Naval History and Heritage Command's archives include a broad spectrum of Vietnam War–related primary source documents, of which a few digitized examples may be viewed below. These are representative of the war's course and impact on the U.S. government, the U.S. Navy, the South Vietnamese, and on U.S. society as a whole.
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