Did you know ? The United States first became involved in Vietnam in the 1950’s during the Eisenhower administration (unofficially, that is). By 1964, 23,000 U.S. troops had been deployed to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Troop levels were increased to 184,000 following the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution which gave then President Lyndon Johnson the power to escalate the conflict. Each year saw significant increases in U.S. presence with very little solid progress. The war lasted 19 years with U.S. involvement coming to a close in August of 1973. The Vietnam War was an undeclared war, often referred to as the Vietnam Conflict or Second Indochina War. Controversy over the war grew intense as Americans, for the first time were exposed daily to the bloodshed and atrocities on their television screens. As the number of casualties grew, Americans increasingly turned against the war. Government officials continually told the American people that we were winning the war, but a different story was told on the evening news. Deaths resulting from the Vietnam War total 1,353,000.
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