Bob Diekmann is one of Vietnam War vets who served 50 years ago

Fifty years ago, the U.S. was in the midst of fighting the Vietnam War. In the year 1966, over 382,000 men were drafted into military service. Many others volunteered for service.

Background

One of the biggest myths about the Vietnam War is that the U.S. lost the war. The American military was not defeated in Vietnam. They didn’t lose a battle of any consequence. The South Vietnamese lost the war after the U.S. Congress cut off funding to them. They ran out of fuel, ammunition and other supplies.

The U.S. fought to an agreed stalemate and political leaders, not military ones, later signed a peace settlement with the communist regime of North Vietnam in Paris in January 1973. The terms called for a release of all U.S. prisoners, withdrawal of U.S. forces, limitation of both sides’ forces inside Vietnam and a commitment to peaceful reunification.

 

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