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Vietnam Veterans: Under Attack Abroad And At Home


March 26, 2018

Courtesy photo

F-4 Phantom jet destroyed during the attack on Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Jan. 31, 1968.

Korean War Air Force veteran Joe Smith first arrived in South Vietnam in August 1967, flying into Tan Son Nhut Air Base on the outskirts of Saigon. An experienced Airman, Joe Smith was assigned as a supply specialist to the Logistical Division of the 377th Supply Squadron, tasked with providing logistical support to the U.S. and South Viet-namese armies.

Life on the air base was relatively safe.

"At that time, we were not fired on as much as the Army and the Marines," said Smith. "The Viet Cong would shoot in a 122 mm rocket now and then as harassment. We assumed they wouldn't attack t...

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