Toward an honest commemoration of the American War in Vietnam
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 being commemorated during this decade with a series of 50th anniversary events. Full Disclosure represents a clear alternative to the Pentagon’s current efforts to sanitize and mythologize that war, and to thereby legitimize further unnecessary and destructive wars.
October 1 – Mao, fearing Soviet encirclement, commissions Edgar Snow to signal that he desired a new meeting with the U.S.
October 7 – During a TV speech, President Nixon proposes a “standstill” cease-fire in which all troops would stop shooting and remain in place pending a formal peace agreement. Hanoi does not respond. He further announces that 40,000 American troops will be withdrawn from South Vietnam by the end of the year.
October 11 – U.S. Third Brigade, Ninth Infantry Division, is withdrawn from Vietnam.
October 24 – ARVN troops begin a new offensive into Cambodia.
Last week of October – U.S. combat deaths number 24, lowest since October 1965.