The Vietnam War was a war we could not win and could not afford to lose. A war that France tricked us into getting into so that they could get out. A war when no man wins and every man looses. A war of tricks and trades. A war that was fought on street corners, while lives were being lost in the jungle. A war that from 1968 until 1975 eveyones life was effected. Everyone knew someone that was in the war. It was a war where our soilders would smoke marajuana in the jungles. It was a war that was fought at night, and during the day the farmers tended to their fields.
The Country of Vietnam lies to the south of China. Laors and Cambodia lie to the west. South China lies to the east. Vietnam is shaped like and S. It stretches the length of Indochinese Peninsula and covers a surface area of 128,000 square miles. Making Vietnam roughly the size of the U.S. state of New Mexico. Vietnam has a beautiful landscape. It has soaring mountains. It has forest that include exotic plants, and amazing rivers, waterfalls, and beaches. .
Vietnam was divided into two parts, North Vietnam, the communist, and South Vietnam. The two halves of the country were divided by the 17th parallel. The North was known as the Democratic Republic of Vietnam under the leadership of Lao Dong party. The South became the Republic of South Vietnam. After the Geneva agreement a virtual state of war existed between both countries. The war lasted from 1954 until April 30, 1975. .
Since the United States" policy was one of containment we took it upon ourselves to defend South Vietnam agianst the Communist North Vietnam. In the beginning of 1965 Lyndon B. Johnson decided to send American troops to Vietnam to protect the south, and bomb the North. By the end of 1967 there were more than 500,000 American and 100,000 allied troops in Vietnam. The beginning of 1968 marked a series of violent attacks by the north on the south.