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NAVADMIN 67/18: Naval History and Heritage Commemoration—Vietnam War 



R 232022Z MAR 18











RMKS/1. The U.S. Navy performed a wide array of missions during the Vietnam War. In the air, it was a key partner with the U.S. Air Force during the Rolling Thunder and Linebacker air campaigns against North Vietnam, and in other air operations in Laos and Cambodia. On the coast, it developed a highly effective blockade to prevent the resupply of enemy forces by sea, engaged in naval gunfire support missions against enemy targets in the littoral areas of Vietnam, and provided amphibious transport for Marines operating in I Corps. On the rivers, it stood up several task forces designed to protect commercial traffic, assist allied ground forces in pacifying these areas, and interdict enemy troops and supplies moving on these inland waterways. The U.S. Navy also supported the war effort with a massive sea and riverine logistics operation, built and managed shore facilities throughout South Vietnam, and provided extensive medical support for the allied military operation. A total of 1.842 million Sailors served in Southeast Asia.  The Navy provided the allied effort with many unique capabilities, the most significant being the projection of U.S. combat power ashore and control of the seas to support a land war in Asia far from the United States. Overall, the Navy suffered the loss of 1,631 men killed and 4,178 wounded during the course of the war.

2. To ensure the sacrifices of the 9 million who served during this difficult chapter of our country's history are remembered for generations to come, President Donald Trump signed into law the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, designating March 29 of each year as National 29 we will honor all those who answered our Nation's call to duty. We vow to never again confuse personal disapproval of war with  prejudice against those who honorably wear the uniform of our Armed Forces. With conviction, our Nation pledges our enduring respect, our continuing care, and our everlasting commitment to all Vietnam Veterans.

3.  Mission. Meet the President's direction by honoring and recognizing Vietnam Veterans for their service to the Nation and Navy.

4.  Commander's Intent

    a.  Purpose. Commemorate National Vietnam War Veterans Day throughout the Navy on 29 March, 2018.

    b.  Method. Command-centric execution of a coordinated Navy-wide National Vietnam War Veterans Day commemoration.

        (1) Use available Navy outreach assets to maximum extent possible.

        (2) Be guided by, and supportive of, the Navy's strategic messaging.

    c.  End State: The National Vietnam War Veterans Day commemoration becomes an institutionalized community outreach and Navy pride event for all Sailors, past and present, observed globally through the end of the commemoration in 2025.

5.  Tasks

    a.  Director, Navy Staff (DNS) will oversee planning and program development for the National Vietnam War Veterans Day commemoration.

    b.  Director, Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC)

        (1) Coordinate and support the execution of the commemoration events   to include the execution of a Navy-wide observation and supporting community outreach events.

        (2) Conduct National Vietnam War Veterans Day Ceremony at Navy museums at 1200 local on 29 March 2018.

            (a) National Museum of the U.S. Navy.  Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC.  POC: Mark Weber/ 202-433-6901.

            (b) National Naval Aviation Museum.  Pensacola, FL. POC: Sterling Gilliam/sterling.gilliam(AT) x3118.

            (c) Naval War College Museum.  Naval Station Newport, Newport, RI. POC: David Kohnen/ david.kohnen(AT) 841-1296.

            (d) United States Naval Academy Museum.  U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. POC: Claude Berube/berube(AT)

            (e) United States Navy Seabee Museum.  Naval Base Ventura County Port Hueneme, Port Hueneme, CA. POC: Lara Godbille /lara.godbille(AT)

            (f) National Museum of the American Sailor.  Naval Station Great Lakes, Great Lakes, IL. POC: Jennifer Searcy/ jennifer.searcy(AT) x205.

            (g) Hampton Roads Naval Museum.  Norfolk, VA. POC: John Pentangelo/john.pentangelo(AT)

            (h) Navy Museums Northwest. Keyport, WA. POC: Lindy Dosher/lindy.dosher(AT)

       (3) Establish a Working Group (WG) of key stakeholders to oversee planning and program development for the NATIONAL VIETNAM WAR VETERANS DAY commemoration.

           (a) Director, NHHC will serve as chairman of the Navy Vietnam War 50th commemoration WG.

           (b) Track Navy-wide commemoration plans as they develop and coordinate with WG members to identify and share available resources for the global execution of the National Vietnam War Veterans Day commemoration.

       (4) Develop a commemoration toolkit for use by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM), Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT), Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), Regional Commanders, Commanding Officers (CO), and Officers in Charge (OIC).

           (a) Develop and make available a body of lessons learned at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels from previous commemorations.

       (5) Compile lessons learned from stakeholders and provide to DNS NLT 16 April 2018.

    c.  COMUSFLTFORCOM; COMPACFLT; CNIC; Commander, Navy Reserve Force Command (COMNAVRESFORCOM); Commander, Naval Education and Training Command; and Commander, Naval Recruiting Command:

        (1) Provide representatives as necessary to support the WG.

        (2) Ensure COs and OICs plan for and commemorate the National Vietnam War Veterans Day proclamation.

           (a) For commands located near a Navy Museum, consideration should be given to leveraging already existing event.

       (3) Execute the Communication Plan, disseminated by NHHC, and participate in planned community outreach activities as operationally feasible.

       (4) Provide National Vietnam War Veterans Day commemoration lessons learned to NHHC NLT 09 April 2018.

    d.  CHINFO

       (1) Provide representatives to the WG.

       (2) Provide lessons learned to NHHC NLT 09 April 2018.

6.  Coordinating Instructions

    a.  Additional coordination instructions and tasking to be provided by separate correspondence (SEPCOR) as plans develop.

7.  Administrative

    a.  The National Vietnam War Veterans Day commemoration toolkit is available at the NHHC website (

    b.  Public Affairs Guidance:

        (1) This is an active public affairs posture event.

        (2) Public affairs guidance will be provided SEPCOR.

8.  Point of contact.  NHHC POC is Mr. Eric Ritter, at comm: (202) 685-1292 or via email: eric.d.ritter(AT)

9.  Released by Vice Admiral K. M. Donegan, Director, Navy Staff.//





Published: Mon Mar 26 09:40:14 EDT 2018