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2017 Letters to the Wall

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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The Full Disclosure campaign is a Veterans For Peace effort to speak truth to power and keep alive the antiwar perspective on the American war in Viet Nam -- which is now approaching a series of 50th anniversary events. It represents a clear alternative to the Pentagon's current efforts to sanitize and mythologize the Vietnam war and to thereby legitimize further unnecessary and destructive wars.

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This Month in History: 1967

August 9 The Senate Armed Services Committee begins closed-door hearings concerning the influence of civilian advisors on military planning. During the hearings, Defense Secretary McNamara testifies that the extensive and costly U.S. bombing campaign in Vietnam is failing to impact North Vietnam’s war making ability in South Vietnam and that nothing short of “the virtual annihilation of North Vietnam and its people” through bombing would ever succeed.

August 16 Chu Lai, South Vietnam – GIs are warned against subscribing to the antiwar GI newspaper, The Bond.

August 18 California Governor Ronald Reagan says the U.S. should get out of Vietnam citing the difficulties of winning a war when “too many qualified targets have been put off limits to bombing.”

August 21 The Chinese shoot down two U.S. fighter-bombers that crossed their border during air raids in North Vietnam along the Chinese border.

August 23 Vietnamese People’s Air Force fighter pilot Nguyen Van Coc (Nguyễn Văn Cốc) – who was shot down, but ejected safely in Operation Bolo ion January — led several MIG fighters to intercept a group of 40 American aircraft on a bombing mission; three American F-4D fighters and one F-105D fighter bomber were shot down; 8 American aviators killed or captured.

August 28 U.S. representative Tim Lee Carter (R-KY) stated before Congress: “Let us now, while we are yet strong, bring our men home, every man jack of them. The Vietcong fight fiercely and tenaciously because it is their land and we are foreigners intervening in their civil war. If we must fight, let us fight in defense of our homeland and our own hemisphere.”

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