March 1965 – Secretary of Defense McNamara announces new US policy that states, “…unlimited appropriations available for the financing of aid to South Vietnam” and “under no circumstances is a lack of money to stand in the way of aid to the Nation.” March 1966 – South Korea and Australia announces increased aid and troop support to South Vietnam. March 1967 – III Marine Amphibious Expeditionary Force completes the issue of 5.56mm M-16 assault rifles to all Marines in Vietnam, replacing the 7.62mm M-14 weapon. March 1968 – President Johnson appoints Clark Clifford to replace McNamara as Secretary of Defense, after McNamara questions US strategy and military involvement in Vietnam. March 1969 – Intelligence indicates over 120,000 NVA (40,000 VC & 80,000 NVA) are located in I Corps Tactical Zone (DMZ, Quang Tri Province and Thua Thien Hue Province). March 1970 – For the first time since US Forces entered the war, South Vietnamese soldiers and marines are bearing the brunt of the ground fighting. March 1971 – The 38th NVA Regiment leaves its base camp hideout in the mountains west of An Hoa attacking Duc Duc, Phu Da and Tho Ban. They are defeated by the 51st ARVN Regiment without any US interference or assistance. March 1972 – Due to the Nguyen Hue or Easter Offensive invasion of South Vietnam by North Vietnam, the US resumes bombing of North Vietnam for the first time since 1968. March 1973 – The US Military Assistance Command Vietnam or MACV officially ceases to exist. March 1974 – Communist troops ambush a JMC-Sanctioned “Missing In Action” recovery team, killing a US Army officer and wounding four American, seven South Vietnamese soldiers. March 1975 – NVA, in violation of the Paris Peace Accords, begin their spring offensive and capture Ban Me Thuot, Quang Tri, Hue, Da Nang, Tam Ky, Chu Lai and Quang Ngai.
It is said that "Behind every successful man is a wife." Well, behind every successful ministry is a "Prayer Warrior".
If you would like to commit to praying for Vets With A Mission, Chuck and Joette, the Vietnamese people and for VWAM's humanitarian programs and projects; and you are ready to "Pray the price" so that VWAM doesn't have to "Pay the price," then send a request to be added to the VWAM Prayer Team.
Send an email to VWAM's Prayer Coordinator, Dr. James L. Simmons, D.of Min, at either
Also, if you would like to have a copy of Brother Jim's daily devotional, "This is the Day: A Daily Devotional," make sure you ask him about that!
Volunteer Rachel Foster of Houlton ME, a Pharmacy Tech now in Pharmacy School, prepares to carry an elderly woman upstairs to one of VWAM’s examining physicians at Loc Vinh Health Commune in the village of Loc Vinh, Hue Thua Thien Province.
Copyright Sandy Riley
Details about the team effort can be viewed at the “Projects" link.