#VeteranOfTheDay Vietnam War Veterans



#VeteranoftheDay Vietnam War Veterans

Veteran of the Day graphic created by Reynaldo Leal for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is everyone who served during the Vietnam War.

American troops were deployed to Vietnam in the 1950s, but it wasn’t until the early 1960s that they saw official combat. Operation Chopper, which occurred Jan. 12, 1962 is often considered America’s first combat mission in Vietnam.

On March 29, 1973, the last American troops withdrew from South Vietnam and the last Vietnam Prisoners of War held in North Vietnam arrived home on American soil.

On May 15, 1975, the Vietnam War officially ended as South Vietnam surrendered to the North.

On Nov. 13, 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund built and dedicated the Vietnam Veteran Memorial Wall. More than 58,000 names were inscribed in stone as permanent recognition for those who never returned home.

In 2012, then President Barack Obama proclaimed May 28, 2012, through November 11, 2025, as the official commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.

On March 28, 2016, President Donald Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act into law designating March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

Today, we honor our country’s more than six-and-a-half million living Vietnam Veterans and their families. Throughout today, solemnly remember the nine million American men and women who served on active duty during one of our nation’s longest and most divisive wars in our history. Additionally, we must recognize the 1,253 troops who have not yet returned to American soil.

To each person who served during the Vietnam War, we dedicate today to honor the courage and sacrifice you wielded for our country. Use today as an opportunity to show gratitude to our American service members and encourage others to reflect on the price of freedom our troops pay.

Thank you for your service, and welcome home.

Did you serve during the Vietnam War? Tell us which branch and unit you served with in the comments below.

 


Watch Sec. Robert Wilkie’s message to Vietnam War Veterans in the video below.


Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.

It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to newmedia@va.gov with as much information as you can put together, along with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating to learn how to create the best submission.

Veterans History Project

This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.


Contributors:

Graphic designer: Alexandra Craig

 

Author

Ifeoma Ikedionwu

Ifeoma Ikedionwu is a sophomore Biology major on the pre-med track at Baylor University. She is originally from Cookeville, TN and is currently a writing and editing intern at the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Comments

  1. William Sage    

    Served with the 187th Assault Helicopter Company in Tay Ninh RVN, from 4 Mar 70 to 4 Mar 71. I was a pilot in the Rat Pack Plt.

  2. Donald Bosse    

    Fox Co 2nd Bn 7th Marines 1st Marine Division
    Tet 1969

  3. Frank Kent    

    I had the Honor of serving with the men of the First Cavalry Division from March 1969 to Nov 1971. I spent most of my time in Phuocvinh. Once I left Vietnam my contact with those men cease. However the older I get now the more I think about my fellow sky troopers. March 29th now will be a permanent date etch into my calendar. On that day and all others I will try to remember those brave men I served with. Everyone should take the time to not just say Thank You and Welcome Home but look a Vietnam Veteran in the eye and say thank you for the sacrifice. We as Americans do care about you. Myself as a fellow veteran truly care about each of you, your families and pray that peace in Honor finds a way into your lives.

  4. George E. Rader Jr.    

    I’ve got COPD, nerve problems in my legs, shell shocked, and other problems from the war. My doctor thinks a lot of it is due to agent orange and diagnosed me perifial nerothopy as well.

  5. Carl Mahon    

    USAF Served in Vietnam with 460 Field Maintenance Sq. Nov 1965 – April 1966

  6. Carl Mahon    

    Carl E Mahon (cmahon@vscfire.com) USAF 1962 – 1966, i served in Vietnam from Nov 1965 thru April 1966, was assigned to the 460 Field Maintenance Squadron PACAF..

  7. Marvin Riner    

    I’m not actually a Vietnam Veteran but was in the Air Force from 1972 to 1976 working as a jet engime mechanic on B-52’s. I was at Andersen AFB, Guam in 1972 and 1973 helping make sure the bombers could perform their bombing missions to and from North Vietnam. Though I am proud of the small role played in that war, I salute those veterans who fought and died in Vietnam………

  8. Robert Bostic    

    Thanks for your service to all Vietnam War era Veterans!

  9. Terry J. Gough    

    United States Marine Corps, 1st Marine Division, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion Aug 1966 – Sep 1967

  10. mr mud    

    I served with II field force in field arty 6/77. Than 9th inf arty 2/4.
    Nov 68-Nov 69

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