High-tech machines and vehicles that the soldiers use during wars are the results of long and extensive research and effort of the people tasked to design such advanced equipment. Moreover, the government’s money was highly invested and utilized to fund the manufacture of these vehicles. That’s one of the reasons why soldiers are not allowed to deface the equipment that was issued to them, something that the soldiers religiously followed.

Vietnam War, however, was a different kind of conflict. Although there were misconceptions that this war was not as intense as World War II, there was no question that it prompted the troops to do things they’d never done before, be it for themselves or for others. Pouring out your creativity on your helmet? Sure. How about dumping almost $10 million worth of aircraft overboard? Why not?

Final Phase of the Vietnam War

The ugly war between North Vietnam and South Vietnam began on November 1, 1955. The North was supported by the Soviet Union, China, and other communist allies, while the South was backed by the United States and other anti-communist allies. The gruesome conflict in the jungles of Vietnam lasted for almost 20 years, with it spilling over into nearby states of Laos and Cambodia.

Refugees from the Phan Rang area board the USS DURHAM (LKA-114) from small craft to be transferred to a safer area on 3 April 1975. (National Archives and Records Administration, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

In April 1975, the fall of Saigon marked the end of the war, with the South Vietnamese officials and civilians hysterically leaving the area as it fell to the hands of the communist forces. North Vietnamese Colonel Bui Tin accepted the surrender of South Vietnam later that very same day, saying, “You have nothing to fear; between Vietnamese, there are no victors and no vanquished. Only the Americans have been defeated.”