A Short History of the War in Vietnam

Authors

  • Jayne Werner

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-037-02-1985-06_2

Keywords:

History

Abstract

In one of the frequent corporate ads in the Op-Ed section of the New York Times, the one on April 30th by United Technologies addressed the issue of Vietnam. As I glanced through it, I noticed the claim that the first American killed in "the Vietnam war" was in 1959. This is early enough, but it's not true and misrepresents the nature of the "Vietnam war." It also illustrates, I believe, one of the problems we Americans have about thinking about the war. In point of fact, the first American killed in Vietnam was in 1946—in the midst of hostilities between the Viet Minh and Allied reoccupation forces. The casualty Was Col. A.P. Dewey, the nephew of the governor of New York, who was in southern Vietnam on a mission of the OSS—the precursor of today's CIA. He was killed in ambush by Viet Minh guerrillas.

Published

1985-06-02

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