This Day in the Yesteryear: THE GULF OF TONKIN INCIDENT (1964)

The Gulf of Tonkin Incident (1964)

While on patrol in the Gulf of Tonkin, the USS Maddoxwas attacked by North Vietnamese torpedo boats. Two days later, US boats were supposedly attacked again without provocation. These events—known collectively as the Gulf of Tonkin Incident—prompted US Congress to pass a resolution allowing President Lyndon B. Johnson to use military force in Southeast Asia without a formal declaration of war, leading to increased US involvement in the Vietnam War. Had there in fact been a second attack? More… Discuss

 

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