R 142020Z MAR 19
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//DNS//
SUBJ/NAVAL HISTORY AND HERITAGE COMMEMORATION – VIETNAM WAR//
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/DNS/MAR//
1. The U.S. Navy performed a wide array of missions during the Vietnam War. In the air, the Navy was a key partner with the U.S. Air Force during the Rolling Thunder and Linebacker air campaigns against North Vietnam, and in other air operations in Laos and Cambodia. On the coast, it developed a highly effective blockade to prevent the resupply of enemy forces by sea, engaged in naval gunfire support missions against enemy targets in the littoral areas of Vietnam, and provided amphibious transport for Marines operating in I Corps. On the rivers, Navy task forces protected commercial traffic, assisted allied ground forces in pacifying these areas, and interdicted enemy troops and supplies moving on these inland waterways. The U.S. Navy also supported the war effort with a massive sea and riverine logistics operation, built and managed shore facilities throughout South Vietnam, and provided extensive medical support for the allied military operation. A total of 1.8 million Sailors served in Southeast Asia. The Navy provided the allied effort with many unique capabilities, the most significant being the projection of U.S. combat power ashore and control of the seas to support a land war in Asia far from the United States. Overall, the Navy suffered the loss of 1,631 men killed and 4,178 wounded during the course of the 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, President Donald Trump signed into law the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, designating March 29 of each year as National Vietnam Veterans
Recognition Day. On March 29 we honor all those who answered our Nation’s call to duty in Vietnam. With conviction, our Nation pledges our enduring respect, our continuing care, and our everlasting commitment to all Vietnam Veterans.
3. Mission. Meet the President’s direction by honoring and recognizing Vietnam Veterans for their service to the Nation and Navy.
4. Commander’s Intent
a. Purpose. Commemorate National Vietnam War Veterans Day throughout the Navy on 29 March 2019.
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.
(2) Be guided by, and supportive of, the Navy’s strategic messaging.
c. End State: The National Vietnam War Veterans Day commemoration becomes an institutionalized community outreach and Navy pride event for all Sailors, past and present, observed globally through the end of the commemoration in 2025.
a. Director, Navy Staff (DNS) will oversee planning and program development for the National Vietnam War Veterans Day commemoration.
b. Director, Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC).
(1) Coordinate and support the execution of the commemoration events to include the execution of a Navy-wide observation and supporting community outreach events.
(2) Conduct National Vietnam War Veterans Day Ceremony at Navy museums.
c. At 1200 local on 28 March 2019.
(1) Submarine Force Museum/Historic Ship NAUTILUS. Naval Base New
London, Groton, CT. POC: LCDR Bradley Boyd/bradley.m.boyd1(AT)navy.mil/
d. At 1200 local on 29 March 2019.
(1) National Naval Aviation Museum. Pensacola, FL. POC: Sterling Gilliam/sterling.gilliam(AT)navy.mil/850-452-3604 x3118.
(2) Naval War College Museum. Naval Station Newport, Newport, RI.
POC: Ryan Meyer/ryan.meyer(AT)usnwc.edu/401-841-1296.
(3) United States Naval Academy Museum. U.S. Naval Academy,
Annapolis, MD. POC: CAPT Chris Rentfrow/rentfrow(AT)usna.edu/410-293-5275.
(4) United States Navy Seabee Museum. Naval Base Ventura County
Port Hueneme, Port Hueneme, CA. POC: Lara Godbille/lara.godbille(AT)navy.mil/
(6) Hampton Roads Naval Museum. Norfolk, VA. POC: John
(7) Navy Museums Northwest. Keyport, WA. POC: Lindy Dosher/
e. At 1100 local on 29 March 2019.
(1) National Museum of the U.S. Navy. Washington Navy Yard,
Washington, DC. POC: Mark Weber/mark.t.weber(AT)navy.mil/202-433-6901.
(a) Develop a commemoration toolkit for use by Commander, U.S.
Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM), Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT), Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), Regional Commanders, Commanding Officers (CO), and Officers in Charge (OIC).
(b) Compile lessons learned from stakeholders and provide to DNS
NLT 18 April 2019.
f. COMUSFLTFORCOM; COMPACFLT; CNIC; Commander, Navy Reserve Force Command (COMNAVRESFORCOM); Commander, Naval Education and Training Command; and Commander, Naval Recruiting Command:
(1) Ensure COs and OICs plan for and commemorate the National Vietnam War Veterans Day proclamation.
(a) For commands located near a Navy Museum, consideration should be given to leveraging already existing event.
(b) Execute the Communication Plan, disseminated by NHHC, and participate in planned community outreach activities as operationally feasible.
(2) Provide lessons learned to NHHC NLT 11 April 2019.
6. Coordinating Instructions
a. Additional coordination instructions and tasking to be provided by separate correspondence (SEPCOR) as plans develop.
a. The National Vietnam War Veterans Day commemoration toolkit is
available at the NHHC website
b. Public Affairs Guidance:
(1) This is an active public affairs posture event.
(2) Public affairs guidance will be provided SEPCOR.
8. Point of contact. NHHC POC is Dale Eng, at comm: (202) 433-7880 or via email: dale.a.eng(AT)navy.mil.
9. Released by Ms. Steffanie B. Easter, Director, Navy Staff.//