April 30th, 1975 is the date Vietnamese soldiers will remember for the rest of their lives. This was the date when the United States pulled away and surrendered. As 1 soldier described it “There were no bombs or airplane sounds or screaming. The happy moment was indescribable.” Many people who opposed the war from the Vietnamese pov were imprisoned for years. However many people were killed on both ends of the war as the article states More than 58,000 American soldiers died in the fighting between 1960 and 1975; the estimated number of Vietnamese soldiers and civilians killed on both sides varies widely, from 2.1 million to 3.8 million during the American intervention and in related conflicts before and after. This is petraying the people who agreed with the war and some of the outcomes it had.
When two Vietnamese boats bombed two US destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin, president Lyndon Johnson requested authorization from congress to use military force, resulting in the Tonkin resolution. This then laid out the groundwork for the United States commitment for the Vietnam War. This article summarizes different presidential actions taken during the coarse of the war. Actions such as president Nixon and "The secret plan" To end war in Vietnam.
On May 4, 1970, students and outsiders started protesting at Kent Sate University. The national guard was soon called to settle the issue. However many students still kept protesting against the orders of the armed men. This caused many series of events. First the soldiers tried using tear gas to get the students to scatter and leave. However the wind made the tear gas very ineffective also many times the kids would pick up the canisters and throw them back. This was giving the National guard limited options on how to deal with the kids and outsiders. The only other option was to shoot at the kids who the guards felt were going to endanger them. 4 people were killed and 9 other injured. This occurrence made Kent State the "focul point of a nation deeply divided by the Vietnam War."
This article is independent and factual look at how Lyndon B Johnson took over the office after JFK's assassination, and how he influenced and powered the war. It also goes into the details of how the Vietnam war was the cause of the cold war and the red scare that swept across the US. And explains how a small influx of troops to help the struggling South Vietnamese failed and developed into a full-scale war.
the number of American troops in Vietnam was approaching 500,000, and U.S. casualties had reached 15,058 killed and 109,527 wounded. As the war stretched on, some soldiers came to mistrust the government’s reasons for keeping them there, as well as Washington’s repeated claims that the war was being won.
On this day in History, Thousands protest the war in Vietnam on Oct 21, 1967. In Washington, D.C. nearly 100,000 people gather to protest the American war effort in Vietnam. More than 50,000 of the protesters marched to the Pentagon to ask for an end to the conflict.The protest was also important in suggesting that the domestic Cold War consensus was beginning to fracture. Many of the protesters were not simply questioning America’s conduct in Vietnam, but very basis of the nation’s Cold War foreign policy. The protests was from the view of average American families who wanted their opinions known to the government.
This article is a liberal and free-spirited article, that highlights the impact that the hippie generation had. It also explains how though these protests were sometimes violent and anti-government, the hippies themselves weren't deterred or lacking in power. instead, the war and their protest instead helped empower them.
It took watching the documentary with my dad to understand why it struck a chord with so many who fled the Communists. “Whether I like it or not, the Vietnam War is my war, too.“ he uses this because no matter what it’s is apart of what he did, how he did it, and when it happened. It’s history and you can’t chnage the past of history.
The 1960's was a very hectic time period for the American Government. "On the contrary, by the end of the 1960s, it seemed that the nation was falling apart." (paragraph 1) In 1964, president John F. Kennedy was assassinated and a new president took rule. This caused a change in perspective. The nation was full of poverty but that wasn't the real problem when President Johnson took office. The real problem was the Vietnam war. He decided to escalate the war into something to take on America's first priority.