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The North Vietnamese government and the Viet Cong were fighting to reunify Vietnam. They viewed the conflict as a colonial war and a continuation of the First Indochina War against forces from France and later on the United States. … Beginning in 1950, American military advisors arrived in what was then French Indochina
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In other words – a conflict that pitted the communist government of North Vietnam and its allies in South Vietnam, known as the Viet Cong, against the government of South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States
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President Dwight D. Eisenhower was the American president at the time the war started
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President John F. Kennedy had sent military advisors and then troops into South Vietnam. After Kennedy’s assassination, what to do about the Vietnam War became a pressing matter of business for the new president, Lyndon B. Johnson, but it was  President Richard M. Nixon who pulled american troops out
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58,220 U.S. military fatal casualties in the Vietnam War
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Vietnam War started on November 1, 1955 and lasted until April 30, 1975, which is roughly 20 years, or 19 years, 180 days to be precise
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A little unknown fact is that approximately 60,000 Australians—ground troops, air-force and naval personnel—served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1972. 521 died as a result of the war and over 3,000 were wounded
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The first generation of the M-16 rifle was an awful mess with a tendency to experience a jam in the middle of a firefight. They were so bad that a lot of Americans preferred to pickup the AK-47’s drop by the enemy and use these
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The average age of an infantryman  serving in Vietnam to be 19 years old is a myth, it is actually 22
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Some nice colour pics are below

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