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Beecher, Derek, MCPO Hull Maintenance Technician
 
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Current Service Status
USN Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Master Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary Designator/NEC
HT-4956-Nuclear Power Plant Components Welder
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Hull Maintenance Technician
Current/Last Duty Station
1997-2003, HT-4955, Shore Units/Naval Submarine Support Facility (NSSF)
Previously Held Designator/NEC
HT-0000-Hull Maintenance Technician
HT-5342-First Class Diver
HT-4955-Non-Nuclear High Pressure Components Welder
Service Years
1974 - 2003
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Order of the Golden Dragon
Neptune Subpoena
Order of the Magellan
Order of the Rock
Order of the Spanish Main
Persian Excursion
Cold War
Swamp Fox
Order of the Ditch
HT-Hull Maintenance Technician
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 Additional Information
What are you doing now:

I am currently striving to complete a course load for an Associates in Accounting at the Three Rivers Community Collage, on top of working a full time job and operating two seasonal businesses from our home.


   
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Vietnam War
Start Year
1960
End Year
1975

Description
Overview of the Vietnam War 


Vietnam was the longest war in American history and the most unpopular American war of the 20th century. It resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths and in an estimated 2 million Vietnamese deaths. Even today, many Americans still ask whether the American effort in Vietnam was a sin, a blunder, a necessary war, or whether it was a noble cause, or an idealistic, if failed, effort to protect the South Vietnamese from totalitarian government.

Summary:

Between 1945 and 1954, the Vietnamese waged an anti-colonial war against France, which received $2.6 billion in financial support from the United States. The French defeat at the Dien Bien Phu was followed by a peace conference in Geneva. As a result of the conference, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam received their independence, and Vietnam was temporarily divided between an anti-Communist South and a Communist North. In 1956, South Vietnam, with American backing, refused to hold unification elections. By 1958, Communist-led guerrillas, known as the Viet Cong, had begun to battle the South Vietnamese government.

To support the South's government, the United States sent in 2,000 military advisors--a number that grew to 16,300 in 1963. The military condition deteriorated, and by 1963, South Vietnam had lost the fertile Mekong Delta to the Viet Cong. In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson escalated the war, commencing air strikes on North Vietnam and committing ground forces--which numbered 536,000 in 1968. The 1968 Tet Offensive by the North Vietnamese turned many Americans against the war.

The next president, Richard Nixon, advocated Vietnamization, withdrawing American troops and giving South Vietnam greater responsibility for fighting the war. In 1970, Nixon attempted to slow the flow of North Vietnamese soldiers and supplies into South Vietnam by sending American forces to destroy Communist supply bases in Cambodia. This act violated Cambodian neutrality and provoked antiwar protests on the nation's college campuses.

From 1968 to 1973, efforts were made to end the conflict through diplomacy. In January 1973, an agreement was reached; U.S. forces were withdrawn from Vietnam, and U.S. prisoners of war were released. In April 1975, South Vietnam surrendered to the North, and Vietnam was reunited.

Consequences

1. The Vietnam War cost the United States 58,000 lives and 350,000 casualties. It also resulted in between one and two million Vietnamese deaths.

2. Congress enacted the War Powers Act in 1973, requiring the president to receive explicit Congressional approval before committing American forces overseas.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1960
To Year
1975
 
Last Updated:
Jul 29, 2008
   
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My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  3904 Also There at This Battle:
  • -Justiniano Jr, Hipolito, CPO, 1994
  • Abler, Ron, CDR, 1987
  • Abney, Don, PO3, 1966
  • Acuzar, Jose, CPO, 1992
  • Addison, Everette, PO1, 1972
  • Adkins, Edsel, PO2, 1977
  • ADKINS, EVANS, MCPO, 2012
  • Afflerbach, Ronald, SCPO, 1989
  • Akin, William, SCPO, 1980
  • ALBERT, ROBERT, PO3, 1970
  • Alberts, Dennis, PO3, 1971
  • Albrecht, Charles, CPO, 1989
  • Alcorn, Wendell R, CAPT, 1992
  • Alderman, Charles, CWO4, 1976
  • ALEXANDER, FRANK, PO1, 1973
  • Allen, Duke, LCDR, 1983
  • Allison, Terry, SCPO, 1993
  • Allsopp, Ralph, CDR, 1994
  • Alvarez, Jr., Everett, CDR, 1980
  • Amborn, Lloyd, CAPT, 1995
  • Amerson, Charlie, PO1, 1993
  • Amsdill, Charles, SCPO, 1991
  • Anderson, Dale, PO2, 1971
  • Anderson, Frank, PO3, 1971
  • Anderson, James, CPO, 2001
  • Anderson, James, MCPO, 1993
  • Anderson, Jr., George D., CPO, 1973
  • Anderson, Stephen, SCPO, 1991
  • Andrews, Joseph, CWO3, 1972
  • APPLEGATE, VERN, SCPO, 1992
  • Arenas, Luis, CPO, 1978
  • Armstrong, Joe, PO2, 1987
  • Armstrong, Rodger, CWO4, 1979
  • Arnell, Michael, SCPO, 2006
  • Arnette, Luther, CPO, 1991
  • Arnold, Marty, CPO, 1981
  • Arrans, Guy, PO3, 1968
  • Arsenault, Rick, PO2, 1969
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