1. Colonel Jack H. Jacobs: The Tet Offensive

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    Colonel Jack H. Jacobs, born in Brooklyn, NY, joined the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant in 1966 after finishing the ROTC program at Rutgers University. Colonel Jacobs was assigned to the 505th Infantry Regiment, 82 Airborne division and served two tours in Vietnam. While in Vietnam Jacobs would see heavy combat, surviving the Tet Offensive and demonstrating courageous acts of valor in March of '68 that earned him the Medal of Honor. Jacobs retired from the Army in 1987 as a Colonel.

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    • Tet Offensive

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      from Rose Eppensteiner / Added

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      A quick summary of the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War

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      • Smothering Dreams

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        from Daniel Reeves / Added

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        Smothering Dreams is one of the most compelling, eloquently visual denunciations of war in any medium. Based on Reeves' own experiences, it is an autobiographical reflection on the Vietnam War, "a cathartic recollection, burning anti-war statement and searing analysis of the media's role in inculcating violence and aggression from childhood onward" (Deirdre Boyle). With dramatic re-enactments of the ambush of his platoon during the Tet Offensive of 1968 and of childhood memories, Smothering Dreams is a collage of fantasies of battle and adult nightmares of the atrocities of war. John J. O’Connor of the New York Times wrote:” Where Apocalypse Now was bloated and pretentious, Smothering Dreams is lean and harrowingly to the point.” Haunted by the memory of a horrific ambush, Reeves was driven to find the sources of violence in the institutions of American culture. Reeves called this thoroughly convicted work "an autobiographical film concerning the myths and realities of organized violence as experienced through the imagination of a child and the eyes of a soldier. Shortly after the tape was completed, he wrote, "What I learned about myself, morality, mortality and responsibility during my year in combat has been the focus of most of my life's work." Drawing on the commentary of Wilfred Owen's antiwar poem, and revisiting America's "television war" through the technology of its disengagement, the work is as relevant to its time as Owen's poem was to World War I. Winner of 3 Emmy Awards, Smothering Dreams is a scathing condemnation of war. Reeves recalls his experience as a Marine in Vietnam, juxtaposing actual and restaged combat footage and child's war play to make his message horrifyingly clear. *Winner of Three EMMY Awards, New York, 1981 *Blue Ribbon winner, Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah, 1982 *Selection for American Film Institute's National Video Festival, Washington, DC,1982 *Museum of Modern Art, New York, Highlights from our Collection", 1991 *National Public Television broadcast, “Alive from Off Center”, July,1985 *UK National Broadcast, Channel 4, London, 1986 *Austrian and Swedish National Broadcast, 1986 *Featured in "Art and Memory", New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, Jan., 1986 *Featured in Museum of Modern Art "Video and Dreams", New York, 1990 *Lee Garmes Award for Excellence, Athens (Ohio) Video Festival, 1982 *Featured in "War and Memory", Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC, 1987 *Winner, San Francisco Video Festival, 1982 *Winner, 8th Annual Ithaca Video Festival, 1982 *acquired for the permanent collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Long Beach Museum of Art, California *Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCA, Los Angeles, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston *Featured in MoMA’s "The Independent Documentary in The United States", 1988

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        • First Attack: History of the 1st Battalion 227th Aviation Regiment

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          from Kenn Christenson / Added

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          A volunteer tribute to the Troopers of A Company 227th Assault Helicopter Battalion and their direct descendent, 1st Battalion 227th Aviation Regiment. The Battalion is celebrating their 50th Anniversary, this year. A/227 AHB was formed February 13th, 1963.

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          • Vietnam and Lyndon B. Johnson

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            This is a brief video lecture on the Vietnam War and President Lyndon B. Johnson

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            • Visit to Vietnam: 2 of 2

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              from Caleb / Added

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              I took a flight to Saigon in February 2011, as the first stop of my Vietnam vacation. It was a long trip, but I came to Vietnam just in time for Tet, the biggest holiday in the year. It was an amazing first experience in Vietnam's biggest city, and seeing it during Tet made it that much more special. Check out my blog at: http://asienizen.wordpress.com/ Special thanks to Cary Judd for the music: http://www.caryjudd.com/ http://www.myspace.com/caryjudd Saigon Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam Tet Hanoi Da Nang Hoi An

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              • Lessons Learned: The Tet Offensive

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                from Council on Foreign Relations / Added

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                At the end of January 1968, the North Vietnamese and Vietcong forces launched surprise attacks in cities and villages across South Vietnam just as the country was starting to celebrate Tet, the Vietnamese lunar new year. After being caught off guard, U.S. and South Vietnamese forces repulsed the attacks and inflicted heavy losses. Although the Tet Offensive proved to be a failure on the battlefield for the Vietcong, it helped turn public opinion in the United States against the war and persuaded President Lyndon Johnson not to run for reelection. James M. Lindsay, CFR's senior vice president and director of studies, says the Tet Offensive demonstrates a cardinal rule of politics: never overpromise and under-deliver. The Johnson administration had said prior to the 1968 offensive that the war effort was making progress. Tet created a "credibility gap" once the public saw that the war wasn't headed for a quick end. Preparing the public for potential reversals and setbacks is critical to fashioning any foreign policy that requires a sustained political commitment, Lindsay says, and a point worth remembering as talk in the United States turns to a potential military strike at Iran or possible intervention in Syria. This video is part of Lessons Learned, a series dedicated to exploring historical events and examining their meaning in the context of foreign relations today.

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                • "Saigon Journal" Highlights Jan.- Feb. 1968 - Phu Lam. Narrated

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                  from Ted Perkins / Added

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                  This is my little "War Story". It is from 1968 Saigon, Vietnam, that found our six man Western Union test team working during the Tet holiday and ensuing Viet Cong Tet Offensive. We were contractors for the Army performing Acceptance Tests on the newly installed AUTODIN (Automatic Digital Network) message switch at the Phu Lam communications base. I shot some S-8mm movie film around Saigon and at the base. The Tet Offensive extended the testing beyond the normal few weeks to almost two months. Our experience was a very small part of a much bigger piece of history. Many others did far, far more. This 5 min. mini-documentary contains highlights from a more complete (14 min.) Saigon chapter of our time in Vietnam. We also ran Acceptance Tests in Nha Trang in April 1968. For all "alumni" of these two installations, I will have a DVD available, at cost, in April 2012. To request a copy, follow the Email contact contained in the Vimeo link below. TECHNICAL: S-8mm film Transfer & Processing via my DIY system. For details: http://vimeo.com/4930152. Many thanks for the AFVN audio clips to Chuck Kenney, Sergeant First Class, E-7, U.S Army (Ret), Vietnam vet & AFN Radio-TV broadcaster for his large collection. Contact: chuckkenney@webtv.net

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                  • Martyrs: Ed and Ruth Thompson (Español)

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                    Dr. Thomas Stebbins tells the story of the Thompsons' ultimate sacrifice as missionaries in Vietnam. Produced in 2010.

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                    • Martyrs: Ed and Ruth Thompson

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                      from The Alliance / Added

                      Dr. Thomas Stebbins tells the story of the Thompsons' ultimate sacrifice as missionaries in Vietnam. Produced in 2010.

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