US Navy aircraft carrier to visit Vietnam next year, Pentagon says

Wyatt Olson Stars and Stripes A U.S. Navy aircraft carrier will visit Vietnam next year for the first time, the Pentagon announced Tuesday, in the latest sign of growing ties between countries that 50 years ago were engaged in a lengthy war. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met Tuesday with Ngo Xuan Lich, Vietnam’s defense minister, to discuss further steps in their mutual defense relationship and regional security challenges, the Pentagon said. The two also agreed to expand naval cooperation and the s ... More

Remains of Vietnam veteran return home after 48 years

Mike Smith The Montana Standard, Butte More than 48 years after his plane was shot down over Laos during the Vietnam War, the uncertainty about Air Force Capt. Robert Edwin Holton of Butte is over. Holton’s remains, which were excavated from the crash site earlier this year and verified recently, are in a sealed casket in Honolulu and will soon be on their way to Butte, Holton’s brother, Bill, confirmed Tuesday. “After 48 years, Capt. Holton is finally coming home to Butte,” Bill ... More

50 years later, Vietnam veterans receive an overdue welcome home

Tom Roeder The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) They went to war from Fort Carson half a century ago. On Thursday more than 100 veterans of 189th Helicopter Company were finally welcomed home from Vietnam. "When you got home, you tried to forget," said veteran Mark Latham. "Fifty years later, you try to remember." The 189th trained at Fort Carson throughout 1966 and went overseas in 1967 where they flew their UH-1 Hueys through the treacherous jungles of Vietnam's Central High ... More

Battle of la Drang: First battle of the Vietnam War

By Military1 Staff The Battle of la Drang is known as the first battle of the Vietnam War between the U.S. Army and the North Vietnamese Army on Nov. 14-16, 1965. Retired Col. Tony Nadal talks about his experience during this historic fight at LX-XRAY, one he'll never forget.  <!--cke_bookmark_121S--><!--cke_bookmark_121E--> More

Vietnam vet’s remains return home after 50 years

By Military1 Staff For over 50 years, Debra Coffey has waited for her father to come home from Vietnam. Next month, he finally will. On April 7, 1966, U.S. Air Force Capt. Robert Russell Barnett was shot down while flying a classified mission during the war. This month, five decades after being told his fate, Coffey received a call from the military with the news that he would be returning to her. “We've identified your father's remains and we're ready to bring your daddy home,” ... More

Texas town welcomes home Vietnam vets with parade 40 years later

By David Burge El Paso Times, Texas In the late 1960s and early 1970s, America was at war. It had thousands of troops fighting in Vietnam, but it was also at war on the home front with demonstrators, riots and a divided political landscape over the controversial war. Sunday, El Paso had a "Welcome Home" parade and other events to honor and recognize Vietnam veterans more 40 years after the U.S. ended combat operations there. "It's about time, 50 years later," said Felix Valenzu ... More