Us Involvement In The Vietnam War

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The Vietnam War (1955-1975)

Location: Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia Date: Nov. 1, 1955- April 30, 1975

Background: The Vietnam War was a long and costly conflict between the communist North Vietnam and its southern allies, known as the Viet Cong against the South Vietnam and their ally The United States. The war began after the rice of power of Ho Chi Minh, and continued against a Cold War between two global superpowers (The United States and The Soviet Union). 3 million people were killed including 58,000 Americans in the war. The U.S. involvement in the war reached its peak in 1969 more than 500,000 U.S military troops were involved. Opposition to the war in the U.S. led to the division among Americans. People around America protest
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Truman wanted to aid the French in order to contain the communist spread. He believed that if the French took over the colonies would remain non communists. The tension of a communist world world still remained after the cold war. Dwight D. Eisenhower was the one who thought the relationship of the Domino Theory with Vietnam in 1954. The Domino Theory stated that if communism failed in North Vietnam, like dominos, the rest of the neighboring countries would fall to communism. It was a theory prominent to the 1950s to the 1980s during the cold war.
John F. Kennedy supported the Vietnam war. He believed that if the united states retreated from the war the vietnamese would collapse. He was believed to have supported the taking down and assassination of the communist leader Ngo Dinh Diem. He supported the south vietnamese with economic and military
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January 1969, Richard Nixon won election, and continued presidency; President Richard Nixon announces a strategy called “Vietnamization” in a broadcast speech on November 3rd,1969 to American people. President Richard Nixon’s plan “secret plan” to end the Vietnam War was to expand, and train the South Vietnamese forces so they would be able to take over faster. North Vietnam and the Viet Cong were communist who fought in the Vietnam War to expel the anti-communist from South Vietnam. In March 1965, U.S. sent their first troops to Vietnam, where the U.S. was using B52 Bombers, high technology, equipment, and their helicopters. The U.S. used Napalm against the Vietcong, and North Vietnam; destroying many of them at once due to the fact that once the Napalm hits, it destroys whatever is in its way. Saigon was surrounded by the North Vietnamese, and Tan Son Nhut which was an air base was under attack. President Ford wanted to save as much people as possible, so he continued to send helicopters to evacuate the people. This happened on Tuesday, April 29, 1975 around 12:15 pm, and by 11:00 pm an estimated number of 6,393 people had already been evacuated from Saigon. While ground fire approached the embassy, Vietnamese were on lower levels, while the U.S. Marine ground security forces were on a roof ready to take action. On Wednesday, April 30th, 1975, the last

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