]] and many moderate right-wingers still consider the war a [[WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife senseless waste of human life]] and point to the 'My Lai Massacre', President-for-life Diem's dictatorial rule, and 'Operation Phoenix' as evidence that there [[HeWhoFightsMonsters wasn't]] [[BlackAndGrayMorality much]] [[BlackAndBlackMorality difference]] between the "good guys" and the DirtyCommunists. By '''''stark''''' contrast, the USA's conservatives, nationalists, and old-style liberals[[labelnote:]] (this group in particular ended up thoroughly discredited in the long run, though some politicians like Hillary Clinton retain the worldview)[[/labelnote]] continue to believe that the USA and France before them would have won if not for the (left-wing) public's "betrayal" of the country's military forces, that the BananaRepublic of South Vietnam was still ALighterShadeOfGrey than its Communist counterpart, and contend that more people died because the USA left than were killed by the USA's troops or by its enemies during the war [[note]] In what had once been South Vietnam, ''far'' more people were 're-educated' than executed, though said process wasn't all daisies, sunshine, and rainbows, and it still sent hundreds of thousands fleeing for their lives. But just across the border in Cambodia, the anti-Soviet/Chinese-backed communist regime ''[[Film/TheKillingFields exterminated one-quarter of its own population]]'' (1.4-2.2 million), something that was at least delayed by US airpower hammering the Khmer Rouge and preventing them from overthrowing the ramshackle BananaRepublic there. The common argument is that if the USA had stayed on, they would have prevented Pol Pot and the other Communist leaders coming to power, or at least have intervened had the signs become obvious. As it was, the genocide dragged on until Soviet-backed ''Communist Vietnam'' got fed up with Khmer Rouge provocations and rivalries and decided to topple their regime and install a puppet government of their own there[[/note]] and would have been killed if the war had continued.

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'''Important Note''': As if you couldn't tell by this article, this war and its outcome is still a ''very'' strong point of contention in the USA more than 40 years later, even among people who weren't even alive at the time! Along with The Civil Rights Movement, [[NewAgeRetroHippie hippies]], [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon the 'Watergate Scandal']], and all the lingering cultural debates of TheSixties and TheSeventies, it was/is one of the key controversies in [[BrokenBase modern American politics]]. Communists, socialists, anarchists[[labelnote:]] (none of the preceding three groups exist to any significant extent in the USA anymore, though there are still enough Americans willing to declare themselves "Socialist" that the label is only ''mostly'' toxic)[[/labelnote]] and modern liberals as well as most libertarians, "paleoconservatives", the far-right [[TheExtremistWasRight John Birch Society]] and many moderate right-wingers still consider the war a [[WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife senseless waste of human life]] and point to the 'My Lai Massacre', President-for-life Diem's dictatorial rule, and 'Operation Phoenix' as evidence that there [[HeWhoFightsMonsters wasn't]] [[BlackAndGrayMorality much]] [[BlackAndBlackMorality difference]] between the "good guys" and the DirtyCommunists. By '''''stark''''' contrast, the USA's conservatives, nationalists, and old-style liberals[[labelnote:]] (this group in particular ended up thoroughly discredited in the long run, though some politicians like Hillary Clinton retain the worldview)[[/labelnote]] liberals continue to believe that the USA and France before them would have won if not for the (left-wing) public's "betrayal" of the country's military forces, that the BananaRepublic of South Vietnam was still ALighterShadeOfGrey than its Communist counterpart, and contend that more people died because the USA left than were killed by the USA's troops or by its enemies during the war [[note]] In what had once been South Vietnam, ''far'' more people were 're-educated' than executed, though said process wasn't all daisies, sunshine, and rainbows, and it still sent hundreds of thousands fleeing for their lives. But just across the border in Cambodia, the anti-Soviet/Chinese-backed communist regime ''[[Film/TheKillingFields exterminated one-quarter of its own population]]'' (1.4-2.2 million), something that was at least delayed by US airpower hammering the Khmer Rouge and preventing them from overthrowing the ramshackle BananaRepublic there. The common argument is that if the USA had stayed on, they would have prevented Pol Pot and the other Communist leaders coming to power, or at least have intervened had the signs become obvious. As it was, the genocide dragged on until Soviet-backed ''Communist Vietnam'' got fed up with Khmer Rouge provocations and rivalries and decided to topple their regime and install a puppet government of their own there[[/note]] and would have been killed if the war had continued.
25th Jan '18 7:34:06 PM VutherA
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* ''VideoGame/MudAndBlood: Recon'' has the player act as an officer in charge of a team of Rangers deployed real-time in squads of four from a top-down camera. As an EndlessGame, it's only over when you stop playing it or your tour of duty ends for good at the end of the year from your Merit roll failing.
16th Jan '18 7:12:32 PM MikeDanCatch
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* ''The Boys in Company C'', notable for featuring Creator/RLeeErmey in an early DrillSergeantNasty role.

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* ''The Boys in Company C'', ''Film/TheBoysInCompanyC'', notable for featuring Creator/RLeeErmey in an early DrillSergeantNasty role.
6th Jan '18 5:02:12 PM nombretomado
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* The obscure ''The Walking Dead'' film, now [[IThoughtThatWas overshadowed]] by an [[Series/TheWalkingDead unrelated series of the same name]], portrays a mostly-black platoon in a search-and-rescue mission gone sour.

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* The obscure ''The Walking Dead'' film, now [[IThoughtThatWas [[JustForFun/IThoughtThatWas overshadowed]] by an [[Series/TheWalkingDead unrelated series of the same name]], portrays a mostly-black platoon in a search-and-rescue mission gone sour.
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