The Vietnam War was the longest and most unpopular war the United States ever fought. America went to South Vietnam in 1955 with the goal of stopping the spread of communism in Southeast Asia, but after two decades of violence, suffering and controversy, the long war finally ended with South Vietnam's surrender. Vietnam was an intensely publicized war, the first that came roaring into the living rooms of America every night. As U.S. casualties mounted, the negative aspects of the war touched off a wave of protest that rocked the foundation of American society. Few who lived through this time will ever forget this period of drastic change, especially the veterans of this long and brutal war.
Vietnam At War With the communist North Vietnamese and Viet Cong threatening to overrun South Vietnam, Americans went to Southeast Asia in an effort to save the South Vietnamese, yet their actions and policies ultimately failed. An overview of the war in Vietnam. Infantry and Armor This is the story of how Americans came to penetrate the enemies' havens on foot and with armored vehicles. See Vietnam combat up close and personal. The Viet Cong The American military expected to overwhelm the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong Guerrillas, but instead encountered a determined and formidable foe. Khe Sanh In Vietnam as elsewhere, the first combat units ashore were the Marines, but their greatest test occurred not on the beaches, but at the remote outpost of Khe Sanh. The Helicopter War More than any other weapon, the helicopter came to represent America's presence in Vietnam. This is the true story of the use of the helicopter in combat, the brave men who manned the machines and those who rode them into the fury of Vietnam combat. The Air War America's war in Vietnam was fought with extensive use of airpower. This is the story of that effort, the planes and the men I who provided America's aerial punch. The Naval War The Navy fought on the waters in and around Vietnam, in the skies across Southeast Asia and even on the land. No service was involved with so many different aspects of the fighting.