American military forces during the Cold War

President Kennedy

President Kennedy promised is his inaugural speech that the United States would “pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” In the same address, he also said, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” Kennedy said this because he wanted to show his support of President Truman's policy of containment.

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Cold War Era

During the Cold War, many of Americans served in the military, defending our country and freedoms. Many were killed or wounded. As a result of their service, the United States and American ideals of democracy tried to overpower the Soviet Union communism.
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President Kennedy Assasination

President Kennedy was a World War II veteran who was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, in 1973. This event shocked the US and put a little bit of fear into everyone around the world, and began a period of internal strife and divisiveness, especially sparked by divisions over United States involvement in Vietnam.

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Vietnam Veterans

Vietnam veterans received no love when they returned from the war. They had a lot of hostility and many people protested. Where as the veterans of World War 2 returned home to a country who was very cheerful and loving. It wasn't until years after the war that the Vietnam veterans were recognized. The veterans are now recognized at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C.

Vietnam War Memorial

Friday, Jan. 1st 1982 at 9pm to Tuesday, Jan. 1st 2222 at 11pm

Washington, DC, United States

Washington, DC