Vietnam War

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John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy was a Democratic party political leader of the twentieth century. John F. Kennedy was president of the United States from 1961 to 1963. His election began a period of great optimism in the United States. In his inaugural address, he challenged the nation, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” Kennedy brought the United States out of the Cuban missile crises and negotiated the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963 with Britain and the Soviet Union. John F. Kennedy was responsible for the attempt to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs. John F. Kennedy's assassination ended his presidency on November 22, 1963 by: Lee Harvey Oswald.

other important facts during the Vietnam War.

  • During his years as president, Kennedy tripled the amount of American economic and military aid to the South Vietnamese and increased the number of U.S. military advisers in Indochina
  • He refused to withdraw from the escalating conflict in Vietnam because, he said, "to withdraw from that effort would mean a collapse not only of South Vietnam, but Southeast Asia. So we are going to stay there."
  • Some historians allege that just weeks before Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, he supported a military coup that overthrew and murdered South Vietnam's president Ngo Dinh Diem.
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Paris Peace Accords

The Paris Peace Accords of January 27, 1973 intended to establish peace in Vietnam and an end to the Vietnam War. It ended direct U.S. military combat, and temporarily stopped the fighting between North and South Vietnam. The governments of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, the Republic of Vietnam, and the United States, as well as the Provisional Revolutionary Government that represented indigenous South Vietnamese revolutionaries, signed the Agreement on ending the war and restoring peace in Vietnam on January 27, 1973.

The document began with the statement that "the United States and all other countries respect the independence, sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity of Vietnam as recognized by the 1954 Geneva agreements on Vietnam".