← BACK TO VBC BLOG Why Didn't Marines Wear Helmet Bands in Vietnam? The Army called it "Band, Helmet, Camouflage, US" and issued it to soldiers in Vietnam. The USMC didn't. Why? Left: 17-year-old USMC Private Richard Coggins waits on the beach during the Marine landing at Da Nang, 1965. Right: Army Sergeant
← BACK TO VBC BLOG Vietnam Veteran Remembers Improvised Outboard Motors From "Borrowed" Army Equipment In last week's VBC Bulletin, we linked to a War History Online story on drop tank canoes: detachable light-metal external fuel tanks that US fighter jets dropped by the thousands over Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.
← BACK TO VBC BLOG Pedal to the Metal in a White-Knuckled Race Against Time by James Donzella, The War Horse June 15, 2022 James Donzella worked, for a while, as a colonel’s driver in Pleiku, Vietnam. Photo courtesy of the author. Somewhere between my 14th and 15th birthdays, my
← BACK TO VBC BLOG Rescued from the Tomb of the Unknown The Saga of Vietnam KIA Lt. Michael Blassie Pete Mecca The saga of the Vietnam crypt of the Tomb of the Unknown is perhaps the darkest chapter of the US Department of Defense’s long-running effort to account
← BACK TO VBC BLOG Why March 29 Is Vietnam Veterans Day by Todd DePastino Vietnam Veterans are special. They're the only veterans who have holiday dedicated to them. March 29 is designated as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. And the reason Vietnam Veterans have been singled out for