He was the first U.S. president to send military advisers to South Vietnam?
Eisenhower sent the advisers after Vietnam was split into two countries under a 1954 cease-fire agreement between communist and anti-communist fighters.
Before World War II, Vietnam was a colony of...
This city was renamed Ho Chi Minh City, in honor of the North Vietnamese leader, after the Vietnam War ended.
What did the USA use during the Vietnam War that lead to massive civil unrest at home?
On December 1, 1969 the US conducted two lotteries determine military service for men born between January 1, 1944 to December 31, 1950. These occurred during the drafts that lasted from 1947 to 1973, the first time a draft had occurred since WWII in 1942.
Mandatory Community Service
Viet Cong forces were called what by Americans forces?
Viet Cong forces were called Charlie by American troops due to the shorthand "Victor Charlie" from the NATO phonetic alphabet for VC; the abbreviation for Viet Cong.
What was the famous incident that sparked the war?
The Gulf of Tonkin incident was when a Vietcong boat shot upon a US Navy Vessel. It happened August 2, 1964 and is also known as the USS Maddox incident.
When did the Vietnam War end?
In April of 1975, the capital of South Vietnam is seized by communist forces and the government of South Vietnam surrenders in what is known as The Fall of Saigon.
The Vietnam War was known as what to the Vietnamese people?
What other superpower was active in the Vietnam War, providing the Viet Cong armaments and equipment?
The USSR supplied the Viet Cong army throughout the war.
In what year did the US begin ground operations in Vietnam?
Two years after Air Force troops were deployed when 3500 Marines were sent to provide security for US Air Force bases.
Name the two NATO nations that famously refused to send troops along with the US.
They did, however, offer humanitarian aid.
What was the name of the chemical agent that US military forces used on Viet Cong forces?
Napalm was initially used in incendiary bombs and about 388,000 tons of napalm bombs were reportedly dropped in Vietnam between 1963 and 1973.
True or False: Almost 150,000 American troops were sent to Vietnam during the war.
U.S. ground forces peaked in 1969 with more than 543,000 American troops fighting alongside South Vietnamese forces.
How many people lost their lives during the Vietnam War, on both sides?
unfortunately, almost half of those were Vietnamese civilians
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