American Involvement in the Vietnam War

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American Involvement in the Vietnam War
Late 1940’s: America began sending aid to the French fighting in Vietnam and the rest of Indochina. France was fighting the Communist rebels led by Ho Chi Minh.
1954: Ho Chi Minh defeated the French. America became officially involved trying to stop Communists in Vietnam. Financial aid and military advisors were sent to help the South Vietnamese fight Northern Communists as they fighting in the South. The U.S. worked with Ngo Dinh Diem and other leaders to set up a separate government in the South. The U.S. worked with Ngo Dinh Diem, the South Vietnamese Premiere, to create separate governments in the South.
President Dwight Eisenhower expressed concerns over Domino Theory. He believed that if Vietnam fell completely to Communism, then Communism would spread elsewhere, like how if the first domino falls, the rest follow. The Domino Theory is the central reason for America’s involvement in Vietnam.
1954-1964: U.S. involvement in Vietnam continued to increase. Eisenhower sends military advisors to South Vietnam to train South Vietnamese Army.
1964: August: North Vietnam attacked the USS Maddox in international waters. Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution that allowed President Johnson to increase America’s military involvement. It allowed him to "take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack...and to prevent further aggression."
1965: Pleiku Raid: Viet Cong attacked a Marine barracks killing eight and injuring over a hundred. Johnson, used the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution to order the air force and navy forward in Operation Rolling Thunder which bombed Viet Cong. Johnson hoped this would show U.S. superiority and make the Viet Cong stop, but it just escalated the war.
1968: More than 500,000 troops committed to fighting in Vietnam. January 31, the holiday of Tet, North Vietnam and Viet Cong attacked South…...

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