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    This is a collection of articles covering events and people from the Vietnam War.


    The First Domino
    By John T. Correll
    The French outpost at Dien Bien Phu fell in 1954, 10 years before the United States was drawn into Vietnam. 


    Ranch Hand in Vietnam
    Photography via Warren Thompson
    The defoliation mission over Vietnam proved hazardous both during and after the war.


    The Crucible of Vietnam
    By Rebecca Grant
    From 1964 to 1973, the Air Force paid a terrible price in lives and aircraft.


    Linebacker II
    By Rebecca Grant
    The massive air campaign was hard-fought and deadly, but it finally brought North Vietnam back to the negotiating table.


    The Opening Bell in Laos
    By John T. Correll
    The focus in Southeast Asia would soon shift to Vietnam, but in 1961, Laos was front and center.


    The Hercules of An Loc
    By Sam McGowan
    The crew of a C-130 showed incredible courage during the harrowing battle for An Loc.


    Linebacker I
    By Rebecca Grant
    The North Vietnamese forces massed, and that opened them up to attack from US airpower.


    The Man From Thud Ridge
    By John T. Correll
    Jack Broughton sacrificed his Air Force career to protect two of his pilots.


    Nine Feet Tall
    By John T. Correll
    Seven years in Hanoi’s prisons did not dim Robbie Risner’s fighting spirit.


    Encounters in the Tonkin Gulf
    By John T. Correll
    A fateful decision was based on reports of two attacks, one of which did not happen.


    Breaking the Dragon’s Jaw
    By Walter J. Boyne
    North Vietnam’s Thanh Hoa Bridge was a critical but seemingly invincible target. It took years of bravery, innovation, and technological advances to finally take it out.


    Etchberge r, Medal of Honor
    By John T. Correll
    With the other members of his team dead or wounded, Etchberger held the enemy at bay with his M-16 rifle.


    Take It Down! The Wild Weasels in Vietnam
    By John T. Correll
    Weasels, using themselves as bait, cleared a path through the SAMs.


    Commissioned in Hanoi
    By Leo K. Thorsness
    Art Cormier, Neil Black, and Bill Robinson showed excellence in the POW camps around Hanoi.


    A Habit of Heroism
    By John T. Correll
    With 200 combat missions as a PJ in Vietnam, Duane Hackney was the most decorated airman in the Air Force.

    The Mayaguez Rescue
    By George M. Watson, Jr.
    On Cambodia’s Koh Tang in 1975, US forces fought the last battle of the Southeast Asia War.

    Ring of Remembrance
    By Walter J. Boyne
    After 42 years, this token of Patrick Wynne’s academy days came home at last.

    Arc Light
    By John T. Correll
    The B-52s fought their war in Vietnam without ever leaving SAC.

    The Teaball Tactic
    By Walter J. Boyne
    Late in the Vietnam War, a top-secret program gave US pilots an edge in air combat.

    The Robin Olds Factor
    By Walter J. Boyne
    The famous ace influenced generations of pilots, and he always led from the front.

    Te t
    By John T. Correll
    North Vietnam’s 1968 offensive failed, but public opinion converted it into a defeat for the United States.

    The In-Country War
    By John T. Correll
    In South Vietnam, airpower was subordinated to a ground strategy—and the ground strategy didn’t work.

    Bird Dog's Last Battle
    By John T. Correll
    Hilliard Wilbanks swept low over the advancing enemy, firing out the side window with his M-16 rifle.

    The Pentagon Papers
    By John T. Correll
    A secret study of the Vietnam War set off an incredible sequence of events.

    Lavelle, Nixon, and the White House Tapes
    By Aloysius Casey and Patrick Casey
    Tape recordings from the Nixon White House shed new light on an old controversy.

    Lavelle
    By John T. Correll
    Unauthorized air strikes in North Vietnam, depicted as “protective reaction” missions, led to his ouster as commander of 7th Air Force.

    Flak Trap
    By John T. Correll
    For 17 hours, Capt. Gerald Young led the North Vietnamese through the jungle and away from the crash site.

    Barrel Roll
    By John T. Correll
    In 1962, the United States began a “secret war” in Laos. The operation wasn’t revealed until 1970, by which time it consumed half of all US attack sorties in Southeast Asia.

    A Day in the Life of the Misty FACs
    By Rick Newman and Don Shepperd
    Finding and marking targets was dangerous business, as Charlie Neel and Guy Gruters learned firsthand.

    The Fall of Lima Site 85
    By John T. Correll
    The radar site was deep in enemy territory. The assumption was that it was impossible for attackers to climb the sheer face of the mountain.

    Determination of a Sandy
    By John T. Correll
    Badly burned when an explosion set his cockpit afire, Bill Jones refused to quit the mission.

    Calculated Courage at Thai Nguyen
    By John T. Correll
    Merlyn Dethlefsen pressed the attack on the SAM sites through the heaviest flak ever seen in North Vietnam.

    The Strength of Bud Day
    By John T. Correll
    Despite his injuries, he escaped from North Vietnam, evaded capture for 12 days, and almost made it back to a US base.

    Farm Gate
    By Darrell Whitcomb
    In 1961, the Air Force took its first step into a very long war.

    The Ho Chi Minh Trail
    By John T. Correll
    The outcome of the war depended on the infiltration of troops, weapons, and supplies through Laos into South Vietnam.

    Rescue at Kham Duc
    By John T. Correll
    Joe Jackson put the C-123 into a steep dive toward the embattled airstrip, where three airmen had been left behind.

    Full Day
    By John T. Correll
    Over the Red River delta, Leo Thorsness “took on most of North Vietnam all by himself.”

    20 Seconds Over Long Binh
    By John T. Correll
    A1C John Levitow, badly wounded, threw himself on the burning flare and dragged it to the cargo door—saving the entire crew of Spooky 71.

    Rolling Thunder
    By John T. Correll
    It was our best chance to knock North Vietnam out of the war, but it was doomed to failure.

    Disunity of Command
    By John T. Correll
    Unity of command—a long-held principle of war—was an early casualty in Vietnam.

    Impossible Odds in SAM-7 Alley
    By John T. Correll
    No pilot had ever survived an OV-10 ditching, but unless Steve Bennett tried it, his backseater would have no chance.

    Igloo White
    By John T. Correll
    It began as “the McNamara Line” across Vietnam. It led to the seeding of the Ho Chi Minh Trail by air with 20,000 sensors.

    Into the Valley of Fire
    By John T. Correll
    If Bernie Fisher went into the airstrip at A Shau, his chances of coming out again would not be good.

    The Vietnam War Almanac
    By John T. Correll
    This almanac collects the numbers, dates, and key facts about the USAF experience in Southeast Asia.

    Die n Bien Phu
    By Rebecca Grant
    The great 1954 battle sucked US airmen into Indochina and helped set the stage for the Vietnam War.

    The Courage of Lance Sijan
    By John T. Correll
    The ordeal in the jungle didn’t break him. Neither did his North Vietnamese captors.

    Pitsenbarge r, Medal of Honor
    By John T. Correll
    At long last, the actions of the heroic PJ are fully recognized.

    Mule Train
    By Walter J. Boyne
    The airplanes were slow and ugly and they leaked, but they were a lifeline for the Vietnamese ground forces.

    The Misty FACs Return
    By Richard J. Newman
    Six fighter pilots went to see again the rugged backcountry in Vietnam where they had once flown and fought.

    Ranch Hand
    By Walter J. Boyne
    Even then, the defoliation missions over Vietnam were controversial.

    The Fall of Saigon
    By Walter J. Boyne
    Twenty-five years ago this month, the Vietnam War came to an end with bewildering speed.

    Route Pack 6
    By Walter J. Boyne
    It was the most dangerous of the "Route Packages," taking airmen into the deadly defenses around Hanoi.

    Honor Bound
    By Stewart M. Powell
    A Pentagon study provides new details--about bravery, torture, and endurance--on the experience of American POWs in Vietnam.

    The Plain of Jars
    By Walter J. Boyne
    The "secret" war in Laos was a sideshow to the main war in Vietnam--and the crossroads of it lay here.

    Mi G Sweep
    By Walter J. Boyne
    The North Vietnamese thought they were attacking bomb-laden F-105s. What they ran into was Robin Olds and the Wolfpack, flying Phantom F-4s.

    The Easter Halt
    By Walter J. Boyne
    In the spring of 1972, a North Vietnamese invasion was stopped and then turned back by US airpower.

    Airpower at Khe Sanh
    By Walter J. Boyne
    The North Vietnamese thought it was Dien Bien Phu all over again. They thought wrong.

    The Young Tigers and Their Friends
    By Walter J. Boyne
    Sometimes the tanker crews bent the rules to ensure that strike aircraft, critically low on fuel, made it home.

    When the POWs Came Home
    Twenty-five years ago this month, 332 Air Force POWs held by Communists in Southeast Asia left their prison cells, boarded USAF transports, and returned home from the war.

    Dereliction of Duty
    The author of a blockbuster book says the Vietnam War was lost in Washington before the US armed forces were fully deployed and committed.

    Linebacker II
    By Walter J. Boyne
    Not since World War II had bombers been employed in an operation of this scope. After 11 days of bombing, Hanoi was ready for peace negotiations.

    Air War Vietnam
    From before Dien Bien Phu to the fall of Saigon, USAF played a major role in the fight against the forces of Ho Chi Minh.

    Vietnam War Scrapbook
    Compiled by John T. Correll and Erica Milkovich
    These snapshots from the albums of Air Force Association members recall faces and places from the long conflict in Southeast Asia.

    The Son Tay Raid
    By C.V. Glines
    Twenty-five years ago this month, US forces mounted a POW rescue mission deep into North Vietnam.

    The Lessons of Vietnam
    By Gen. T. R. Milton, USAF (Ret.)
    It has been a decade since the United States signed the Paris Peace Accords. That agreement signaled the American withdrawal from Vietnam. It did not end the influence of that undeclared war on this nation.

    The Forgotten Americans of the Vietnam War
    By Louis R. Stockstill
    Prisoners of War—A Special Report

    The Air War in Vietnam
    A Pictorial
    Operating over some of the world's worst terrain, where it's a tough job just to find the enemy, a small, select force of pilots, using a variety of aging equipment, defends the free-world frontier.