Gulf of Tonkin Incident

Decent Essays
Improved Essays
Superior Essays
Great Essays
Brilliant Essays
    Page 1 of 8 - About 79 Essays
  • Improved Essays

    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…

    • 1357 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Historical information on the situations that occurred prior to the passing of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. On August 2, 1964, the destroyer USS Maddox, while performing a signals intelligence patrol as part of DESOTO operations, was pursued by three North Vietnamese Navy torpedo boats. The Maddox, in response, fired 3 warning shots and the North Vietnamese boats then attacked with torpedoes and machine gun fire. In the exchange, 1 U.S. aircraft was damaged, three north Vietnamize torpedo…

    • 259 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    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…

    • 1544 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Superior Essays

    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…

    • 1258 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Gulf Of Tonkin Analysis

    • 419 Words
    • 2 Pages

    There was much controversy over going to war with Vietnam, however, what was the real question of post-war conflicts was did the US intend to go to Vietnam before the Gulf of Tonkin incident. The first reason for why the US always intended to go to Vietnam is because they were already making plans to go to war prior to the gulf of tonkin incident. In document B, it demonstrates how the US prior to the events on Aug. 2, 1964 (the gulf of Tonkin), on May 25, 1964 in a memorandum from a foreign…

    • 419 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Vietnam under his administration. Although he increased troop presence, he didn’t want to fully commit to a ground war even against the advice from his administrators. “Despite a united front among his advisers, Kennedy responded to the call for troops in Vietnam with an emphatic ‘no.’ “The war in Vietnam could be won only so long as it was their war,” he told an aide privately. “If it were ever converted into a white man’s war, we would lose.” (Santow, 2013). Unfortunately, Kennedy would…

    • 500 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    South Vietnam War Thesis

    • 1065 Words
    • 4 Pages

    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…

    • 1065 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Gulf Of Tonkin Resolution

    • 1232 Words
    • 5 Pages

    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…

    • 1232 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Superior Essays

    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…

    • 1894 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    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…

    • 2190 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Previous
    Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8