Hoi An, December 1969. Photo Credit: Bob Lindgren. Online Source:
Infantryman walking point. Photo Credit: EALM. Online Source:
The U.S. made clear shortly after Hatoyama's election that it had nointention of retreating from East Asia. Last October, Defense SecretaryRobert Gates called the Marines' continued presence on Okinawa the"linchpin" of Washington's East Asian strategy. "This may not be the perfect alternative for anyone," he said in Japan, "but it is the best alternative for everyone." In February, Lieut. General Keith Stalder, who commands Marines in the Pacific, put it more bluntly. "All of my Marines on Okinawa are willing to die if it is necessary for the security of Japan," he told a Tokyo audience. "Japan does not have a reciprocal obligation to defend the United States, but it absolutely must provide the bases and training that U.S. forces need." That U.S. security umbrella, he pointedly added, "has brought Japan and the entire region unprecedented wealth and social advancement."
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Marines at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Sept
The USNS Core arrives in Saigon with the first US helicopter units,
33 Vertol H-21 C Shawnee and 400 Crewmen.
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Vietnamese Air Force T-28 Skyraiders, flown by U.S. Air Force pilots, drop napalm on Viet Cong targets.
Photo Credit: Larry Burrows, 1962 (Life.) Online Source: