116 VVN – Montagnards – How and Why They Aided The Americans in Vietnam

Montegards, Mack Payne, vietnam veteran news

Montagnard village — Typical longhouses in the village.

One of our best friends in the Vietnam War was a group of people who get little recognition or respect. They are the Montagnards who lived in the mountains of Vietnam and provided much help to the US Special Forces. The French named these prehistoric-like people “Montagnard,” which meant mountain-dweller. They were a group of 20 to 28 tribes of ethnic minorities which looked like Polynesian people and spoke a language similar to Polynesian and were actually Degar people. They lived in Vietnam as early as the 8th century long before the Chinese Oriental Vietnamese arrived on the scene and the two population groups never really learned how to get along with each other.

Only about 600,000 Montagnards survive today. When the American version of the Vietnam War started there were seven million of them in Vietnam. Unfortunately that seems to be the price people have to pay when they decide to throw their lot in with the Americans who seem to have the habit of forsaking their friends.

This story comes from Joyce Alpay, a writer for the Kokomo Perspective.


115 VVN – Can Vietnam Mend Fences With China

Vietnamese and Chinese Tensions, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

Riot police officers keeps guard outside the damaged Shining company building in Vietnam’s southern Binh Duong province May 16, 2014.

In a recent episode (113) titled: Vietnam – Our New Friend?? The visit of General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff to Hanoi was highlighted. It seems the Vietnamese are opening up to the possibility of improved relations with the USA. This episode is a continuation of our look at the geo-political rumblings going on in southeast Asia where China is trying to hog up all the mineral resources in the South China Sea to the chagrin of its neighbors in Vietnam, The Philippines, Taiwan and Japan to name a few.

Suddenly it seems Vietnam wants to make nicey-nicey with the US to balance out the influence of China, the eight hundred pound gorilla on its northern border. Hope our leaders have sufficient moxie to handle the negotiations in this sensitive matter. It is a significant challenge involving relations with an enemy we did not beat after years of sacrifice in blood and fortune and the specter of challenging a new world power in China.


114 VVN – Vietnam War Entertainers

The Vamps, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

The Vamps, Landing Zone Ross, November 1967. It was during this performance that the band was forced to leave the stage due to a Viet Cong mortar attack. Left to right: Julie Hibberd, Margaret Britt, Denise Cooper, Carol Middlemiss and Valerie Fallon.

In this episode we are going to look at some of the unsung heroes of the Vietnam War and that is the entertainers. I am not talking about the big time stars like Bob Hope or Phyllis Diller but rather the hundreds of unknown bands from such places as The Philippines, Australia and even the USA that roved around Vietnam to entertain the troops and provide a short diversion from the war.

I will tell the story of a group from Sydney, Australia called The Vamps. It was an all girl band led by a remarkable woman named Margaret Britt. She formed the band and ran it with a firm hand on its travels through the country.

All Vietnam Veterans should salute The Vamps and all the other entertainers who risked life and limb to bring us all a little much needed entertainment from home.

113 VVN – Vietnam – Our New Friend??

General Dempsey, mack payne, vietnam veteran news

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey and Vietnamese Chief of General Staff of the Army, Lt. Gen. Do Ba Ty in Hanoi, Vietnam on Aug. 14. /Tran Van Minh/AP

Isn’t it interesting how time changes things? Recently General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, marched in review before a Vietnamese honor guard right beside Vietnam’s military chief, Gen. Do Ba Ky. A Vietnam Veteran might ask – what in the world is going on? The times are a-changing to quote bard of note. In this episode a story by Donald Kirk in the WorldTribune.com tells about how the US is now considering giving aid to Vietnam in its disputes with China over the ownership of mineral rich islands in the South China Sea. Now that would be an odd turn of events, it could easily happen in this crazy world we live in. Kirk uses this development to opine about the possibility of the same thing happening in Korea. The thought of this happening makes it clear that we live in an every changing world filled with some bad characters and we better stay strong and on our toes. If you would like to contact Donald Kirk, he can be reached at: kirkdon@yahoo.com

112 VVN – Baptist Missionaries Visit Vietnam

Baptists Speak to Vietnamese Students, Vietnam Veteran News, Mack Payne

The Broken Arrow mission team met with students at New Life center where the gospel was shared openly.

In this episode we will look at a story by Jo-Ann Jennings, a writer for the Broken Arrow Ledger. She tells the story of a group of missionaries led by Pastor Scott Morie of Indian Springs Baptist Church who visited Vietnam. Vietnam Veterans remember the Vietnam of forty plus years ago and it is interesting to get a glimpse of the country today.

The Baptist visitors could not preach on street corners or hand out Bibles randomly but they could talk to students as cultural ambassadors. Morie said “We’re just planting seeds” that could someday produce fruit in that communist country that suppresses the peoples worship of Christianity.

The story was an interesting look at what is going in Vietnam today and the attitudes of the people there. Hope you enjoy the story.


111 VVN -The Plight of The Hmong People – Friends of The US in Vietnam War

Hmong Refugee Camp, Vietnam Veteran News, Mack Payne

Hmong refugees collect water at Huay Nam Khao village in Thailand’s northeastern province of Petchabun in 2007. Some 8,000 ethnic Hmong refugees, who claim to have fled persecution in Laos, will be sent back to their homeland.

In this episode I will look at a story about the plight of some of the Hmong people who supported the US in the Vietnam War. I warn you it is not a pleasant story. The Hmong were strong and loyal friends of the US when it was fighting the spread of communism in the Vietnam War. They were rewarded for their US associations with a wide range of persecutions including death. They are still to this day being accused of spying for the US.

This account tells the sad story of 24-year-old Pa Kou Vang who has been running all her life. She makes the fugitive, Dr. Richard Kimble’s TV series, look like a picnic. It is a shame more can’t be done to assist those who helped us when we needed their brave services in war.

110 VVN – South Mississippi Tea Party Views

Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

Mack Payne spoke at a meeting of The South Mississippi Tea Party in D’Iberville, Mississippi where he urged the audience to continue the fight to keep America great.

Recently I spoke to the South Mississippi Tea Party in D’Iberville, Mississippi about keeping America great. In this episode I recount a few of my comments and why I feel so strongly about them. I also tell about meeting a Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veteran who was suffering from an Agent Orange related disease and could not get medical treatment from the VA.

At the end of the talk I encouraged all in attendance to make sure they all voted and then a lady with a heavy German accent stood of and said the reason Hitler was able to take control of Germany was because too many Christians did not vote. He statement was very compelling.

If you need a patriot speaker for your event visit my website: http://patriotspeaker.com.

109 VVN – Mack Payne Speaking About Vietnam

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Mack Payne speaking at a meeting of The Villages Tea Party in Florida urging the audience to continue the fight to keep America great.

Recently I spoke to the Villages Tea Party in Florida about keeping America great. The message was so compelling I decided to replay the audio portion in this Episode. My main speaking topics revolve around keeping America Great. I hope you enjoy the message and if you need a speaker for an event see my website for more information. http://patriotspeaker.com.

108 VVN – The Real Reason Why We Fought And Died In Vietnam

The Chung Family, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

After leaving Vietnam, the author (in blue shorts) and his family spent 100 days at a camp in Singapore.(Courtesy of Chung Family)

This episode will reveal the real reason we fought in Vietnam.

That’s right you are finally going to discover the real reason we went to Vietnam and gave up so much in life, limb and national treasure.

Now I’m sure you have probably heard all the time worn arguments about why we went to Vietnam and stayed so long in what some misguided souls call an unwinnable war.

There was a story in the Parade magazine recently that made it absolutely clear why we were there in Vietnam and its justification.

The proof was contributed be Vinh Chung, who told his story of how his family escaped from the tyranny in South Vietnam after the Communist North took over.

It was a harrowing story with a happy ending but it made absolutely clear what we were fighting for in that distant land.

I asked my good buddy Mitchell Dye of Melbourne to narrate it for your edification.

This story illustrates the strong desire that all people have to be free and to be allowed to pursue their own happiness.

Vinh Chung’s story will grab your heart.

107 VVN – Fighting For Agent Orange Equity



Rep Chris Gibson, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

Congressman Christopher Gibson (R-NY)

Paul Kirby, writer for the Daily Freeman in Kingston, New York recently submitted an article about the work an Ellenville woman, Carol Olszanecki. She is very active in helping promote HR-543 which is intended to provide equity in VA medical services for Agent Orange illnesses suffered by Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans and others who have been dropped from VA medical benefits because of a legal ruling brought by the VA to save money.

Olszanecki helped establish The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association after her husband, John, died in 2002 at age 57 due to exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Blue Water Navy and the father of two children, Chris and Michele.

She is working closely with Representative Chris Gibson of New York, the original sponsor of the Bill and is hopeful it will pass the House of Representatives in September of 2014.

Her story to promote the Bill is presented in this episode.