They planned a surprise attack, hoping the ARVN and U.S. would have let their guard down. Every important city in South Vietnam was attacked, including Saigon. The fighting lasted for about a month. For the first time in history, the American people were able to witness much of the war footage on the news. The outcome was a major military victory for South Vietnam, but it was a great political victory for North Vietnam.
He wanted to kill me, I wanted to run but I knew that I couldn’t. I was praying to god saying that I pray that he doesn’t kill me in this creek. They were told ready there weapons, this was the first time that I was so nervous that I could have just fallen to my knees and start crying. Couple of seconds later they were told to fire, I was shot right in the stomach, blood just gushing out of me I didn’t feel any pain but I knew that I was going to die. When I looked back at the guy he had a little smirk in his face, I wasn’t about to go down like this.
This assistance then increased, as by the end of the year, the US had given France $100 million, along with aircraft, patrol boats, napalm bombs and ground combat machinery. This then led to the fight for independence against the French, as in August 1945, Ho Chi Minh proclaimed the independence of Vietnam, only to see the French return to re-establish their authority. Furthermore, 1952 saw the beginning of Eisenhower's presidency. His importance within the Vietnam war revolves around the fact that he continued and increased American involvement there. Initially, he continued Truman's policy of helping the French to fight communism in Vietnam.
Fortunately, American forces were able to repel the NVA attack and inflict heavy losses on the viet-cong, but while also taking loses themselves. This tet offensive showed America that it was perhaps in a war that it was not bound to win. Due to the heavy losses of the NVA and viet-cong, President Nixon from 1969 to 1974 was able to begin troop withdrawal and the process of vietnamization. This process of vietnamization meant that there were huge American withdrawals from the north as well as a massive effort to train the south Vietnamese army so they could defend themselves. This whole process finally was at its end on April 29th 1975, with the famous televised withdrawal of the embassy marines form Saigon and the famous footage of helicopter being pushed over the side of a U.S. carrier to make room for
The reading, “The Biggest Decision: Why We Had to Drop the Bomb,” by Robert James Maddox, explains the process taken in for the Americas to decide to drop the two newly discovered atomic bombs over the Japanese homeland cities of Hiroshima and three days later Nagasaki. Americans should be well informed on this information. This is a perfect article for this class because it marks a very important milestone in our nation’s history. The Japanese were a strong powerful enemy of the US during the end of WWII. “The Japanese had more than 2,000,000 troops in the home lands, and were training millions of irregulars” pg.
Following a victory over a battle with the French, North Vietnam in 1954, set ways into communism and in turn proceeded to try and reign over the now divided Southern Vietnam. The Soviet Union and china were the biggest supporters for the Northern Vietnam, while the United States was the backing for the Southern. It was at this point President Kennedy sent in Green Berets, to help maintain the democracy in Southern Vietnam. Three United States presidents had continued to back the fight against communism in the world, and to stop it from spreading. Thus, proving we would do whatever it
CIA Beach Party: The Bay of Pigs By: Lee Mcginnis [pic] The United States Central Intelligence Agency spent its first two decades dealing with Communist incursions into western spheres of power in the same way: over throwing foreign governments from within. This response was the US golden standard until the CIA decided to try this against the great white whale of Communism in the western hemisphere: Castro’s Cuba. This doomed to fail from the start plan was executed in a series of errors that led several hundred Cuban exiles to slaughter against Cuba’s Military and bring the world to the brink of nuclear Armageddon and signal a falling out of favor of the CIA among American government for the next twenty years until the Soviet
Smith was part of the medevac unit and with every injured or dead American life he saw his anger toward the Vietnamese increased. Smith realized while attending a Vietnam veterans group that all his hatred for the Vietnamese was from all the pain that he saw the young soldiers go through when they were hurt. Smith saw no reason for fighting and the American lives lost in the conflict were for nothing. People were killed and fought for this country to achieve nothing in the end. The Vietnam War affected millions of veterans and showed the United States that even though they had the most powerful and best military in the world they could still lose a war.
In doing so, he went to Korea just after he was elected to see if he could see a solution in ending the war, but no solution was found. Later on in the spring U.S. officials had hinted to the Chinese government that the President might expand the war into China and even use nuclear weapons. “[T]hese veiled threats may have encouraged the Chinese to reach a settlement, yet there is also reliable evidence that the Soviet leaders who came to power after Stalin's death in March 1953 worried about U.S. escalation and pressed for an end to the war” (“American President A Reference Resource”, 5). Eisenhower went through great strategies to make sure his country was a safe and prosperous
Homeland Security created a website that the public can report terrorist activity and a hotline as well. Student must now obtain a student visa if coming outside the U.S. if wanting to attend school. Homeland security expands the Federal Air Marshal significantly and sent 1600 guardsmen to help secure our countries boarders. A 24 hour network was made to update energy producers about any information in regards to any threats and law enforcement. A total of $1.1 billion was distributed to all states in order for them to prepare for a bioterrorist attack.