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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Please join us and TAKE THE PLEDGE: "I’m with Full Disclosure. I oppose the Pentagon campaign to re-write the history of the Vietnam War."
November 3-December 1 – The Battle of Dak To (Đắk Tô) occurs in the mountainous terrain along the
border of Cambodia and Laos as the U.S. 4th Infantry Division defends against a planned PAVN attack against the Special Forces camp located there. During the fighting, the 4th Battalion, 503rd Airborne Infantry earns a Presidential Unit Citation for bravery. Massive air strikes combined with U.S. and South Vietnamese ground attacks result in a PAVN withdrawal into Laos and Cambodia. PAVN losses are put at 1644. U.S. troops suffer 289 killed.
November 7 A non-binding referendum was voted on in San Francisco, California posing the question of whether there should be an immediate withdrawal of American troops from Vietnam. The vote was 67% against the referendum, which was taken by a Johnson administration official as support for the war.
General Hershey, Director of the Selective Service (Draft) System announces draft crackdown on deferred college students who participate in antiwar demonstrations.
November 14 5,000 demonstrate outside New York Foreign Policy banquet addressed by Secretary of State Rusk.
November 17 Following an optimistic briefing in the White House by General Westmoreland, Ambassador Bunker, and Robert Komer, President Johnson tells the American public on TV, “We are inflicting greater losses than we’re taking…We are making progress.”
In a Time magazine interview, General Westmoreland taunts the NLF, saying, “I hope they try something because we are looking for a fight.”
November 27 Camp Pendleton – Cpl. William Harvey sentenced to six years, and Pfc. George Daniels to ten years, at hard labor for “advis[ing], counsel[ing], urg[ing], caus[ing] and attempt[ing] to cause insubordination, disloyalty and refusal of duty by the members of the armed forces.”
November 29 An emotional Robert McNamara announces his resignation as Defense Secretary during a press briefing, stating, “Mr. President…I cannot find words to express what lies in my heart today…” Behind closed doors, he had begun regularly expressing doubts over Johnson’s war strategy, angering the President. McNamara joins a growing list of Johnson’s top aides who resigned over the war including Bill Moyers, McGeorge Bundy and George Ball.
November 30 Anti-war Democrat Eugene McCarthy announces he will be a candidate for President opposing Lyndon Johnson, stating, “…we are involved in a very deep crisis of leadership, a crisis of direction and a crisis of national purpose…the entire history of this war in Vietnam, no matter what we call it, has been one of continued error and misjudgment.”