The Vietnam War: The War In Vietnam

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The war in Vietnam was one of the worst wars in American history. There were so many young men who died fighting for their country, some of which did not even choose to be sent to Vietnam. There were also many who suffered injuries that affected them for the rest of their lives. It was a terrible war for the U.S. in both casualties and injuries. In WWII, Japan took over vietnam. The French also wanted to take over. Not long after that, Ho Chi Minh created the Viet Minh to fight against them. They fought until 1954 at Dien Bien Phu, the battle that defeated the French. After that, the Japanese removed their troops leaving Bao Dai in charge, the Viet Minh seized Hanoi and declared the Democratic Republic of Vietnam with Ho Chi Minh as the president.…show more content…
They used a strategy of attrition, which meant they were trying to kill as many enemy troops as they could instead of trying to gain more ground. Every ground soldier in Vietnam was armed with the standard issue M-16 carbine, which could shoot up to 900 rounds per minute and accurately shoot up to 300 yards. Something very useful to ground troops was the “Huey” helicopter armed with m-60 machine guns and grenade launchers. “Hueys” were used to transfer troops to and from battle sights. Another very devastating weapon frequently used was landmines. They were hidden in the ground or under foliage and could be activated by trip with or stepped directly on. Landmines were used to protect bases and camps from Viet Cong trying to sneak attack them. Not only did they kill or severely injure enemies, but they acted as an alarm to U.S. troops, if they heard one go off, then they knew VC was…show more content…
Both sides suffered many deaths and very many casualties. “From air power to infantry to chemicals, the weapons used in the Vietnam war were more devastating than those of any previous conflict.”(History Channel, 2011). The effects of the war started to take a toll on U.S. troops as the war went on. The effects of PTSD drove soldiers crazy and began doing things they should not have. They would kill innocent civilians because they didn’t know who the enemy was. On March 16, 1968, hundreds of innocent non vietcong Vietnamese woman children and elderly were killed in the village of My Lai. This was called the My Lai massacre, led by Lieutenant William L. Calley Jr. It started off as just a rumor, but after several people had heard about it, President Richard Nixon started to look into it. They gathered all of the civilians in the middle of the village and opened fire on them. All of their huts were blown to pieces and the whole village was destroyed. Some soldiers turned to drug use and alcoholism, some would even attack officers. By 1967, U.S. casualties had reached 15,000 and 109,500 wounded.(History Channel, 2009). As the war in Vietnam, U.S. citizens started seeing disturbing things on television and turned against the war. U.S. citizens began to protest against the war in Vietnam. 1968-1969 there were hundreds of anti-war protests and marches all throughout the country. On November 15,

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