The Attack Of The Vietnam War Essay

1258 Words Jan 4th, 2016 6 Pages
The sun drifted high above the USS Maddox as the destroyer surged into enemy waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Despite the waters being under international authority, the threat level of enemy attack was fairly high. The mission was to relay any intelligence gathered about North Vietnam to South Vietnam. The destroyer was highly equipped in relays and espionage equipment as well as defenses. Not long into entering the Gulf of Tonkin the USS Maddox was under heavy attack by multiple enemy torpedo patrol boats. This distress information was relayed to the United States who responded ordering them to exit the gulf immediately. This was on August 2nd of 1964. Only two days later the Maddox returned into the gulf. The ship relayed information to the United States that they were under attack again. Although, further evidence showed that the attack had never actually occurred on August 4th. Lyndon B. Johnson used the second attack to solidify his campaign of further involvement in the Vietnam War: “and by late 1965 some 180,000 American troops were on the ground, with more on the way” (Greenspan). The president at the time of the Gulf of Tonkin incident was Lyndon B. Johnson. Lyndon B. Johnson wanted to increase involvement in the Vietnam War. When the USS Maddox falsely reported that they were under attack on August 4th Johnson used the event to pressure congress into increased involvement. As a resolution to increased involvement made its way through congress, the United States…

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