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Philip Jones Griffiths’ Viet Nam

2016 National Book Award Finalist, Viet Thanh Nguyen:

“All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory . . . . Memory is haunted, not just by ghostly others but by the horrors we have done, seen, and condoned, or by the unspeakable things from which we have profited.”

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This Month in History: 1968

May 1968 – FBI’s COINTELPRO campaign launches against the New Left.

May 1 – Air force sentences George B. Edwards to a year at hard labor and a dishonorable discharge for refusal of orders to Vietnam.

May 5 – The NLF launches “Mini Tet,” a series of rocket and mortar attacks against Saigon and 119 cities and military installations throughout South Vietnam. The U.S. responds with air strikes using napalm and high explosives.

May 10 – Peace talks between US and the DRV open in Paris. The DRV wants a halt to all American bombing missions over their country and the participation of the NLF in a coalition government in the South, while the Americans insist on a de-escalation of NLF activities in South Vietnam as well as the withdrawal of NVA (or PVAN or VPA) troops from the South. This marks the beginning of five years of on-again off-again official talks between the U.S. and North Vietnam in Paris.

May 10 – An NVA battalion attacks the Special Forces camp at Kham Duc along the border of Laos. The isolated camp had been established in 1963 to monitor North Vietnamese infiltration. Now encircled by the NVA, the decision is made to evacuate via C-130 transport planes.

May 17 – The Cantonsville Nine, Catholic activists, enter the draft board in Catonsville, Maryland, take 378 draft files, brought them to the parking lot in wire baskets, dumped them out, poured home-made napalm over them, and set them on fire. The Nine are: Father Daniel Berrigan, a Jesuit priest, Philip Berrigan, a former Josephite priest, Br. David Darst, a De La Salle Christian Brother, John Hogan, Tom, an artist, Marjorie Bradford Melville, Thomas Melville, a former Maryknoll priest, George Mische, and Mary Moylan.

May 22 – [Fort Ord] Ken Stolte and Dan Amick are convicted after a 3-day general court martial. The charges against them are “attempting to conspire” to commit an offense and engaging in acts prejudicial to the good order and discipline of the Army, including uttering disloyal statements with intent to arouse disloyalty and disaffection among the troops and civilian populace. They are sentenced to four years at hard labor and given dishonorable discharges.

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