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History Professor Guy Alchon ( galchon@udel.edu ) said the evening will be an opportunity for a moral conversation.

When will the stories of the other major massacres of the Vietnam War be discussed across American colleges and university.   The Duc Duc Refugee Village Massacre was compared to the scale of the My Lai massacre, two thousand civilian homes were burned to ashes, hundreds and hundreds of innocent men, women and children were killed, wounded and reported missing.   CBS, ABC, and NBC each covered the Duc Duc Massacre twice.  However, CNN, CBS, NBC and ABC covered the My Lai Massacre over 600 times since it took place.    (Many people would call this bias.)

 

 Apr 18, 2007 11:58 am US/Eastern

Vietnam Vet Talks About Massacre At Univ. Of Del.

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(AP) NEWARK, Del. The University of Delaware is hosting a Vietnam War veteran who will speak Wednesday about the 1968 My Lai Massacre.

Larry Colburn -- who intervened to stop the killing at My Lai will take part in the panel discussion at Clayton Hall.

The discussion's theme is Soldiers to Veterans: Burdens of Conscience and a Careless Public from Vietnam to Iraq.
Members of the Iraq Veterans Against the War will also speak. 
(Shouldn't the Duc Duc Refugee Massacre and Hue City Massacre be part of this discussion.  Jack Cunningham)

History Professor Guy Alchon ( galchon@udel.edu ) said the evening will be an opportunity for a moral conversation.

Colburn and two other men with him in a scout helicopter intervened in the massacre. In 1998, they were awarded the Soldiers Medal by the U.S. Army.

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A prisoner captured during the attack told officials he had been in Vietnam only four days. He said the units came down the Ho Chi Minh trail in Loas, crossed the border and made a three-day forced march, attacking Duc Duc (Refugee Village) without taking a rest.

WHAT  MADE  THIS  ATTACK  ON  A  PEASANT-FARMING  VILLAGE  SO  TIMELY...

At the time, the American News Media were extremely bias against the American military.   (John Kerry was their favorite military officer and he was going around condemning his fellow Vietnam Veterans.  The American News Media loved him!!)

And a major American court case was about to come to a close.

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Eyewritness to the attack:   Major Franklin TRAPNELL - says heard news of Calley conviction at same time enemy killing civilians at Duc Duc; says this another My Lai perpetuated by enemy this time, with more killed for far less reason; hopes will have some impact on public.
 
 
The Duc Duc Massacre was compared to the My Lai Massace.  But why is the Duc Duc Massacre so largely forgotten?   
 
The  MY  LAI  Massacre has been mentioned on television evening news over 600 times.  The Duc Duc Massacre has been mentioned six (6) times.   What made one Vietnam War massacre, so newsworthy and the other  not so newsworthy... ? 
 
 
CBC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 31, 1971  -  REPORTER:   Walter Cronkite
Saigon announces North Vietnam attacked Duc Duc, South Vietnam, last Sunday; killed 200 civilians.
 
 
 
NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 31, 1971  -  REPORTER:  Frank Mcgee 
North Vietnam attacks Duc Duc, South Vietnam, killing or wounding over 200.
 
 
 
ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 31, 1971  -  REPORTER:    Harry Reasoner 
North Vietnam forces attack Duc Duc, South Vietnam, killing 100 civilians.
 
 

CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 02, 1971  Headline: South Vietnam / Duc Duc

(Duc Duc, South Vietnam) Film shows destroyed village, civilians digging through rubble; 107 known dead, 135 evacuated for treatment; villagers feel South Vietnam didn't help enough to prevent North Vietnam attack.
 
[ Eyewritness to the attack:  Major Franklin TRAPNELL - says heard news of Calley conviction at same time enemy killing civilians at Duc Duc; says this another My Lai perpetuated by enemy this time, with more killed for far less reason; hopes will have some impact on public.] US providing supplies to rebuild village.
REPORTER:  Jeff Williams
 
 

This is what happened to my village, seven months after I left the refugee village, due to President Nixon's troop pullout from Vietnam.

MARCH  1971

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THE  MASSACRE  OF  THE  DUC  DUC  REFUGEE  VILLAGE  TOOK  PLACE  SEVEN  MONTHS  AFTER  THE  LAST  AMERICAN  MARINES  WERE  PULLED  OUT  FROM  IT.   It will also happen in Iraq after America leaves...

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Remember this photo from the fall of Saigon?

Do you want to see one just like it from the American embassy in Iraq?

America's anti-war, anti-military leadership does.

We of the Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation don't and you don't either.

We are in a huge fight to clear the name of America’s fighting forces. It is a fight that is intensifying — a mark of the fear that the opposition have of the truth. Especially the truth about the gallantry of America’s fighting forces. Go here to Contribute  https://www.vvlf.org/donate.php

The same slanders — unfounded accusations of routine atrocities and war crimes — leveled against soldiers during the Vietnam war by Jane Fonda and now-Senator John Kerry are being readied for use against America’s heroic fighting forces in Iraq.

Their purpose, now as then: to make Americans ashamed of its troops to shake American political will and force an ignominious retreat. We must prevent this from happening.

This strategy, as spearheaded by Jane Fonda, worked in Vietnam. It represents not just a vicious lie against our fighting forces but a mortal threat to America’s honor, safety, and role as champion of democratic and human rights throughout the world.

This is why your generous help is urgently needed and respectfully requested.

At stake is ultimately nothing less than the integrity of the American military. Beyond the pure cause of justice, which is sufficient for some, there is a compelling reason to clear the reputation of those who fought in Vietnam, the honor of the men who served their country, the nobility of those who gave their lives, and the truth of America’s history.

By restoring our veterans’ stolen honor, we — you, my colleagues and I together — will make it impossible for those who oppose American military action anywhere and anytime, to cause another disgrace by forcing our heroic winning forces to cut and run. Visit the Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation   http://www.vvlf.org/

Until or unless we do correct the existing record, the American military may never be free of the myths and smears of Vietnam. The honor and integrity of our military must be cleansed as it fights to defend freedom at home and around the world.

Our mission to set the record straight is hardly over. But the prospects for victory are immense and inspiring. We hope you will join us in fighting this battle . . . for our soldiers, then and now.

Just recently, my colleagues and I, together with the distinguished US Congressman Sam Johnson, presented in Washington information we have compiled discrediting the very basis of the lies leveled against America’s Vietnam war troops. We presented to a gathering of over a thousand citizens at the largest conservative gathering ever held in Washington, DC.

Our presentation of just the plain honest facts drew 10 standing ovations!

Congressman Johnson had the audience, and us, in awe in recounting the story of the heroism of Corporal Jason Dunham in Iraq:

    In 2004, 22-year old Corporal Jason Dunham of Scio, New York, was patrolling the streets after insurgents attacked an American convoy in Iraq. Jason and his men came across a white Toyota Land Cruiser. The driver jumped out of the car and leapt at Jason. After a tussle with the insurgent, Jason noticed that the enemy had a live grenade, shouting, "His hand! His hand!"

    In the heat of the moment, Jason realized the immediate gravity of the situation, warned his comrades, threw his Kevlar helmet on the live grenade, and hurled his body on his helmet to protect his fellow Marines from the blast. All nearby were in pretty bad shape — and Corporal Dunham died a few days later with his parents at his side.

    Marine Corporal Jason Dunham earned the highest medal for valor for his heroism in Iraq — the Medal of Honor. This January Jason’s parents accepted the commendation from President George W. Bush posthumously.

    There are only two Medal of Honor winners from Iraq. Just Two. (Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith of the Army earned the other.) Yet, why doesn’t Jason Dunham falling on a grenade for his men generate the same non-stop media spotlight as the passing of a so-called celebrity or a pop-star shaving her head and getting new tattoos?
It’s a shame.

(Full text in the public record may be found at: U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson : Serving the 3rd District of Texas).

10 standing ovations: America is hungry for the truth! By all accounts our true stories of the gallantry of US troops in Vietnam and the perfidy with which our reputation was purposefully sullied was the most enthusiastically received presentation of this 3-day conference. It was received with even greater enthusiasm — with due respect — than the speeches given there by Vice President Cheney or the various presidential candidates there such Mayor Giuliani and Governor Romney.

Something big is happening. It would be a privilege to include you as our supporter in one of the most critical, historic, projects being undertaken in America today.

I do not approach you casually. I believe in self-sufficiency. I was a POW in North Vietnam for five years, seven months and 13 days. I served in three wars (WWII, Korea, and Vietnam) and earned the Medal of Honor, which I wear to this day with the greatest pride. As president of the Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation, Inc., it is my ongoing passion to educate the public about the Vietnam War, its events, its history, and the men and women who sacrificed to serve their country.

But this is simply too big, and important, a job for a small group of former POWs to carry the entire burden on our own. We need resources to finish our job compiling evidence that the allegations of systematic atrocities and war crimes in Vietnam are a lie. Demonstrating how nobly, gallantly and humanely were the American troops who fought in Vietnam is my continuing mission.

And I hope you will give it your full support.

Nobody who lived through the ’60s can forget the scurrilous "Babykiller" epithets hurled at returning veterans. The claims of widespread war crimes and atrocities conducted as a matter of U.S. policy were largely based on outright lies used purposefully to discredit the war effort. The reputation and honor of our gallant troops was, to the opponents of the war, "collateral damage." Hollywood’s Vietnam war remains founded in these lies.

The slanders directed at the troops returning from duty in Vietnam are founded on lies made in a notorious show trial called "The Winter Soldier Investigation" whose "findings" were placed in the Congressional Record by the enemies of the war and of the values of liberty, democracy and human rights for which America stands. These findings served — and serve — as the foundation for the attacks on the character of American troops.

The VVLF has embarked on a long and historic project to expose the lies and tell the truth that has its adversaries terrified.  We need your help to finish that project and win our case before the court of public opinion.

We will put the truth before the American public in ways that simply cannot be ignored.

With your help, we will also pursue the litigation that we contend will show that the previous lawsuit brought against us, and dropped, was brought through sheer malice to suppress this story (as their lawyer admitted in a comment to the media)!

We will broadcast the truth throughout America and the world on the Internet through our website: Click here: Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation.    http://www.vvlf.org/

We have tens of thousands of members of VVLF to whom we will email the evidence and enlist their help in getting the facts out to millions of Americans and around the world.

We have identified over 1,000 milblogs who deserve to be provided this information and who can get the facts out to millions of Americans and around the world.

We have enlisted a crack publicity team to get the facts in front of millions of people through the conservative and even mainstream media.

We will authorize and empower popular and scholarly new books — and someday, maybe even textbooks — to tell the truth of the gallantry of our Vietnam vets, and, if you provide us with sufficient resources, assist with getting the stories out on behalf of Iraqi and other post-Vietnam vets.

We will finish our new documentary and find venues to get it broadcast.

Please accept my apologies for the length of this letter. Your time is valuable and your attention is greatly respected. It’s a long story — but an urgent and historic one. Whether or not you contribute, I consider it of utmost importance that you yourself have a chance to find out the truth and to spread it, in your own ways, to your loved ones.

Thank you again for giving this request for your support the full consideration it deserves.

With respect,

George E. Day
Col. USAF (Ret.)

P.S. Above all, I salute those of you who are willing to Contribute   https://www.vvlf.org/donate.php, to make a contribution of $1,000, $100, $25 or even $10 to enable us to prevail in this crucial, and urgent, mission for truth in restoring the stolen honor to our Vietnam veterans. We shall decisively re-establish America’s esteem for its fighting men and women, with your help. Your contributions are tax deductible and 100% goes for completing our mission.

This request for support is not addressed or available to legal residents of Mississippi, Minnesota, Washington (state), and Utah.

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  I've been in this battle with the State of New Jersey for over six years now.

 

      My New Jersey corruption charges center around a corrupt New Jersey law firm (MAYNARD & TRULAND) that used its tremendous state-wide/court-wide influence to suppress Legal Malpractice charges against them.     One of the corrupted lawyers of the firm (Robert Correale) had a second job working for the State of New Jersey.

     Robert Correale happened to be Vice-Chairman of New Jersey's Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics.    

 

It's been a Vietnam PTSD veteran against a New Jersey Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics Vice-Chairman the entire uphill battle.    I've been tag-teamed by Maynard & Truland's corrupted lawyers and their corrupted friends in the New Jersey State Courts, New Jersey Governor's Office and his Attorney General Office.

 

     I've been handling my charges PRO SE, because there is NOT a lawyer in New Jersey who would go against New Jersey's Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics...   especially a Vice-Chairman.    (That's like career-suicide.)

 

      Back in 2003, my Legal Malpractice evidence beat Maynard & Truland and Robert Correale in NJ Superior Court, but when I asked for this court transcript to use in a higher level of Superior Court, the transcript could not be typed for release, because the reporter's notes went strangely missing.   Since I didn't have the transcript from the lower court, the Law Division judge threw my civil case out for a lack of merit.  

     Because of the missing court transcript, later, the New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division threw my case out for the same lack of merit and placed a gag order on me.  The Superior Court judges supplied me with no reasonable accommodations for serving PRO SE, or the fact I was disabled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder  (PTSD).

 

My legal malpractice evidence is the law firm's own contact and invoices and many New Jersey Supreme Court and Superior Court documents and filed letters.  I also have my Veterans Affairs (VA) medical records to show the impact this saga has had on my disability and my family.

      It's been a six year ongoing cover-up.  But it is well-documented.   It's been a battle, but with the internet, I'm starting to get some support and it's giving me some hope that I'll finally get my Due Process.   

           Jack Cunningham     http://www.americans-working-together.com/attorney_ethics/id22.html

               Sussex, NJ 

 

 

The Federal Department of Justice (DOJ) insists that I deal with the State of New Jersey.  However, the State of New Jersey does not answer my communications to them.

 

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The men and women on our board of directors are highly respected, distinguished individuals who have served their country with courage and distinction -- some as Prisoners of War, and one who served from home while her husband remained in captivity.

Col. George E. "Bud" Day

VVLF's President

George Day

Col. George E. "Bud" Day serves as the VVLF's President. Col. Day served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, and is America's most highly decorated living combat veteran. Shot down over North Vietnam on August 26, 1967, he spent more than five years as a Prisoner of War.

Col. Day was the only POW to escape from prison in North Vietnam, only to be recaptured by the North Vietnamese in the South. Col. Day has received nearly 70 military decorations and awards, the most notable being the Medal of Honor. Currently, Col. Day is a practicing attorney in Florida, specializing in profound injury and death litigation cases and military law.

Read more about Col. Day here.

Col. Kenneth W. Cordier

VVLF's Vice-President

Kenneth Cordier

Kenneth W. Cordier is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel. During his service in the Vietnam War, Col. Cordier was shot down on his 176th mission and held captive as a Prisoner of War for more than six years. He was awarded numerous medals for his service in Vietnam.

Col. Cordier resides in Texas, and remains involved with veterans' issues, having served on the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs' POW Advisory Board, and Congressman Pete Sessions' Service Academy Selection Board. He has also held national office with the POW association, NAM POWs, and now with the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association.

Robert A. McMahon

Treasurer of the VVLF

Robert McMahon

Robert A. McMahon has been a professional investment and financial advisor for over 30 years in Pennsylvania. McMahon served in the U.S. Army First Infantry Division, in Vietnam from Feb. 1968 to Jan. 1969. He has a long history of involvement in veterans' issues, and currently serves as Chairman of the U.S. Veterans Legacy Project and on the Board of the Pennsylvania Veterans Museum.

Mary Jane McManus

Secretary for the VVLF

Mary Jane McManus

Mary Jane McManus has been active in veterans' issues for over 30 years. Mrs. McManus' husband, Lt. Col. McManus was shot down only months after their wedding, and was held captive in North Vietnam as a POW for almost six years.

Mrs. McManus has served as the Secretary, Treasurer, and Office Manager of the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia where she worked to increase the American public's awareness of the plight and condition of the U.S. POWs.

Cdr. Paul Galanti

Retired Commander in the U.S. Navy

Paul Galanti

While serving in the Vietnam War, Cdr. Galanti was shot down and held captive by the North Vietnamese for almost seven years, and has earned numerous medals of distinction. Cdr. Galanti currently resides in Virginia where he serves on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' POW Advisory Board and the Virginia Board of Veterans Services.

Wallace Nunn

Wallace Nunn

Wallace Nunn, of Pennsylvania, is the Manager of the Philadelphia Public Finance office and has enjoyed a 30-year career as a professional investment and financial advisor. In 1967 and 1968, Nunn served as a U.S. Army Helicopter Gunship Door Gunner in the Republic of Vietnam.

Mr. Nunn currently serves on the Pennsylvania State Board of Education, is Chairman of the Board for The Center for the Study of Popular Culture, and is Chairman of the Board for the Medal of Honor Foundation.

Capt. Richard Stratton

Retired U.S. Navy captain

Richard Stratton

Richard A. Stratton is a retired U.S. Navy Captain who has accumulated 3,000 jet hours, 300 carrier landings and 22 combat missions. He was held captive in North Vietnam for over six years. Among his combat decorations are the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit, the Purple Heart and the Navy Commendation Medal.

Captain Stratton has served as Chairman of the Department of Veterans Affairs POW Advisory Committee, President of NamPows and is a life member of most of the major Veterans organizations. His post retirement career was as a clinical social worker and addictions counselor specializing in the treatment of Veterans with PTSD. He currently lives with his wife Alice in Northeast Florida. The Stratton family is the subject of the biography Prisoner at War by San Francisco author Scott Blakey.

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Because guerrilla warfare basically derives from the masses and is supported by them, it can neither exist nor flourish if it separates itself from their sympathies and co-operation….The moment that this war of resistance dissociates itself from the masses of the people is the precise moment that it dissociates itself from hope of ultimate victory…

-Mao Tse-Tung

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"How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?"
John Kerry  April 22, 1971
-   At the time of his statements before the United States Congress, television news reporters and cameras, and Vietnamese Communist Negotiators in Paris, France, John Kerry was still in the United States Navy.
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Less than a month after the massacre of the Duc Duc Refugee Village,  Senator John Kerry became a spokesperson and negotiator for the communist government in Vietnam.   At the time, John Kerry was an officer in the United States Navy.
 

Sen. Kerry met with the Viet Cong government to negotiate a peace settlement without the authorization of our government:

"I have been to Paris. I have talked with both delegations at the peace talks, that is to say the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the Provisional Revolutionary Government and of all eight of Madam Binh's points it has been stated time and time again, and was stated by Senator Vance Hartke when he returned from Paris, and it has been stated by many other officials of this Government, if the United States were to set a date for withdrawal the prisoners of war would be returned." (Vietnam Veterans Against the War Statement by John Kerry to the Senate Committee of Foreign Relations, April 23, 1971.)

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----- Original Message -----
From: Sandy Wardlaw            swardlaw2@cox.net
Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2005 12:24 AM
Subject: Duc Duc settlement

            Jack,
 
            I found the following report from the 7th Marines Command Chronology dated March 4, 1968. Although the grid coordinates are incorrect the village names are the same as those where you served with CAP 2-9-2 (aka NOV 3).  It seems like the massacre in 1971 was not the first time the villagers had been brutalized.
            Sandy                   
 
                     (d)      040500H:  Company I searched the area of (AT869571) and found 40 civilians KIA, 77  WIA, and 14 WIA  (at this point there are several letters I can't read ...Sandy) 
The villages of  DUC DUC, PHU DA, and AN HOA had been mortared, and the enemy had moved through the area burning huts and throwing grenades at the civilians in their bomb shelters. The enemy told civilians that the reason for the raid was to force the people to return across the river to the Arizona area and grow rice.