Earthquake McGoon and the Battle of Dien Bien Phu: A legendary hero and the shadows of a forgotten war
“Earthquake McGoon” (Robert B. McGovern Jr.) in his P51 Mustang
flying with U.S. Air Corp 75th “Tiger Shark” Squadron. KIA flying
French marked CIA C-119 Flying Boxcar at Battle of Dien Bien Phu on May 6, 1954.
By Mike Scruggs – Vietnam was dominated by the Chinese
for over a thousand years until 938, when the province of Tonkin, the
northern region of North Vietnam surrounding Hanoi, gained its
independence. There followed a long process of wars and political
intrigues before the southern provinces of Annam and Cochin China were
completely consolidated into Vietnam in 1788. By 1857, the French had
already begun consolidating Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos into their
colonial empire. This was known as French Indochina and was complete by
1884. The French remained in control until Japanese troops occupied
Indochina during World War II.