Title

Sex, Drugs and Power: Westmoreland's Vietnam

Date

5-26-2016 9:30 AM

End Time

26-5-2016 9:45 AM

Location

WUC Columbia Room

Department

History

Session Chair

Patricia Goldsworthy-Bishop

Session Title

History Senior Thesis Presentations

Faculty Sponsor(s)

John Rector

Abstract

From the Battle for the Ia-Drang Valley in 1965 to the final withdrawal from the American Embassy in Saigon in 1975, the helicopter was an integral part of American forces strategy in the Vietnam War. The focus of this study is to view the helicopter as a tool of military strategy, more than a piece of hardware. My thesis is that the helicopter enabled the search-and-destroy war waged by American forces against the North Vietnamese forces. Integral to understanding this strategy which the helicopter was vital to, is General Westmoreland’s autobiographical memoirs on the Vietnam War, A Soldier Reports, in which Westmoreland defends his command of the American Army in Southeast Asia. General Westmoreland’s perspective is vital to understanding the strategy of Vietnam, and the broader nature of the war itself. This presentation will outline Westmoreland’s defense of his strategy, and explore how air-mobility played a role in his approach to fighting the War.

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May 26th, 9:30 AM May 26th, 9:45 AM

Sex, Drugs and Power: Westmoreland's Vietnam

WUC Columbia Room

From the Battle for the Ia-Drang Valley in 1965 to the final withdrawal from the American Embassy in Saigon in 1975, the helicopter was an integral part of American forces strategy in the Vietnam War. The focus of this study is to view the helicopter as a tool of military strategy, more than a piece of hardware. My thesis is that the helicopter enabled the search-and-destroy war waged by American forces against the North Vietnamese forces. Integral to understanding this strategy which the helicopter was vital to, is General Westmoreland’s autobiographical memoirs on the Vietnam War, A Soldier Reports, in which Westmoreland defends his command of the American Army in Southeast Asia. General Westmoreland’s perspective is vital to understanding the strategy of Vietnam, and the broader nature of the war itself. This presentation will outline Westmoreland’s defense of his strategy, and explore how air-mobility played a role in his approach to fighting the War.