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.”
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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May Operation Hickey: US Marines were ordered to cross into the DMZ and attack the PAVN. Several days of frontal assaults led to high casualties for PAVN holed up in fortifications, but also left 142 marines dead along with 896 wounded. After 10 days, the marines withdrew.
May 1 Ellsworth Bunker replaces Henry Cabot Lodge as U.S ambassador to South Vietnam.
May 2 The U.S. is condemned during a war crimes tribunal (‘the Russell Tribunal’) held in Stockholm, organized by British philosopher Bertrand Russell.
May 9 Robert W. Komer, a former CIA analyst, is appointed by President Johnson as deputy commander of MACV to form a new agency called Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support (CORDS) to pacify the population of South Vietnam. Nearly 60 percent of rural villages in South Vietnam are now under NLF control. $850 million in food, medical supplies, machinery, and numerous other household items, will be distributed through CORDS to the population in order to regain their loyalty in the struggle for the “hearts and minds” of common villagers. CORDS also trains local militias.
May 10-June 2 Fort Jackson – court martial of Capt. Howard Levy, he faces a maximum of 11 years in prison if he loses. See entries for December 28, 1966, and March 3, 1967.
May 13 In New York City, 70,000 march in support of the war, led by a New York City fire captain.
May 18-26 U.S. and South Vietnamese troops enter the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) for the first time and engage in a series of fire fights with PAVN. Both sides suffer heavy losses.
May 22 President Johnson publicly urges North Vietnam to accept a peace compromise.