Gulf Of Tonkin Resolution
August 10, 1964
What led to the Gulf Of Tonkin Resolution
The USS Maddox, was conducting a DESOTO patrol in the waters of the Gulf of Tonkin on August 2, 1964, when it was attacked by three North Vietnamese Navy torpedo boats from the 135th Torpedo Squadron
It Is of historical significance
its of historical significance because it gave U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson authorization without a formal declaration of war by congress, for the use of "conventional" military force in Southeast Asia.
Resolution was a response to the Gulf Of Tonkin Incident
Mounting public opinion against the war eventually led to the repeal of the resolution, which was attached to the Foreign Military Sales Act that Nixon signed in January 1971.