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The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, or the Vietnam Conflict, was a proxy war of the Cold War that occurred in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia from 1959 to April 30, 1975. The war was fought between the communist North Vietnam, supported by its communist allies China and Soviet Union, and South Vietnam, supported by the United States and others.
One of the major weapons contributors to the Vietnam War was the American manufacturing firm known as Stark Industries. Stark Industries' CEO Tony Stark flew to Vietnam and conducted a personal inspection of his ordnance's capabilities in the field. While marching through the jungle with a U.S. envoy, Stark caught himself on a tripwire which activated a landmine. All of the soldiers present were killed immediately, and Stark nearly lost his life as well. A North Vietnamese warlord named Wong-Chu took Stark to his lair where he made Tony an offer. He would have his surgeons save Tony's life if Stark would agree to design a weapon for them. Tony had little choice but to accept Wong-Chu's terms. However, instead of creating a weapon for the NVA, Stark instead constructed a rudimentary suit of battle armor cobbled together from transistors and scrap metal. He used the armor to escape captivity, defeat Wong-Chu, and liberate the South Vietnamese village that Wong-Chu controlled. Note: This event is no longer part of canon continuity. Due to the capricious nature of time-compression in the Marvel Universe, the events that led to Tony Stark's injury retroactively substituted the setting of Vietnam to China, then again to Afghanistan.
Another American who suffered great physical trauma in the war was an Native American soldier known as Forge. During the war, Forge's own command was wiped out by enemy soldiers. Anguished and enraged by the deaths of his men, Forge used the spirits of nine of his newly killed men to cast a spell that opened a mystical portal into another dimension, through which came demons that slew the enemy soldiers.
US Marine Captain Frank Castle was one of the few soldiers stationed at Firebase Valley Forge in Cambodia that actually cared about his mission. Enlisting a handful of others that do, he set up a platoon that patrolled the nearby woods to take the fight to the enemy. Castle went to various lengths to keep his personal war alive, including maneuvering to have a General killed by the enemy, all the while being "talked to" by a "voice" from inside him telling him how much Castle loved the war and couldn't stand to see it come to an end. The "voice" offered him a never ending war -- for a price -- which he finally accepted when the enemy stormed the base in an overwhelming show of force. It wasn't until later that he realized the "price" would be his family, which led to his transformation into The Punisher.
After high school Eugene "Flash" Thompson enlisted in the U.S. armed forces and served in Vietnam. While in Southeast Asia, Flash Thompson was injured and nursed back to health by a South Vietnamese woman named Sha Shan The two fell in love and were soon married, but the marriage did not last very long. Note: In order to maintain a steady age for Flash Thompson, this event is no longer considered part of canon continuity.
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