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  2. Sep 13, 2017 · • June 1940: Nazi Germany takes control of France. • September 1940: Japanese troops invade French Indochina and occupy Vietnam with little French resistance. • May 1941: Ho Chi Minh and...

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  3. The U.S. involvement in Vietnam began due to a combination of factors: the U.S. war with Japan in the Pacific, domestic pressure to act against communism after the communist victory in the Chinese Civil War, Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong 's pledge in 1950 to support the Viet Minh guerrilla forces in the First Indochina War against France 's colon...

  4. In 1967, at the request of U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, a team of analysts working for the Department of Defense prepared a highly classified study of the U.S. political and military...

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  5. June 1, 1954 The Saigon Military Mission, a covert operation to conduct psychological warfare and paramilitary activities in South Vietnam, is launched under the command of U.S. Air Force Col. Edward Lansdale. This marks the beginning of the Vietnam War.

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