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American involvement began to escalate under President John F. Kennedy’s administration (January 1961–November 1963). North Vietnam, had by then established a presence in Laos and developed the Ho Chi Minh Trail through that country in order to resupply and reinforce its forces in South Vietnam. The Vietnam War continued until US combat forces left the country in 1973 Two months after the signing of the Vietnam peace agreement. We did not come home to parades and homecoming events like soldiers before or since, we quietly went on with our lives, and America was not interested in hearing from us or about our experiences, so we didn’t share.

 

1967 marked the United States 3rd year in the war since the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was passed by Congress, “August 7, 1964”.

Reference the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_of_Tonkin_Resolution

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Beginning 1967 the statistics were:

Troops in Country: 389,000

Casualties so far:

KIA: 11,153

A Few Highlights of February 1967 actions by US Forces in Vietnam.

February 2, 1967

President Johnson states there are no “serious indications that the other side is ready to stop the war.” 

February 8-12

A truce occurs during Tet, the lunar New Year, a traditional Vietnamese holiday.

February 13, 1967

Following the failure of diplomatic peace efforts, President Johnson announces the U.S. will resume full-scale bombing of North Vietnam.

February 22-May 14

The largest U.S. military offensive of the war occurs. Operation Junction City involves 22 U.S. and four South Vietnamese battalions attempting to destroy the NVA’s Central Office headquarters in South Vietnam. The offensive includes the only parachute assault by U.S. troops during the entire war. During the fighting at Ap Gu, U.S. 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry is commanded by Lt. Gen. Alexander M. Haig who will later become an influential White House aide. Junction City ends with 2728 Viet Cong killed and 34 captured. American losses are 282 killed and 1576 wounded. NVA relocate their Central Office headquarters inside Cambodia, thus avoiding capture.

Do you have a story from 1967 you would like to share?

Submit your story to Incountry1967@wavva.org your story will be edited for space and content.

Please include your name, your unit, the date of action and location, thanks for your service and welcome home.

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The Washington State Vietnam Veterans of America is part of the nationwide link of VVA’s across the country and we want to hear from you,
we want to help. No matter where you served or when, contact us, we’re here to help you.
•Aggressively advocate on issues important to veterans
•Seek full access to quality health care for veterans
•Identify the full range of disabling injuries and illnesses incurred during military service
•Hold government agencies accountable for following laws mandating veterans’ health care
•Create a positive public perception of Vietnam veterans
•Seek the fullest possible accounting of America’s POWs and MIAs
•Support the next generation of America’s war veterans
•Serve our communities

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Vietnam Veterans of America Washington State Council Officers

Name                                     Position                                Contact

Francisco F. Ivarra            President                           president@wavva.org

Jim Daugherty                   Vice President                  vicepresident@wavva.org

Ande Mitchelle                  2nd Vice President          vicepresident2@wavva.org

Odis Warren                      Treasurer                           treasurer@wavva.org

Pete Sill                              Secretary                           secretary@wavva.org

 

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