The bronze statue, known as both The Three Soldiers and Three Servicemen, depicted on this monument, is a tribute to the American soldiers who bravely served their country during the Vietnam War.
The Vietnam War was a lengthy struggle between nationalist forces attempting to unify the country of Vietnam under a communist government and the United States (with the aid of the South Vietnamese) attempting to prevent the spread of communism.
The U.S. first sent military advisors to South Vietnam in 1955, however, when the North Vietnamese fired directly upon two U.S. War ships in international waters known as the Gulf of Tonkin, Congress responded by giving President Lyndon Johnson the authority to order the first U.S. ground troops to Vietnam. It was 1965. President Johnson’s goal was to have U.S. troops bolster South Vietnam’s defenses until South Vietnam could take over.
In January 1968, a surprise assault by the North Vietnamese against the South Vietnamese and U. S. forces, known as the Tet Offensive, demonstrated the strength and fortitude of the enemy. Although in the end, the offensive was a military victory for the U.S. and South Vietnamese, the incident prompted President Johnson not to seek a second term in office.
When Richard Nixon became president in 1969 he had his own plan to end the Vietnam conflict. He proposed removing U.S. troops and having the South Vietnamese take over the fighting.
After the U.S. had withdrawn all its troops, the fighting there continued. In early 1975, North Vietnam made another big push south and toppled the South Vietnamese government. South Vietnam surrendered to communist North Vietnam in April 1975 and Vietnam was reunited as a communist country. The Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Like generations of American men and women who served before them, America’s fighting men and women in Vietnam, like their fathers and mothers, answered the call of duty for what they believed was a noble cause; stopping the spread of communism.
More than 58,000 American patriots gave their lives in Vietnam. Many more suffered from the physical and emotional wounds of war and, because of the unpopularity of the war, did not receive the hero’s welcome home they earned and deserved.
That’s why the Vietnam Veterans of America’s motto is: “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”