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By Bernard C Nalty

Bargains with the function of the USA Air strength in advising the South Vietnamese Air strength and waging conflict in South Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos from 1968 via 1975.

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5 The Joint Chiefs of Staff then began preparations to tap the existing strategic reserve for the promised units. 6 As the reinforcement program took shape, Wheeler came to view the Tet offensive as an opportunity not only to punish the enemy on the battlefield but also to reconstitute the dwindling strategic reserve. S. military manpower, Wheeler again urged Westmoreland to ask for more men. ”7 Scarcely had General Wheeler sent this advice, when the Joint Chiefs of Staff met with President Johnson and discussed reinforcing General Westmoreland and rebuilding the strategic reserve.

Of the March total, sixteen flew down from Tachikawa, Japan, where thirty-two 32 The Enemy Repulsed A load of cargo is pulled from an Air Force C–130 at Khe Sanh by a cable attached to the load that has snagged the runway’s arrester cable. Using this system, the transport delivered cargo without landing. C–130s had arrived in February. S. 29 The South Vietnamese Air Force shared in the airlift and other missions flown in response to the Tet attacks. Fortunately, the headquarters staff heeded a January 31 alert, returning to Tan Son Nhut before the enemy struck.

1 Before joining in this response to the Tet offensive, many Air Force units had to recover from the first stunning blows delivered by the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong. Although a nationwide alert had gone into effect after the January 30 attacks on Da Nang and five other cities north of Saigon, the street fighting that broke out in the capital and elsewhere some 24 hours later prevented airmen who had not yet returned to their posts from getting there. Moreover, some aircraft crews, especially those delivering cargo or on routine courier missions, found themselves either trapped on the ground at bases under attack or unable to land at destinations raked by hostile fire.

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