Ten Interesting Facts about Vietnam

Ten Interesting Facts about Vietnam

1. Vietnam is the largest exporter of cashews in the world, and the second largest exporter of rice.

2. Instead of bells, traditional gongs are used to call the Vietnamese children to school.

3. Although Vietnam is a developing country, it has a literacy rate of 94%.

4. Among all developing countries, Vietnam has one of the lowest unemployment rates.

5. You can find a B52 American Bomber Wreck in Vietnam’s West Lake.

6. An estimated ten million motor bikes travel on the roads of Vietnam every day.

7. Ruou ran (snake wine), a Vietnamese specialty of rice wine with a pickled snake inside, allegedly can cure any sickness.

8. The most common surname in Vietnam is Nguyen.

9. The Vietnamese keep potbelly pigs as pets.

10.The Vietnamese language has six different tones. A change in tone changes the meaning of the word. This makes their language somewhat difficult to learn.

America’s Bald Eagle


CHECK OUT THE Bald Eagle video below …

‘Challenger’ is his name (in honor of the lost space shuttle crew) & is cared for by the non-profit American Eagle Foundation (AEF).

He’s a ‘human-socialized’ bird accidentally raised by the people who rescued Him – after being blown from a wild Louisiana nest in a storm as a baby in the late 1980′s.  Declared ‘non-releasable’ by federal and state wildlife Authorities, he was trained by the AEF to perform educational free-flight demonstrations at high profile public events.

He’s the first Bald Eagle in U.S. History that learned to free-fly into Stadiums, arenas and ballrooms during the singing of the Star Spangled Banner. The celebrity eagle has appeared at numerous major sporting events like the World Series, Pro-Bowl, All-Star game, BCS National Championship, Fiesta Bowl, Men’s Final Four, etc.

This eagle named Challenger has also flown before 4 U.S. Presidents!

Thanks to RE for the link. HooRah

50 Years Ago in the War

  • June 20 - General William Westmoreland assumes command of all U.S. forces in Vietnam.
  • July 6 – Some 900 Viet Cong attack Nam Dong, a U.S. Special Forces camp defended by 12 Green Berets, about 300 South Vietnamese and a few other allied fighters, who force the enemy to retreat. Captain Roger Donlon receives the first Medal of Honor presented in the Vietnam War.
  • Aug 2 – U.S. destroyer Maddox, in the Gulf of Tonkin to gather intelligence from electronic transmissions, is attacked by three North Vietnamese P-4 class motor torpedo boats and suffers minor damage.
  • Aug 3 – The Maddox returns to the Gulf, along with another destroyer, the Turner Joy.
  • Aug 4 – The destroyers pick up radar and sonar signals that their crews interpret as North Vietnames vessels moving in for an attack.  The U.S. ships begin firing. (Later investigations indicate that the Maddox and Turner Joy were not attacked.)
  • Aug 5President Lyndon B. Johnson orders airstrikes agains North Vietnam.
  • Aug 7 – Congress approves the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, giving Johnson “all necessary measures to repel any attack against the enemy forces of the United States to prevent further aggression.”

President Lyndon B. Johnson, Aug. 5, 1964, in a speech at Syracuse University in New York, after a North Vietnames attack on the U.S. Navy in the Gulf of Tonkin:

The world must never forget – that aggression unchallenged is aggression unleashed.  We of the United States have not forgotten. This is why we have answered this aggression with action.

4th Infantry Statue


4th Statue

This statue currently stands outside the Iraqi palace, now home to the 4th Infantry division. It will eventually be shipped home and put in the memorial museum in Fort Hood, Texas. The statue was created by an Iraqi artist named Kalat, who for years was forced by Saddam Hussein to make the many hundreds of bronze busts of Saddam that dotted Baghdad.

Kalat was so grateful for the America’s liberation of his country; he melted 3 of the heads of the fallen Saddam and made the statue as a memorial to the American soldiers and their fallen warriors.

Kalat worked on this memorial night and day for several months.

To the left of the kneeling soldier is a small Iraqi girl giving the soldier comfort as he mourns the loss of his comrades in arms.