Another symptom found in this whole fiasco is the illusion of invulnerability, found in their belief that winning the Korean War was a good example of why they would win the Vietnam War. Even when their plans failed, they kept pushing with optimism and took on great risks because they thought by using their power would make the North Vietnamese
“War may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men” (“George S. Patton”). This quote was said by one of the greatest and most influential United States Generals we have ever had, General George S. Patton. During his childhood and his military training no one would have thought that Patton would one day lead the Third Army and play a major role in achieving victory over the Germans in World War Two. As a child and an adult Patton did not have very good academic skills and often struggled with reading hand written papers. This is about Patton’s struggles through life and how he eventually helped win World War Two.
The Vietnam War was a prolong struggle of communist faction forcing unification of north and South Vietnam. To prevent the spread of communism the United States allied with the South Vietnamese to fight back against the communist faction. The Vietnam War span over 18 years it was apparent that there was no way in winning the war. The U.S leaders lost the support of the American people in fighting a war we can’t win. The U.S leaders thought up and created an elite peace keeping force called the Green Berets. The Green Berets gained a lot of attention to the media through books, music, and movies. A compilation of short stories of the Vietnam War by Tim O’Brien is one of those books. In Tim O’Brien book there is a short story about the Green Berets called the Sweetheart of Song Throng Bong. In the story of Sweetheart we get a feel of how the Green Berets ours. The fictional story that Tim O’Brien wrote and many real accounts of the Green Berets shine a light own what the Green Berets really are rather than what the propaganda tells us. The Green Berets are the elite of their field, they hold a certain mystique around them, and we really don’t know what true from all the folklore we hear about them.
The following was a submitted report for a U.S. History research paper assignment We fight our country's battles in the air, on land and sea. First to fight for right and freedom, and to keep our honor clean; We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine. Our flag's unfurled to every breeze from dawn to setting sun. We have fought in every clime and place, where we could take a gun. In the snow of far off northern lands and in sunny tropic scenes, You will find us always on the job, The United States Marines. Here's health to you and to our Corps which we are proud to serve. In many a strife we've fought for life and never lost our nerve. If the Army and the Navy ever look on heaven's scenes, they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines." The Marine hymn is eternally etched in the mind's and soul of every recruit and officer who have served in the United States Marine Corps. Every Marine has gone through boot camp, each sacrificing blood, sweat, and tears. One thing that has never deteriorated in their years of existence is the fact that they have yet to lose a war they have put effort in. Is this exceptional record due to their extensive training? Is it because of their aggressive nature and mindset? What is to follow may shed some light on these questions and perhaps give some type of insight on how the Marine Corps was so prevailing and what conflicts had they had conquered. 1775, November 10th. This date is memorized and celebrated by every United States Marine as something of excellence, a date of honor. This date is non other than the "birthdate" of the Marine Corps. It was on this date that the Continental Congress passed a resolution to create two operational battalions of American Marines. These men would ultimately be headed by Captain Samuel Nicholas, of the United States Naval department. It was in Philadelphia that the first Marines were grouped and trained for their inaugural mission. The three hundred Marines that had been recruited, were placed aboard eight transport ships, all destined for the beaches of New Providence (the Bahamas). Upon their landing on March 3rd, 1776, they fought up the beach, sweeping through a barrage of bullets, and took command of two small stone forts and a number of military storage complexes.
advance for the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong, but also gave the United States a
The U.S. went in to help the French and to train the South Vietnamese. One day after U.S landed in Vietnam, Together with the south Vietnamese were ambushed by the north Vietnamese but managed to fight them of, this made the U.S. realize how smart the north Vietnamese where. They used guerrilla tactics like using the instincts and their surroundings like tall grasses, tall bushes, tress, ...
Baldwin recognizes that the South Vietnamese assaults were effective in the beginning because it confused the Communist guerilla fighters. The military operations with helicopter-transported aid were successful until the opposition recovered and learned how to skillfully shoot those helicopters down. Without these helicopters, no men or supplies could be flown in to necessary areas in Vietnam. Many people said that the capabilities of the military helicopters were overestimated and they, “tended to forget that it is man, not machines, that win wars.” (Baldwin)
...matic issues of the army. A suitable quotation relating to this matter can be taken from Walter LaFeber`s essay in the book America in Vietnam: “The United States never lost a major battle against North Vietnamese troops, but it lost the war because the struggle was a revolution, not just a war.” It appeared that the determination of North Vietnam to win this war was much greater than that of the United States. This determination was strongly influenced by their leader, Ho Chi Minh.
BACM Research. (2009). Vietnam war: After actions reports lessons learned documents battle assessments. In Beverly Hills, CA: doi: Paperlessarchives.com
It was a frigid January morning on the day of the fifteenth. I arose from my slumber and with a groggy motion, I left the comfort of my bed. As I walked to the bathroom, I saw my German Shepard mix laying at the foot of the bed. I ebulliently told my dog good morning; suddenly, I felt a slimy, yet chunky and warm, texture hit the bottom of my foot. At first, I shrieked with trepidation and then, the realization of what I stepped in hit me. I hopped into the kitchen to find my mother and father preparing breakfast. I explained that Shelby, my eight-year-old dog, threw up in my room. I pointed to the yellow slime dripping off my foot as evidence. Over the course of a few days, Shelby had been getting sick around the house and refused to eat. My tender heart ached for her as she withdrew from my room with no life in her step. I urged my parents to schedule a visit to the veterinarian that day and they instantly