The Vietnam War
A painting depicting the Gulf of Tonkin incident in August 1964
(top - National Archives photo) and the evacuation of Saigon in
April 1975 (bottom - Courtesy of FallofSaigon.org).
with American involvement during World War II, with OSS assistance
to the Vietnamese resistance fighters, to the evacuation of Saigon on
April 30, 1975, the role of the U.S. in Vietnam will be chronicled throughout
introduction of advisers, the first helicopter companies, and the Gulf
of Tonkin incident set the stage for the introduction of major ground
combat units, both Army and Marines, in Vietnam. The on again, off again,
bombing campaigns against the North, the TET Offensive, the Paris peace
talks, the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces, and the eventual fall of
South Vietnam will be examined in depth.