Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Today in
Vietnam War History

1965 - The U.S. State Department acknowledged that the U.S. had supplied the South Vietnamese with a "non-lethal gas" for use "in tactical situations in which the Viet Cong intermingle with or take refuge among non-combatants, rather than use artillery or aerial bombardment."

1968 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson announced the appointment of General William Westmoreland as Army Chief of Staff and that General Creighton Abrams would replace him as commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam.

1968 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson scaled down a troop request from General William Westmoreland and authorized 13,500 reinforcements.

Random Vietnam War Quote

The Vietnam War required us to emphasize the national interest rather than abstract principles.
- Henry Kissinger, Wall Street Journal, March 11, 1985

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