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America entered the Vietnam War largely because of the Cold War’s fear of communism. In 1955, U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower pledged to help train and equip South Vietnamese forces in their struggle against North Vietnam’s communist regime. In 1961, President John Kennedy escalated U.S. military involvement, arguing if Vietnam fell to communism, others would follow (the "domino theory"). By 1967, almost a half-million U.S. troops were in Vietnam and the death toll topped 15,000. As television news cameras captured the seemingly hopeless carnage, there were widespread protests against the war across the U.S. An increasingly unpopular draft helped foster demoralization among the troops. In 1973, the U.S. withdrew its forces. Two years later, Vietnam was under communist control. The Vietnam War claimed more than three million lives, including 58,220 Americans. In the war’s aftermath, an estimated two million Vietnamese refugees immigrated to the U.S.
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Soldiers at Hue City- National Archives and Records Administration
Lyndon Johnson signs Gulf of Tonkin resolution- National Archives and Records Administration
US infantry deploying in Vietnam- US Army photo
US riverboat using napalm in Vietnam- US Navy photo
Anti-Vietnam War protest- Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsca-24360
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"How Much Did The Vietnam War Cost?"
"Vietnam War Draft"
"From Refugees To Americans: Thirty Years Of Vietnamese Immigration To The United States"
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