09 February 2015

On This Day: Troops head to Vietnam

President Johnson ordered troops to Vietnam to protect US airbases. It was On This Day in 1965, that the first Hawk air defense missile battalion was deployed to Da Nang. This was the first physical showing of American combat troops in South Vietnam. Our military involvement sparked considerable reaction around the world, as well as demonstrations here at home.

 

On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.

                

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.