Historical Perspectives

A CORDS Advisor Remembers
The 1968 Tet Offensive in Vietnam and the Seizure of Hue
Raymond R. Lau

The author had just returned to South Vietnam, arriving on 29 January 1968 after a month’s home leave in the United States. He was about to start a six-month extension in his tour as an advisor to CORDS (Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support) in Hue as an advisor to the Revolutionary Development Cadre teams in Thua Thien Province. The Revolutionary Development Cadre teams were paramilitary civic action teams established to “win the hearts and minds” of the Vietnamese by providing armed protection and reconstruction projects for rural villages. Hue was the ancient imperial capital of Vietnam and the seat of Vietnamese culture and history. The general belief was that both sides recognized that and had spared the city from the fighting. This assumption was to prove wrong!

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