Lyndon B. Johnson and Vietnam War Era Essay

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How did the American culture advance from the Vietnam War Era? Cornelia Roberts-Pryce Chamberlain College of Nursing HUMN-303N-14171: Introduction to Humanities Spring 2013 * Introduction to the Community: Identify the community you will be using for this paper and provide a brief description of the community. Your community should be the area where you live or the area surrounding your work setting. * Windshield Survey: Assess your community by doing an informal windshield survey. Drive through the area and identify types of housing, schools, churches, healthcare providers, and environmental or safety hazards. You will need to discuss the following six observations in your paper. 1. Community vitality 2.…show more content…
Operation Rolling Thunder begins and 100 US bombers begin attacking targets in North Vietnam in continuous attacks. On March 8, 1965 3500 US Marines Land at China Beach to defend the air base at Da Nang, joining the 23,000 advisers as the first US combat troops in country. In April, Johnson orders an increase of 20,000 support personnel in South Vietnam. In May, Johnson increases troop strengths again by ordering in the 173rd Airborne Brigade, 3500 combat troops. July Johnson orders an increase to 125,000 troops, made up of forty-four battalions. By year end, troop levels in Vietnam reach 184,000. By 1967 US troop levels in Vietnam reach 389,000. Casualties rise to 5008 killed, and 30,093 wounded. Congress authorizes war support of $4.5 billion. Johnson increases troop strengths from 475,000 to 520,000. Johnson halts Rolling Thunder in 1968 with hopes of restarting peace talks; the US loses 922 planes and crews in 302,380 sorties. By the end of 1968 the number of US troops in Vietnam holds at 495,000 and 30,000 KIA. In January 1969, Richard Nixon becomes the 37th US President. Five US Presidents have been involved in the conflict in Vietnam. By April 1969 troop levels top out at 539,000, casualties reach 33,641. By July of 1969 Nixon begins withdrawing troops with the recall of 800 9th Infantry soldiers. In September, Nixon orders reductions of 35,000 troops and reduces the draft. By December, Nixon orders home another 50,000 troops. He promises
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