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Author Topic: AND SO IT BEGINS: U.S. GROUND TROOPS LAND IN SOUTH VIET NAM - 1965  (Read 20 times)
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« on: February 09, 2018, 08:52:24 am »

Marine combat troops are landed at Da Nang, South Viet Nam. Their primary mission is to protect a U.S. airfield located at Da Nang. In furtherance of that mission, the Marines will eventually reinforce and move further from the airfield to secure it [ Monkey Mountain will remain a problem to defend against].

Prior to this operation, most U.S. ground troops in country were advisors, several of whom were killed or wounded before the Marines' commitment to the Republic of Viet Nam.  By the time the U.S. withdraws in 1973, 58,000 plus Americans will have been killed.

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