Vietnam War Facts – 47 Interesting Facts About Vietnam War
The Vietnam War Facts
US joined the War actively after the incident of Gulf of Tonkin. On August 2, 1964 the North Vietnam torpedo boats attacked US Maddox.
To avoid the military draft about 125,000 American young men fled to Canada. Around half of them returned after President Carter granted them amnesty.
About two third of the men who had served during the Vietnam war were volunteer and about 70% of those men killed during the war were volunteers.
In total about 2,709, 918 Americans served in uniform during the Vietnam War.
During its period of involvement in the Vietnam War United States was served by 4 different presidents. They were Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961), John F. Kennedy (1961-1963), Lyndon B. Johnson (1963 – 1969) and Richard Nixon (1969 -1974).
The oldest man who was killed during the Vietnam war was 62 years of age.
It has importance over the war as Viet Cong showed the world that they were not weak by killing 2,500 US military men.
In response to the Tet offense the American military become furious and killed civilians to take revenge. This incident is said to have make even the American civilians to go against their army.
General Westmoreland, the military in command, Vietnam had been promoted to Army Chief of Staff. He was replaced in Vietnam by Gen. Creighton Abrams.
American President Nixon decided to reduce the troops from Vietnam, however if they had not done so, they would had suffered defeat.
To slow down the bleeding until soldiers could be transferred to hospital Superglue was used during the Vietnam War.
By 1973, US military forces were totally withdrawn from Vietnam.