The plane, a C-5A 'Galaxy', was carrying children, 44 escorts, 16crewmen and 2 flight nurses.
This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. June Learn how and when to remove this template message President Johnson had already appointed General William C.
Under Westmoreland, the expansion of American troop strength in South Vietnam took place. American forces rose from 16, during to more thanby They were joined by the Republic of KoreaThailandand [[the Philippines the Philippines[ citation needed ]]].
Meanwhile, political affairs in Saigon were finally settling down — at least as far as the Americans were concerned. Thieu and Ky were elected and remained in office for the duration of the war.
In the presidential election ofThieu ran for the presidency unopposed. With the advent of Rolling Thunder, American airbases and facilities needed to be constructed and manned for the aerial effort[ citation needed ].
On May 5 the U. Army ground unit committed to the conflict in South Vietnam. On August 18, Operation Starlite began as the first major U.
The North Vietnamese had already sent units of their regular army into southern Vietnam beginning in late Some officials in Hanoi had favored an immediate invasion of the South, and a plan was developed to use PAVN units to split southern Vietnam in half through the Central Highlands[ citation needed ].
The two imported adversaries first faced one another during Operation Silver Bayonet, better known as the Battle of the Ia Drang. During the savage fighting that took place, both sides learned important lessons.
The North Vietnamese, began to adapt to the overwhelming American superiority in air mobility, supporting arms, and close air support by moving in as close as possible during confrontations, thereby negating the effects of the above[ citation needed ]. Search and destroy, the strategy of attrition[ edit ] President Lyndon B.
In a series of meetings between Westmoreland and the President held in Honolulu in FebruaryWestmoreland claimed that the U. The issue then became in what manner American forces would be used[ citation needed ].
The nature of the American military's strategic and tactical decisions made during this period coloured the conflict for the duration of the American commitment. The logistical system in Laos and Cambodia should be cut by ground forces, isolating the southern battlefield[ citation needed ].
However, political considerations limited U. Ever present in the minds of diplomats, military officers, and politicians was the possibility of a spiraling escalation of the conflict into a superpower confrontation and the possibility of a nuclear exchange.
Therefore, there would be no invasion of North Vietnam, the "neutrality" of Laos and Cambodia would be respected, and Rolling Thunder would not resemble the bombing of Germany and Japan during the Second World War.
These limitations were not foisted upon the military as an afterthought. Before the first U. Westmoreland believed that he had found a strategy that would either defeat North Vietnam or force it into serious negotiations. Attrition was to be the key. It is widely held that the average U.The photos below offer a look back at the Vietnam War from the escalation of U.S.
involvement in the early ′s to the Fall of Saigon in 1 A South Vietnamese soldier holds a cocked pistol as he questions two suspected Viet Cong guerrillas captured in a weed-filled marsh in the southern delta region late in August The Vietnam War - A pictorial.
In the 's the United States began to send troops to Vietnam. During the following years the ensuing war would create some of the strongest tensions in US history.
The Vietnam War was a long, costly and divisive conflict that pitted the communist government of North Vietnam against South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States. The Vietnam War was a very bad time for us and our allies.
In this book we see through the eyes of an Australian veteran looking back, and pondering its effects on his current life. ~ TD I was only nineteen by John Schumann illustrated by Craig Smith @AllenAndUnwin.
"This book is a look at life in a fighter squadron in Vietnam from someone focused on saving lives. The flight surgeon is an integral part of a fighter squadron, especially in combat.
Feb 09, · Which brings us to another Vietnam War anniversary – the 40th anniversary at the end of April of the final defeat of the U.S.-backed Saigon regime.