The role of the united states in the vietnam war began after world war ii and escalated into full commitment during the vietnam war from 1955 to 1975 the us involvement in south vietnam stemmed from 20 long years of political and economic action these had the common incentive of ending the growing communist domination in vietnam. Contact us the wall that heals honoring the men and women who served in the controversial vietnam war, the vietnam veterans memorial chronologically lists the names of more than 58,000 americans who gave their lives in service to their country. The united states entered that war incrementally, in a series of steps between 1950 and 1965 in may 1950, president harry s truman authorized a modest program of economic and military aid to the french, who were fighting to retain control of their indochina colony, including laos and cambodia as well as vietnam.
Nearly 30 years after the vietnam war, a chemical weapon used by us troops is still exacting a hideous toll on each new generation cathy scott-clark and adrian levy report. Vietnam war, (1954–75), a protracted conflict that pitted the communist government of north vietnam and its allies in south vietnam, known as the viet cong, against the government of south vietnam and its principal ally, the united states. Us soldiers call for a medical evacuation in vietnam no war is easy for those who fight it and each conflict brings its own challenges soldiers in the vietnam war endured many hardships and faced many problems, some of them seemingly insurmountable.
Us involvement in the vietnam war: the tet offensive, 1968 in late january, 1968, during the lunar new year (or “tet”) holiday, north vietnamese and communist viet cong forces launched a coordinated attack against a number of targets in south vietnamthe us and south vietnamese militaries sustained heavy losses before finally repelling the communist assault. Children of the vietnam war vietnam and the united states were enemies and had no official contacts at this low point, immigration had completely stopped humanitarian considerations carried. The vietnam war was the longest in us history until the afghanistan war (2002-2014) the war was extremely divisive in the us, europe, australia, and elsewhere because the us failed to achieve a military victory and the republic of south vietnam was ultimately taken over by north vietnam, the vietnam experience became known as “the. For all of the self-satisfied voyeurism surrounding the vietnam war, it’s hard to find a concrete idea about why the us lost for more than a decade, the us had declared that it would not let vietnam fall to the communists. Vietnam war, fought from 1957 until spring 1975, began as a struggle between the republic of vietnam (south vietnam) supported by the united states and a communist-led insurgency assisted by the democratic republic of vietnam (north vietnam.
During this period, the war escalated from an insurgency in south vietnam sponsored by the north vietnamese government to direct military intervention in the south by north vietnam, as well as the active participation of military forces of the united states and other countries. Us aircraft began dropping bombs on the north, the first american prisoner of war was captured, and in march 1965, combat troops arrived in danang the war had begun by the end of the year, there would be over 200,000 us troops in vietnam. The united states lost the vietnam war it lasted for twenty years, something the us never expected when it joined in the fight not only did the us lose the war and the country of vietnam to the communists, the us lost prestige in the eyes of the world.
For nearly a decade, american combat soldiers fought in south vietnam to help sustain an independent, noncommunist nation in southeast asia after us troops departed in 1973, the collapse of south vietnam in 1975 prompted a lasting search to explain the united states’ first lost war. The vietnam war was the second-longest war in united states history, after the war in afghanistan promises and commitments to the people and government of south vietnam to keep communist forces from overtaking them reached back into the truman administration. Also, had the united states launched a full-scale military invasion of north vietnam instead of confining the war to the southern half of the country, the war would have largely ended in the mid.
While the vietnam war raged — roughly two decades’ worth of bloody and world-changing years — compelling images made their way out of the combat zones on television screens and magazine. The united states enters the war between the gulf of tonkin resolution and the us presidential election in november 1964, the situation in vietnam had changed for the worse beginning in september, the khanh government was succeeded by a bewildering array of cliques and coalitions, some of which stayed in power less than a month. The vietnam war (vietnamese: chiến tranh việt nam), also known as the second indochina war, and in vietnam as the resistance war against america (vietnamese: kháng chiến chống mỹ) or simply the american war, was a conflict that occurred in vietnam, laos, and cambodia from 1 november 1955 to the fall of saigon on 30 april 1975.