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Apocalypse Now and Vietnam - Apocalypse Now takes place during a harsh time in American history. The United States was bogged down in a war against an enemy they created themselves. Vietnam reflects the jungle in Heart of Darkness very accurately. The jungle was exploited by the Europeans. The Europeans drained their ivory and were only in there for personal gain. This was disguised by the superficial idea that they were bringing civilization and were spreading their beacons of light to the dark innards of the jungle. The jungle in return ripped apart the minds of the men and showed them that they are no different then the natives....   [tags: Vietnam] 572 words
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The Vietnam War - There were many events that lead up the Vietnam War, it started in 1945 with the hostilities between the French and Vietminh. “Geopolitical Strategy, economics, domestic US politics, and cultural arrogance shaped the growing American involvement in Vietnam” (Anderson 1). As a matter of fact, the Vietnam War was several wars, but it was not until 1962 that America had their first combat mission, however, Americans were killed during ambushes by the Vietnamese before the first combat mission. There is much controversy over the reasons for the Vietnam War, supported by the several different books and articles written about the war....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays] 1443 words
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The History of the Vietnam War - The Vietnam War took two decades of twentieth century and it was the longest and the most difficult war in American history. Robert Buzzanco claims that Americans were not involved in the conflict from its beginning, because they were not interested in Vietnam at the end of World War II. It has changed when Americans became aware of European politics and western economic expansion which were connected with Indochina. Such as World War II was the major turning point in case of Vietnamese struggle for liberalism and social revolution, the Vietnam War had strong impact on America in the 1960s....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays] 1410 words
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The Impact of the Vietnam War on Veterans - How did a Vietnam soldier's life change during and after the war. Society had a lot of different views regarding the soldiers and the war. When coming home veterans faced many distinct challenges. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial helped to heal the nation. The Vietnam War had a major impact on the United States and the soldiers who fought in it. The Vietnam War was a violent and costly war that needed many men to fight for its cause. These men are now known as the Vietnam veterans. Numerous veterans who fought in the war were injured or lost a comrade during battle....   [tags: Vietnam Veterans Essays]
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The Tet Offensive of the Vietnam War - The Tet Offensive on January 31, 1968 became known as the turning point for the entire Vietnam War. Using diversionary tactics months in advance of the Tet Offensive drew the American forces away from cities and key military sites. This led to a simultaneous assault on over more than 100 cities in South Vietnam. Reclaiming South Vietnam building by building left little choices for the American military and turned 1968 into the bloodiest year of the war. The decisions before, during and after the offensive opened the blind eyes of the American people to the truth of the North Vietnamese Army capabilities....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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The Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War - January 31, 1968 marks the new lunar year for the Vietnamese and also the start of the Tet offensive. This crucial offensive is considered the turning point of the Vietnam War. This series of battles can be best understood by examining the events that led up to the conflict, the strategies and principles applied in the battle, and end results of the movement. Throughout the second half of 1967 the government had become anxious due to reports of declining public support for its Vietnam policies....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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The History of the Vietnam War - The Vietnam War started in 1945, resulting in almost 60,000 American deaths and nearly two million Vietnamese deaths, according to Mintze. Years after combat countless Vietnam veterans suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder in every aspect of their lives (Price). Posttraumatic stress disorder is an illness that can happen to anyone who has gone through a horrifying experience. It has been documented in all forms of literature and films the brutality of the war and the side effects it came with....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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Australian Veterans of the Vietnam War - The Vietnam War was one of the most controversial wars in history, perhaps because it was one of the first wars to be documented, filmed and shown on television for most of the public to see, judge, feel and eventually protest against. This essay will discuss the varying experiences of Australian veterans upon their return to Australia from Vietnam. In my opinion, I do believe that the Australian soldiers of the Vietnam War were treated horribly when they got back from Vietnam. Opposition Leader Arthur Calwell and many Australian families who had to fight in the Vietnam War believed that it was a bad idea to send troops....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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The Disillusionment of the Vietnam War - President Dwight Eisenhower conditionally pledged to support South Vietnam’s new nation in 1955. In the time period between 1955-1961 the United States pumped seven billion dollars in aid so that Vietnam would not “go over quickly” like a “row of dominoes” (McNamara 31). In the next 6 years Vietnam would cost America billions of dollars, thousands of lives, and the disaffection of much of the United States public. Yet in the end, South Vietnam would fall to the North less than 2 years after the United States military involvement ceased....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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The Impact of the Vietnam War - For many Americans it is common knowledge to know about the Vietnam War; however, for some Americans the Vietnam War is ancient history, dishonorable, but irrelevant nonetheless. If people do not physically see the many horrors of war it is easy to forget; although maybe it is something we try to forget. However, there are some who may be able to forget there will be some, like politicians, that will not forget. The Vietnam War had a terrible impact on both the United States and Vietnam, and more importantly it would affect foreign policy for many years to come....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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The Impact of the Media on the Vietnam War - Vietnam was a country divided into two by communism in the North and capitalism in the South. The Vietnam War, fought between the years 1959 and 1975, was, in essence, a struggle by nationalists in the north to unify the nation under a communist government. This was a long standing conflict between the two sides that had been occurring for years. It wasn’t until 1959 when the USA, stepped in, on the side of southern Vietnamese, to stop the spread of communism. It was a war that did not capture the hearts and minds of the American people as it was viewed as a war that the US army couldn’t win and so the government lost the peoples support for the war....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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The Vietnam War and the Protest Against It - Secretary of State John Kerry once said “I saw courage both in the Vietnam War and in the struggle to stop it. I learned that patriotism includes protest, not just military service.” The Vietnam War was a conflict that lasted from 1956-1975 which the United States participated in along with the South Vietnamese who fought against the Communist North Vietnamese. Many Americans strongly disapproved of the war which caused many protests and riots. The war lasted 25 years killing many people and eventually the North Vietnamese won....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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The Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War - When asked about the United States’ involvement in Vietnam Charles de Gaulle responded by saying, “I predict… that you will, step by step, be sucked into a bottomless military and political quagmire” (Wills 29). The Vietnam War should have been negotiated to an end and troops removed directly following the Tet Offensive, because by that time, it was made evident that further fighting would only cause more unnecessary harms. Often in history nations try to justify their actions any way they can whether they are valid or not....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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Pros and Cons of the Vietnam War - The Vietnam War was the most publicized war during its era; moreover this was the most unpopular war to hit the United States. All over the country riots began to raise, anti-war movement spread all over the states begging to stop the war and chaos overseas. This truly was a failure in the political side of things. For the public, all they saw was a failed attempt in a far away country. Events such as the Tet Offensive where the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong established an all out attack on key locations around Vietnam, and although the Viet Cong was virtually wiped out, this still had a large affect psychologically on the troops as well as the populist back in the United States....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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The Vietnam War's Effects on Soldiers - After the Vietnam War, soldiers suffered from posttraumatic stress disorder in countless numbers. The trauma they saw, endured, and witnessed forever changed and scared their lives. Men, like Tim O'Brien the author of the novel The Things They Carried, suffered from posttraumatic stress disorder and it took them years to regain their lives after their return home. In the excerpt from his novel, O'Brien shows the reader how the men endured this mind-altering experience in the jungles of Vietnam through the details of all the items the men carry....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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The Vietnam War and Iraq - During the Vietnam War, between 1955 and 1984, fifty-eight thousand Americans lost their lives, as well as over three-million Vietnamese lost theirs. The financial cost to the United States comes to over one hundred-fifty-billion dollars. The causes of the Vietnam War were derived from the symptoms, components and consequences of the Cold War. The Vietnam War revolved around America’s belief that communism was a threat to expand all over South East Asia. With this being said the Vietnam War was both a nationalist and communist movement, unsuccessful in America’s regards, comparable to the war in Iraq, a poor man’s war, led to the downfall of Lyndon B....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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The Vietnam War Was Unethical - The United States began to send troops to Vietnam to support French in 1950’s. During the following 25 years, the ensuing wars would cost 5 million people’s life and create a series of domestic tension in the U.S, like Vietnam War protest movement and the Military Draft. Even though the Vietnam War had been considered as the only war that American ever lost, but many Americans believed it was a noble cause. Like President Johnson had said in 1965, “We have made a national pledge to help South Vietnam defend its independence....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays] 784 words
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The Battle of la Drang in Vietnam - Lieutenant Colonel Moore led his unit, the 1st Battalion, 7th U.S. Cavalry to South Vietnam, and led them in the famous Battle of Ia Drang. Surrounded by enemy soldiers, and with no clear landing zone that would allow them to leave, Moore managed to persevere against the overwhelming odds and complete his objective. Moore's dictum that "there is always one more thing you can do to increase your odds of success" and the courage of his entire command are given credit with the outstanding outcome (Galloway)....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays] 2025 words
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President Nixon and the Vietnam War - The politics of the ultratight resonated deeply with Richard Nixon. Nixon had cut his political teeth as a young Red-hunting member of the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s. His home district in Orange Country, California, was widely known as a Birch Society stronghold. The Los Angeles-area Birch Society claimed the membership of several political and economic elites, including members of the Chandler family, which owned and published the Los Angeles Times. According to the writer David Halberstam (1979, 118) the Times, which was once described as “the most rabid Labor-bating, Red-hating paper in the United States,” virtually created Richard Nixon....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays] 2530 words
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Opposition to the Vietnam War - The Vietnam War or “the war that America didn’t win,” was a conflict that took place in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. The U.S. got involved in this war because of its policy of containment against communism. This war, however, was about a lot more than about winning or losing, particularly for the American people. During the war and most of the 1960’s, American citizens were protesting several issues. Throughout most of the 1960’s and the early 1970’s, protests for civil rights, women’s rights, and other issues increased tensions between the U.S....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays] 1503 words
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Hollywood and the Vietnam War - Human history has been kept alive through a variety of mediums over the centuries. Throughout much of time, stories were told verbally to younger generations while written records and artifacts enhanced the story’s authenticity. In the late 19th and early 20th century, technology revolutionized story-telling with the invention of the video camera. Rather than hearing anecdotal stories about historic events, people could now see images of events happening all over the world. In addition, motion pictures were created to present fictional and non-fictional stories for education and entertainment....   [tags: Vietnam War Movies]
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Protests Against the Vietnam War - James A. Baldwin once said, “The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose” (BrainyQuote.com). In the 1960s, “the man” was youth across the country. The Vietnam war was in full force, and students across the country were in an outrage. Society needed an excuse to rebel against the boring and safe way of life they were used to; Vietnam gave them the excuse they needed. Teenagers from different universities came together and formed various organizations that protested the Vietnam war for many reasons....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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Australia in the Vietnam War - Australia first became a part of the Vietnam War effort in July 1962, when we sent over the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV). Our involvement in the war can ultimately be contributed to two major points, which are the our alliance with the United States as well as the fear of communism reaching Australia and seizing control of our nation. The Introduction of the “National Service Scheme” (Conscription) In 1964 caused a major uproar from the Australian public and would play a key role in our involvement in the war effort....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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Music During the Vietnam War - In the nineteen sixties almost half of the American population were young adults. Because of this, the sixties were an age of youth and there was a generation gap that America had never seen before. Many of the baby boomers were at risk of being drafted into the Vietnam War. This war brought on revolutionary and innovative ways of thinking. The young people of this decade wanted change and this brought a huge difference in culture from the conservative fifties. Inspiration for many of the songs and lyrics of the time came from the Vietnam War....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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Music During the Vietnam War - The Vietnam War didn't only affect the people at war, the people at home, the government, but it also affected the music industry during the 1960's. There were numerous of songs written and sung during this time period that reflected the chaos that America was experiencing. Marvin Gaye, Johnnie Wright, and Edwin Starr were just three of the many musicians that chose to express their displeasure with current politics, but of all the songs written, these men produced some of the most memorable....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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America's Involvement in Vietnam - The events that led to the United States entering the Vietnam War began when the French conquered Vietnam in the late nineteenth century. After Vietnam was conquer, they formed the League for the Independence of Vietnam in hopes of seeking independence from the French. With great effort on September 2, 1945 Ho Chi Minh proclaimed their independence from France. However, the French opposed Vietnam’s independence for approximately nine years and wanted to reestablish their rule over them. However the French were beaten at the battle of Dien Bien Phu because they were not careful and allowed the Vietnam to cut off their airway to Hanoi....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays] 535 words
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Vietnam After the Vietnam War - The new unified Vietnam became the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV). With the Americans gone, however, Vietnam's military problems were not over. In neighboring Kampuchea (previously named Cambodia), Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge began a reign of terror in hopes of creating a pre-industrial utopia, murdering around 2 million people in so-called "killing fields." In 1978, the SRV invaded Kampuchea to stop the Khmer Rouge, in what became known as "Vietnam's Vietnam." While the invasion put an end to the "killing fields," China became upset by the SRV's extension of influence in the region and began a border war with Vietnam....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays] 779 words
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The Vietnam War Draft - Being a young adult between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five can be very difficult. I know this because I am twenty-two years old. At this age, there are many concerns about the future and a career. Making many important decisions which will affect the rest of your life is common during these ages. This is the age when the majority of people are getting married, having families, and buying houses of their own. Many young men and women of this age group are graduating from college and ready to start their careers....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays] 1594 words
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America's Involvement in Vietnam - Throughout the Vietnam War, American involvement was wanted by some and hated by many. America got involved to prevent communism in South Vietnam. America wanted to help the South Vietnamese. This is portrayed in both movies, The Ugly American and The Green Berets. Sometimes our help was not wanted, but other times the Vietnamese appreciated our assistance. Both The Ugly American and The Green Berets help portray America’s involvement assisting the South Vietnamese; however, The Ugly American portrays the Vietnamese not wanting nor appreciating America’s involvement while The Green Berets portrays the Vietnamese accepting America’s positive involvement....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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The Vietnam Memorial Wall - One of the most powerful sentiments human beings are capable of feeling is sympathy. Sympathy is the “harmony of or agreement in feeling” (Dictionary). One potential reason why one individual may feel sympathetically towards another individual would be due to a traumatic experience. The commiseration with one’s deepest sentiments such as anguish and suffering transcends the existence of two separate individuals and creates an emotional link that forms a figuratively united, compassionate entity....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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Land Clearing in Vietnam - Land clearing became an important mission during the Vietnam War after realizing that soon after infantry soldiers would sweep an area the enemy would temporarily leave, then return and be able to once again hide in the dense jungle forest. Without any prior techniques on how to remove the thick vegetation the enemy found safety in, General William C. Westmoreland, commander of U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam, told his staff to begin exploring options of how to clear the jungle (Thomas)....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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Reasons For The United States Involvement In The Vietnam War - The United States became increasingly involved with the War in Vietnam mostly thanks to their enmity with Russia due to the fact they were Communist, and how the USSR spread claiming countries that could’ve been turned democratic and become trading partners of the US. While Russia, Britain and the USA were all allies in WW1, they disagreed on many things, especially on how Germany should be punished and how should Europe be handled. THE USSR AND THE USA. During 1940-1970, the USSR and the USA were the world’s leading superpowers....   [tags: Vietnam War] 1102 words
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The Vietnam War and Communism - The Vietnam War was costly not only to our armed forces but to our American economy and American morale. We entered the war in an attempt to end the communist regime of North Vietnam and their southern allies, the Vietcong, from taking over South Vietnam. South Vietnam was an ally of the United States and due to this political relationship; the United States was entitled to help defend their ally. More than 58,000 Americans were killed in the Vietnam War. By 1969 it was the peak of American involvement in the war and more than 500,000 U.S....   [tags: vietnam veterans, support, american morale]
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The Effect of the Vietnam War on the American People - The Vietnam War was marked by brutality, death, protests, and psychological tolls. No war caused such great division among the American people like the Vietnam War. The war was extremely costly, and it left long-term effects on people all over the world. As a whole, the American people agree that the Vietnam War was a waste of time, money, and life. 1. What were the economic effects. 2. What were the political effects. 3. What were the psychological effects. 4. How was the war dealt with socially....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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The Vietnam War and The Tonkin Gulf Resolution - Tonkin Gulf Resolution The Vietnam War lasted from the winter of 1956 to the spring of 1975. The Vietnam War was a domesticated civil war between the communist, North Vietnam, and the democratic, South Vietnam. The North was supported by the Chinese communist, and the leader Ho Chi Minh. The Vietnam War introduced the United States to the Vietcong and Guerrilla warfare. During this time, the United States faced our own battles at home between two social groups called the Doves and the Hawks. This war was very divisive....   [tags: communism, china, sout vietnam]
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How the USA Lost the Vietnam War - Why did the United States get involved in the Vietnam War. Ask this question to a cross section of Americans, a housewife like Bobbie Lee Pendergrass who wrote a moving letter to President Kennedy looking for answers not about the death of her brother, but the reason why he fighting in Vietnam. Most Americans couldn’t even tell you where Vietnam was on a map much less why we sent so many soldiers to fight a civil war half way around the world because most Americans did not think that communism was not an immediate threat....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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How the USA Lost the Vietnam War - The Vietnam War one of the longest, bloodiest, socially upsetting, Cold War conflicts America had ever known. Widely protested and rightly so, this is a vocalization of the case against the war in Vietnam and why the war was a failure of the American government. The main cause of this proxy war was obtuse; America believing it could police the world and enact the containment of Communism as a policy would always be a pyrrhic victory, or an overwhelming defeat. Another reason Vietnam was such a failure was the rapid cultural, social, and political change in American people, at the time of the war who were at odds with the government’s proxy war....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays] 1164 words
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Good Morning, Vietnam: Not Historically Accurate - “Here’s a little riddle for you. What's the difference between the army and the Cub Scouts. Cub Scouts don't have heavy artillery!” Adrian Cronauer tried to bring a kind of relief to the people of the war through his radio show. Cronauer was a United States Air Force sergeant and radio broadcaster who inspired the movie Good Morning, Vietnam. The Vietnam War, which was by far the longest war the United States has participated in, went on from 1945 until 1975. Even though the United States was involved with the war since the 50’s, by aiding France, they did not send troops until 1965....   [tags: Good Morning, Vietnam Essays]
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Protest Songs Throughout the Vietnam War - Throughout all the anti-war protests and marches during the Vietnam War, it is interesting to note the changes in the music of that time. From the beginning of the war, where support and loyalty from Americans was present in songs, to the end of the war, where anger and distrust was evident in musical lyrics, American’s opinion changed about the war. This change in opinion was easily recognized by the altering of musical lyrics about the war when Americans grew tired of the constant sending of U.S....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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The Role of Media During the Vietnam War - During the Vietnam War, Americans were greatly influenced by the extensive media coverage of the war. Before the 1960’s and the intensification of the war, public news coverage of military action was constrained heavily by the government and was directed by Government policy. The Vietnam War uniquely altered the perception of war in the eyes of American citizens by bringing the war into their homes. The Vietnam War was the first U.S uncensored war resulting in the release of graphic images and unaltered accounts of horrific events that helped to change public opinion of the war like nothing it had ever been....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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Vietnam War Memory and the Nixon Administration - The battle over reconstructing the collective memory of the Vietnam War is a battle over reinterpreting America, and it started even before the end of the war, and continues to the present day. George Orwell summarized the significance of such struggles in his novel 1984: “Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.” Since national leaders invariably assume a leading role in the development of an official memory of traumatic events in a nation’s history, the article begins with Nixon’s efforts in redefining and reconstructing the war....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays] 2144 words
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How the USA Lost the Vietnam War - Since the civil war in the United States there have been many events that could be described as having the biggest impact on our national identity. There are countless ways that the American people have evolved since then. To me, there is no stronger test of a country’s unity and ability to succeed under pressure than war. The United States has weathered many wars and has gone back to help save the countries they defeated. World War 1 established the US as a formidable opponent and a world power....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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Betrayal Exposed in Vietnam Perkasie, By Ehrhart - The Vietnam War was a controversial conflict that plagued the United States for many years. The loss of life caused by the war was devastating. For those who came back alive, their lives were profoundly changed. The impact the war had on servicemen would affect them for the rest of their lives; each soldier may have only played one small part in the war, but the war played a huge part in their lives. They went in feeling one way, and came home feeling completely different. In the book Vietnam Perkasie, W.D....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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The Son Tay Raid in North Vietnam - In North Vietnam in 1970 several soldiers, sailors and airman were killed, beaten, starved and confined in solitary confinement causing severe mental issues in prisons in North Vietnam. Many of the American Prisoners were pilots for the Army and Air Force shot down during the heavy bombing raids ordered by President Johnson in 1964. 1 For nearly 2,000 days, or six plus years many of these Americans imprisoned in Son Tay about 23 miles west of Hanoi in North Vietnam. After several reports to the Pentagon from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the National security Agency (NSA), one of the greatest orchestrated prison rescue attempt was coordinated in...   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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The Vietnam War and Agent Orange - The Vietnam War was between Capitalist United states and Communist North Vietnamese; the war began in 1964 and ended in 1975. The US joined the war to stop the spreading of communism. The US came up with the domino theory which was if Vietnam turned communist the surrounding countries would all fall to communism too. The war suffered around 2.3million casualties and was very significant in the long term and the short term. Some of the wars key events were; in 1960 when the Vietcong was formed, 1963 when Diem was overthrown, 1965 Operation rolling thunder begun, 1969 Ho Chi Minh died and in 1963 the cease-fire agreement was signed in Paris and the troops leave Vietnam....   [tags: Vietnam War, Agent Orange, USA, chemmical warfare,] 1530 words
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Fear of Communism Caused the Vietnam War - The Vietnam war has been referred to by many names, one of the longer ones was 'the cornerstone of the free world southeast Asia'. It was called that by John F. Kennedy. He was talking about Vietnam being and essential country in a non-communist world. He believed that if Vietnam became a communist country, all of the surrounding countries would also become communists. This is the main reason America was involved in the Vietnam war. Another reason was that America wanted to spread their “political ideas around the globe”....   [tags: Vietnam war, communism, military, history,] 1616 words
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What Did We Learn from the Vietnam War? - “Teaching the Vietnam War makes one realize how the shape of a narrative determines, and is determined by, its content” (Franklin 246). The Vietnam War was one of America’s most controversial wars. Many of its aspects are still plagued with great uncertainty. Those aspects of the Vietnam War are argued and debated about, they were argued during the time of the war and the arguing has continued. The Vietnam War was indeed a time of confusion. Why did the war start. What was the United States’ real reason for getting involved....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays] 1857 words
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President Lyndon. B Johnson and the Vietnam War - The conflict in Vietnam for the United States started when President Dwight D. Eisenhower went along with the domino theory and sent in military advisors in South Vietnam to stop the communist movement from taking place in South Vietnam. The Vietnam conflict was between the communist’s and the United States. North Vietnam was led by Ho Chi Minh, and Ho Chi Minh led the Viet Cong, a guerilla group to help spread communism. The United States were supporters of the South Vietnam because they wanted them to maintain their government rather than falling to the domino theory of communism....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays] 1385 words
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Analyzing the Effects of Educational Structure of Vietnam on the Greater Society - Analyzing the Effects of Educational Structures and Opportunities of Vietnam on the Greater Society Abstract: Education attainment is the highest level of formal education a person achieves within a given society. With education there are more opportunities, including a better standard of living. Vietnam is a developing country that sees the benefits of higher education, but due to structural problems, students and administration are dealt with many pressures to overcome. This paper uses structural theories of Weber and Parsons to analyze the current situations in Vietnam....   [tags: History, Education, Vietnam] 2298 words
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Why Vietnam Was Desirable and How the War Began - Vietnam in South East Asia had always been a desirable country. Since  the 19th century, it was ruled by France and called Indo China. Apart  form one rebellion in 1930, France had total control of the country  until they surrendered to Germany in the Second World War in 1940.  Japan, Germany's ally, took control of Vietnam and the resources in  it, such as coal, rice, rubber, railways and roads. An anti-Japanese  resistance organization, which was called the Viet Minh and led by Ho  Chi Minh, a communist, was formed....   [tags: Vietnam War, American History] 4515 words
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Comparing World War Two and Vietnam Veterans - Introduction: “The last American soldier left Vietnam during the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975. For 2.4 million who served in Vietnam, there was no official homecoming. In June of 2005, Branson, Missouri held “Operation Welcome Home” for Vietnam Veterans. The parade and events were planned to provide the celebration and recognition they did not receive 30-plus years earlier.” (Vietnam: Homecoming) The veterans were able to see the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall and find the names of men they had known they had dies while serving....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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Analysis of Different Viewpoints of US Involvement in the Vietnam War - Thirty-eight years have passed and the Vietnam War is still a controversial topic. While some Americans believe that Indochina was of no strategic value to the United States, others argue that civilian leaders have undermined the war effort. My paper will help analyze the different viewpoints for U.S. involvement in Vietnam and the overall assessment of each. Almost all the sources utilized came to the consensus that the chief purpose for U.S. intervention was to stop Communism from spreading. Nevertheless, while some believed that the developed country had reason to fear the “Iron Curtain,” which fell upon Asia in 1954 with the armistice in Korea and the Geneva Accords, others did not see t...   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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How Public Opinion Changed the Course of the Vietnam War - The Vietnam War certainly left a distaste in the lives of many who have been affected by the war; scholars have become increasingly interested in the interaction between war and public opinion. There have been many scholarly works published on the Vietnam War, but the issue that will be analyzed here is how public opinion changed the course of the war. The first article by Scott Gartner and Gary Segura is titled, “Race, Casualties, and Opinion in the Vietnam War,” it examined how the diverse races within America in combination with the atrocities in the war led to the formation of opinions that were similar in one race but were different in another race....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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Women in Vietnam - Women in Vietnam Towards the end to the Twentieth century, Vietnam, a rapidly changing country goes through a political and social transition, from a socialist to an open market "capitalist type" society. Since the late 1980's Vietnam has adjusted it's economy to compete with the world. In doing so, the country undergoes many political and social reforms. Ideals of the west have been implemented into Vietnams "market" economy. There is definitely a change that is occurring however the social status of women in Vietnam has not changed much....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays] 1547 words
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The Vietnam War - The united front had long and historic roots in Vietnam. Used earlier in the century to mobilize anti-French forces, the united front brought together Communists and non-Communists in an umbrella organization that had limited, but important goals. On December 20, 1960, the Party' s new united front, the National Liberation Front (NLF), was born. Anyone could join this front as long as they opposed Ngo Dinh Diem and wanted to unify Vietnam.The character of the NLF and its relationship to the Communists in Hanoi has caused considerable debate among scholars, anti-war activists, and policymakers....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays] 1665 words
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The Impact of the Media on the Vietnam War - The Impact of the Media on the Vietnam War This essay will discuss to what degree the media can be blamed for the United States’ loss in the Vietnam conflict ending 1975. It will be based predominantly on key written resources on the subject, but it will also contain - by means of an interview - certain first-hand observations from a Vietnam War veteran. For the sake of conciseness, and in order to focus the bulk of the content on the main topic, this essay will make certain assumptions. Most importantly, the essay assumes that the conflict in Vietnam was, indeed, lost by the US....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]
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