Who was Gary Wetzel?

Introduction Gary George Wetzel (born 29 September 1947) is a former United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honour, for his actions in the Vietnam War. Military Career Wetzel joined the United States Army from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at age 18 in 1965. By 08 January… Read More

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An Overview of the Republic of China in the Vietnam War

Introduction The Republic of China (ROC), commonly known as “Nationalist China” or “Taiwan”, supported South Vietnam (Republic of Vietnam) during the Vietnam War. Both were anti-communist Asian nations fighting against rival communist regimes, the People’s Republic of China and North Vietnam (Democratic Republic of Vietnam). Refer to Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, and South Korean contributions… Read More

An Overview of South Korea in the Vietnam War

Introduction The South Korean government, under the administration of Park Chung-hee, took an active role in the Vietnam War. From September 1964 to March 1973, South Korea sent some 350,000 troops to South Vietnam. The South Korean Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force all participated as an ally of the United States. The number… Read More

An Overview of New Zealand in the Vietnam War

Introduction New Zealand’s involvement in the Vietnam War was highly controversial, sparking widespread protest at home from anti-Vietnam War movements modelled on their American counterparts. This conflict was also the first in which New Zealand did not fight alongside the United Kingdom, instead following the loyalties of the ANZUS Pact. New Zealand decided to send… Read More

An Overview of Canada and the Vietnam War

Introduction The Vietnam War had considerable effects on Canada, but Canada and Canadians also affected the war. The Canadian government did not participate in the war. It contributed to peacekeeping forces in 1973 to help enforce the Paris Peace Accords. Privately, some Canadians contributed to the war effort. Canadian corporations sold war material to the… Read More

An Overview of the Military History of Australia during the Vietnam War

Introduction Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War began with a small commitment of 30 military advisors in 1962, and increased over the following decade to a peak of 7,672 Australian personnel following the Menzies Government’s April 1965 decision to upgrade its military commitment to South Vietnam’s security. By the time the last Australian personnel were… Read More

Who was Michael Matteson?

Introduction Michael Matteson was an anti-war activist who resisted conscription into the Australian Army during the Vietnam War, due to his anarchist philosophy and principles. Refer to Robert Martin. Outline In 1972, Matteson was being escorted by two Commonwealth policemen – handcuffed to one at each wrist – as he had previously taken part in… Read More