Cathey, J. B., SA Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Seaman Apprentice
Last Primary Designator/NEC
SA-0000-Seaman Apprentice
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman Apprentice
Last Duty Station
1967-1968, SA-0000, NSA DaNang, Vietnam/Harbor Utility Craft - YFU-70
Service Years
1966 - 1968

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
1946
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Greenville, SC
Last Address
Greenville, SC

Casualty Date
Feb 18, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Thua Thien
Conflict
Wars and Conflicts/Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Graceland West Cemetery & Mausoleum - Greenville, South Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
40E 004

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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
YFU-70 was Mortared at Tan My 
   
Comments/Citation
Not Specified
   


Conflict  :   Campaigns, Battles and Exercises
Start Year
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End Year
2100
Description
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Conflict  :   Wars and Conflicts
Start Year
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End Year
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Description
Conflict
   
Conflict  :   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.
   
Operations  :   Vietnam War US Covert - Combined Service - Special Operations 1955 to 1975
Start Year
1960
End Year
1975
Description
These are the covert, overt, sister service and foreign military operations that were conducted through all of Southeast Asia. The Vietnam war officially started, from a U.S. perspective, on November 1, 1955, after the U.S. took over following the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu. These operations spanned muliple Vietnam campaigns and some for the entire Vietnam War.
   
Operations  :   Operation Game Warden
Start Year
1965
End Year
1972
Description
Operation Game Warden, Task force 116, was an operation to deny Viet Cong access to the resources in the Mekong Delta which was conceived of in December 1965. U.S. naval forces, backed by Marine artillery on the ground, launching a rapid surprise attack on the dozens of small Viet Cong ports which were scattered around the Delta. Unprepared in the face of intense U.S. firepower, which included U.S. F-4 Phantoms dropping special illumination bombs which blinded the Viet Cong deck gunners, leaving to them being unable to accurately return fire on the attacking U.S. craft, the Viet Cong were incapable of mounting a stiff resistance. Much the Viet Cong fleet and its operators were destroyed.
   
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From Year
1967
To Year
1968
 
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Feb 19, 2010
   

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