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America withdrew abandoning South Vietnam to fall to the ruthless communists of North Vietnam. Without a decisive victory our military were not afforded the honors as after other campaigns.
America was left without the power to demand information as to the whereabouts of our missing in action and remains of the uncovered fallen. The war continued in the minds of the survivors and those seeking to find and bring home all the dead and missing.
The Vietnam War was not an American victory in a military sense, however the war slowed the advancement of communism allowing for the eventual Cold War victory; the collapse of the U.S.S.R., under President Ronald Reagan.

Post War  - 1976-1977-1978-1979-1980-1981-1982-1986-1988-1989-1990-1991-1992
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1976 April Prince Norodom Sihanouk is placed under house arrest after resigning as Cambodia's leader on April 4th.
1976 July The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is formed as a Communist country upon the reunification of North and South Vietnam on July 2nd.
1977 Jan. Draft evaders of the Vietnam War are pardoned by President Jimmy Carter on January 21st.
1977 Feb. The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SATO) disbands on February 20th
1978 Oct. Communist Vietnam attacks Cambodia on October 1st.
1978 Dec. The "reign of terror" by the Khmer Rouge government, led by Cambodia's leader Pol Pot, is ended in December, during the invasion of the country by Vietnam.
1979 Jan. Cambodian insurgents, supported by Vietnam forces, announced on January 7th the fall of the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh and the subsequent collapse of Pol Pot's regime.
1979 Jan. Protesting the 1978 Vietnam invasion of Cambodia, non-communist Asian nations and Western European countries give support to the U.S. led embargo against Vietnam.
1979 Feb. The People's Republic of China launches the Sino-Vietnamese War invading northern Vietnam on February 17th.


1980   In response to the "boat people" fleeing Vietnam, the Refugee Act is enacted granting asylum to politically oppressed refugees.
1981 Feb. In February, Private First Class Robert Garwood was convicted by a military jury in North Carolina for collaborating with the enemy while a POW in Vietnam. Garwood was in Vietnam for 14 years.  During the trial, in preparing for the worst, he once stated to a reporter, "An American prison is better than a Vietnamese prison."
1981 May On May 6th out of 1,421 entries, a panel of architects and sculptors unanimously chose Maya Ying Lin's design for the Vietnam Memorial.
1982 Feb. Participation in talks concerning American MIAs is agreed to by Vietnam in February.
1982 Nov. Thousands of Vietnam War Veterans march in Washington D.C. on November 13th, to "The Wall", the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
1986 Mar. Senator John Kerry accuses President Ronald Reagan of leading the U.S. into another Vietnam in Central America on the Senate floor on March 27th. Kerry telling of a time when President Nixon lied about troops in Cambodia, says, "I remember Christmas of 1968 sitting on a gunboat in Cambodia. I remember what it was like to be shot at by Vietnamese and Khmer Rouge and Cambodians, and have the president of the United States telling the American people that I was not there; the troops were not in Cambodia. I have that memory which is seared - seared - in me." The statement was a lie when considering that Nixon was not president on Christmas of 1968 and many of Kerry's shipmates say they were no where near Cambodia at Christmas.
1988 Sept. The first joint field investigation on the status of American MIAs is held with the beginning of Vietnam and U.S. cooperation in September.
1989 Sept. In September, Vietnam completes its withdraw of forces in Cambodia.
1989 Dec. Riots break-out on December 29th in Hong Kong after the government decided to force repatriation of Vietnamese refugees.
1990 Sept. John Kerry attends a 24 hour City Hall Plaza vigil, on September 21st, to commemorate POW / MIA families.
1991 April On April 21st Vietnam and the U.S. agree to establish an office in Hanoi to oversee and conduct investigations into the fate of American Vietnam War MIA.
1991 July John Kerry becomes chairman of a committee established on July 21st when the Senate votes to open a new investigation in Vietnam War MIA.
1991 Oct. Vietnam voices support for the U.N. peace plan for Cambodia in October.
1991 Oct. To assist in a phased normalization of relations and a lifting of the embargo the U.S., in October, presents Hanoi with a "roadmap." Secretary of State James Baker says the President's Administration is ready to begin the steps toward normalizing relations with Vietnam.
1991 Nov. The first hearing over the inveistigations of U.S. MIA soldiers in Vietnam was held on November 5th.
1991 Nov. John Kerry and Senator John McCain begin working to normalize relations with Vietnam in November.
1991 Nov. After thirteen years exiled, Prince Norodom Sihanouk returns to Phnom Penh on November 14th.
1991 Dec. The ban on organized travel to Vietnam is lifted by Washington in December.
1992 Info. Vietnam adopts its Constitution in 1992.
1992 Feb. Senator John Kerry places into the Congressional Record on February 27th, during the Presidential election the following sentiment, "We do not need to divide America over who served and how. I have personally always believed that many served in many different ways. Someone who was deeply against the war in 1969 or 1970 may well have served their country with equal passion and patriotism by opposing the war as by fighting in it."
1992 April The U.S. eased the Trade Embargo on April 29th, allowing commercial sales and establishment of a telecommunications link to help meet basic human needs, also lifting restrictions on projects by non-governmental and non-profit organizations.
1992 Jun. In a hearing on Americans missing or imprisoned in southeast Asia on June 24th is convened and is attended by Senator John McCain and John Kerry. Kerry contends that the Pentagon may be purposely misleading families about the fates of some of the missing in action. He claims as many as 133 prisoners may have been left behind at the time of the evacuation.
1992   In what Washington calls a breakthrough, the Vietnamese agree on wider MIA cooperation the sixth visit by Retired General John Vessey. John Vessy was the U.S. presidential envoy on the MIA issue.
1992 Oct. In the Rose Garden at the Whitehouse with Acting Secretary of State Lawrence S. Engleburger, and both Senators John McCain and John Kerry standing by, President George H. W. Bush makes the announcement that the Vietnamese government agreed to provide access to all material on American POWs.
1992 Dec. President George Bush grants permission, on December 14th, for American companies to open offices, sign contracts and perform feasibility studies in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
1993 July President Bill Clinton ends America's opposition to a settlement of Vietnam's $140,000,000 to the International Monetary Fund on July 2nd, paving the war for a resumption of international lending to Vietnam.
1993 July A delegation of Congressmen that included John Kerry met with Do Muoi, Sec. Gen. of the Vietnamese Communist Party in Vietnam from July 15th to the 18th. Kerry visits the Army museum in Ho Chi Minh City and two site where missing Americans were reportedly spotted.
The Communists honor John Kerry, reportedly saying, "Vietnamese communists would not have won the war without John Kerry," cultivating his protest activity with the VVAW. Also stating" This is a guy who tells our story, it will undermine the sympathy for the war in America." (reported by Jerome Corsi, co-author, "Unfit for Comand."
1993 Sept. In another step to normalization of relations with Vietnam, President Clinton eases economic sanctions against Vietnam on September 13th, allowing U.S. firms to bid on development projects financed by international banks.
1994 Jan. The highest-ranking active-duty U.S. military officer to visit Vietnam since the fall of Saigon, is Admiral Charles Larson, head of the U.S. Pacific Command. He visits Vietnam on January 16th, concluding the lifting the embargo may help in efforts to find the status of American MIA.
1994 Jan. The U.S. Senate approves, on January 27th, a non-binding resolution with broad bipartisan support urging President Clinton to lift the embargo against Vietnam. It was hoped a full accounting of American MIA would follow.
1994 Feb. On February 3rd President Bill Clinton announces his lifting of the trade embargo against Communist Vietnam.
1994 Oct. A U.S.House bill on October 5th passes that states MIA accounting should remain central to U.S. policy on Vietnam and the primary function of a U.S. liaison office in Vietnam
  Jan. The  U.S. and Vietnam settle old property claims and establish liaison offices in both capitals, Washington and Hanoi, on January 27th, in an agreement that also settles old property claims.
1995 April The end of the Vietnam war is celebrated by Vietnam on April 30th, 1995, the 20th anniversary of the War's end.
1995 May Described as the most detailed and informative of their kind; a "batch," of documents on American MIA are presented by Vietnam to a U.S. Presidential delegation on May 15th.
1995 May Vietnam veterans, Senators John Kerry and John McCain urge President Clinton, on May 23rd, to normalize relations with Vietnam.
1995 May On May 31st another 100-plus pages of maps and reports on Americans killed or captured during the war are provided by the Vietnam government.
1995 June In June, Vietnam veterans, Senators John Kerry and John McCain announce plans to offer a Senate resolution approving normalized relations with Vietnam.
1995 June President Bill Clinton received in June, a recommendation from Secretary of State Warren Christopher to establish formal diplomatic relations with Vietnam.
1995 June In June, the State Department gave praise to Hanoi for the increased cooperation with the U.S. on countering narcotics production and traffic.
1995 June Vietnamese President Le Duc Anh announced in June that he will visit the United States for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations.
1995 July John Kerry stands next to President Bill Clinton on July 11th, as official recognition is extended to Vietnam during the President's announcement of the restoration of U.S. diplomatic relations with Vienam. Clinton says, "the time has come to move forward and bind up the wounds from the war."
1995 July Vietnam becomes a member of ASEAN ( Association of Southeast Asian Nations) on July 28th.
1995 Aug. Secretary of State Warren Christopher, on August 5th, establishes a United States Embassy in Hanoi.
1995 Sept. Former President George H. W. Bush makes a visit to Vietnam on September 4th.
1995 Nov. Former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara makes a visit to Vietnam from November 7th to the 10th.
1996 July The first anniversary of normalization of relations with Vietnam is marked by the visit of U.S. National Security Adviser Anthony Lake, to Hanoi on July 12th.
1997 April The first Ambassador to Vietnam since the fall of Saigon is former POW Douglas "Pete" Peterson. He is confirmed by the U.S. Senate as U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam on April 10th. "Pete" is the first U.S. Ambassador posted to Hanoi.
1997 April Le Van Bang is confirmed as Vietnam's ambassador to the United States by the Vietnam National Assembly in April.
1997 April A step toward Most Favored Nation status is made with the April 16th agreement with Vietnam on copyright protection.
1997 May Vietnamese Ambassador Le Van Bang arrived in Washington on May 7.
  May On May 9th U.S. Ambassador Douglas "Pete" Peterson arrives to begin service in Vietnam, the first ever post in Hanoi.
1997 June Pol Pot, leader of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, on June 10th orders the killing of Cambodia's defense chief Son Sen along with 11 family members. Pol Pot then flees from the northern stronghold. News of the assassination and Pol Pot's absence reaches the West three days later.
1997 June Secretary of State Madeline Albright arrived in Vietnam on June 24th for an official visit.
1998 March

President Bill Clinton issues the first waiver of laws that ban trade relations with Communist nations that prohibit their citizens from emigrating. Clinton waived the Jackson-Vanik Amendment for Vietnamon March 10th allowing U.S. investors more effective competition and allowing Vietnam access to the financial assistance of American agencies, that include the Export-Import Bank.

1998 April The West learns on April 15th, that Pol Pot, past tyrant of Cambodia, has died.
1998 May On May 14th the Vietnam Unknown's remains were exhumed for DNA testing.
1998 June On June 30th the Department of Defense announced the identity of the Vietnam Unknown has been determined by mitochondrial DNA testing. The remains were of Air Force 1st Lieutenant Michael Joseph Blassie. Joseph Blassie's plane was downed near An Loc, Vietnam in 1972. His remains arrived to his family at his home in St. Louis, Missouri on July 10th.
1998 Dec. Khmer Rouge leaders apologized on December 29th for the 1970's genocide in Cambodia. The Khmer Rouge killed over 1 million people during the 1970s.
1999 April Cambodia joins ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) on April 30th becoming the 10th member of the organization.
1999 Oct. Representative Lamar Smith introduced H.R.3061 on October 12th to extend the Refugee Act of 1980 through the year 2002.
1999 Nov. On November 13th H.R. 3061, extending the Refugee Act through 2002 becomes Public Law No: 106-104.
2000 April

Early in April the editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer's Community Voices section asked the readers: "What did Vietnam teach you about America ... its values and its people?" Published on Sunday, April 23rd was a letter by John Wear, a Vietnam veteran residing in New Hope, Pennsylvania.
     "I grew up as an Air Force "brat." My father (may he rest in peace) was a 30-year career US Air Force officer. I was raised as an "America, love it or leave it," right-wing, conservative Republican. I graduated from a military preparatory high school with the "America, my country, right or wrong, my country" attitude. President John F Kennedy's words, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what can you do for your country" still rang in my ears as I joined the US Marine Corps in mid-1966. After completing Bootcamp, I was practically rabid in my belief that America could do no wrong. During my enlistment (in 1967), Time magazine published a letter that I had written to the editor where I chastised (then) Cassias Clay for saying that he had no quarrel with the Viet Cong and for his not submitting to the draft. In that letter, I wrote the we should "fight now and love later." Not much later, I spent twelve months and twenty-nine days inside a flame-thrower tank "playing hide and seek" with the North Vietnamese Army in and around the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Vietnam. I saw a lot of unpleasantness (to say the least) but I came home physically unscathed. I arrived in Vietnam a proud "gung-ho" American fighting man, I came home a disillusioned and ashamed "old" man.
     Luckily I was never was spat upon nor was I called a "baby killer." For years I perceived that due to the lack of interest by the general public, I avoided any and all confrontations and conversations about "Nam." What did they know anyway? They weren't there. I did not join the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Marine Corps League or any other of the veterans groups. Why? I imagine that my inner conflict of a proud warrior versus an ashamed loser could not be resolved. Killing the enemy was practically a mechanical thing. You see them, you point and you shoot. The Marine Corps trained us to do this, it was our job. But seeing brave American fighting men killed and/or horribly wounded in battle was one of the most traumatic things anyone can imagine. I also had a very good friend killed during my tour. I believe to this day that if my tank had been accompanying his tank during that bloody operation back in May of 1968 that I could have somehow keep him from the needless death that occurred. I visit his name on The Wall (in Washington, DC) often. It's a very small consolation.
     What did Vietnam teach me? I taught me that I was young, stupid and way too gullible back in the 1960's. Then in the 1970's it taught me that the American people have deeper feelings for American embassy non-combatant civilians who have been held hostage by Iranian militants than they do for the American fighting man who shed blood in Vietnam. Who got the ticker-tape parade down 5th Avenue? In the 1980's the Vietnam War's legacy taught me that during and after the conflict we were lied to by everyone from the military leaders all the way up to the President about what we did and why we did it. Who recalls "the light at the end of the tunnel'? During the 1980's it taught me that we Vietnam Veterans could put our money where our mouths were and collected enough money (without the US Government's involvement) to build a most awesome memorial to our fallen comrades-at-arms..."The Wall." Finally in the 1990's, thank God, I located a group of USMC Vietnam tankers who after 30 years have reached out and found one another. I am now no longer afraid, ashamed or angry. I am proud of what I did in the past and proud once again of my country, the United States of America."
2000 June Tariffs on products between U. S. and Vietnam are dropped to under three percent, by an agreement that is reached in June, 2000.
2000 July A bill granting Vietnam continued access to export-related financing is passed by the U.S. House in July, paving the way for President Clinton's visit in November.
2000 July Vietnam agrees on July 13th, to lower tariffs and regulations on American imports in a major trade agreement signed by Vietnam's Trade Minister, Vu Khoan and U.S. Trade Representative, Charlene Barshefsky. Providing Vietnam access to U.S. markets on the same terms granted to most other nations is the last step in the normalization of relations between the two countries.
2000 Nov. President Bill Clinton, First Lady Hillary Clinton and their daughter Chelsea, arrived in Hanoi on November 16th for the historic visit to discuss relations between the U.S. and Vietnam. "I think it is time to write a new chapter here." said the President. Clinton is the first sitting president since President Nixon visited South Vietnam in 1969.
2000 Nov. On November 17th the Pentagon stops pursuing 646 of MIA cases, leaving the remainder open as it follows leads and rumors. 1,992 service members from the Vietnam War are unaccounted for.
2001 July Captain Edward W. Freeman is presented the Congressional Medal of Honor by President George W. Bush on July 16th, for rescuing troops of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment and re-supply them with ammunition. On April 14th he flew his helicopter into the battle zone amid heavy enemy fire. He and Retired Maj. Bruce P. Crandall are credited with saving 70 injured soldiers and providing supplies that allowed the regiment to hold the position.
2001 July Secretary of State Colin Powell pays his first visit to Vietnam on July 24th, since his service during the Vietnam War in 1969. During his three day visit, Powell attended the ASEAN Regional Forum in Hanoi.
2001 Sept. The Vietnam Human Rights Act (HR2833) passed the House with only one dissention on September 6th, only to be blocked in the Senate by John Kerry, chairman of the Senate's East Asian and Pacific Affairs subcommittee. Kerry states at the time that he and Senator John McCain "are concerned that denying aid to Vietnam would actually slow human rights improvements." The three years followed with human rights conditions deteriorating, however denying aid to Vietnam probably was not the cause. Providing aid to a communist country, our philosophical enemy, I do not understand.
2001 Sept. Strong concerns are voiced by Vietnam officials concerning the U.S. House passage of the Vietnam Human Rights Act that places improvements to Vietnam's human rights record.
2001 Oct. Legislation to ratify the agreement to normalize trade between the United States and Vietnam is passed in the U.S. Senate on October 3rd.
2001 Nov. The National Assembly of Vietnam, on November 28th, ratifies the trade agreement with the United States, warning that interference in the internal affairs of Vietnam might jeopardize implementation.
2002 Jan. Thinking of those who have died for our liberty the PoetPatriot, Roger W Hancock, writes the poem "Those Now Gone" on January 26th.
See the poem "Those Now Gone".
2002 Feb. In response to an anti-war poem the PoetPatriot, Roger W Hancock, writes the poem "Valiant Peace" on February 10th.
See the poem "Valiant Peace".
2003 Nov. Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense, met with Pham Van Tra, Vietnam's Defense Minister, on November 10th. This was the first visit to Washington D.C. by a senior Vietnamese military official.
2003 Nov. The Poet Patriot Roger W Hancock, writes, on November 25th, "Never Forget the Shame" a poem about the failure to honor the Vietnam veterans as they returned home and allowing the humiliation many of our veterans suffered, from anti-war activists within our society.
Read the poem "Never Forget the Shame"
2003 Nov. The USS Vandegrift, a Navy missile frigate docks on November 19th in the port of Ho Chi Minh City. Manned by many sons and daughters of Vietnam War veterans it was the first U.S. ship to dock in Vietnam since 1975. The visit was a symbolic act to boost Vietnam and American relations.
2004 Jan. Nguyen Cao Ky, given permission from the Vietnamese government, vists relatives in Vietnam for the Tet holiday, on January 14th. The visit caused controversy among exiled Vietnamese fearing it would legitimize the communist government of Vietnam.
2004 Feb. The poem "It's the Veteran" is written on February 16th, by the PoetPatriot Roger W Hancock, to give honor and to remember those who maintain our liberty and our peace.
Read the poem "It's the Veteran"
2004 March Vietnamese monk, Thich Nhat Han, exiled from Vietnam in 1966. was welcomed by Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai on March 25 , 2005. The Zen Master was invited for a 3-month visit by the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha's International Religious Board.
2004 Aug. Having made his service record a centerpiece of the July 2004 Democratic Convention, John Kerry becomes the Democrat Presidential candidate.  Unfit for Command exposes the many inconsistencies of Kerry's version of his military record. The book debuted as #1 at and #3 on the New York Times best seller list becoming #1 in the second week.
2004 Sep. The Kerry Lied Rally is held on September 12th at Upper Senate Park in Washington, D.C., by veterans and supporters to tell the truth about Vietnam veterans.
2005 March Marking the celebration of the 10th anniversary of current diplomatic relations between the United States and Vietnam The USS Gary docks at the port of Saigon on March 29th. The first ship since the fall of Saigon visited Vietnam in November, 2003 with the second in July, 2004. It is expected that a visit by a U.S. Navy vessel to Vietnam will become an annual event.
2005 April The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) released on April 13th, that the remains of two MIA U.S. Army officers from the Vietnam War, have been identified as Colonel Sheldon J. Burnett of Pelham, New Hampshire and Warrant Officer Randolph J. Ard of West Pensacola, Florida.
Under JPAC (Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command) joint U.S.-Lao teams conducted five field investigations between 1989 and 1996 with no results. In 2003 four former North Vietnamese soldiers were interviewed. Three of them had seen bodies of two U.S. officers and the fourth
person had sketched a map of the area shortly after the officer's deaths. All four volunteered to help locate the remains.
2005 April April 30th is 30th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.
2005 May The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) released on May 20th that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified
2005 June Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai and a governmental delegation arrived in Seattle on June 19th for a week long visit of four cities. Khai met with the press, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and representatives of major American businesses, signing contracts worth $35 million.
Prime Minister Khai is the highest-ranking leader to have visited the United States since the Vietnam War ended 31 years ago. The previous Vietnamese leader to visit the United States represented a country that does not exist today.
2005 June Prime Minister Phan Van Khai met at the White House with President George W. Bush on June 21st. They talked about the possibility of Vietnam joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) as well as business and human rights issues. An agreement was signed allowing freer worship for Vietnam citizens.
2005 Nov. The NSA (National Security Agency) releases "previously classified" documents from and with information regarding the Vietnam era in November. Primarily on the Gulf of Tonkin incident the release includes articles, chronologies, oral history interviews, SIGINT intelligence reports and translations and other material.


  Jan. The Department of Defense released on January 12th that Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale, the highest ranking naval officer to be held POW during the Vietnam War, will be honored by the naming of the Navyís newest Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer The USS Stockdale is a variation of the Arleigh Burke-class having a helicopter hanger facility and the capability to carry two SH-60B/R Light Airborne Multipurpose System MK III helicopters.
Shot down on September 9, 1965
Stockdale was captured and held as a POW over seven years in various camps in North Vietnam, including the "Hanoi Hilton." Stockdale is credited with organizing behavior rules that govern interaction between fellow POWs. He also developed a code that included "tapping on cell walls" for communication between prisoners.
Stockdale has received the
Medal of Honor and 26 combat medals and awards that include two Distinguished Flying Crosses, three Distinguished Service Medals, two Purple Hearts and four Silver Stars. Stockdale had been named to the Aircraft Carrier Hall of Fame and National Aviation Hall of Fame.
2006 July Two U.S. Navy ships, USS Patriot and USS Salvor, navigate the complex waterway of the Saigon River arriving at the port of Ho Chi Minh City on July 3rd. A scheduled port visit to enhance U.S. and Vietnam relations also allowed shore leave of many sailors to experience the culture-rich city.
2006 July Pete Peterson, Former POW and U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, wrote an opinion essay submitted to Congress on July 26th that urges the granting of permanent normal relations status to Vietnam.
2006 mid-06 Vietnamís 11-year long negotiation process to join the world's largest trade body nears an end when invited to become the 150th member of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
2006 Nov. On November 7th, Vietnam's admission to the World Trade Organization is formally approved during a WTO special meeting of the organization's General Council in Geneva. The official admission occurs 30 days after the Vietnam National Assembly ratify the accords.
2006 Info Permanent Normal Trade Relations()
2006 Nov. America's former President George H.W. Bush participates in an APEC Economic Leader's meeting (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) in Hanoi over the 18th & 19th of November., during a . His four-day visit to Vietnam began on November 17th and included meeting with President Triet and Prime Minister Dung, visiting Ho Chi Minh City, the stock exchange, and a tour of the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command (responsible for locating American soldiers still missing in Vietnam).
2006 Dec. Both houses of the U.S. legislature pass legislation for Vietnam PNTR (perminent Normal Trade Relations) on during sessions of December 8th and 9th.
2006 Dec. The U.S. Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced on December 19th, remains of three U.S. Servicemen missing in action from the Vietnam War have been identified as Captain Herbert C. Crosby of Donalsonville, Georgia; Sergeant 1st Class Wayne C. Allen of Tewksbury, Massachusetts and Sgt. 1st Class Francis G. Graziosi of Rochester, New York.
Vietnam and U.S. teams under JPAC (Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command) conducted five investigations from 1993 to 1999, in Ho Chi Minh City and Quang Nam-Da Nang Province (formerly Quang Nam Province) One investigation followed the leads of a Vietnamese informant who said he knew where the remains of up to nine Americans were buried. Among those were the three identified servicemen.
2006 Dec. The U.S. Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced on December 22nd that remains of two U.S. Servicemen missing in action from the Vietnam War have been identified as Major Frederick J. Ransbottom of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Staff Sergeant William E. Skivington Jr of Las Vegas, California.
U.S. and Socialist Republic of Vietnam teams under JPAC (Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command) conducted eight investigations and four excavations in the vicinity of where the fallen soldiers' remains were found.
2006 Dec. In a December 29th proclamation by President Bush, nondiscriminatory treatment is extended to products from Vietnam.
2007 Jan. On January 9th, talking with a Vietnam Air Force Veteran, in Auburn, Washington, I learned that many Vietnam Veteran's spirits were lifted when Veterans of the 1st Gulf War returned and included the Vietnam Veterans in being heralded in their service.
2007 Jan. The PoetPatriot, Roger W Hancock begins posting this TimeLine of the Vietnam War, to the TimeLines of Liberty on this website in January 2007.
2007 Feb. Retired Major Bruce P. Crandall is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President George W. Bush on February 26th, for his heroic actions in the battle of Battle of Ia Drang Valley on November 14th, 1965. During the battle he flew his helicopter into the battle zone to rescue troops with the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment of the 1st Cavalry Division (Custer's division) that were about to be over-ran at Landing Zone X-Ray. He and his wing man Captain Edward W. Freeman were credited with saving 70 injured soldiers and providing supplies that allowed the regiment to hold the position.
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