Remembering Vietnam

Dates: November 10, 2017 – January 6, 2019
Location: Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery, National Archives Museum, Washington, DC

The Vietnam War impacted attitudes, policies and the way Americans view their government and their nation’s place in the world. It altered the way the government conducts war and interacts with the media. And yet, more than 50 years since the U.S. committed combat troops to the war in Vietnam, critical questions still remain in the public’s mind about how and why the U.S. became involved.

Following the trajectory of American involvement in Vietnam from its World War II origins to the fall of Saigon in 1975, the National Archives exhibit Remembering Vietnam explores the policies and decisions that initiated and escalated American economic and military aid to South Vietnam—during the French Indochina War and then in what Americans call the Vietnam War.

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We are grateful to the following government leaders, distinguished military and Vietnam veterans, and renowned historians who have endorsed our efforts as members of the Remembering Vietnam Honorary Committee:

Maj Elizabeth Allen, PhD, RN, ANC, Ret
CDR Everett Alvarez, Jr., USN, Ret
Lt Gen Dana Atkins, USAF, Ret
Michael Beschloss
Gen Charles G. Boyd, USAF, Ret
MG Patrick Henry Brady, USA, Ret
Ken Burns
Senator Bill Cassidy
CPT David A. Christian, USA, Ret
Senator Max Cleland
Representative Paul Cook
Senator Tom Cotton
Senator Joe Donnelly
Senator Tammy Duckworth
CAPT Diane Carlson Evans, RN, ANC, Ret
ADM Thomas B. Fargo, USN, Ret
Col Wesley L. Fox, USMC, Ret
Representative Tulsi Gabbard
Joseph L. Galloway
Representative Kay Granger
The Honorable Chuck Hagel
COL Stuart A. Herrington, USA, Ret
Representative Sam Johnson
Gen James L. Jones, USMC, Ret
Senator Bob Kerrey
Gen William “Buck” Kernan, USA, Ret
LTG Claude M. Kicklighter, USA, Ret
Jim Knotts
​SGM Donna A. Lowery, USA, Ret
Gen Barry McCaffrey, USA, Ret
Senator John McCain
LTG Harold “Hal” Moore, Jr., USA (In Memoriam)
Gen Richard B. Myers, USAF, Ret
ADM Robert J. Natter, USN, Ret
Senator Bill Nelson
CAPT J. Charles Plumb, USN, Ret
The Honorable Colin L. Powell
Senator Larry Pressler
LTC Jennifer N. Pritzker, USA, Ret
Senator Jack Reed
The Honorable Tom Ridge
Senator Charles S. Robb
The Honorable Eric K. Shinseki
Dr. Ronald Spector
Senator Dan Sullivan
Gen Gordon R. Sullivan, USA, Ret
Mark Updegrove
LTC James H. Willbanks, PhD, USA, Ret
Gen Tony Zinni, USMC, Ret

Special thanks to our promotional and programmatic partners:

Air Force Association
Association of the United States Army
Marine Corps Reserve Association
Military Officers Association of America
National Defense Industrial Association
National League of POW/MIA Families
Navy League of the United States
Rolling Thunder® Inc. National
UDT-SEAL Association
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
Vietnam Veterans of America


The National Archives Foundation is a proud Commemorative Partner of the Vietnam War Commemoration, to learn more about the Commemoration, please visit

The National Archives Foundation is not a part of, or endorsed by, the Department of Defense.