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A. J. Muste

A. J. Muste  

(1885–1967), minister, labor organizer, antiwar activist.Born in the Netherlands, Muste studied at theological seminaries in the United States and became a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church ...
AC-47

AC-47  

The first aerial gunship developed for combat support. It grew out of specific needs for a more effective weapon system to defend the strategic hamlets and small forts throughout the ...
Agent Orange

Agent Orange  

A defoliant chemical used by the US in the Vietnam War.
Air America

Air America  

A proprietary airline of the CIA acting as an ordinary civilian air transport firm in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Air America supported the U.S. Air Force in dangerous ...
Air Force, U.S.

Air Force, U.S.  

USAF the part of the U.S. armed forces with primary responsibility for air warfare, military space research, and air defense. It also provides air services to other branches of the ...
Albert C. Wedemeyer

Albert C. Wedemeyer  

(1896–1989), World War II general and diplomat.A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Wedemeyer graduated from West Point in 1919. His service in the regular army included tours in the Philippines ...
Alexander Meigs Haig

Alexander Meigs Haig  

(b Philadelphia, 2 Dec. 1924; d Baltimore, 20 Feb. 2010)US; General US army 1973–9, Supreme Allied Commander Europe 1974–9, White House Chief of Staff 1973–4, Secretary of State 1981–2 Haig was ...
American Legion

American Legion  

An organization of U.S. war veterans, founded in Paris on March 15–17, 1919, by delegates from the combat and service units of the American Expeditionary Forces, and given a national ...
amphibious Ships and Landing Craft

amphibious Ships and Landing Craft  

Ships designed to carry, land, and support assault forces and capable of being loaded or unloaded in the objective area by Navy personnel without external assistance.
Armed Forces Radio and Television Service

Armed Forces Radio and Television Service  

AFRTS a Department of Defense activity, the successor to the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) formed in August 1942 to provide information, education, and entertainment to U.S. military forces ...
Army Rangers

Army Rangers  

Small groups of soldiers trained to make surprise raids behind enemy lines. Although units called “Rangers” were operating in the U.S. West as early as 1670, and the Rangers commanded ...
ARVN

ARVN  

An English acronym for the army of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War, abbreviating Army of the Republic of Vietnam. See also National Liberation Front, Vietcong.
Barrel Roll, Operation

Barrel Roll, Operation  

The campaign of bombing in Laos in the Vietnam War, approved in December 1964 on the recommendation on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It was intended to disrupt critical supply trains and infiltration ...
Battle of Ap Bac

Battle of Ap Bac  

(January 2, 1963) a Vietnam War battle in which a 320-man Vietcong battalion checked an Army of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnamese) force of approximately 3,000, at Ap Bac ...
Battle of Hamburger Hill

Battle of Hamburger Hill  

(May 1969) a ten-day Vietnam War battle between U.S., South Vietnamese, and North Vietnamese forces in the A Shau Valley. North Vietnamese troops had dug into Dong Ap Bia mountain ...
Battle of Hill 64

Battle of Hill 64  

(February 8, 1968) a battle during the Vietnam War for the outpost of that number, which U.S. forces were successful in defending. This was one battle in the siege of ...
Battle of Hill 861A

Battle of Hill 861A  

(February 5, 1968) a battle during the Vietnam War for the outpost of that number, which U.S. forces were successful in defending. This was one battle in the siege of ...
Battle of Lang Vei

Battle of Lang Vei  

A battle on February 7, 1968, during the Vietnam War, at the Lang Vei Special Forces camp in South Vietnam. Located near the U.S. Marine combat base at Khe Sanh ...
Battle of the Ia Drang Valley

Battle of the Ia Drang Valley  

(November 14–16, 1965) a significant battle of the Vietnam War, it marked strategic changes on the part of both North Vietnam and the United States. For the NVA, it signaled ...
Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.

Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.  

(1912–2002) U.S. army officer and aviator. Davis Jr. was born in Washington, D.C., the son of the first African-American general. He graduated from West Point in 1936 as an infantryman ...

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