De Venuta, Martin, SSgt

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Current Service Status
USAF Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
70250-Administrative Specialist
Current/Last AFSC Group
Administration
Primary Unit
1970-1970, 70250, 8th Air Force
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
70230-Apprentice Administrative Specialist
Service Years
1966 - 1970
Official/Unofficial US Air Force Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Staff Sergeant

 Official Badges 




 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal US Air Force Honorable Discharge (Old Style) Vietnam Veteran 50th Commemoration Vietnam 50th Anniversary




 Military Association Memberships
Post 8063, Lamorinda PostVietnam Veterans of Diablo ValleyB-52 Stratofortress AssociationUTAPAO Alumni Association
Tan Son Nhut AssociationAir Force Together We ServedTroop Carrier/Tactical Airlift AssociationAir Force Memorial (AFM)
AF120AFSA 1320
  2000, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 8063, Lamorinda Post (Life Member) (Lafayette, California) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2006, Vietnam Veterans of Diablo Valley1
  2008, B-52 Stratofortress Association [Verified]
  2008, UTAPAO Alumni Association [Verified]
  2008, Tan Son Nhut Association [Verified]
  2008, Air Force Together We Served [Verified]
  2014, Troop Carrier/Tactical Airlift Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2015, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2015, Air Force Association (AFA), AF120 (Member) (San Francisco, California) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2015, Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA), AFSA 1320 (Life Member) (Travis AFB, California) - Chap. Page


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Vietnam War
Start Year
1960
End Year
1973

Description
Overview of the Vietnam War


Vietnam was the longest war in American history and the most unpopular American war of the 20th century. It resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths and in an estimated 2 million Vietnamese deaths. Even today, many Americans still ask whether the American effort in Vietnam was a sin, a blunder, a necessary war, or whether it was a noble cause, or an idealistic, if failed, effort to protect the South Vietnamese from totalitarian government.

Summary:

Between 1945 and 1954, the Vietnamese waged an anti-colonial war against France, which received $2.6 billion in financial support from the United States. The French defeat at the Dien Bien Phu was followed by a peace conference in Geneva. As a result of the conference, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam received their independence, and Vietnam was temporarily divided between an anti-Communist South and a Communist North. In 1956, South Vietnam, with American backing, refused to hold unification elections. By 1958, Communist-led guerrillas, known as the Viet Cong, had begun to battle the South Vietnamese government.

To support the South's government, the United States sent in 2,000 military advisors--a number that grew to 16,300 in 1963. The military condition deteriorated, and by 1963, South Vietnam had lost the fertile Mekong Delta to the Viet Cong. In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson escalated the war, commencing air strikes on North Vietnam and committing ground forces--which numbered 536,000 in 1968. The 1968 Tet Offensive by the North Vietnamese turned many Americans against the war.

The next president, Richard Nixon, advocated Vietnamization, withdrawing American troops and giving South Vietnam greater responsibility for fighting the war. In 1970, Nixon attempted to slow the flow of North Vietnamese soldiers and supplies into South Vietnam by sending American forces to destroy Communist supply bases in Cambodia. This act violated Cambodian neutrality and provoked antiwar protests on the nation's college campuses.

From 1968 to 1973, efforts were made to end the conflict through diplomacy. In January 1973, an agreement was reached; U.S. forces were withdrawn from Vietnam, and U.S. prisoners of war were released. In April 1975, South Vietnam surrendered to the North, and Vietnam was reunited.

Consequences

1. The Vietnam War cost the United States 58,000 lives and 350,000 casualties. It also resulted in between one and two million Vietnamese deaths.

2. Congress enacted the War Powers Act in 1973, requiring the president to receive explicit Congressional approval before committing American forces overseas.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1967
To Year
1973
 
Last Updated:
Sep 25, 2017
   
Personal Memories

Memories
2 TDY tours to Tan Son Nhut AB Vietnam (1967-68) with OLAB, 315th Air Division from Mactan Air Base PI and 1 year with Bomber Ops (4258th Strat Wing/307th Strat Wing) at U-Tapao RTAFB Thailand (1969-70).

   
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

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  • Abel, David, MSgt, (1972-1992)
  • Abel, James, SSgt, (1968-1972)
  • Abernathy, Paul, MSgt, (1965-1989)
  • Abram, Richard, SSgt, (1963-1967)
  • Abramo, Michael, MSgt, (1966-1990)
  • Acosta, Ralph, SSgt, (1968-1972)
  • Acri, Joseph, Sgt, (1967-1970)
  • Acton, Thomas, MSgt, (1964-1984)
  • Adams, Dave, Capt, (1966-1972)
  • Adams, James, MSgt, (1966-1987)
  • Adams, Jerry L., TSgt, (1967-1989)
  • Adams, John, MSgt, (1956-1976)
  • Adams, Julian, A1C, (1963-1967)
  • Adams, Michael Thomas, Capt, (1961-1969)
  • Adams, Stanley, Sgt, (1968-1972)
  • Adams, Thomas Larry, Maj, (1965-1987)
  • Adkins, Ben, Maj, (1955-1979)
  • Adkins, Ronald, CMSgt, (1967-1994)
  • Adolf, Frederick, Maj, (1954-1974)
  • Adolf, Gerald, 1stSgt, (1953-1980)
  • Agbayani, James, MSgt, (1965-1988)
  • Aggers, Dan, SSgt, (1967-1973)
  • Aglieri, Gary, MSgt, (1967-1988)
  • Aguinaga, John, Sgt, (1970-1974)
  • Aguirre, Frank, CMSgt, (1962-1992)
  • Ahearn, Joseph August, Maj Gen, (1958-1992)
  • Ahern, Pete, A2C, (1963-1967)
  • Ahl, Gib, Col, (1959-1987)
  • Aiken, David W, Maj, (1964-1988)
  • Albee, Raymond, TSgt, (1958-1982)
  • Alexander, Anthony, MSgt, (1968-1988)
  • Alexander, Fernando, Lt Col, (1952-1979)
  • Alexander, Ronald, SSgt, (1968-1972)
  • Allard, Bradley, 1stSgt, (1968-1990)
  • Allen, Richard, CMSgt, (1958-1978)
  • Altemose, James, Col, (1968-1988)
  • Alvis, James, Sgt, (1964-1970)
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