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During the Tet Offensive of 1968, the NVA had staged, through the A Shau Valley, an entire NVA division and other VC forces for its massive attacks on Hue and Da Nang. In the battle for Hue alone, the NVA lost over five thousand men. By early 1969, it was becoming apparent to the MACV [Military Assistance Command Vietnam] and XXIV Corps staffs that A Shau Valley was once again an area of high NVA activity, logistically and strategically, and an important terminus for the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The 3/187th's battle for Dong Ngai and the discovery of mammoth supply depots in the area served to accentuate that point. more

Ho Chi MinhHo Chi Minh (hô chē min), 1890–1969, Vietnamese nationalist leader, president of North Vietnam (1954–69), and one of the most influential political leaders of the 20th cent. His given name was Nguyen That Thanh. In 1911 he left Vietnam, working aboard a French liner. He later lived in London and in the United States during World War I before going to France near the end of the war. There he became involved in the French socialist movement and was (1920) a founding member of the French Communist party. He studied revolutionary tactics in Moscow, and, as a Comintern member, was sent (1925–27) to Guangzhou, China. While in East Asia, he organized Vietnamese revolutionaries and founded the Communist party of Indochina (later the Vietnamese Communist party). He also established a training institute that attracted many Vietnamese students, where he taught a unique blend of Marxism-Leninism and Confucian-inspired virtues. In the 1930s, Ho lived mainly in Moscow and China. He finally returned to Vietnam after the outbreak of World War II, organized a Vietnamese independence movement (the Viet Minh), and raised a guerrilla army to fight the Japanese. more

Air Power over Vietnam

 

Air Power over Vietnam

Two tragedies took place in 1968 in Viet Nam.  One was the massacre by United States soldiers of as many as 500 unarmed civilians-- old men, women, children-- in My Lai on the morning of March 16.  The other was the cover-up of that massacre. U. S. military officials suspected Quang Ngai Province, more than any other province in South Viet Nam, as being a Viet Cong stronghold.  The U. S. targeted the province for the first major U.S. combat operation of the war.  Military officials declared the province a "free-fire zone" and subjected it to frequent bombing missions and artillery attacks.  By the end of 1967, most of the dwellings in the province had been destroyed and nearly 140,000 civilians left homeless.  Not surprisingly, the native population of Quang Ngai Province distrusted Americans.  Children hissed at soldiers.  Adults kept quiet. more

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