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Vietnam


Americans fought a protracted and divisive war against Communist
expansion in Southeast Asia. In 1956, President Dwight Eisenhower sent
the first military advisors to bolster South Vietnam. By 1964, President
Lyndon Johnson was deploying thousands of air and ground forces.
Mounting casualties and an expanding draft fueled antiwar sentiment and
deepened disagreements over the war’s conduct and meaning.


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Facts / Statistics

Dates: 1956-1975
Troops: 9,200,000; in theater: 3,403,000
Deaths: 58,200

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