🇻🇳 PAVN troops ride through Saigon on a tank in April 1975. [Jean- Claude Labbe, Gamma, via Discovery Channel]
A NVA T-54A smashes down the gates to the South Vietnamese Presidential Palace in Saigon, 30 April 1975
According to my almost always-correct calculations, if Vietnam built its own Vietnam War wall, using the names of every Vietnamese killed during the war, it would be ~350ft (~1.1km) tall and
~10,800ft (~3.2 km) long.
Wait let me try this again.
Ok I figure that the Vietnam Wall is ~250 feet long and ranges from 8 inches to 10ft in height because it’s a giant triangle. That’s an area of 86,110 ft. The wall has 58,276 names. So each name probably takes up about 1.5 sq feet of space.
The highest accepted death toll for Vietnamese from 1955-1975 is 3,812,000. If each Vietnamese name takes up an area of 1.5 ft, then Vietnam’s memorial would be 5,718,000 sq ft. Unfortunately we don’t know the perimeter of the hypothetical so let’s just make up a height. How about 12 ft. So the Vietnamese Wall would be 476,000 ft long or 90 miles
French Hellcats on the deck of the Arromanches, Indochina.
Loading a 20-mm cannon on a F6F Hellcat in Indochina, 1950.
A NVA patrol on the move in the forest south of the Ho Chi Minh trail.
The first known incidents of fragging in South Vietnam took place in 1966, but events in 1968 appear to have catalyzed an increase in fragging. After the Tet Offensive in January and February 1968, the Vietnam War became increasingly unpopular in the United States and among American soldiers in Vietnam, many of them conscripts. With soldiers reluctant to risk their lives in what was perceived as a lost war, fragging was seen by some enlisted men “as the most effective way to discourage their superiors from showing enthusiasm for combat.“
The resentment directed from enlisted men toward older officers was exacerbated by generational gaps, as well as different perceptions of how the military should be conducted. Enforcement of military regulations, especially if done overzealously, led to troops’ complaining and sometimes threats of physical violence directed toward officers.
The total number of known and suspected fragging cases by explosives in Vietnam from 1969 to 1972 totaled nearly 900 with 99 deaths and many injuries.
(April 28, 1975) Secretary of State Henry Kissinger reacts to President Gerald R. Ford’s decision to initiate the final evacuation of Americans from Saigon.
All those good deeds, right Henry?
National Guardsmen questioning people at anti-Vietnam War protests at Grant Park during the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, 1968
With a grenade launcher, for good measure. Cause you know the gas mask wasn’t scary enough to begin with.
We are here again.