I am an American (citizen of the United States of America) who fancies the study of The Vietnam War. I would like to learn more about this war and about the first-hand experiences of those who fought in this war. I have learned about the first-hand experiences of many Americans who live in my community who fought in this war and of some people who are Korean immigrants who fought in the ROK Forces (South Korea, one of the Allies in the war). I was born the same year that the "Treaty" of Paris was signed, after which the Vietnam War was winding down and falling into the hands of the communists.
In my opinion, the Vietnam War was a just cause and a just war, contrary to what many others may say. If I was born sooner and was old enough to have fought, I would have volunteered to fight in the this war. The US, The Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam), and its Allies, including New Zealand and many other countries could have won the war and at the very least driven the communists to the north, containing them to the north of the 17th parallel, and keeping them contained by military might, resulting in a similar situation in the Korean Peninsula (South and North Korea).
Better yet, I believe that the US, South Vietnam, and all of the Allies could have driven the Communists out of all of Vietnam and Southeast Asia, into the sea, if we had followed through in all of the military campaigns and had competent top-level US military leadership (which unfortunately, the US did not have during the Vietnam War). We and all of the Allies had a very well-trained military, superior weapons, air and naval superiority, and far superior firepower than the Communists had.
There is no excuse that the US, South Vietnam, and all of the Allies lost the war to the Communists, allowing Communist take over. The ultimate consequence is the bloodbath that happened after the Communists took over and 80 million living under the repressive Communist regime up to this day! If the Communists were stopped, many people would have been spared the oppression, tyranny, and even death! We ultimately let down tens of millions of our fellow mankind in Southeast Asia, leaving them in the hands of the Communists!
I am staunchly against communism, Marxism, and socialism (which are the same things but with different names) and am what would be considered a "right-wing conservative" in American (U.S.) politics (just like anything, there is a label for everything, especially in politics). From my personal experiences visiting Communist countries, I have only seen Communism impoverish, enslave, oppress, and kill their own people, while the few elites live in the lap of luxury on the backs of all of the rest of their fellow countrymen/countrywomen.
I would like to learn more about the involvement of soldiers of the other countries that were allies of the USA and The Republic of Vietnam. Last, I would like to thank New Zealand and all of the New Zealanders who fought in the Vietnam War for their help in the fight against the spread of Communism. Thanks for your service and sacrifice in the Vietnam War!