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NAVADMIN 78/20: Naval History and Heritage Commemoration—Vietnam War 





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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. More than 1.8 million Sailors served in Southeast Asia. The Navy
brought to bear many unique capabilities, the most significant being the
projection of U.S. naval 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
Vietnam War Veterans Day. On March 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 on 29 March
b. Method. Navy-wide recognition of National Vietnam War Veterans Day
using available Navy outreach assets to maximum extent possible keeping in
mind mitigation measures in effect as a response to COVID-19. 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.

5. Tasks
a. Director, Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC)
(1) 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).
b. COMUSFLTFORCOM; COMPACFLT; CNIC; Commander, Navy Reserve Force
Command (COMNAVRESFORCOM); Commander, Naval Education and Training Command;
and Commander, Naval Recruiting Command:
(1) Use commemoration toolkit, disseminated by NHHC, as operationally
feasible to honor the service of Vietnam War veterans.
c. CHINFO. Coordinate with NHHC on fleet-wide communication and digital
engagement efforts in support of Vietnam War Veterans Day.

6. 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.

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

9. Released by Mr. Andrew S. Haeuptle, Director, Navy Staff.//


Published: Mon Mar 23 14:58:16 EDT 2020