Short Summary Of Vietnam

3 PAGES
477 WORDS
Read the full essay 477 words
Short Summary of Vietnam

Eileen Hallagan

Vietnam was a struggle which, in all honesty, the United States should never have been involved in. North Vietnam was battling for ownership of South Vietnam, so that they would be a unified communist nation. To prevent the domino effect and the further spread of communism, the U.S. held on to the Truman Doctrine and stood behind the South Vietnamese leader, Diem.


Kennedy and Diem were both killed in 1963 and 1964. Johnson took control of the situation by increasing the amount of money and manpower put into Vietnam. Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, giving the president full military power. After Johnson dramatically escalated the amount of soldiers in Vietnam, The North Vietnamese mounted a surprise attack during the Vietnamese new year, and this strike was called the Tet Offensive. It made America more aware of what they were up against, that the communists were capable of fierce, guerrilla warfare, unlike anything Americans had ever fought before. Images of the terror and disarray reached back home, and the U.S. began to wonder how effective their involvement in Vietnam really was.


As we got further and further into the Vietnam War, few lives were untouched by grief, anger and fear. The Vietnamese suffered the worst hardship; children lay dead in the street, villages remained nothing but charred ashes, and bombs destroyed thousands of innocent civilians. Soldiers were scarred emotionally as well as physically, as


The paranoia and fear of death never left them. The My Lai Massacre occurred in 1968, when the village of My Lai was completely destroyed, although it did not contain a single enemy troop. Over a hundred villagers were slaughtered. It became clearer to Americans how soldiers were losing control, and how there was no easy way to win this war.


The draft took more and more people in as the years went on, and in1968 it peaked to over 500,000 soldiers involved in Vietnam. The government was so desperate for troops that even men with poor eyesight fought, and no education was needed. The people began to strike out and a revolution took place to restore peace to the nation. Some key ways to get the movement attention included student activism and anti-war messages present in songs and literature. The National Guard and other patrolmen often became violent in order to gain control of situations, and several people were killed. Growing Protest of the war caused Johnson not to run for re-election in 1968, and Nixon was elected to office.


Nixon?s policy was called ?Vietnamization? and called for slowly pulling troops out of Vietnam. Even while bringing these soldiers home, Nixon began to spread the war to Cambodia and Laos by bombing where several communist camps were thought to be. Protests continued until 1973, when a cease-fire was finally signed.



Related Topics

Vietnam War South Vietnam Vietnamization Tet Offensive Joint warfare in South Vietnam 196369 United StatesVietnam relations Role of the United States in the Vietnam War gulf of tonkin resolution vietnamese new year gulf of tonkin anger and fear vietnamese leader spread of communism guerrilla warfare south vietnamese tet offensive domino effect truman doctrine north vietnamese north vietnam innocent civilians south vietnam fear of death communist nation surprise attack vietnam war losing control

More Free Essays Like This

114300-342900
1968
Affirmative Action
AIDS
Art, Literature And Society From 1955-1970
Azuria Medical Problems
Capital Punishment
Changing Rights and Freedoms
Cold War DBQ
D-Day: Memorial
DR Daniel J Boorstin
Eth 125 Journal Entry
Feminism In The Crime Film Genre
Freedom In The United States
Freedom In The United States
JFK Assination - Conspiracy
JFK: His Life And Legacy
JFK: Was His Assassination Inevitable?
Justin Khouw
Laos
Lord Of The Rings: Picked Apart
Lyndon B Johnson
M1 Garand Rifle
Making Sense Of The Sixties
Martin Luther King Jr And Malcolm X
Media In The Seventies
Mental Health in Firefighters
Muhamid Ali
Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali - Cassius Clay
Nicholas Westlake
Night of the Living Dead. Connection to the Vietna
Nuclear War: Why We Need Our Nukes
Operational psychology[edit] Operational psycholog
Political Policies Between The United States And The Soviet Union Duri
Political scientist Stephen J. Wayne, professor of
Progressive Historians
PTSD and Chemical Dependency
Richard Joseph Daley
Saddam Hussein: The U.S Portrayal Of Evil Encarnate
Short Summary Of Vietnam
Some Of The Most Important Presidential Elections
Star Trek: A Chronicle
Suffrage is the right to vote, and, in a sense, th
The Beatles Impact on America
The Censorship Of Art
The Cold War
The Conflict In Vietnam
The Consequences Of Guns
The Price Of Freedom
The Vietnam Conflict And Its Effects
The Vietnam War
The War In Vietnam
The Watergate Scandal
Timeline 1945-1964
Truman Doctrine
Urban And The Council Of Clermont
us history
Vietnam
Vietnam Soldiers - They Carried Ghosts
Vietnam: The War We Should Have Won
Vietnam War
What Price Freedom?
Why Did The HSCA Decide Kennedy Died As Result Of Conspiracy?
yum
Hong Kong Immigrants in Vancouver Uneasy Partnership
The Cons of Globalization, an Essay Against Global