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Title: Vietnam War (1954-1975)


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Vietnam War (1954-1975)
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Asia
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  • 1500 miles north- south along coastline
    of Southeast Asia
  • Coastal lowlands
  • Swampy river deltas
  • Plateaus
  • Mountain Jungles

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Political Players
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  • 900 US troops in Vietnam
  • 4,000 US troops in Vietnam
  • 200,000 US troops in Vietnam
  • 543,000 US troops in Vietnam

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Ho Chi Minh
  • Raised under French rulestrong anti-colonialist
  • Educated in Pariswell-travelled and cultured
  • Impressed by Marxismtrained in Russia as
    revolutionary
  • Vision A United Vietnam governed by Vietnamese

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US Strategies of 1960s
  • Based on Gulf of Tonkin Resolution of 1964
  • US Combat forces to assist the South in fighting
    Viet Cong (VC) and North Vietnamese Army (NVA)
  • Bombing of North Vietnam (later of Cambodia)
  • Winning hearts and minds of South Vietnamese

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US Tactics of 60s
  • Score-keeping by body count
  • Search and destroy missions
  • Perimeter defense and fire support bases
  • Troop transport by helicopter

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Late 60s-Early 70s Shift
  • Expanding weapons of S. Vietnam
  • Gradual withdrawal of US troops
  • Strategic Hamlet program

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McDonough arrives at this time with 173rd
Airborne Brigade
  • M-16
  • 173rd uniform

  • 173rd Brigade

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Platoon Leader on Radio
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Vietnam Village
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End Game
  • 1973 Armistice signed among US, North Vietnamese,
    South Vietnamese, and Viet Cong
  • 1974 NVA overwhelmed the South
  • 1975 Last Marine airlifted from US embassy in
    Saigon

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Lt. Jim McDonoughc. 1971
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James McDonough
  • McDonough today
  • Secretary of Florida
  • Office of Corrections
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