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A decade ago, many people considered Jack Bailey the best of men. He was praised as a humanitarian who had aided thousands of Southeast Asian refugees, hailed as a hero who had given desperate people a chance to live. One missionary called him "the most genuinely compassionate man I ever met." Then that Jack Bailey seemed to all but vanish, sinking into the murky realm where Americans haunted by Vietnam try to raise the dead--the presumed dead, that is.
March 29, 2014 | Steve Chawkins
Jeremiah Denton, the downed Navy pilot who was paraded before television cameras by the Viet Cong and confirmed U.S. suspicions of prisoner maltreatment during the Vietnam War by blinking out the word "torture" in Morse code, has died. He was 89. Denton, a former U.S. senator from Alabama, died Friday in Virginia Beach, Va. He had been in failing health for several years, a grandson, Edward Denton, said in confirming his death to the Associated Press. From 1965 to 1973, Denton was held at the "Hanoi Hilton" and several other infamous Vietnamese prisons.
June 9, 1997
Re "Curtis LeMay Was Right About Vietnam," Commentary, May 30: Gen. LeMay had a theory that more bombing would have ended the Vietnam War sooner. (But what about their civil war?) I have a theory also. Following the French defeat in Vietnam, mandated elections were not allowed by the United States and the South Vietnamese regime. Had these gone forward, Ho Chi Minh would have walked, not marched, into Saigon and by electoral, not civil war, victory. The Vietnam War could have been avoided with the same result for that country, then and today.
March 15, 2014
Ola Lee Mize Medal of Honor recipient dies at 82 Ola Lee Mize, 82, a Medal of Honor recipient who fended off enemy assaults and rescued wounded soldiers during the Korean War, died Wednesday in Gadsden, Ala., after a long illness. His death was confirmed by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. Mize was an Army master sergeant in June 1953 when his company was caught in a heavy attack near Surang-ni, South Korea. He endured an intense barrage to rescue a wounded soldier, then routed enemy soldiers who had penetrated the Americans' trenches, inflicting heavy casualties.
December 1, 2009
The Vietnam War A Graphic History Dwight Jon Zimmerman and Wayne Vansant Foreword by Gen. Chuck Horner, USAF (Ret.) Hill and Wang: 144 pp., $19.95
May 4, 2010 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
For decades now, the Pho Binh noodle cafe, tucked behind a tangle of parked motorcycles on Ly Chinh Thang Street, has served its trademark dish — "peace noodles." A survivor of Ho Chi Minh City's relentless real estate makeover, the seven-table eatery ladles out bowl after steaming bowl of the soup, made with strips of beef and piles of rice noodles, fresh basil and cilantro. Many of the appreciative customers are unaware of the very unpeaceful plot that unfolded long ago in the family rooms upstairs.
January 29, 1986
I agree with one part of Wolf's assessment of the Vietnam War. His statement, "U.S. forces soundly beat the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong in virtually every large-scale encounter" was probably correct. Unfortunately, the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong weren't polite enough to make the war a series of large-scale tests of military might. In a guerrilla war, our tanks and bombs were no match for booby-trapped bicycles and snipers in trees. Wolf's claim that Vietnam only won at the Paris peace talks and in a propaganda war on college campuses is simply an attempt to rewrite history, Rambo-style.
December 18, 2008 | times staff and wire reports
Robert Poos, 78, who covered the Vietnam War as a reporter for the Associated Press and later was managing editor of Soldier of Fortune magazine, died Monday at a hospice in Arlington, Va., said his wife, Bobbie. He had suffered respiratory ailments and a broken hip. A Marine during the Korean War, Poos joined the AP in 1957. Assigned to the AP's Saigon bureau in 1965, he quickly became noted for aggressive and daring combat reporting. During the January 1966 battle of An Thi, where U.S. cavalry troops were surrounded by Communist forces, Poos and AP photographer Henri Huet helped recover and stand guard over wounded GIs. Two months later, Poos was wounded in the chest when gunmen attacked a Buddhist pagoda in Danang, where he and other journalists were covering a standoff by anti-government monks.
September 3, 2004 | Michael J. Ybarra, Special to The Times
Several years ago the Oakland Museum of California was scheduled to host a traveling exhibition about photographers who died in Vietnam. So curator Marcia Eymann began to work on a companion show about the war's effect on the state. The photography show never made it to Oakland. But Eymann was so impressed by what she learned about the repercussions of the Vietnam War on California that the museum decided to make that the subject of a full-blown presentation. The result is "What's Going On?
February 21, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Garrick Utley, the longtime TV newsman who worked for NBC News, ABC News and CNN in his 50-year career, has died at age 74. Utley died after a long battle with cancer, according to the Associated Press, which first reported his death on Friday. He worked for NBC News for three decades, beginning as a researcher for "The Huntley-Brinkley Report" and then correspondent reporting on the Vietnam War. Later, he anchored the Sunday edition of the "NBC Nightly News," the Saturday edition of "Today" and moderated "Meet the Press" from 1989 to 1991.
February 21, 2014 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - President Obama will seek to right a historical wrong next month when he awards two dozen veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam - including 17 Latinos - the Medal of Honor after a lengthy Pentagon review into racial and ethnic discrimination in the awarding of the nation's commendation for combat valor. Obama will present the medals to three Vietnam War veterans, and to family members of the 21 veterans who are receiving it posthumously, the White House said late Friday.
February 21, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg
WASHINGTON -- Seeking to correct a historic injustice, President Obama will award the nation's highest combat honor to two dozen veterans -- mostly Latino and Jewish -- who fought as far back as World War II but were denied the coveted Medal of Honor because of discrimination. Only three of the recipients are still alive. The campaign to issue the awards began in 2002 when Congress passed the Defense Authorization Act, which prompted a review of Latino and Jewish service members who had been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second-highest honor, but not the Medal of Honor.
December 20, 2013
Re “Death rate unusually high for young vets,” Dec. 17 I want to commend The Times for printing an important and very insightful article on the front page. As a psychotherapist working with veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, I have heard of behaviors that are risky, such as refusing to wear a helmet while riding a bike or motorcycle. Attempts to shed light on these behaviors were not productive. Now I can use this article as a springboard to reopen the discussion.
November 10, 2013 | By Steve Oney
His was the last face I saw, the final voice I heard before I stepped backward off the 100-foot cliff. Even now, nearly two decades later, I can envision his weathered features and wispy white hair, and I can recall much of what he said. My fear, he told me, was not only natural but essential both to my survival and to that of the species. Human beings were not meant to jump from high places. He then hastened to add that I should have no doubts about doing exactly that. My ropes and braking bar were in order, as was my climbing harness.
November 2, 2013 | Elaine Woo
In 1969 Col. Robert Rheault landed a long-coveted assignment in Vietnam: commanding the Green Berets, the daring U.S. Special Forces group championed by President Kennedy and glorified by John Wayne . He had held the job for only three weeks, however, when a scandal broke - one that Time magazine would later call "second only to the My Lai killings. " Rheault (pronounced Roe) and five of his men were accused of murder and conspiracy in the death of a suspected South Vietnamese double agent.
October 22, 2013 | By Philip Brandes
What started out 33 years ago as a cathartic purge of Vietnam combat trauma demonstrates artistic staying power and relevance in the hard-hitting revival of “Tracers” at the AMVETS Post II Building in Culver City. Depicting the fates of infantry soldiers from basic training through deployment in Vietnam to the difficult reentry difficulties they face on their long way home, “Tracers” is as much a visceral experience as a dramatic presentation. Director-author John DiFusco developed the play in collaboration with seven fellow Vietnam War veterans, who originally performed in it as the characters they each created.
September 3, 2013 | By John Horn
TELLURIDE, Colo. - Donald Rumsfeld is no Robert McNamara. Just ask filmmaker Errol Morris, who has taken on both controversial former Defense secretaries as documentary subjects in their twilight years: McNamara in 2003's "The Fog of War," and now Rumsfeld in "The Unknown Known," which had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day weekend. "The Fog of War," which won a documentary Oscar, revealed McNamara, a chief architect of the Vietnam War, as a reflective man in his late 80s willing to acknowledge errors of judgment.
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