• John Paul Vann is buried in Arlington National Cemetery on June 16, 1976.
• John Paul Vann exemplifies the American war effort in Vietnam: his obsession, dedication, good intentions (gone awry), pride, and will to win.
• Many attendees at the funeral come to pay final respects to John Paul Vann, although not all agreed with his sometimes controversial views.
• John Paul Vann retired from the armed forces in 1963, but went back to Vietnam with the Agency for International Development (AID) in 1965.
Book 1, "Going to War"
• President Kennedy upgrades the United States' presence in Vietnam with the creation of the U.S. Military Assistance Command: Vietnam (MACV) in February, 1962.
• General Paul Harkins, who had been an aid to General George S. Patton during World War II, is given command of MACV during the early part of Kennedy Administration--a person with whom John Paul Vann and many others would clash over...
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