1965 – Westmoreland given authority to commit U.S. forces.
Gen. William Westmoreland, senior U.S. military commander in Vietnam, is given formal authority to commit American troops to battle when he decides they are necessary "to strengthen the relative position of the GVN [Government of Vietnam] forces." This authorization permitted Westmoreland to put his forces on the offensive. Heretofore, U.S. combat forces had been restricted to protecting U.S. airbases and other facilities.
The first major offensive by U.S. forces under this new directive was launched two days later by 3,000 troops of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, in conjunction with 800 Australian soldiers and a Vietnamese airborne unit. These forces assaulted a jungle area known as Viet Cong Zone D, 20 miles northeast of Saigon. The operation was called off after three days when it failed to make any major contact with the enemy. One American was killed, and nine Americans and four Australians were wounded.
1972 – U.S. aircraft shifted to Thailand.
The shift of fighter-bomber squadrons, involving up to 150 U.S. planes and more than 2,000 pilots from Da Nang, to bases in Thailand is completed. The shift was necessitated by the pending withdrawal of the U.S. infantry brigade that provided security for flyers at Da Nang.
The departure of the U.S. unit was part of President Richard Nixon's Vietnamization program that he had instituted in June 1969. Under this program, the responsibility for the war was to be gradually transferred to the South Vietnamese so U.S. forces could be withdrawn.
« Last post by O.D. on June 26, 2015, 10:23:14 AM »
The history channel vary rarely shows documentaries on history anymore. It is too busy with AXE Men, Swamp People, Pawn shop shows. I gave up on Discovery a long time ago. I have the history channel on in the background as I play with the computer. Hanger-1 is on.
« Last post by Les Strouse on June 26, 2015, 09:50:02 AM »
The restaurant that was blown up on the Saigon River was not actually blown up. The VC set off a bomb on the river side of the restaurant and set off another on the steet as patrons poured off the gangway onto the street. That is were most all of the injuries occurred.
As I remember, the name of the restaurant was the My Kahn..phonetically! One of my favorites when I lived in Saigon, Sept 1964 to Oct 1968.
Two Viet Cong terrorist bombs rip through a floating restaurant on the Saigon River. Thirty-one people, including nine Americans, were killed in the explosions. Dozens of other diners were wounded, including 11 Americans.
1966 – Tension high with Buddhist leaders
Political unrest in South Vietnam abates following the crackdown on Buddhist rebels by Prime Minister Ky, including the arrest of Buddhist leader Tri Quang. Ky then appeals for calm.
1969 – U.S. Navy turns boats over to South Vietnamese Navy.
The U.S. Navy turns 64 river patrol gunboats valued at $18.2 million over to the South Vietnamese Navy in what is described as the largest single transfer of military equipment in the war thus far. The transfer raised the total number of boats in the South Vietnamese Navy to more than 600. This was part of the "Vietnamization" program, which President Richard Nixon initiated to increase the fighting capability of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces (to include the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps) so that they could assume more responsibility for the war.
Vietnamization included the provision of new equipment and weapons and an intensified advisory effort.
I missed that 'formation' 10 years ago when there were actual documentaries instead of the nonsense on today. I would very much like to find that 3 to 4 hour documentary, perhaps on YouTube.
I was thinking of people like Shirley Maclaine and the New Agers in general. See: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000511/?ref_=nv_sr_1 . Good to know that the common people were represented in the documentary as that raises the credibility a notch or two.
« Last post by O.D. on June 26, 2015, 06:59:01 AM »
Terry - There was a documentary on reincarnation on the History or the Discovery Channel around ten years ago I watched. It was a 3 or 4 hours documentary broke down in 30 minute segments for different people as they, the docu people took these people back to places they remembered from their past. Out side of the Dali Lama, none of these folks were famous. The lives they lead prior were not those of a noble or Baron or anything like that.
Farmer, woodsman, wife, soldier were some that I remember. But all seemed to remember bits and pieces, not a whole life or anything like that. It did make me wonder.
I wouldn't mind watching it again, but reality shows seems to have replaced documentaries like this.