Napalm in Vietnam War

Development & Early Use During the World War I, gasoline was used in combat flamethrowers. However, the essential problem with gasoline was that it burned out too quickly to be effective. To increase its effectiveness, the U.S. Chemical Warfare... Continue reading

Ho Chi Minh Trail

In 1959, The Lao Dong Party’s (Communist Party) Central Committee decided to increase support to the communist insurgency in South Vietnam. On the occasion of Ho Chi Minh’s birthday on May 19, 1959, Major General Nguyen Van Vinh instructed... Continue reading

Domino Theory

Domino Theory came from the notion of “containment” that governed American foreign policy from late 1940s until 1980s. It was basically said that if one country came under communist influence or control, its neighboring countries would soon follow in a... Continue reading

Credibility Gap

When the United States first sent their troops to Vietnam on March 8, 1965, many Americans supported that military effort. 61 percent of Americans said no when asked if the U.S. military intervention in Vietnam was a mistake. However,... Continue reading

Vietnam War Fact: Viet Cong – Charlie

What was “Viet Cong”? The term “Việt Cộng” first appeared in various Saigon newspapers in 1956. It came from the phrase “Việt Nam Cộng Sản” which means “Vietnamese Communists” and “Việt gian Cộng Sản” which literally means “Vietnamese Traitor... Continue reading

Vietnam War Era

According to the Code of Federal Regulations Chapter 38 Paragraph 3.2(f), Vietnam Era is the period from February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 inclusive for those who served in the South Vietnam during that period and from August... Continue reading