Fighting in Vietnam was nothing like fighting in Europe during World War II. North Vietnamese Communists and South Vietnamese Communist rebels, known as the Viet Cong, wanted to overthrow the South Vietnamese government and re-unite the country. (It didn’t work. During the Vietnam War, a US Prisoner of War was forced to do a press conference saying that they were treated well. The Vietnam War was an expensive war that lasted nearly 20 years. The Vietnam War proved to be one of the most divisive in American history. At Factinate, we’re dedicated to getting things right. One of the world’s longest conflicts, and still today it’s quite controversial. There was a false belief during the war that the Vietnamese had a superstition with the Ace of Spades card, considering it to be a symbol of death and that they would flee at the sight of the Ace. Under the auspices of looking for a Viet Cong battalion, soldiers from Company C rounded up the inhabitants of the village, including women and children, and systematically executed them.

Kennedy authorized $40,000 to the CIA in order to help overthrow Diem’s government and remove him from power. America initially supported Diem and later withdrew. A South Vietnamese plane accidentally dropped napalm on South Vietnamese troops and civilians. Here’s the direct link: For those in favor of the war and those who served in the military at the time, the American public and media were (and still are) misled about what happened during the war and so feel betrayed by many at home (Jane Fonda is the enduring symbol of the cultural schism). – Source, 2. His optimistic fellow captives all died. When we do, we depend on our loyal, helpful readers to point out how we can do better. Copyright © 2020. They calculated this would be their last chance to invade before the army in the south was fully trained and functional. Afterwards, they were completely abandoned.

People are still arguing about it today, so why not learn a little bit about it so you’re a little better informed next time it comes up?

Many of the women were raped and mutilated before being killed. Slinkys were used in the Vietnam War as mobile radio antennas. During the Vietnam War, an estimated 125,000 Americans fled to Canada to avoid the military draft. Both sides committed and covered up so many war crimes that they could barely let a single truth slip out. – Source, 20. parallel north, dividing the communist north from the south.

The Vietnam war was the result of years of the foreign policy regarded as communist containment, and an incident that occurred in the Gulf of Tonkin where a U.S. naval vessel was allegedly attacked by the North Vietnamese communists.

A prisoner of war blinked in Morse code to send one chilling word home to the U.S. government: "torture.". An incredible 15 percent of American soldiers were addicted to heroin, while others were so desperate for escape that they ate C-4 explosives just to get high. After being a sovereign nation for almost 1,000 years, Vietnam was gradually conquered by the French from 1859 to 1885. They finally agreed in October to return, but only if the South agreed to stop their bombing campaign in the North. – Source, 16. By 1995, Vietnam had realized the full scale of civilian harm during the war. The radio station was operated on channel 69.

As the US involvement grew, so did the protests. – Source, 25. However, Nixon went on to a landslide win, carrying every state except Massachusetts. Not great, if the group of anti-war protestors who gathered outside the Pentagon to perform an exorcism is anything to judge by — but that wasn't the end of their spiritual ambitions for the Department of Defense headquarters. In 1974, Vice-President Gerald R. Ford became president after Nixon resigned as a result of the Watergate scandal. Authorities agreed to only 3 feet. At the end of the Vietnam War, the USS Midway crew pushed $10 million worth of helicopters into the sea so that a Cessna full of evacuees could land on the deck. The U.S. ran more than 580,000 bombing missions over Laos and dropped more than 2 million tons of bombs on the country. Most were veterans of the Vietnam War. The bombing of North Vietnam surpassed the total tonnage of bombs dropped on Germany, Italy and, 8,744,000 - Total number of US Troops that served worldwide during Vietnam. If you weren’t there you wouldn’t understand. *sigh*. As a response, over four million students would go on strike at 450 colleges across the country. When faced with over 1,000 NVA troops, Roy P. Benavidez flew into a gunfight to save 12 Special Forces soldiers with only a knife. “Operation Popeye” seeded clouds and deliberately extended the monsoon season to cause landslides and wash out river crossings. Lyn Campbell…………….do you know of any humane wars? – Source. Mobs of Vietnamese people scale the wall of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon on April 29, 1975, trying to get to a helicopter pickup zone. This resolution led to U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. What a waste of helicopters, not to mention taxpayer’s money! They were gearing for a massive invasion of the south that would take place during the 1975-76 dry season. In February 1971, U.S. and South Vietnamese troops invaded southern Laos in an effort to stop North Vietnamese supply routes. Shortly after, Kennedy realized Diem would have to go. The other facts are not so clear. 27 Vietnam War Facts That Will Change How You View American History, Mark Oliver is a writer, teacher, and father whose work has appeared on The Onion's StarWipe, Yahoo, and Cracked, and can be found on his, Cobras Actually Eat Each Other Pretty Regularly, Creepy New Study Finds [VIDEO], The Story Of Legendary Groupie Barbara Cope, 'The Butter Queen', What Stephen Hawking Thinks Threatens Humankind The Most, 27 Raw Images Of When Punk Ruled New York, Join The All That's Interesting Weekly Dispatch, In Vietnam, the war is known as “The War Against the Americans to Save the Nation.”.

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