The Truth about the Vietnam War


Did the United States win or lose the Vietnam War?

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In late 1972, South Vietnam and the United States were winning the Vietnam War decisively by every conceivable measure. That was the view of our enemy, the North Vietnamese government officials. Victory was apparent when President Nixon ordered the U.S. Air Force to bomb industrial and military targets in Hanoi, North Viet Nam’s capital city, and in Haiphong, its major port city, and we would stop the bombing if the North Vietnamese would attend the Paris Peace Talks that they had left earlier. The North Vietnamese did go back to the Paris Peace talks, and we did stop the bombing as promised.

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On January the 23rd, 1973, President Nixon gave a speech to the nation on primetime television announcing that the Paris Peace Accords had been initialed by the United States, South Vietnam, North Vietnam, the Viet Cong, and the Accords would be signed on the 27th. What the United States and South Vietnam received in those accords was victory. At the White House, it was called “VV Day,” “Victory in Vietnam Day.”

The truth is that our military won the war, but our politicians lost it. The Communists in North Vietnam actually signed a peace treaty, effectively surrendering. But the U.S. Congress didn’t hold up its end of the bargain.

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Tri-City Military Vehicle Club


Military Vehicle Owners

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On my way home one day, I passed a guy driving a 1/4 ton Military Jeep on Clearwater Avenue in Kennewick, WA. It was very much like the one I drove in Vietnam 44 years ago. I was curious where he got it.

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I met the driver of that jeep (Art Moore) at a Veterans group meeting shortly after. He is one of the founders of Tri-City Military Vehicle Club.

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He is involved in the Tri City Military Vehicle Club with his 3 military vehicles he takes to shows, parades and military events. He owns a 1951 M37 Jeep (Korean War), a 1946 (one year post WWII) Willy’s Jeep, and a 1964 Dodge M43 Military Ambulance. The TCMVC is a loosely organized club with no elected officers, no dues, just events for military vehicle owners to participate in. The club welcomes all Military Vehicle owners & friends in the Tri City (Kennewick, Richland, Pasco) and Lower Columbia Basin of Washington State!

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10894173826_ea3c30872b_bArt Moore was a Builder 2nd Class in the US Navy “Seabees” during the Vietnam War. He completed “A School” at Port Hueneme, CA in 1966 and worked his one year first duty station as a part of Public Works, US Naval Air Station, Kodiak, Alaska. He served with CBMU 301 (Mobile Construction Battalian) for one year (Apr 1968-April 1969) in the I Corps, Vietnam. There he led a crew of builders up and down the north rivers and into jungle LZ’s building everything from out-houses to bank vaults. Dong Ha, Qiang Tri, CUA Viet, LZ Betty, LZ Nancy, Rock Pile and more were some of the assignments. Art’s final duty station was Public Works at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard where he was honorably discharged to the US Navy Reserve in October 1969.

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Tri-City Military Vehicle Club on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tri-City-Military-Vehicle-Club/360725387365414

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Hardware Left Behind In Vietnam


Fuel tanks jettisoned by U.S. fighter jets

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Tactical jet planes heavily rely on the JP-4 fuel loaded on the external fuel tanks. However, the auxiliary fuel tanks represent an additional weight, additional drag, and they will reduce the aircraft maneuverability.

In real combat, external fuel tanks are jettisoned when empty or as soon as the aircraft needs to get rid of them to accelerate and maneuver against an enemy fighter plane or to evade a surface to air missile.

Several thousand drop tanks were jettisoned over Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.

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And here you can see what happened to some of those that were recovered.

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2013 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 51,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 19 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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The Bienemans


Devoted to Honoring Veterans

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Pat and Carol Bieneman

Rebecca and I attended the Charlie Troop 1/9th Blues reunion held at St George Island, FL. in October. It was my first reunion since returning from Vietnam 43 years ago.

The three day event hosted by Pat and Carol was filled with fun, laughter and tears. They started planning the event at least one year in advance and what a great job they did…

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Bieneman CP on Apalachicola Bay for the event-PERFECT!

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Pat & Carol’s wheels

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Back porch where many memories were shared.

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Apalachicola Bay

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Famous Island Landmark

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Many of the reunion attendees stayed here.

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Charlie Troopers attending the reunion

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Charlie Troop Blues 1965-70

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The wives attendance speaks for itself.

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Pete Guthrie (Blue) Jerry Duckworth (Blue India) 1968

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Pete Guthrie (Blue) Pat Bieneman (Blue India) 1968-69

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Rob Struck (Blue India) Mike LaChance (Blue) 1970

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PRC-25 Radio

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Pete Guthrie, Don Coshey, Jerry Duckworth

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Claude Singletary, Crae Carpenter, Phil Merritt, Pete Guthrie

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Gordon Jones, Gene Smith

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Claude Singletary, Pete Guthrie

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Jerry Duckworth and Phil Merritt sharing memories

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Walt “Titch” Titchenell, Don Coshey, Crae Carpenter

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Carol Bieneman, Jerry Duckworth, Pat Bieneman

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Pat updating his blog and posting reunion photos on Facebook. Sitting next to Pat is Wallace “Tich” Tichenell, Spc5 Red CE Gunner1965-66

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Indoor activity

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1st Squadron 9th Cavalry Landing on the Beach at Qui Nho , Souh Vietnam September 13th 1965

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Outdoor activity

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Final adjustments

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Titch scouting the waters

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If the decibel level on the porch friday night was any indication of a good time, I’d say the women had a “GREAT TIME!”

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Walt “Titch” and Mary Alice Titchenell at the Saturday night Buffet Dinner outside at Harry A’s

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Larry Banks (Delta Troop) displaying his pins

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Pat reading the names of the Killed In Action from October 1970 to April 1971

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KIA Table

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Three Soldiers Monument – Apalachicola, Florida

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Visit Pat Bieneman’s blog for more photos of this event.

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Icing on the Cake!

I sat next to 2010 Hall of Fame inductee, Andre Dawson “The Hawk” Chicago Cubs, 1987-92. We talked baseball on our flight from Tallahassee to Miami.

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State Veterans Bonuses


Rebates to Veterans

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It dawned on me the other day that I received a check from The State of Iowa in the Seventies for my 13 month tour in Vietnam. I was a resident of Iowa when I entered the service in 1969. I thought it was around $300, but it must have been $227.50 based on the information below.

Iowa offers a Vietnam Conflict Veterans Bonus for Vets that serveded at least 120 days between July 1, 1973, and May 31, 1975.
Payment of $17.50 per month for service in the Vietnam service area.
Payment of $12.50 per month for service outside of the Vietnam service area.
Maximum payment of $500.

Iowa residents who served on active duty for at least 120 days between July 1, 1973 and May 31, 1975 are eligible for this bonus program. Veterans who served in Vietnam will receive $17.50 for each month served. Veterans that served outside of Vietnam during this time will receive $12.50 for each month of service. The maximum bonus amount is $500 for veterans who served in Vietnam and $300 for those who were not in country.

Quite a few states are giving some sort of rebate to veterans. In nearly all cases, the service member must have been a resident of the state when they entered the service, and be a resident of the state at the time of application.

Read more: http://paycheck-chronicles.military.com/2010/09/09/state-veterans-bonuses/#ixzz2bnvyUD8T
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Article 15


So much for receiving a good conduct medal

Forty-three years ago today there was a party in our hooch which lasted into the wee hours of the night. After all, how often does a guy turn 21, and in Vietnam no less? I didn’t report for perimeter guard duty that night and it cost me an Article 15. For certain minor offenses, the military offers non judicial punishment – also known as NJP, Article 15.

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PBR time in my AO…
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Charlie Troop Blues relaxing with a cold one after a hot day in the bush.
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I don’t recall what my fine was, probable just a token amount of one months pay, if that. The bulk of my pay was sent home because Uncle Sam provided just about everything we needed. I remember paying $2.00 for a carton of KOOL Filters at the Phuoc Vinh PX. That’s right $2.00, which is a good indication of how cheap thing were back then. Upon landing in Vietnam, I was promoted to PFC (E-3-Private First Class). As an E-3 I drew approximately $65.00 overseas pay, $30.00 combat pay and with my basic rank pay of $200.00, my total pay came out to about $300.00 per month…

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