June 9, 1998 |
Defense Secretary William S. Cohen on Monday ordered an investigation into allegations that a Special Forces commando unit violated U.S. policy and international norms by using nerve gas to kill American defectors and North Vietnamese during a secret 1970 raid into Laos.
October 4, 1996 |
A group of 300 former Vietnamese commandos who fought in a CIA-sponsored secret army during the 1960s and were left to languish in enemy prisons will receive $40,000 each from the U.S. government. The legislation, part of the Defense Department budget approved by Congress and signed into law by President Clinton this week, seeks to compensate the commandos for the years they spent incarcerated and to atone for the conduct of former U.S. officials who left the soldiers behind.
June 20, 1996 |
While about a dozen former South Vietnamese commandos looked on stoically Wednesday, U.S. senators used words like "atrocity," "betrayal" and "indefensible" to describe the men's treatment by the U.S. government. In an apparent move to avoid continuing to pay their salaries, the government had declared them dead, even though most of them had been captured and sentenced to long prison terms in North Vietnam. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.
April 25, 1995
It took the North Vietnamese army only a few weeks after it began its push south in March, 1975, to reach the outskirts of Saigon. From April 25 to 29, the troops relentlessly attacked South Vietnamese defenses around the embattled city, creating openings for secondary units to sneak into Saigon. APRIL 29 4:00 A.M. WAKE-UP CALL: North Vietnamese artillery pounds Tan Son Nhut air base, the South Vietnamese general staff headquarters and navy headquarters.
April 25, 1995 |
That April in Saigon was nerve-racking. Everyone sensed that, at long last, the South Vietnamese government was going to fall to the determined North Vietnamese attackers. It was a war movie without a plot. "Anyone here who isn't scared is a fool," a veteran correspondent said. "There are some fools, not many." It was only a question of how soon Hanoi would order the final attack, though back in Washington, President Gerald R. Ford and Secretary of State Henry A.
January 7, 1994 |
A new generation of American soldiers armed only with picks and shovels spread out across 600 miles of Vietnam on Thursday, searching old battlefields for fallen soldiers missing since the war. The search mission--the largest since the end of the war--involves eight U.S. teams of specialists totaling 84 members and runs through Jan. 28.