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during Vietnam WAR WHY DID THE US SOLDIERS CALL THE NORTH SOLDIERS CHARLIE?
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during Vietnam WAR WHY DID THE US SOLDIERS CALL THE NORTH SOLDIERS CHARLIE?



    




Mike S
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Well in actual fact the soldiers from North
Vietnam wern't called Charlie, they were referred to as the NVA. Now the guerilla fighters in the south were called Viet Cong, initials VC, and in the international phonetic alphabet its spoken Victor Charlie. You shorten that and you get Charlie. And that's where the name came from.

mikey: Right answer but you could have been a little nicer about it. Schools don't teach that sort of thing anymore and by the way I am a public school graduate and I knew the answer as well as you did.


hip lady wants YA fixed
deejay knows. hated that war. grew up watching it on TV. my dad went two times there. never did he talk about it. i remember looking at the tv trying to see if i could see my dad. never did i.


mikey
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Are you people all public school students? do you not have a single neuron among you? Here is the story, because, you asked, but also because i remember. The name "charlie " came from the military alphabet abbreviation for the first letters of Viet Cong, the americanized name of the guerrilla forces who were in the south, and supposedly from the south of vietnam, and supported by the people of North Vietnam. So, these forces were referred to as VC or using the military call signs for the letters, Victor Charlie, shortened to simply 'Charlie'. Now the north Vietnamese had an army that were referred to as North Vietnamese Regulars. They were 'Victor Romeo', however, as far as the GI's fighting and getting killed, they were all 'charlie', and we wanted them all dead. But, I don't any more, but I do still remember.


LAPD
The first Vietnam solider was believed to be called charlie.


American Dissenter
By name calling and vilifying opponents makes it easier to kill them. They had some known as some that only those who were there know about.

North Vietnam and their allies also had names for US and allies.


kitty
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Yes ... i grew up with the Viet Nam war.. even though one of the guys was killed where i went to school with was killed i kept up with it..Horrible war .. Yes they were called that.. Listen to Deejay he lived it.. bless him..


Its not me Its u
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C = Charlie,. like in Charlie Company. The Viet Cong got the Charlie tag for the 'cong'....true story. But don't ask where g**ook came from, i dunno....


frederiquechristianecouture25
START With a Capital Letter First.

VIETKONG...


FueledByIdiots
Its generic for "the enemy", not outside of Viet Nam anyway. In the real Army (as opposed to the one seen in M*A*S*H episodes) the term didn't mean "the enemy" or "communists" until the Viet Nam war, and not after that.

The term comes from the phonetic alphabet, where "Viet Cong" gets abbreviated to VC, and that is pronounced phonetically as "Victor Charlie"... which was soon shortened to "Charlie" in casual conversation.

Although technically these folks were quite distinct from the North Viet Namese Army (NVA), on the ground, both enemy groups were commonly called "Charlie".

References:
http://www.johncglass.com/racialslurs.htm .

Why they didn't just say "Viet Cong" instead of "Victor Charlie" is beyond me; "Viet Cong" even saves a syllable. It might have been one of those "let's not make it TOO easy for radio intercepts to know what we're talking about" things. Much as in present-day police voice comms, where women, especially those stranded at roadside, are referred to on the radio as an "X-ray" (phonetic for the letter "X") -- it's to keep random pervs with scanners from having too easy a time finding women in distress.


Andy
The irregular guerrilla force fighting in south Vietnam was called Viet Cong, shortened to VC, then expanded to Victor Charles, aka Charlie. The Northern troops were the North Vietnamese Army or NVA.


Wolfmoon
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The term comes from the phonetic alphabet, where "Viet Cong" gets abbreviated to VC, and that is pronounced phonetically as "Victor Charlie"... which was soon shortened to "Charlie" in casual conversation


Gez
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VietCong=Victor Charlie=Charlie

A better question is why they weren't called Victor.


deejayspop
I did a tour in viet nam in 1966, they were called Charlie because it was short for "Victor Charlie" for VC, a term used when talking on the radio.


earanger
Leafy,

In the phonetic alphabet VC (for Viet Cong) is Victor Charlie. So somehow it got shortened to Charlie.

"Ranger"





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