Vietnam was the 2nd "hot" battle of the cold war. Korea was the 1st "hot" battle of the cold war. The communists could be contained in Korea, because that country is a peninsula. The US Navy controlled the ocean surrounding that country, therefore the communists could only resupply with men & material directly across the Red Chinese border; easily controlled by US/Allied forces with "Firepower." The US/Allied forces were able to hold the "line" at the 38th Parallel, which still exists today. Vietnam was NOT a peninsula. Communist men & material continued to flow into South Vietnam, via many routes, but primarily the vaunted "Ho Chi Minh Trail"; which despite being bombed into a lunar landscape, could not be controlled. The only way to eliminate or control the infiltration point(s) was to directly (officially) involve the neutral countries of Laos and/or Cambodia. This would escalate the war, adding one to two more countries to the conflict. Secondly, and most important, the communist superpowers; Red China & the Soviet Union could possibly become directly involved in the war. This was a real possibility; Red China had ENTERED the Korean War (1950-1953) when US/Allied forces "invaded" North Korea. The US was determined not to allow that to happen again. Thus, with no way of stopping the flow of communist men/supplies. We "attritted them" in place. "Body Count" became a way of life for the GI's trying to eliminate communists forces. We couldn't eliminate them all, they just kept coming down that trail...the price in GI blood was becoming too high to pay; so it had to end.
Pragmatism, "realpolitik". Negotiating the US pullout in Vietnam.
With the exception of MIAs, all US personnel were out by April '75.
Because it was an unwinnable war. They didn't pull out they were defeated and ran.
I believe it was Richard Nixon in 1973 who began pulling out troops out of VietNam but the final pullout of American troops was in March of 1975. So between 1973 and 1975 we still had soldiers and possibly missions going on in VietNam. I myself am a veteran who served from 1973 to 1976 although I never went into VietNam, I feel justified in being recognized as a VietNam era veteran. Am I wrong in thinking that way ?? This I ask to those who went into VietNam?!?!? Please give me your comments
The Americans did not make war with Vietnam. There was no Vietnam. There were two countries: NORTH Vietnam and SOUTH Vietnam. NORTH Vietnam attacked SOUTH Vietnam. The US (Americans) defended SOUTH Vietnam. The US never invaded NORTH Vietnam (the US bombed it though). NORTH Vietnam invaded SOUTH Vietnam. NORTH Vietnam was (and still is) a communist nation. The US was against communism.
Vietnam is a communist nation; the US is not.
The US never invaded Vietnam.
Because the Vietnam war was fought between Vietnam and the US
The US has never fought with a nation called "Vietnam."
Yes. Depending on the specific birthdate. The Paris Peace accords were signed in 73. Making someone born 1/1/55 18 years old. With the final pullout of American soldiers 4/30/75. The pullout of all US troops was supposed to be completed, with the exception of a few "advisors", by March 28, 1973. It is unlikely that many of these advisors would have been raw recruits. Someone who joined at 17 with parental consent could have been in Vietnam fairly early in 1972.
I don't believe the US did invade Vietnam. The US was an invited participant and adviser in an ongoing conflict between North Vietnam and South Vietnam.
Yes, the US was an ally and protector of the Republic of Vietnam, commonly referred to as South Vietnam. The US was however not an ally of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, commonly referred to as North Vietnam.
No the US was not communist in the Vietnam War. The US fought with South Vietnam against the communist north. and we lost
South Vietnam was considered an ally of the US.
There is a good relationship today; US tourists go to Vietnam, and Vietnam markets it's trade goods to the US.
US Military personnel were in Vietnam from 1955 thru 1975.
We were at war with Vietnam because they disagreed with us about something.
The French were fighting in Vietnam in 1950 not the US.
The US was concerned about the development of Communism in Vietnam
Nguyen Quoc Cuong is the Ambassador to the US for Vietnam.
The fear of being invaded was not a justification for the increase in US involvement in Vietnam. The US withdrew from Vietnam in 1975.