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|First mentioned:||War Buddies, Part 2|
|Date of event:||1959 - 1975|
The Vietnam War, which began in 1959 and ended on April 30, 1975, was fought between the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) and the United States along with South Vietnam. The terms of the Paris Peace Accord of 1973 stipulated that the United States withdraw from Vietnam. It is generally accepted that Communist North Vietnam emerged victorious from the conflict, despite having an estimated five million casualties; the United States had about 58,000 casualties.
On November 8, 1968, five soldiers with codenames embark on a top secret mission to recover a downed A4 Skyhawk. Their mission takes them 40 miles into enemy territory, along the Mekong River. On November 15, their position becomes compromised, and they are ambushed by enemy fire. Amarillo, Loredo, and San Antonio are killed, and Dallas is badly injured (but quickly healed). Austin appears to receive no injuries.
On November 20, 1968, Dallas and Austin continue the mission to find the downed crew. After finding a Viet Cong informant, Dallas interrogates the man, ordering Austin to heal him several times. Finally, they find the crash site where the crew has been killed. Dallas, realizing that they are close to the Skyhawk's target, wishes to proceed with the destruction of the village.
Dallas shoots Au Co; Austin tries to heal her, but she is already dead. The two soldiers receive silver medals for their actions. When Dallas is discharged home, he feels that his whole life is pointless. Later, Austin tells Dallas that he learned an important lesson during the war: great men sometimes make sacrifices to save the world.
- The Mekong River area of Vietnam was a popular battle site during the Vietnam War.
- Dallas mentions that "politicians were in Paris trying to broker peace". In reality, the Paris Peace Accords began in May 1968, but were not finally signed until 1973.
- Dallas and Austin receive silver medals for their Vietnam War actions (War Buddies, Part 5). The medals' design is identical to the Silver Star medal with one exception: the Silver Star is mostly bronze, yet the medals in the graphic novel are silver.
Dallas is suddenly shot through his abdomen.
Loredo takes a bullet to the head.
While fighting back, Amarillo is shot in the side.
San Antonio lies dead next to an ailing Dallas.
...and use C4 explosives...
...for the destruction of a farming village.
War knows no boundaries: A young girl is shot and killed.
After the war, Linderman remembers the horrors of losing his friends in battle.