For those wanting to know how to find out which battles your loved one fought in during the Vietnam War here’s what you need to know:
-Which branch of the Armed Forces did they serve in: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines
-The assigned unit.
-The dates of their Tour of Duty-the Vietnam War occurred from 1 Nov 1955-30 April 1975. U.S. military advisors were on the ground beginning in 1950 with the first combat troops arriving around 1965.
Example: My dad served in the U.S. Army Infantry: 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, Bravo Company, 1st Air Cavalry Division from June 1967-June 1968.
-From there you can then perform an online search for their unit as many have their own websites. Or perform a search for a Vietnam War timeline of battles and the units that fought in them.
-If you have no idea when or where they served or in what capacity you may (as a family member) request veteran’s records through the National Archives http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/
Just fill out what you can on the form.