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Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt. Jr., USN, Chief of Naval Operations (left), and Rear Admiral Robert S. Salzer, USN, Commander Naval Forces Vietnam, discuss their recent visit to Nam Can Naval Base, Republic of Vietnam, as the fly to their next stop, May 1971. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.

Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt. Jr., USN, Chief of Naval Operations (left), and Rear Admiral Robert S. Salzer, USN, Commander Naval Forces Vietnam, discuss their recent visit to Nam Can Naval Base, Republic of Vietnam, as they fly to their next stop, May 1971 (USN 1148801).


Conference in Hawaii

Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara with Vice Admiral John J. Hyland, commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet, and General Earle S. Wheeler, U.S. Army Chief of Staff, listen to debriefing of pilots aboard USS Oriskany (CVA-34) in the South China Sea on 12 October 1966 (USN 1118318).


Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara

Vice Admiral J.J. Hyland, Commander Seventh Fleet, confers with Captain Paul Gray, commander of Operation Game Warden, Binh Tuy, Vietnam, May 1967.

The many operational roles that U.S. Navy personnel carried out in Vietnam encompassed often-unique challenges to a given individual's professionalism, dedication to duty, and personal ingenuity. No two in-country experiences were exactly alike and they remain vibrant memories, with both light and dark sides, for many surviving veterans of the conflict. The oral histories below exemplify this.

Lieutenant Commander Bobbi Hovis, NC USN (Ret.), nurse assigned to Naval Hospital, U.S. Headquarters Support Activity, Saigon, Republic of Vietnam, 1963

Commander Anthony R. DeMarco, USN (Ret.), combat field historian with Naval Forces Vietnam, 1967–68

 

Published:Tue Mar 27 17:28:29 EDT 2018