April 1965 – Secretary of Defense McNamara announces the deployment of 42,000 Army and 5000 Marines to Vietnam. April 1966 – The 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, arrives in Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam. April 1967 – NVA units launch their initial assaults on Khe Sanh, Gio Lanh, Camp Carroll and Dong Ha. Fighting will gradually increase to major battles that culminate in 1968. April 1968 – The massacre at My Lai is made public. April 1969 – The Commander, US Military Assistance Command Vietnam, confirms that more Americans have been killed in Vietnam than the Korean War. 33,641 Americans have died since January, 1961. April 1970 – President Nixon announces that several thousand American troops have entered Cambodia, and by May that number will swell to over 50,000. The incursion is to destroy NVA and VC supply, R&R, and troop staging facilities. April 1971 – III Marine Amphibious Force, the 1st Marine Division, and the 1st Marine Air Wing leave South Vietnam. April 1972 – Massive peace protests erupt across the US in response to US military assistance, in the form of Naval, Marine and Air Force aircraft resuming support of South Vietnamese units in country because of the Nguyen Hue or Easter Offensive invasion of South Vietnam by North Vietnam. April 1973 – North Vietnam says it has released all US POW’s. The US turns over its military bases and withdraws its forces from South Vietnam. April 1974 – FY funding for South Vietnam drops to $700 million from $1.1 Billion the previous year. April 1975 – President Nguyen Van Thieu resigns as President of the Republic of Vietnam, and seeks asylum in Taiwan. General Duong Van “Big” Minh becomes the last President of South Vietnam.
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.
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Details about the team effort can be viewed at the “Projects" link.