Vietnam War

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John F. Kennedy

  • John F. Kennedy (JFK) was the 35 president of the U.S.
  • During the Vietnam war, JFK supplied them with over 16,000 military advisors and increased the size of the U.S. military in Vietnam
  • Kennedy wanted South Vietnam to when their own war but he still supplied them with weapons
  • In 1963 the south Vietnamese government was overthrown
  • By 1968 the U.S. military in Vietnam was around 500,000
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Information & Connections:

The Vietnam war was a long and expensive war. It was the communist North and its allies known as Viet Cong, against the Vietnam South and its ally the United States. The war began in 1954, after the rise to power of Ho Chi Minh, and his communist Viet Minh party in the North. More than 3 million people were killed during the Vietnam war including 58,000 Americans, more than half were Vietnamese civilians. The Vietnam war was mainly one communist country trying to take over a noncommunist country, the main reason the U.S. got involved was containment, they did not want another communist country.

Shortly after Johnson had become President Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. This gave Johnson broad war-making powers. The U.S. planes began regular bombing raids, this was codenamed Operation Rolling Thunder. By June 1965 more than 82,000 American combat troops were stationed in South Vietnam. Laos and Cambodia were used by the North Vietnam war to pass into South Vietnam without being seen.