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Vietnam War Years

Vietnam war: people, places, events,...

TermDefinition
Peace Corps beginning in 1961, this group sent volunteers to developing countries to help with projects such as digging wells and building schoos
Fidel Castro Cuban rebel who in 1959 overthrew an unpopular dictator and established a Communist government allied to the Soviet Union.
Berlin Wall barrier of concrete and barbed wire between East and West Berlin
Cuban Missile Crisis the U.S. Navy formed a blockade around Cuba to prevent Soviet ships from brining in more weapons.
Neil Armstrong one of the first people on the moon
Buzz Aldrin one of the first people on the moon
Ho Chi Minh a Vietnamese nationalist who believed that only a Communist revolution could free the Vietnamese people
domino theory American leaders feared that if one country became Communist, nearby countries would also fall to communism
Vietcong communist North Vietnamese Communist guerrilla forces
Tonkin Gulf Resolution passed by congress, giving the president the authority "to take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against the forces of the United States"
Ho Chi Minh Trail a supply route used by the North Vietnamese. The trail was a network of paths and tunnels that led from North Vietnam, through Laos and Cambodia, and into South Vietnam
escalation President Johnsons policy of increased involvement in the Vietnam War
search and destroy missions commanded by General William Westmoreland, U.S. ground forces strategy where U.S. patrols searched fro hidden enemy camps, then destroyed them with massive firepower and air raids.
doves opponents of the Vietnam War
hawks supporters of the Vietnam War
Tet Offensive surprise attacks all over South Vietnam, including an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, South Vietnam's capital
Created by: scraig29 on 2014-04-28



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