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The Full Disclosure campaign is a Veterans For Peace effort to speak truth to power and keep alive the antiwar perspective on the American war in Viet Nam -- which is now approaching a series of 50th anniversary events. It represents a clear alternative to the Pentagon's current efforts to sanitize and mythologize the Vietnam war and to thereby legitimize further unnecessary and destructive wars.

This Month in History: 1969

1969

 

Negotiations begin in Paris between the US, South Vietnam on the one hand and the Provisional Revolutionary Government (PRG) and North Vietnam on the other.

                  Ho Chi Minh (Hồ Chí Minh), President of the DRV and the global face of Vietnamese resistance, dies at the age of 79.

                  President Nixon announces his policy of ‘Vietnamization’ to continue the war while limiting US casualties. He also authorizes the ‘secret’ (to Americans) bombing of Cambodia and Laos directly supervised by Henry Kissinger.

                  Largest antiwar demonstrations to date and resistance among GIs spreads.

 

January-June President Nixon and H. Ross Perot secretly plan a massive POW/MIA campaign to build support for continuing the war.

January 1 Henry Cabot Lodge, former American ambassador to South Vietnam, is nominated by President-elect Nixon to be the senior U.S negotiator at the Paris negotiations.

January 20 Richard M. Nixon is inaugurated as the 37th U.S. President and declares “…the greatest honor history can bestow is the title of peacemaker. This honor now beckons America…” He is the fifth President confronting Vietnam and had successfully campaigned on a pledge of “peace with honor.”

January 22-March 18 Operation Dewey Canyon, the last major operation by U.S. Marines begins in the Đa Krông valley. a sweep of the People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN)-dominated A Shau and Song Đa Krông Valleys by the 9th Marine Regiment.

The 56 days of combat do not stop the overall flow of North Vietnamese men and materiel into South Vietnam. The 9th Marine Regiment and attached units were awarded the Army Presidential Unit Citation for their actions in Operation Dewey Canyon.

January 25 Paris negotiations open with the U.S., South Vietnam, North Vietnam and the NLF all in attendance.

                  Article entitled “I Quit” by Green Beret Master Sergeant Donald Duncan appears in Ramparts magazine.

January 31 Susan Schnall is court-martialed in San Francisco for actions which, the Navy said, would “impair the morale, loyalty and discipline of the members of the armed forces (and) conduct unbecoming an officer.” (See entry for October 14, 1968).

2016 National Book Award Finalist, Viet Thanh Nguyen:

“All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory . . . . Memory is haunted, not just by ghostly others but by the horrors we have done, seen, and condoned, or by the unspeakable things from which we have profited.”

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