“An atheist could not be as great a military leader as one who is not an atheist.” Thomas H. Moorer (1912 to 2004) Thomas Hinman Moorer was a US Navy admiral, chief of naval operations (1967-70) and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1970-74) during the Vietnam War. A naval aviator in World War… Read More
“It’s a small war, God, but it’s the only one we’ve got.” Anonymous sign over a chaplains bunker at Con Thien, Vietnam, 1967
“In all honesty, we didn’t achieve our main objective. As for making an impact on the United States, it had not been our intention – but it turned out to be a fortunate result.” Tran Do (1923 to 2002), speaking about the Tet Offensive A retired general, decorated Vietnam War veteran and former head of… Read More
“The politicians in Washington just had no idea about the complexity of the situation in South Vietnam.” William Westmoreland (1914 to 2005) William Childs Westmoreland was a US Army general who commanded US forces in the Vietnam War from 1964 to 1968.
“I always thought we could go on like this. I didn’t think these people had the capacity to fight this way … to take this punishment.” Robert McNamara (1916 to 2009) Robert Strange McNamara was the US Secretary of Defence from 1961 to 1968 who revamped Pentagon operations and who played a major role in… Read More
“I have asked General Westmoreland what he needs to meet his mounting aggression. He has told me. And we will meet his needs… We will stand in Vietnam.” Lyndon B. Johnson (1908 to 1973) Lyndon Baines Johnson, also called LBJ, was the 36th president of the United States (1963-69). A moderate Democrat and vigorous leader… Read More
“The bastards have never been bombed like they’re going to be bombed this time.” Richard Nixon (1913 to 1994), during the 1972 North Vietnamese Easter Offensive Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th president of the United States (1969-74), who, faced with almost certain impeachment for his role in the Watergate scandal, became the first American… Read More