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					   LBJ will escalate -
    increase U.S.
    involvement in the
    war.
   Sec. of Defense –
    Robert McNamara
    – recommends the
    U.S. send more
    troops
   August 1964 –Gulf of Tonkin
   The U.S.S. Maddox was attacked
    by N.Vietnamese torpedo boats
   2 days later – ship C.Turner Joy is
    “supposedly attacked
   LBJ ask Congress to act
   Gulf of Tonkin Resolution gave LBJ a “Blank
    check” to do whatever steps needed to
    repeal attacks.
   1965 – VC attack advisers near Pleiku and kill
    8 Americans.
   1965 – Operation Flaming Dart – used of
    B52 bombers on North Vietnam
   Operation Rolling
    Thunder – intense
    bombing of N.
    Vietnam.
   Main target – Ho
    Chi Minh Trail
   1965 200,000 U.S. troops in Vietnam
   1967 Operation Cedar Falls- U.S. attack VC
    headquarter in the Iron Triangle.
   Troops uncover massive tunnel complex –
    used as a base for guerrilla raids .
   Tunnel Rats – men responsible for going
    down tunnels to flush out the VC
   Dear John letter- letter from a girlfriend at
    home ending the relationship.
   DEROS – Date Eligible for Return from
    Overseas.
   In Country – Vietnam
   Kit Carson Scouts – VC defectors recruited
    by Marines to serve as scouts.
   MASH – Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
   MIA – Missing In Action
   Million-dollar wound – a noncrippling wound
    serious enough to warrant a return home to
    the U.S.
   Newbie- new soldier
   Point Man – man in the front of a squad on
    patrol.
 Jan. 31 1968
New Year – 70,000
  North Vietnamese
  and Vietcong attack
  cities in South
  Vietnam.
Boldest move – 19 VC
  attacked the U.S.
  Embassy in Saigon
  killed 5 Am.
  soldiers.
   Why turning point:
   A. military victory
    for U.S. but
    psychological
    victory for VC.
   B. American public
    thought U.S. was
    winning war – but
    watched as
    Americans were
    killed at the U.S.
    Embassy
   C. Created credibility gap – fewer Americans
    trusted the govt.
   D. Pres. Johnson said he would halt bombing of
    N. Vietnam – that will not be the total truth
   E. Pres. Johnson announces that he will not seek
    re-election.
   March 16, 1968
   Charlie Company –
    group of U.S. troops
    under the command
    of Lt. William Calley
   Doing search and
    destroy mission –
    find “charlie” and
    destroy them.
   300 – civilians –
    mostly old men,
    women and children
    killed by Calley and
    men.
   Officer Hugh
    Thompson – pilot –
    will report “killings”
    to U.S. headquarters.
   Clearing the jungle –
    reason to expose the
    Vietcong tunnel and
    hideouts
   U.S. planes dropped
    napalm – a gasoline-
    based bomb that set
    fire to the jungle.
   U.S. also used Agent
    Orange – leaf-killing
    toxic chemical that
    devastated the
    landscape.
   U.S. dumped over 13
    million gallons.
   Name comes from the
    orange barrels that
    stored the chemical.
   U.S. did not win the “hearts and
    minds” of the Vietnamese people.
   Why?
   A. We burned their villiages
   B. Killed livestock
   C. Chemicals caused skin diseases,
    birth defects, and cancer
   Dust off – medical evacuation by helicopter.
   Five O’clock follies – slang for the daily press
    briefings that reported the BC – body count.
   Freedom Bird – airplane that returned troops to
    home.
   Friendly Fire – accidental attack on your own
    force/troops.
   Puff the Magic
    Dragon – U.S. Air
    Force
   Punji Stakes –
    weapon used by the
    VC – sharpened
    bamboo stakes
    hidden at ground
    level often smeared
    with poison.
   Short Timer- soldier that did not have much time
    left to serve.
   Sky Pilot – a Chaplain
   Teach-ins – night long university meetings at
    campuses across America in protest to the war.
   The World – what the troops called the U.S.
   The Zoo – nickname for the North
    Vietnamese POW camp near
    Hanoi – known as one of the worst
    camps.
   POW – Prisoner of War
   MIA – Missing In Action
   The Counterculture – term used for those
    that went against traditional American
    norms.
   Counterculture was against the
    Establishment – the govt., large corporations,
    etc.
   Often this group included white, middle-class
    college students.
   Opposition to the War:
   Hawks – those that supported the war.
   Doves – those that were opposed to the war.
   Draft – required all men to register when
    they reached the age 18.
   Conscientious objectors – men that claimed
    because of their religious beliefs that they
    could not fight in the war.
   Deferments – delayed entrance or not have
    to go at all. Mainly included upper class –
    because they could afford college.
   Dodge draft – go to Canada.
   Students for a
    Democratic Society –
    SDS – radical group
    formed on major
    colleges to protest the
    Vietnam War.
   SDS – wanted an end
    to the ROTC
    programs at the
    colleges.

				
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