Your ignorance shows - that war did not last 20 years 1964-1975. The Vietnam War was first started with Advisors and Green Berets ordered in by John F. Kennedy, a Democrat. After his assassination with Lyndon Johnson as the new President, a Democrat and with the CIA creating Coup after Coup of South Vietnam leaders we got deeper and deeper into the conflict until sometime in the 65-68 era it turned into America's War.
Later under the Command of General Westmoreland, our Combat troops numbered approximately 500,000 give or take, I took part in that war temporary duty on operation Young Tiger based at U-Tapao Royal Tai Air Force Base Thailand. We had fighter bases at Udorn as well. There were at least two squadrons of B-52 bombers as well as two squadrons of KC-135 Stratotankes. I served as a co-pilot with the rank of Captain on KC-135s. We did refueling operations all over the area which was known as the SEA - Southeast Asia Theater.
You should know that Republican President Richard Nixon negotiated a cease-fire agreement with the North. They violated that agreement in 1975 by invading the South. And our present President as a Senator blocked funding to the South Vietnamese Armed Forces which guaranteed their defeat, and in my opinion, he is still incompetent and wrong on foreign policy matters.
We abandoned all those Vietnamese who assisted American and Allied Forces which precipitated the debacle of the helicopter on the roof of our Embassy attempting to evacuate as many civilians as possible. Millions died in The South as well as Cambodia and Laos due to Communist Dictators.
If you want a reliable reconstruction of our mission there as well as how our leadership was derelict and should have been impeached I suggest you read "Dereliction of Duty " By General H. R. McMaster. You just may learn something.
As an aside our armed forces never lost a battle. The bravery and courage of our soldiers and airmen is our tradition. WE served with honor and distinction. Our Army lost 3,000 helicopters and our Navy and Airforce lost 600 fighter aircraft.
Courage and bravery are our traditions as I said we won the battles but lost the War.
Editor's note: The Legion recognizes the Vietnam War as running from February 28, 1961 TO May 7, 1975