By the time it ended in 1975, the Vietnam War was the longest war in which the United States had ever been engaged. It began as a modest advisory effort in the 1950s following the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu and eventually became a major engagement with more than one-half million troops in country during its peak in 1968. The introductory session provides an overview of the war along with a detailed explanation on “how we got in” and “why we got out." Featured speakers are Carol Reardon ("Overview of the Vietnam War") and Al Turgeon ("How We Got In and Why We Got Out").
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Earlier Event: October 7Keeping It Clean: A History of Arms & Cleaning Techniques
Later Event: October 22Vietnam Lecture Series: The Air War