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Escalating US Involvement in Vietnam. More American Troops By 1965 – 180,000 US soldiers fighting Vietcong General Westmoreland asked for more Amer. troops.

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1 Escalating US Involvement in Vietnam

2 More American Troops By 1965 – 180,000 US soldiers fighting Vietcong General Westmoreland asked for more Amer. troops b/c thought S. Vietnamese too weak 1967 – 500,000 US troops

3 US Faces Many Difficulties Very difficult fighting b/c Vietcong used ambush tactics- guerilla warfare Anyone could be enemy: women, children, elderly, etc. Vietcong funded by China & SU and very willing to fight to death to protect way of life Had intricate tunnel system

4 Difficult for US to gain Vietnamese peoples support Napalm- gasoline-based bomb set fire to jungle Agent Orange- leaf-killing toxic chemical Both often wounded civilians and destroyed villages

5 Search and destroy missions- uprooted civilians w/ suspected ties to Vietcong, killed livestock, burnt villages Morale of soldiers dropped, many used drugs, some killed superior officers Tet offensive- in surprise attack on Vietnamese New Year Vietcong attacked 100 towns and 12 US air bases Seen as victory by US military


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