Definitions

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Containment

the action of keeping something harmful under control or within limits

Draft

men were drafted to fill vacancies in the armed forces which could not be filled through voluntary means
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Cold war

state of political and military tension after World War II between the U.S.S.R. and the U.S. from 1947-1991
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Demilitarized zone

an area in which treaties or agreements between nations, military powers or contending groups forbid military installations, activities or person

Domino Theory

    The domino theory was a theory prominent from the 1950s to the 1980s, that speculated that if one country in a region came under the influence of communism, then the surrounding countries would follow in a domino effect.

General Westmoreland

United States Army general, who most notably commanded U.S. forces during the Vietnam War from 1964 to 1968
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Ho Chi Minh

North Vietnamese Communist revolutionary leader who was prime minister and president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam
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Ngo Dinh Diem

Leader of South Vietnam from 1955 until his assassination in 1963
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Timeline

National Liberation Front (December 20, 1960)- designed to replicate the success of the Viet Minh, the umbrella nationalist organization that successfully liberated Vietnam from French colonial rule


Viet Cong (December 29, 1960)- the name given by Western sources to the National Liberation Front, a political organization with its own army in South Vietnam and Cambodia


Pentagon Papers (1967)- the name given to a secret Department of Defense study of U.S. political and military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967, prepared at the request of Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in 1967


Mylai Massacre (1968)- the Vietnam War mass killing of between 347 and 504 unarmed civilians in South Vietnam