Vietnam War

From 1965 to 1975

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Vietnam War

The Vietnam War was the prolonged struggle between nationalists force attempting to unify the country of Vietnam under a communist government and the United States (with the aid of the south Vietnam) attempting to prevent the spread of communism. Engaged in a war that many viewed as having no way to win, U.S. leaders lost the american public's support for the war. since the end of the war, the Vietnam war has become a benchmark for what not to do in all future U.S. foreign conflicts.

As the fighting between the Viet Cong and the South Vietnamese continued, the U.S. continued to send additional advisers to South Vietnam. When the North Vietnamese fired directly upon two U.S. ships in international waters on August 2 and 4, 1964 (known as the Gulf of Tonkin Incident), Congress responded with the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. This resolution gave the President the authority to escalate U.S. involvement in Vietnam. President Lyndon Johnson used that authority to order the first U.S. ground troops to Vietnam in March 1965.

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Vietnam War Facts & Information

A common held belief that many American soldiers were drafted to the Vietnam War against their will is unfounded, only one third of American soldiers were drafted with all others joining voluntarily.

In total over 2.7 million American soldiers served on active duty in the Vietnam War between 1964 and 1975 with 58,220 killed and 75,000 disabled. Over half the American soldiers killed were under 21 years.

The media openly reported that African American soldiers were used as cannon fodder in the war, but death rates in African American soldiers were no higher than that of any other ethnicity. Official reports prove these media reports to be inaccurate.

Media reports also states the suicide rates in Vietnam veterans is higher than any group, upon investigation this has also found not to be the case.

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The Vietnam War was a long, costly armed conflict that pitted the communist regime of North Vietnam and its southern allies, known as the Viet Cong, against South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States. The war began in 1954 (though conflict in the region stretched back to the mid-1940s), after the rise to power of Ho Chi Minh and his communist Viet Minh party in North Vietnam, and continued against the backdrop of an intense Cold War between two global superpowers: the United States and the Soviet Union. More than 3 million people (including 58,000 Americans) were killed in the Vietnam War; more than half were Vietnamese civilians. By 1969, at the peak of U.S. involvement in the war, more than 500,000 U.S. military personnel were involved in the Vietnam conflict. Growing opposition to the war in the United States led to bitter divisions among Americans, both before and after President Richard Nixon ordered the withdrawal of U.S. forces in 1973. In 1975, communist forces seized control of Saigon, ending the Vietnam War, and the country was unified as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam the following year
CCR- Fortunate Son with vietnam war footage

Works Cited

"Vietnam War Facts." The Finer Times: War, Crime and History Resource. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 Apr. 2013.

"Vietnam War." A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 10 Apr. 2013.

"Vietnam War." 20th Century History. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Apr. 2013.