Tuesday, November 1, 2011

On November 1

On this day in ...
... 1966 (45 years ago today), during a National Day celebration, using artillery shells fired from a jungle base 3-1/2 miles away, the Viet Cong hit Saigon, capital of what was then called South Vietnam, killing at least 8 persons and wounding many others. The previous day, the BBC reported,

[F]ormer US President General Dwight D Eisenhower called for more troops to be sent to Vietnam to bring about a swift end to the conflict.
He told the US News and World Report that the war had been 'going on too long' and said America should be 'putting in the kind of military strength we need to win' as soon as possible.

U.S. involvement would end with the fall of Saigon 9 years later. By that time, according to the BBC, an estimated 900,000 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese, 50,000 Americans, and 400,000 South Vietnamese had died.

(Prior November 1 posts are here, here, here, and here)

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