1116 – A refreshed look at the results of the Vietnam War

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Vietnam Operation Linebacker II veterans recall their experiences from the Vietnam Conflict at Linebacker II commemoration event at Barksdale Air Force Base. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

Episode 1116 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature an event that was recently held in Shreveport, Louisiana that provided a refreshed look at the outcome of the Vietnam War. The purpose of the event was to commemorate the  Vietnam War Operation Linebacker II. Retired Lt. Gen. Robert Elder and Gary Joiner, contributed to an op-ed in The Shreveport Times titled: Revisiting lessons from the Vietnam Conflict that covered the event and its proclamation.

The event took place at Barksdale Air Force Base near Shreveport so it is looked at through the eyes of Air Force Vietnam Veterans. The participants discussed how the War was resolved with the Paris Peace Accords. It was pointed out that the Vietnam War developments occurring at the time were crowded off the news headlines by the Watergate investigation and its ramifications for President Nixon.

They pointed out how critical the use of air power was in tipping the scales just in the nick of time to save the day. In December of 1971 peace talks in Paris between the major combatants were going on at a lukewarm pace. On Dec. 13 the North Vietnamese walked out of the talks. President Nixon was desperate to find a way out of the War with “peace and honor.”

He was desperate because the war-weary Congress was going to cut off all funding for the War when they returned from their Christmas break. To speed things up with the North Vietnamese he loosed the dogs on the north. He let the military do what was necessary.

The US Air Force initiated Operation Linebacker II. It lasted for eleven days starting on December 18. B-52 bombers flew 729 sorties, and U.S. Navy and Air Force fighter-bombers flew 1,000 sorties. They dropped 20,370 tons of bombs on North Vietnam and the results were jaw dropping.

Listen to episode 1116 of the podcast and discover what those results were and the whole refreshed look at the outcome of the Vietnam War.

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A B-52 bombing North Vietnam during Operation Linebacker II


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