The Vietnam War

By: Caitlin Fitzgerald
Hour: 8

Who: North Vietnam supported by the Soviet Union, China and other communist allies. The government of South Vietnam supported by the United States and other anti-communist countries.

What: The Vietnam War

Where: Vietnam

When: December 1956 30 - April 1975

Why: It started because American president Eisenhower did not want communism to spread throughout the world and eventually to America.

How: On August 2, 1964, the American destroyer Maddox, on patrol off the coast of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, was attacked by several North Vietnamese torpedo boats. The attack happened hours after South Vietnamese raiders struck at two targets on the North Vietnamese coast as part of a U.S. program of graduated covert pressure against the North. It was known as The Gulf of Tonkin incident.

Summary: The Vietnam War started because American president Eisenhower did not want communism to spread throughout the world and  to America. What triggered the war was when the Maddox was attacked by several Vietnamese torpedo boats. The war was fought between North Vietnam supported by the Soviet Union and South Vietnam supported by the United States. The Vietnam War took place in Vietnam. The Vietnam war started December 1956 30 and ended April 1975.

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