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US Troops in Vietnam: The Arrival


Fifty years ago, on March 8, 1965, U.S. Marines landed on the beaches of Da Nang, marking the first official engagement of American troops in the Vietnam War. Chapter one of this series, which looks back at the U.S.’s first year in the war 50 years on, considers the Vietnamese civil war under President John F. Kennedy, the Gulf of Tonkin attack under President Lyndon B. Johnson, and the subsequent deployment of troops.