The Vietnam War was also known as the Second Indochina War, from 1954 to 1975. It was a conflict between North Vietnam and South Vietnam allies Viet Cong and the government of South Vietnam and its ally United States. The main purpose of the war was to stop South Vietnam in becoming communists like the ones in the north. During that time there were powerful leaders making the decisions. Some important Vietnam leaders were; Ho Chi Minh,Vo Nguyen Giap, Ngo Dinh Diem.
Ho Chi Minh was born in May 19, 1890 his birth name was Nguyen Sinh Cung but was known as Nguyen Tat Thanh. By 1941 he changed his name to Ho Chi Minh that means "He who Enlightens". He founded the Indochina Communist Party. He also formed the League for Vietnamese Independence. He led the Viet Minh against the French. When he was in the knowing that the United States backed South Vietnam into not having …show more content…
He was the United States president at the time. He was the one to help the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) in the economy and military aid. He also placed more people to train the South Vietnamese. He was set to protect the South Vietnam´s democracy. He had great faith they will win until problems started to appear due to Diem´s corruption. He was then assassinated on November 22, 1963.
Robert McNamara was born in June 9 1916, he was the Secretary f Defense from 1961-1968, he was helping Kennedy with the administration. He also believed in increasing American military to help Vietnam in war. He was one of the highest American officials that were in charge of the expansion the Vietnam War. He later started having doubts about if they were to succeed in war but he stayed quiet, and to the public he was known as he was with a positive point of view of the war. Because of the tension he resigned from the Department of Defense on February 29, 1968. He died on July 6,