Everyone here has their own set of powerful memories about Khe Sanh-memories both good and bad. I'd like to begin by sharing one of my memories with you. I remember the green beauty of the plateau in June 1967 when I first saw it, and how it was eventually destroyed by artillery, airstrikes, and our fields of fire.
It has been 25 years since we fought and won the battle of Khe Sanh, and now it is time to dedicate our monument to that battle. In any war, there are a few battles that are truly decisive-fights that have strategic importance, that can end a war if lost or let it continue if won. In World War II, the Normandy invasion was such a fight; in Korea, Chosin Reservoir; for the French in Vietnam, it was Dien Bien Phu; and for us, it was the... Read the entire article