I'm sharing this article because it demonstrates how you can get your facts straight and still completely miss the point. It compares USARV to the VC/NVA, and does not ONCE mention the GVN, ARVN, or any other of the many forces we tried to build to establish an independent Republic of Viet Nam. Our failure in that effort lies at the root of "why we lost the VN war." The article is simply lousy history.
Here are the posts, both photos and texts, that have appeared on Facebook, on my page and on the several Viet Nam groups to which I belong. They are in reverse chronological order, filed by the date on which they first appeared. They comprise a look at the Viet Nam war that you will find nowhere else. Please feel free to download. I ask only photographer’s credit. Enjoy!
The latter part of my book “A Spear Carrier in Viet Nam,” talks about my year living and working in Saigon. Propaganda displays downtown were common. Here is one from early 1972, displaying captured NVA weapons. I am standing in front of a Russian tank. Photo by my wife.
A second photo (by me) of captured NVA weapons in downtown Saigon, early 1972. I don’t know what weapon is front and center. AA gun?
A display of captured NVA weapons in downtown Saigon, early 1972. Photo from my collection.
The man in the photo below is one of the unsung heroes of the war in Viet Nam. He wasn’t a soldier, and he wasn’t even an American. He was a Canadian, who, after his retirement, volunteered with his wife to work in Viet Nam, spreading the word of God and trying to ameliorate some of the enormous suffering being inflicted on the Vietnamese. He and his wife lived modestly, and saw little return for their efforts. I was privileged to work for him during the summer of 1967.
Given the rules of publishing, when I wrote about him in my book, I had to use a pseudonym, and I deeply regret that. I want to take this opportunity to, using Facebook rules, tell everyone that his name was PETER WIWCHARUCK (pronounced “witch-rock”).
There weren’t many men—and women—like him in Viet Nam, and the task they faced was insurmountable. They were widespread but tight knit, and it was also my privilege to meet a few others, however briefly.
Peter Wiwcharuck and those like him deserve to be more remembered.
This is a photo (unfortunately blurry) of me unloading relief commodities off a C-46 at DaLat, 1967. From my collection.
The Vietnamese could take the trash we threw away and make useful items out of it. Here are three young men (one giving me the peace sign) demonstrating that talent, near Da Nang in 1967. Photo from my collection.
I will be posting photos from my collection on the many Viet Nam war pages to which I belong. This one is a group of advisors of MACV Advisory Team #38, at Bao Loc in the Central Highlands circa 1970-71. You can probably tell which one I am.