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A quarter of a century after the Fall of Saigon, Vietnam continues to exercise a powerful hold of the American psyche. No deployment of American troops abroad is considered without the infusion of the Vietnam question. No formulation of strategic policy can be completed without weighing the possibility of Vietnamization. Even the politics of a person cannot be discussed without taking into account his/her opinion on the Vietnam War. This obsession with Vietnam is perfectly national when viewed from a far. It is the only war that the United States has ever lost. It defined an era of American history that most rank with the depression as one of this nation's most traumatic events.(Warren, 1990)
The Vietnam War, to me, is one of the most interesting wars in American history. It was once said, "it is like a shroud of a mystery wrapped inside an enigma."(unknown)
Vietnam, Red China, and the spread of communism brought fear into the homes of many Americans, due to Red China and Russia tightening their strong hold on Indochina.The frequent media coverage on the poor South Vietnamese people suffering under communist rule aroused both fear and anger in America. Many feared that the "iron hand" of communism would slowly move from Southeast Asia towards the United States.(Sheldon, 1969) Feeling threatened and helpless, many American men volunteered to fight the war in Vietnam.
My uncle served in Vietnam for three years.He was one of the many who went to fight the spread of communism, or so he thought.He explained to me why he volunteered to fight with this simple analogy:
Being nineteen, naive, and eager to serve my country I volunteered to fight in Vietnam.I pictured what was happening over there as a killer approaching my house.My house was America.Around the house is a white picket fence and the killer is approaching the fence.I saw this coming and had to protect my family.
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The to prevent the takeover by North Vietnam.

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The Vietnam conflict began in the late nineteenth century. The
French conquered Vietnam and made it a protectorate. For nearly forty
years, Vietnam had not experienced settled peace. The League for the
Independence of Vietnam ( Viet Minh ) was formed in 1941, seeking
independence from the French. On September 2nd,1945, Ho Chi Minh
proclaimed it independent of France. The French opposed their
independence from 1945 to 1954. Thefirst representatives of de
Gualle’s government landed by parachute in Saigon and Hanoi on August
23rd, 1945. The French wanted to reestablish their rule in Vietnam but
were beaten at the battle of Dien Bien Phu on May 7th, 1954. The
French Expeditionary Force tried to prevent the Viet Minh from
entering Laos and Dien Bien Phu was the place chosen to do so. The
French were not very careful and this allowed the Viet Minh to cut off
their airway to Hanoi. After a siege that had lasted for fifty – five
days, the French surrendered. Ho Chi Minh led the war against France
After the war there was a conference in Geneva where Vietnam was
divided into two parts along the seventeenth parallel. North Vietnam
was mainly Communist and supported Ho Chi Minh, while the south was
supported by the United States and the French were based there. There
was still some Communist rebels within South Vietnam. These were the
Viet Cong. The South Vietnam ruler was Ngo Dinh Diem who was anti –
Communist. At the conference, Laos and Cambodia became independent
North Vietnam wished to unify North and South Vietnam through
military force. Since the United States feared the spread of communism
in Asia, John F. Kennedy provided economic and military aid to South
Vietman to prevent the takeover by North Vietnam. At this time, this
was still a civil war. The United States were not yet officially
The North Vietnamese resented the little interventi…

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