The TET Uprising 50th Anniversary

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By Su Phelps and Cheri Fisher, Photos by Su Phelps

On January 27th the 50th Anniversary of the TET Uprising was held in Las Vegas at the American Legion Post 8. The day was a remembrance of the largest conflict held during the Vietnam War. The North Vietnamese had smuggled guns and ammo into the south and in January 1968 during the Lunar New Year celebration, they started attacking the major cities in Vietnam. The Tet Offensive was a coordinated series of North Vietnamese attacks on more than 100 cities and outposts in South Vietnam. The offensive was an attempt to foment rebellion among the South Vietnamese population and encourage the United States to scale back its involvement in the Vietnam War. Though U.S. and South Vietnamese forces managed to hold off the attacks, news coverage of the massive offensive shocked the American public and eroded support for the war effort. Despite heavy casualties, North Vietnam achieved a strategic victory with the Tet Offensive, as the attacks marked a turning point in the Vietnam War and the beginning of the slow, painful American withdrawal from the region.

Special Army Veteran Robert Davidson displayed his memorabilia including guns, uniforms, and even a helmet with the oil can on it, that was used to keep their guns from jamming up. There were a few of the men that were in the different cities that were involved in the uprising and each told their stories to us.