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When were the first combat troops sent to vietnam?


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Answered 2008-05-15 22:54:32

US Regulars landed in Vietnam in 1965.

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In March 1965 the first combat units, two Marine battalions, were sent to "guard" the US airbase at Na Dang


Australian troops were sent to Vietnam on Robert Menzies orders (the Australian prime minister of the time). They were sent to Vietnam because Communism was spreading throughout Asia, and Menzies feared it coming to Australia, so he sent our troops in. Although, our troops only started out as advisers to our allies, but sometime later Menzies decided to send in our combat troops.


Eisenhower and Kennedy sent military advisers who were not supposed to do any actual fighting. Johnson was the one who sent in large numbers of combat troops.


1959 saw the first troops being sent as trainers. 1965 was the first US combat action.


Eisenhower sent the first official US troops over there on or about 11 February 1955.



Eisenhower sent US Military Advisers to Vietnam in '55.


In 1965 President Johnson sent in the US Marines who landed with tanks. These were the first regular combat troops sent in, thus widening the war.


Australia was an ally of the US and sent combat troops to assist in the fight against communist forces in Vietnam.


First ground troops were sent to Vietnam in 1965.


Kennedy was the first president to send troops to Vietnam (others before him sent advisors, but not troops), Johnson escalated the number of troops... Nixon got us out of Vietnam.


US special troops in 1955; US conventional troops in 1965.



Actually, the first US troops were sent to Vietnam in 1955, Six years before Kennedy's presidency.


In February, 1965, the Viet Cong attacked an American military base near Pleiku. Using the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, President Johnson sent in 3,500 Marines, the first official troops, to South Vietnam. By the end of the year, there were 200,000 US troops in Vietnam.


This info is very likely still classified,and the first troops sent were officially "advisers",long before the Vietnam War started in 1965.



Several: Dwight D Eisenhower (1952-60) was President when the US first sent military advisors to Vietnam, followed by John F Kennedy (1961-63); Lyndon B Johnson (1963-68), who first sent combat troops; Richard M Nixon (1969-74), who withdrew all combat troops under intense pressure from Congress and the public; and Gerald R Ford (1974-76), who was President when North Vietnam defeated South Vietnam.


Eisenhower, Kennedy, LBJ, and to a certain extent Nixon & Ford sent US military men to South Vietnam. The term "troops" can be misleading. In the US Army Armored Cavalry Squadron's, TROOPS are companies commanded by a Captain. Example: "F" Troop, "C" Troop, etc. Military men sent to Vietnam under the Eisenhower administration were combat troops; but acting in an advisory manner. Kennedy sent combat troops; also acting in an advisory manner, but also killing enemy soldiers in special operations. That's combat! If you're looking for the term that describes regular US infantrymen, be they US Army or US Marine Corps; then President LBJ sent in "Regular" US infantrymen/marines, armor crewmen (known as tankers to civilians), and artillerymen in 1965. NON-combat troops are cooks, truck drivers, medics, mechanics, clerks, and in Vietnam Military Policemen, to name a few.


On 28 April, 1965, Australian Prime Minister, Robert Menzies, announced that Australian troops would be sent to support the United States forces in the Vietnam war. The first Australian troops arrived in Vietnam in May 1965.


Australian "Military Advisors" were sent to Vietnam in 1962. On April 29th, 1965, the Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies, committed Australian troops to fight in Vietnam. On November 30th, 1971, the last Australian combat troops left Vietnam. Over 60,000 ANZAC troops, many of them conscripts, fought in Vietnam.


Eisenhower and Kennedy both sent non-combat military support to Vietnam.



Lyndon Johnson sent the greatest number of US troops into Vietnam.


Well before any US troops were sent to Vietnam. The Korean Conflict kicked off in 1950, and the ceasefire was signed in 1953 (although the conflict remains ongoing). The first American troops didn't arrive in Vietnam until 1954.



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