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Vietnam Veterans for Factual History

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Vietnam Veterans for Factual History
Vietnam Veterans for Factual History
FormationJanuary 8, 2014; 7 years ago (2014-01-08)
Type501(C)(3) Educational nonprofit
PurposeEducation regarding the 2nd Indochina War

Vietnam Veterans for Factual History (VVFH) is an American group dedicated to promoting a revisionist view of the history of the Vietnam War. Founded in 2014, the group is a project of the Radix Foundation,[1] a 501(c)(3) organization based in Texas.


In late July 2004, concerned about the presidential campaign of John Kerry, a group of veterans met in Boston[2] to discuss John Kerry's candidacy as well as a number of issues about the orthodox history[3] of the Vietnam War that they felt were in error. The result of that conference was the Boston Manifesto,[4][5][6] a statement by the group declaring their outrage over the nomination of John Kerry to be President of the United States.

Some veterans had already formed groups to protest Kerry's candidacy, including the Swift Vets and POWs for Truth,[7][8][9] and the Winter Soldier group, that included a website,[10] to combat both the candidacy of John Kerry[11] and what they believed were the falsehoods being told about the war.[12] In attendance at the conference were a number of Vietnam veterans, including Medal of Honor recipients, former Prisoners of War, the keynote speaker, Rear Admiral Jeremiah Denton, B.G. "Jug" Burkett, Scott Swett[13] and "Bill" Bell.[14][15]

After the defeat of John Kerry,[16] efforts took place to codify the concerns of these veterans regarding the history of the war. Eventually, the group Vietnam Veterans for Factual History (VVFH) was formed. Its stated purpose was to correct what its members believe to be myths[17] about the war as well as what they viewed as a skewed historical perspective developed by members of academia who were not only historians but antiwar activists. It was the belief of these veterans that academia was biased in its telling of the war's history, and they felt they could provide a corrective to that narrative. In their view, the orthodox view of the war was that it was unnecessary, immoral, illegal, ineffective, and unwinnable. They took issue with all those views and sought to provide a counternarrative using primary sources, historical research and the experiences of veterans who served in that conflict. The group believes Guenter Lewy's statement from 35 years ago, "Mythology, half-truth and falsehood concerning events in Vietnam abound and, unless corrected, will enter the textbooks for the mis-education of our children,"[18] has come to pass.[19] [20]

Revisionist Histories of the 2nd Indochina War[edit]

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Some use of "" in your query was not closed by a matching "". The work of VVFH is considered to be revisionist, and several members have written notable revisionist histories of the war. The first revisionist[21][22] historical analysis of the U.S. Phase of the Second Indochina War was a 1978 book titled America in Vietnam by Dr. Guenter Lewy. In 1999, a revisionist historical analysis of the war from mid-1968 to mid-1972 titled A Better War[23] was written by Dr. Lewis Sorley. That same year a partially revisionist historical analysis of the geopolitical background of the U.S. phase of the war titled Vietnam: the Necessary War[24] was written by Michael Lind. In 2006, a revisionist historical analysis of the war from 1954 to 1965 titled Triumph Forsaken[25] was written by Dr. Mark Moyar. In 2010, a revisionist historical analysis of the war in the critical year of 1968 titled This Time We Win[26] was written by James Robbins. That same year a brief revisionist summary of the war from 1954 to 1972 titled The Politically Incorrect Guide to The Vietnam War[27] was written by Phillip Jennings. And in 2017, a revisionist history of Ngo Dinh Diem titled The Lost Mandate of Heaven[28] was written by Dr. Geoffrey DT Shaw.


Members of VVFH include historians, journalists, national security experts and legal scholars such as Robert F Turner,[29] Lewis Sorley, Geoffrey DT Shaw,[30] Mark Moyar, Michael Lee Lanning, Sol Sanders, William L Stearman, James S. Robbins and Roger Soiset.[31] Other members include former prisoners of war, former and retired Marine, Navy, Army and Air Force officers including SOG, former CIA officers, former U.S.A.I.D. employees and others who served in the war, as well as veterans and civilians with an interest in the history of the war.

Many VVFH members have published books on the war.[32]

Current and ongoing activities[edit]

VVFH is actively involved in producing a series of books about the war, each one covering one year of the conflict. These books are designed to coincide with the ongoing 50th Anniversary activities coordinated by the US federal government.[33] In addition, current work is ongoing to document the perceived errors in the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick PBS documentary, The Vietnam War. The group has recently gained national attention with a letter challenging PBS and the Bank of America to correct the deficiencies they claim to have found in the documentary The Vietnam War.[34] [35] [36] [37] Members have also been interviewed on national programs about the documentary.[38][39][40][41]

Books by members[edit]


  1. Sherman, Steve. "RADIX Foundation". www.viet-myths.net. Steve Sherman. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  2. Sherman, Steve. "Viet Myths Conference". www.viet-myths.net. Steve Sherman. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  3. Preston, Andrew; Lynch, Timothy J.; Ryan, David; Barrett, David; Dumbrell, John (1 September 2013). "'Rethinking the Vietnam War' by John Dumbrell". International Politics Reviews. 1 (1): 37–48. doi:10.1057/ipr.2013.4. ISSN 2050-2982. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  4. Turner, Dr. Robert. "WinterSoldier.com - The Making of the Boston Manifesto". www.wintersoldier.com. www.wintersoldier.com. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  5. Swett, Scott. "SwiftVets.com :: View topic - The Boston Manifesto (Vietnam Veterans to Correct the Myths)". horse.he.net. Scott Swett. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  6. Sherman, Steve. "The Boston Manifesto" (PDF). The Wednesday Report. Vietnam Veterans to Correct the Myths. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  7. "SwiftVets.com | The Real Story on John Kerry's Military Service". www.swiftvets.com. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  8. Zengerle, Jason (23 May 2004). "The Vet Wars". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  9. Reyes, G. Mitchell (2006). "The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, the Politics of Realism, and the Manipulation of Vietnam Remembrance in the 2004 Presidential Election". Rhetoric and Public Affairs. 9 (4): 571–600. doi:10.2307/41940103. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  10. "WinterSoldier.com". www.wintersoldier.com. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  11. Reynolds, John (17 March 2005). "Strong lineup set for Vietnam event | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal". lubbockonline.com. Lubbock Avalanche Journal. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  12. Dobbs, Michael (22 August 2004). "Swift Boat Accounts Incomplete (washingtonpost.com)". www.washingtonpost.com. The Washington Post. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  13. Swett, Scott; Ziegler, Tim (2008). To Set The Record Straight: How Swift Boat Veterans, POWs and the New Media Defeated John Kerry. New American Media Publishing. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  14. Bell, Garnett; Veith, George (2017). Leave No Man Behind. Amazon. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  15. Bell, Garnett; Veith, George. "The Vietnam Center and Archive: Events". www.vietnam.ttu.edu. Texas Tech University. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  16. Teigen, Jeremy M. (1 April 2007). "Veterans' Party Identification, Candidate Affect, and Vote Choice in the 2004 U.S. Presidential Election". Armed Forces & Society. 33 (3): 414–437. doi:10.1177/0002764206296586. ISSN 0095-327X. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  17. Cao, Lan (29 September 2017). "Perspective | Five myths about the Vietnam War". Washington Post. The Washington Post. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  18. Lewy, Guenter (1980). America in Vietnam. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. ix. ISBN 978-0195027327. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  19. "Quarterly Newsletter" (PDF). The Californai Zephyr. 17–4 (Spring 2014): 5. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  20. Throneberry, Dale (5 September 2014). "7 September 2014-Vietnam Veterans for Factual History and National POW-MIA Week". Veterans Radio. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  21. Moyar, Mark. "Vietnam: Historians at War | National Association of Scholars". www.nas.org. National Association of Scholars.
  22. Milam, Ron (11 June 2011). "Myths of the Vietnam War". Reviews in American History. 39 (2): 372–378. doi:10.1353/rah.2011.0080. ISSN 1080-6628. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  23. Sorley, Lewis (1999). A Better War: Unexamined Victories & Final Tragedy of America's Last Years in Vietnam (First ed.). Harcourt, Brace & Company. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  24. Lind, Michael (2002). Vietnam: The Necessary War: A Reinterpretation of America's Most Disastrous Military Conflict (Reprint ed.). Free Press. ISBN 9780684870274. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  25. Moyar, Mark (2006). Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954-1965 (1 ed.). Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521869119. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  26. Robbins, James (2012). This Time We Win: Revisiting the Tet Offensive 1st (first) by Robbins, James S (2010) Hardcover. Encounter Books. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  27. Jennings, Phillip (2010). Politically incorrect guide to the Vietnam War. Washington, D.C.: Regnery Pub. ISBN 978-1596985674. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  28. Shaw, Geoffrey (2015). The Lost Mandate of Heaven: The American Betrayal of Ngo Dinh Diem, President of Vietnam. Ignatius Press. ISBN 9781586179359. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  29. "Robert F. Turner". University of Virginia School of Law. University of Virginia. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  30. "Author: Dr. Geoffrey DT Shaw". www.ignatius.com. Ignatius Press. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  31. "KSU | Faculty Web - Roger Soiset". facultyweb.kennesaw.edu. Kennesaw University. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  32. "Books". www.vvfh.org. VVFH. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  33. "50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration | Vietnam War Commemoration". www.vietnamwar50th.com. Department of Defense. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  34. O'Brien, Cortney (8 November 2017). "Vietnam Vets Group Lists Its Grievances With Ken Burns's PBS Documentary". Townhall. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  35. O'Neil, Tyler (9 November 2017). "Vietnam Veterans Set the Record Straight After PBS TV Series Whitewashes Communism". Trending. PJ Media. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  36. Harper, Jennifer (21 November 2017). "Inside the Beltway: Vietnam veterans challenge Ken Burns". The Washington Times. The Washington Times. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  37. "Vietnam veterans challenge Ken Burns on the accuracy of his epic documentary". historynewsnetwork.org. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  38. Hewitt, Hugh (31 October 2017). "H3: 10/31/17: Rep. Kevin Brady, Col. Andy Finlayson, Mary Eberstadt - Hughniverse - The Hugh Hewitt Show Podcast". Hughniverse - The Hugh Hewitt Show Podcast. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  39. "Vietnam War Vet Critiques Ken Burns' New PBS Documentary". The Federalist. 3 November 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  40. Meyers, Bill (6 November 2017). "11-6 to 11-10-17 Bill Meyer's Blog - KMED-AM - Turning up YOUR voice - AM 1140 KMED". KMED-AM - Turning up YOUR voice - AM 1140 KMED. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  41. Sorley, Lewis. "The Joyce Kaufman Show - 850 WFTL". 850 WFTL. Retrieved 5 December 2017.

External links[edit]

Causes of the Vietnam War - CSPAN
The tragedy of the PBS-Ken Burns version of the Vietnam War

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