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RMKS/ 1.  U.S. Navy advisors first arrived in South Vietnam in late 1954 to 
provide material support and training for the Republic of Vietnam Navy.  As 
conflicts in the country continued to mount in the early 1960s, so did the 
efforts of the U.S. Navy.  Following the passage of the Gulf of Tonkin 
Resolution, direct actions against North Vietnam increased significantly with 
U.S. Navy assets performing an extensive array of missions.  The U.S. Navy 
deployed a total of 17 aircraft carriers that made 73 deployments to the 
South China Sea. TF-77, the attack carrier task force, varied in size, but 
during surges included five carriers, 400 aircraft, 25 escort and support 
ships, and 30,000 Sailors.  This task force, along with Marine aviators, 
dropped 1.5 million tons of bombs during the course of the war-approximately 
24 percent of the total tonnage dropped by America in the air war.  Navy 
advisors and liaison officers helped grow the South Vietnamese Navy from a 
small force of 22 ships in 1955 to over 1,000 ships and coastal/riverine 
patrol craft in 1972.  In partnership with the South Vietnamese, the U.S. 
Navy developed a highly effective inshore blockade to prevent the resupply of 
enemy forces by sea, engaged in naval gunfire support missions in the 
littoral and riverine areas of Vietnam, and provided amphibious transport for 
Marines operating ashore.  Patrol aircraft also helped enforce the coastal 
blockades.  On the rivers, the Navy stood up several task forces that 
protected commercial traffic, assisted allied ground forces in pacifying 
these areas, and interdicted enemy troops and supplies moving on these inland 
waterways.  Navy SEALs initially served as advisors and then carried out 
critical reconnaissance and operational missions.  The Seabee presence in 
Vietnam grew from one battalion of 600 in 1965 to over 10,000 
Sailors.  Seabees built helicopter pads, airfield runways, and hangars at Chu 
Lai, Danang, and Phu Bai.  They also built port facilities, maintained vital 
roads, and erected thousands of bridges. Navy medicine also played a key 
role, serving not only in the station hospitals and aboard ship, but as the 
corpsmen and doctors assigned to USMC ground units.  The Navy's intelligence 
professionals carried out their primary mission of providing forces with 
information to save lives and improve battle performance.  The Navy's 
logistical support for the war ranged from sea and airlift of supplies and 
personnel to the theater of operations, to base building, medical, and 
administrative support on the ground.  Much of the material assistance 
provided to the Vietnamese people came by sea, as did 99 percent of the 
ammunition and fuel and 95 percent of the supplies, vehicles, and 
construction resources required for the war effort.  A total of 1.842 million 
Sailors served in Southeast Asia.  Overall, the Navy suffered the loss of 
1,631 Sailors killed and 4,178 wounded during the course of the 11-year war. 
2.  To ensure the sacrifices of the 9 million who served during this 
difficult chapter of our country's history are remembered for generations to 
come, the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 designates 29 March of 
each year as National Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day.  This is a 
significant date that marks the day when U.S. troops left Vietnam in 
1973.  On 29 March 2023, we will honor all those who answered our Nation's 
call to duty.  We vow to never again confuse personal disapproval of war with 
prejudice against those who honorably wear the uniform of our Armed 
Forces.  We reaffirm one of our most fundamental obligations: to show all who 
have worn the uniform of the United States the dignity and respect they 
deserve and to honor their sacrifice by serving them as well as they served 
us.  The Vietnam veterans have been hit hard in recent years with illnesses 
and advancing age.  With conviction, our Nation pledges our enduring respect, 
our continuing care, and our everlasting commitment to all Vietnam Veterans. 
3.  Mission.  Coordinate with the Vietnam War Commemoration Committee in 
Arlington, VA to meet the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act's intent by 
honoring and recognizing Vietnam Veterans for their service to the Nation and 
4.  Commander's Intent 
    a.  Purpose.  Commemorate National Vietnam War Veterans Day throughout 
the Navy on 29 March 2023. 
    b.  Method.  Command-centric execution of a coordinated Navy-wide 
National Vietnam War Veterans Day commemoration. 
        (1) Use available Navy outreach assets to maximum extent possible. 
    c.  End State: The National Vietnam War Veterans Day commemoration 
continues to be an annual fleet commemoration and Navy pride event observed 
globally through the end of the commemoration in 2025. 
5.  Tasks 
    a.  Director, Navy Staff (DNS) will oversee planning and program 
development for the National Vietnam War Veterans Day commemoration. 
    b.  Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) Director, will serve as 
chairman of the NHHC role with the commemoration, with the Outreach Branch of 
the Communication and Outreach Division (COD) as the lead for planning. 
        (1) Develop a commemoration toolkit for use by all Navy commands. 
            (a) Develop and make available a body of lessons learned at the 
tactical, operational, and strategic levels from previous Vietnam War 
Commemoration ceremonies. 
        (2) Coordinate and support the execution of the commemoration events 
to include the execution of a Navy-wide observation and supporting community 
outreach events. 
        (3) Conduct National Vietnam War Veterans Day Ceremony at Navy 
museums at 1200 local on 29 March 2023. 
            (a) National Museum of the U.S. Navy.  Washington, DC. 
  POC: Charles Swift/john.c.swift6.civ@us.navy.mil/202-433-8502. 
            (b) National Naval Aviation Museum.  Pensacola, FL. 
POC: Hill Goodspeed/hill.goodspeed@navy.mil/850-452-3604 x3135. 
            (c) Naval War College Museum.  Newport, RI.  POC: Ryan 
            (d) United States Naval Academy Museum.  U.S. Naval 
Academy, Annapolis, MD. 
POC: Sarah McGlone/mcglone@usna.edu/410-293-5254. 
            (e) United States Navy Seabee Museum.  Naval Base 
Ventura County Port Hueneme, Port Hueneme, CA. 
POC: Lara Godbille/lara.godbille@navy.mil/805-982-5167. 
            (f) National Museum of the American Sailor.  Naval 
Station Great Lakes, Great Lakes, IL. 
POC: Jennifer Searcy/jennifer.searcy.civ@us.navy.mil/ 
            (g) Hampton Roads Naval Museum.  Norfolk, VA. 
POC: John Pentangelo/john.pentangelo@navy.mil/757-322-2990. 
            (h) Puget Sound Navy Museum.  Bremerton, WA. 
POC: Danelle Eaton/danelle.n.eaton.civ@us.navy.mil/360-627-2275. 
            (i) Naval Undersea Museum.  Keyport, WA. 
POC: Lindy Dosher/lindy.dosher@navy.mil/360-396-4164. 
            (j) Submarine Force Museum and Library.  Groton, CT. 
POC: LCDR Derek A. Sutton/derek.a.sutton2.mil@us.navy.mil/ 
        (4) Develop a commemoration toolkit for use by all Navy commands. 
            (a) Develop and make available a body of lessons learned at the 
tactical, operational, and strategic levels from previous Vietnam War 
Commemoration events. 
            (b) Post all documents and associated points of contact on the 
NHHC website (https://www.history.navy.mil/) NLT 17 March 2023. 
    c.  Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFFC); Commander, 
U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT); Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC); 
Naval Education and Training Command (NETC); 
Commander, Navy Reserve Force Command (COMNAVRESFORCOM); Commander, 
Naval Recruiting Command (COMNAVCRUITCOM); and other commands as required. 
        (1) Provide representatives as necessary to support the 
        (2) Ensure COs and OICs plan for and commemorate the event. 
6.  Coordinating Instructions:  Additional coordination instructions and 
tasking to be provided by separate correspondence (SEPCOR) as needed. 
7.  Administrative 
    a.  The VIETNAM WAR COMMEMORATION toolkit is available at the NHHC 
website (https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/commemorations-
    b.  Public Affairs Guidance 
        (1)  The public affairs posture is active for this commemoration and 
all supporting events. 
8.  Point of contact.  NHHC POC is Mr. Eric Ritter, at comm: (202) 433-7880  
or via email: eric.d.ritter.civ@us.navy,mil. 
9.  Released by Mr. Andrew S. Haeuptle, Director, Navy Staff.//