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How did the US become involved with the defense of South Vietnam by the time of President Kennedy's assassination in 1963?

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2011-12-23 17:06:57

Involvement in South Vietnam began in 1953 under the Eisenhower

administration with 900 military advisors and US Air Force pilots

flying for CAT (Air America). When President Kennedy was elected in

November of 1960, Ike advised him that Vietnam and Southeast Asia

were the critical area and needed a high priority for military


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