Tag Archives: Vietnam War

Mitchell Center a one-of-kind Facility Devoted to POWs

By Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Matthew Clutter, Navy Medicine Operational Training Center Public Affairs Three men, all well into retirement, casually reminisce together one morning. From a distance, their talk would seem typical of men their age.  Get closer, though, and you realize that their conversation is anything but typical. They sit and laugh and toss stories back and forth …

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Across Oceans to Root Canals Pt. 2

By Naval Hospital Guam Public Affairs Editor’s Note: We continue with Cmdr. Vinh Doan’s, director of dental services, Naval Hospital Guam, true story about escaping Vietnam and starting a new life with his family in the U.S. Eventually another group of fisherman came by, recommending that they get close to shore and make a hole in their boat, and sink it …

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Medical Officer Recalls Gulf of Tonkin Incident

On August 2, 1964, USS Maddox (DD-731) was on a routine patrol in the Gulf of Tonkin (international waters) when three North Vietnamese torpedo boats commenced a high speed torpedo run on her.  The incident would lead to the so-called “Gulf of Tonkin Resolution” giving the president the power “to take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against …

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