The Beverly Deepe Keever Collection

Photos by Beverly Deepe Keever, 1967

Aircraft Photos

For the six years from the Americanization of the war in 1965 through 1970, the U.S., South Vietnamese, and allied forces would expend 12.22 million tons of explosives. During one month alone in Vietnam, when the U.S. expenditure of munitions peaked in 1970, the 128,000 tons of air and ground explosives equated to the explosive force of 8.5 Hiroshima-size A-bombs

Beverly Deepe Keever

(Keever, 154)

Navy

The United States and South Vietnamese Navies have established a formidable “defensive blockade” around the 1200-mile shoreline of South Vietnam in an attampt to counter Communist infiltration by sea. Operating under the code name of “Operation Market Time,” the outer rim of this “defensive blockade” includes more than a half dozen of the DER radar picket escort destroyers “filled with very exotic radar.”

Beverly Deepe Keever

(Bev Keever Collection, Packet 127)

Soldiers

But the U.S. combat units and increased firepower were no substitute for a legitimate, stable government worthy of popular support within the United States and South Vietnam. Americanizing the war in the South occurred just twelve days after the Saigon government’s strongman, Gen. Nguyen Khanh, had been exilied from his own country

Beverly Deepe Keever

(Keever, 145)

Seabees Photos

Was this a battalion of engineers? NO! A company then? NO again! It was a group of 13 men from the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Construction Forces designated as SEABEE Team 1007.

Beverly Deepe Keever

(Keever, Seabees News Release 63)

Vice President Humphrey

Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey visited 1st Infantry Division headquarters ad Di An on Saturday, February 12 as a part of his current tour of Vietnam. Accompanying the vice president were high-ranking military and civilian officials including Ambassador Averell Harriman and General W.C. Westmoreland.

Beverly Deepe Keever

Bev Keever Collection (Packet 87)

Aerial Photographs

I saw that the U.S. bombing of North Vietnam did little to stave off political turmoil or attract enough attention to raise the morale of Saigonese.

Beverly Deepe Keever

(Keever, 134)

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