Iowans during the Vietnam War
Lesson Plan Item
|Grade||11th Grade||Class||US History||Length of Lesson||1 Class Period|
|Lesson Title||Iowans during the Vietnam War|
|Unit Title||The Vietnam War|
|Unit Compelling Question||How did the Vietnam War impact American society?|
Pictured above is a U.S. Army military coat. This coat was worn by 2nd Lt. Robert Hibbs of the 2nd Battalion during the Vietnam War. Lt. Hibbs was in command of the 2nd Battalion on an observation mission to scout out Viet Cong companies. The company spotted an enemy company coming right for them. With 2nd Lt. Hibbs expertise, he prepared the men for an attack and emplaced two antipersonnel mines in their path. Once they got close, 2nd Lt. Hibbs detonated them. 2nd Lt. Hibbs was at the front lines to help his company retreat by throwing hand grenades at the charging Viet Cong. As the Battalion was retreating, they caught the second Viet Cong company by surprise. 2nd Lt. Hibbs charged right toward the Viet Cong and went to rescue the wounded US soldiers. While rescuing the wounded, 2nd Lt. Hibbs sacrificed himself so his comrades could escape. For his bravery and ultimate sacrifice, Lt. Robert Hibbs was given the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest honor a soldier can receive in the American Military.
During the time of the Vietnam War (1964-1973), 115,000 Iowans were employed in the military. They played a major role in all aspects of the war from fighting in combat to National Guardsmen maintaining security within the United States. The Iowans that went to Vietnam were very young with the average age of men deployed being only 19 years old. Also, the majority of Iowans who went to Vietnam were from working class families. There were 5 Iowans who received the Congressional Medal of Honor, and only one, 2nd Lt. Robert J. Hibbs, received his postmortem. By the end of the war, there were 869 Iowans who had been killed in Vietnam including one of the very last soldiers to die, LCpl. Darwin Judge, who was killed on April 29, 1975. The war ended on April 30, 1975 with the fall of Saigon. The state of Iowa did not only send soldiers to Vietnam, but also food and supplies. Iowa produced corn for the Southeast Asia foreign aid program. Ordinance plants were reactivated in Burlington, Iowa. These ordinance plants made weaponry which helped the war effort. (iptv.org)
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|Lesson Supporting Question||How did Iowans play a part in the Vietnam War?|
This lesson is about how Iowans played a role in the Vietnam War. The lesson focuses on an Iowan named Robert Hibbs who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Vietnam. The lesson shows a video of the Vietnam War with a lecture about Iowans during the Vietnam War and Robert Hibbs. The lesson also discusses the Medal of Honor and why it is such an accomplishment to win this award. At the end of the lesson, there is a short assignment relating to the artifact (Lt. Hibbs’ uniform) and Robert Hibbs’ actions during the Vietnam War. There is also a take home assignment which will be turned in the next class. The take home assignment involves students analyzing sources about Iowans during the Vietnam War.
|Primary Sources Used|
ima_assignment_for_lesson_on_iowa_and_the_vietnam_war.docx, iowans_in_the_vietnam_war_ima.pptx, lt._robert_hibbs_analysis.docx
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|Author||Sean Riley||Reviewer||Chad Christopher, History Education, University of Northern Iowa||Created||02/18/2020||Last Edited||02/18/2020|
|Lesson Plan Development Notes: Teaching Methods, University of Northern Iowa, Fall 2019|