Vietnam

When President Obama lifted the ban on U.S. weapons sales to Vietnam, he invoked one of his favorite themes — relics of the Cold War.

"This change will ensure that Vietnam has access to the equipment it needs to defend itself and removes a lingering vestige of the Cold War," Obama said Monday in the capital, Hanoi.

He sounded a lot like the president who made a groundbreaking visit to Cuba in March:

President Obama announced Monday that the U.S. is fully lifting a five-decades-long arms embargo against Vietnam.

The embargo on lethal military equipment had been partially lifted in 2014; now it will be raised fully, the White House says. The president spoke about the decision from Hanoi, during the first day of a weeklong trip to Asia.

Kerry: We've Got to Confront Our Wars As a Country United

Apr 28, 2016
Marhsa Miller / LBJ Library

Former Texas House Speaker Ben Barnes introduced Secretary John Kerry Wednesday night who reflected on his time both fighting in the Vietnam War and fighting against it as he addressed attendees at the LBJ  Library Vietnam War Summit.

Barnes says the former democratic presidential candidate and long-time senator has a unique history with the war. Kerry enlisted during college and did two tours in Vietnam -- winning silver and bronze stars and three purple hearts.

Ryan E. Poppe

This week thousands of Vietnam War veterans gathered at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin.  They’re there for a three-day conference that takes a look back at a war where young men were drafted to defend a cause they didn’t always support and college campuses boiled over with anti-war protests.  More than 40 years after the end of the war, the memories are still painful.

A Close Call Over Hanoi

Feb 26, 2016
StoryCorps

“The biggest hazard is trying not to hit other airplanes,” says Dwight “Crow” Wilson, 78.

Wilson, an Air Force veteran, visited the StoryCorps Mobile Booth with his daughter, Anne Savidge, 49, to talk about flying missions during the Vietnam War. The low altitude led to some dangerous situations. “You’re watching all the time. Your head’s on a swivel and your eyes are everywhere,” Wilson explains. 

In the audio above, Wilson talks about the time he was almost shot down by a fellow service member, and what happened when he met the man later on.

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