I was drafted into the Army in 1966. After basic training, radio school and radio teletype school, I was sent to South Vietnam. Most of my time was at base camp in Bien Hoa, just north of Siagon, providing communications support for various units. At one point I was assigned to provide communications for the 199th light infantry and we wound up about seven miles from the Cambodian border. I was fortunate not to be directly involved in combat and I have only my Heavenly Father to thank for that.
The Korean and Vietnam wars marked a change in the purpose of war. We were no longer attempting to defeat an enemy, occupy their territory and bring about a complete unconditional surrender. Instead we seemed to be content with containing an adversary and negotiating a peaceful co-existence situation. It didn't work in Vietnam. I don't think it ever works.