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What was the US involvement in the Vietnam War?

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April 03, 2013 3:44PM

The US supported the non-communist

government of South Vietnam, which was under attack by army and guerrilla forces supported by North Vietnam, with the aid of the Soviet Union.



US aid was limited to military advisors,

covert aid, and CIA missions under Eisenhower and Kennedy. The US involvement expanded to naval, air, and ground forces under President Lyndon Johnson, a result of the Tonkin

Gulf Resolution on August 7, 1964). US ground troops fought in South Vietnam from 1965 to 1973, with troop withdrawals beginning in 1968 and completed after the Paris Peace Accords were signed. The Case-Church

amendment and the War Powers Act in 1973 blocked further use of US forces. The US continued to provide limited support in the "Vietnamization"

program in 1974, and the last US casualties were suffered during the evacuation of the embassy in Saigon on April 29-30, 1975.