August 2nd – This Date in the Vietnam War

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The following events took place on this date in Vietnam War History. We have gathered this information from sources deemed to be accurate. If you find any mistakes please contact us

This timeline is meant to keep track of what was both happening on the battlefield, politically and at home in the USA during the Vietnam war.

1964

Two separate incidents between North Vietnam and the United States in the waters of the Gulf of Tonkin off the shore of North Vietnam are known as the Gulf of Tonkin Incident. In the in the first encounter; during a DeSoto mission the U.S.S. Maddox was locked in by three North Vietnamese Navy torpedo ships beginning a battle in which the american ship exhausted more than 280 3″ and 5″ shells, and strafing by four US Navy F8 Crusaders.

1965

When polled over 60% of US citizens said the did not feel the USA made a mistake by sending troops to Vietnam. A number that would drop in the coming years.

1971

Richard Nixon’s camp formally admits that the CIA is keeping up around 30k “irregulars” battling the Communists in Laos. The CIA prepared and armed these mountain tribesman, generally from the Hmong tribe, to battle a secret war against the Communists and to cut off the Ho Chi Minh Trail into S Vietnam

 

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