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    Tet Offensive

    The Tet Offensive, resulting in total casualties of more than 100,000, was a major offensive began by North Vietnam and the Viet Cong against South Vietnam, the United States, and their allies in 1968.
    The Tet Offensive was one of the biggest military combats of the Vietnam War. North Vietnam and the Viet Cong lost over 45,000 troops, while over 20,000 soldiers of South Vietnam and allies were killed and wounded in the action. Over 14,000 civilians died and 24,000 were wounded during the conflict.
    The Tet Offensive proved to be a turning point in the Vietnam War. The conflict had a heavy impact on the US government and ultimately led to the withdrawal of US forces from Vietnam, although it was a tactical victory for the South Vietnam and US forces.


    On the early morning of January 30, 1968, Viet Cong forces attacked 13 cities in central South Vietnam, just as many families began their observances of the lunar new year.
    Twenty-four hours later, PAVN and Viet Cong forces struck a number of other targets throughout South Vietnam, including cities, towns, government buildings and U.S. or ARVN military bases throughout South Vietnam, in a total of more than 120 attacks.
    In a particularly bold attack on the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, a Viet Cong platoon got inside the complex’s courtyard before U.S. forces destroyed it. The audacious attack on the U.S. Embassy, and its initial success, stunned American and international observers, who saw images of the carnage broadcast on television as it occurred.
    Though Giap had succeeded in achieving surprise, his forces were spread too thin in the ambitious offensive, and U.S. and ARVN forces managed to successfully counter most of the attacks and inflict heavy Viet Cong losses.


    Despite its heavy casualty toll, and its failure to inspire widespread rebellion among the South Vietnamese, the Tet Offensive proved to be a strategic success for the North Vietnamese.
    Before Tet, Westmoreland and other representatives of the Johnson administration had been claiming that the end of the war was in sight; now, it was clear that a long struggle still lay ahead. Westmoreland requested more than 200,000 new troops in order to mount an effective counteroffensive, an escalation that many Americans saw as an act of desperation




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    Tet's where I became a Marine.


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    My Brother Russ, has all my Honor and respect for his part in the Tet Offensive...


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    my cousin is a tet survivor.i have a lot of respect for that man


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    My Brother was there during Tet, he was supposed to be a Remington raider but he told me that the only thing he got was a rifle and never saw a typewriter...lol... he served two tours in Nam. he like my entire Family are Marines, he now lives in Az. down in the valley area.
    I lived in the Northern area the big city of St. Johns or San Juan up in the rim area for 10 years, I really like it there.
    oops sorry got off topic...
    as you were.


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    just finished writing a book; Seeking Sanctuary. It tells about the suppressed and hidden facts regarding Hospital Ship Sanctuary during the tet of 1968. If you have any comments about the ship please let me know. I may write part two.
    Stephen@seekingsanctuaryonline.org


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    I flew onto one of the ships once to drop off our wounded, not sure of the name though.

    Pat, referring to your brother, I remember all the Remington raiders, mess cooks and even guys that just got off the plane arriving in the Nam, wearing stateside utilities, were placed in our line because of all the casualties. We were all a little scared in that one.


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