Gulf of Tonkin Incident

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  • Gulf Of Tonkin Incident Essay

    The gulf of Tonkin incident helped cause greater involvement in the Vietnam War for the United States. In the Gulf of Tonkin incident, North Vietnamese torpedo boats attacked the USS Maddox in the Gulf of Tonkin, off of Vietnam coast, in a couple of attacks on August 2 and 4, of 1964. The USS Turner Joy also reported being attacked on August 4, 1964. The Tonkin incident was the source for the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, which committed major American forces to the war in Vietnam. After time had passed and troops were already in Vietnam, many believed the attacks never happened and only was used as propaganda for the United States to justify sending more Americans to fight the war. The first attack was proven but the second attack was never proven that it actually happened. Shortly after taking office following the death of President John F. Kennedy, President Lyndon B. Johnson became concerned about South Vietnam’s ability to hold off communism. President Johnson wanted more involvement since he was not confident the South Vietnamese could defend itself against the communist North Vietnamese. He felt the North Vietnam army was stronger than the South Vietnam army. He believed South Vietnam would easily be turned into a communist state. He felt the United States was a World Power that no…

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  • The Influence Of Lyndon B Johnson's Presidency

    Because Johnson worried that South Vietnam would have difficulty in defending against the Viet Cong, he brought in more military aid (Hickman). By increasing military aid to patrol the shores of North Vietnam, he hoped that the newer technology that were being sent in would boast the power of Western technology and stop further Communist advancement. Prior to sending in military aid, South Vietnam’s patrol boats were sent to collect data in an attempt to gather information to be used against the…

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  • Tulf Of Tonkin Resolution Essay

    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…

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  • South Vietnam War Thesis

    Southern Vietnam, made an accusation that Northern Vietnam had attacked them two times in the Gulf of Tonkin (Treanor 59). The United States was fearing the supremacy of North Vietnam over South Vietnam. South Vietnam had teamed up with the United States in the early months of 1964 for missions along the coast of Northern Vietnam. While these operations were executed by the Vietnamese Navy, they we orchestrated by the CIA and Department of Defense (Treanor 59). These missions were successful at…

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  • Gulf Of Tonkin Resolution

    around 16,000 military “advisers” to Southern Vietnam. Their job was to aid the South in their efforts to drive the VC out of their country. This, however, was rarely the case as there was a thin line between providing military assistance and taking total control. The incident that occurred in the Gulf of Tonkin is a perfect example of how the United States took matters into their own hands and escalated problems in Vietnam. This opened the door for U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War (Versache…

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  • Lyndon B Johnson's Decision To Go To War With Vietnam

    reasons: conflicts, revolution, and coups. Usually, people start a war because of only one reason: to create a better life for themselves. A government wants more lands for their country, more people to work for them, and independence for their themselves. However, not every war is a good war. There are always terrible costs after the war. The Vietnam war was an awful war because not only the costs of the war were terrible, but the causes of it were meaningless. The 36th American president…

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  • The Impacts Of Pearl Harbor And The Gulf Of Tonkin

    forth.” The statement from Humphrey went against what the administration tried to do in the meeting, “President Johnson, Robert McNamara, and Secretary of State Dean Rusk were all trying to convince Congress and the American public that the North Vietnamese attacks were unprovoked…” The Gulf of Tonkin started to become something of a mess because of the fact that Humphrey talked about the war plans. American officials who knew of the actual events of those two nights…

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  • How Did American Involvement In Vietnam

    The Vietnam War became an American war in 1963 because President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963 allowed for his successor Lyndon B. Johnson to take a more aggressive and hands-on approach towards American involvement in Vietnam. In addition, shortly before Kennedy’s assassination American politicians approved a South Vietnamese military overthrow of South Vietnamese Prime Minister Ngo Dinh Diem. This allowed the South Vietnamese military to install a Prime Minster who was more likely…

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  • The Crisis In The 1960s

    The 60’s had begun with multiple incidents and escalations such as The Bay of Pigs, The Cuban Missile Crisis, and The assassination of President John F. Kennedy. A new president came in and swiftly took over as President Lyndon Johnson initiated new policies with The Civil Rights Bill, The Voting Rights act, and The Great Society. Johnson easily won re-election in 1964 and the future of his administration looked bright. Then the gigantic problem of the War in Vietnam casted a shadow that…

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  • The Influence Of Patriotism In The Pearl Harbor

    first being on August 2nd and the other being on August 4th, 1964. On August 4th, 1964 North Vietnamese boats off the Gulf of Tonkin reportedly attacked two American destroyers, the U.S.S Maddox and C. Turner Joy. The attacks on the fourth of August seemed to many of the American public and officials as a continuation of the attacks from the second of August, “ These alleged incidents followed reports of a similar engagement two days earlier, on August 2, between North Vietnamese PT boats and…

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