High School Wall of Honor
1959 - 1975
US began sending advisors to Vietnam in 1955.
First US military advisors killed by enemy combatants in 1959.
When did Vietnam War begin?
That is a difficult question to answer, and varies on who you ask. Some say the Vietnam conflict (there was never an offical declaration of war) started in 1955 when the U.S. started to send military advisors to South Vietnam. The first American military advisors killed by enemy combatants occurred in 1959. Some point to late 1961 when President Kennedy sent the first helicopter group & U.S. service men to fly them in support of South Vietnamese troops. Many say the war officially started with the Gulf of Tonkin resolution in August 1964, which gave President Johnson basically free reign to escalate the war. And some people say the war really started in March 1965 when the first American combat troops (Marines) arrived in South Vietnam.
The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, was a Cold War military conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from Septemer 25, 1959 to April 30, 1975. The war was fought between the communist North Vietnam, supported by its communist allies, and the government of South Vietnam, supported by the United States and other anti-communist nations.
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