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Naval History and Heritage Command

Hampton Roads Naval Museum

Americans continue to grapple with the meaning and legacy of the Vietnam War. Politics, protest, and patriotism are entwined in any conversation about this twentieth-century conflict. Literature, film, music, and television have told many stories of the war in the jungles, but often neglect America’s Navy.


The service of 1.8 million Sailors (over 229,000 in Southeast Asia) empowered the United States military in virtually every aspect of the war. Their experience had lasting effects on the Navy that are still with us today. This exhibit explores the missions and contributions of the Navy at sea, on land, and in the skies over Vietnam.