About Rufus Phillips

Rufus Phillips is author of “Why Vietnam Matters: An Eyewitness Account of Lessons Not Learned.” He served in the military, the CIA, USAID and as a consultant to the State Department.


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Opinion: Why Vietnam Continues to Matter

Opinion: Why Vietnam Continues to Matter

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Vietnam War Memorial in Westminster, Calif.

Vietnam War Memorial in Westminster, Calif.

Unknown to many, 95 miles north of San Diego in the city of Westminster stands a memorial to the Vietnam War erected by the Vietnamese-American community. The centerpiece is a statue of two soldiers standing close to each other, South Vietnamese and American.

As we honor Veterans Day, we should remember that it was not just an American war but a non-communist Vietnamese one as well. They suffered many more casualties than we did and also lost their country. Read More