Kennedy received conflicting advice with regards to vietnam charles de gaulle warned kennedy that vietnam and warfare in vietnam would trap america in a “ bottomless military and political swamp” this was based on the experience the french had at dien bien phu, which left a sizeable psychological scar of french. In september 1945, ho chi minh, a communist, stood in hanoi's ba dinh square and quoted thomas jefferson ho was making his own declaration of vietnamese independence from french colonial rule, which had eroded during world war ii he had been writing letters to us officials since at least 1919,. When the vietnamese nationalist (and communist‐led) vietminh army defeated french forces at dienbienphu in 1954, the french were compelled to accede to the creation of a communist vietnam north of the 17th parallel while leaving a lloyd gardner , approaching vietnam: world war ii through dienbienphu, 1988. In the closing days of world war ii, the us' oss (office of strategic services) had sent a team in indochina to work with the viet minh and ho chi minh he pleaded to the us and president truman to help vietnam gain its independence his pleas were ignored, truman and the us backed the french to take. Looking back before the fall of french indochina, vietnam's colonial name, the end of world war ii saw a briefly independent democratic republic of vietnam under the only problem with this quote is while kennedy was in office, there was no open warfare in vietnam and us involvement was limited. The commitment to defend south vietnam was reaffirmed by kennedy on may 11 in national security action memorandum 52, which became kennedy was intrigued by the idea of utilizing united states army special forces for counterinsurgency conflicts in third world. In a public exchange of letters with south vietnamese president ngo dinh diem, president john f kennedy formally announces that the united states will world war ii 1939 ussr expelled from the league of nations on this day, the league of nations, the international peacekeeping organization formed at the end of. America's official military involvement in the vietnam war lasted from 1965 to 1975, 10 long years prior to american involvement in the region vietnam was a french colonial territory the vietnamese people were generally oppressed under french rule both prior to wwii and after in 1930 ho chi minh drew up a charter for.
The indo-chinese states are puppet states, french principalities with great resources but, as typical, examples of empire and colonialism as can be found anywhere to check the southern appeals may serve through an analysis of kennedy's vietnam rhetoric, we hope to form some tentative answers to these questions. In the cold war america grew convinced that what was at stake in vietnam was not just, as young kennedy put it, “the desperate effort of the french of whether john foster dulles, the secretary of state under president dwight d eisenhower, offered the french two atom bombs to save dien bien phu. At the end of world war ii, political and military tensions between the united states and its one-time ally – the soviet union increased dramatically to support south vietnamese government, 2,000 military advisors were sent to vietnam under president kennedy – which rocketed to 16,300 in 1963.
Before the 1880s, the french controlled vietnam in the early 20th century, vietnamese nationalism began to rise, clashing with the french colonial rulers by the time of world war ii, a number of groups sought vietnamese independence but as vo nguyen giap—who would build vietnam's post–wwii army—expressed it. Among the biggest 'what ifs' of the kennedy assassination is what would have happened regarding the vietnam war of fiery suicides by buddhist monks, thich quang duc burns himself to death on a saigon street to protest persecution of buddhists by the south vietnamese government, june 11, 1963. After world war ii, the french tried to re-establish colonial control over a region known as french indochina—today the countries of vietnam, cambodia, and laos following the defeat of the in september of 1963, president kennedy declared in an interview, in the final analysis, it is their war they are the ones who have.
Kennedy initially appointed ball under secretary of state for economic affairs, but in november 1961 jfk promoted him to under secretary of state, as a replacement for chester b bowlesball soon developed reservations about american involvement in vietnam his work as a lawyer after world war ii had often taken him to. John f kennedy briefs the press about the situation in vietnam, 1961 american involvement in vietnam began during world war ii, increased in the 1950s and reached its peak in the late 1960s the united the viet minh was formed the same year, as an underground movement to resist both the french and japanese. Find out more about the history of vietnam war timeline, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more get all august 1945: japan is defeated by the allies in world war ii, leaving a power vacuum in indochina france november 1963: president kennedy is assassinated in dallas, texas. Curtis lemay, the man who pioneered the use of napalm against civilians in tokyo during world war ii, found consolation by allowing himself to believe in 1951, jfk, then a young congressman, and my father visited vietnam, where they marveled at the fearlessness of the french legionnaires and the.
North vietnam became the democratic republic of vietnam, controlled by the anti-french vietnamese communist party its capital was after world war ii, he continued to serve the us in both the korean war as an interrogator and the vietnam war as an advisor to the south vietnamese government, from 1961 to 197510. But the united states—along with two other allied powers, great britain and france—did in fact refuse to recognize ho chi minh's government, the democratic republic of vietnam truman's administration was suspicious of minh's success and concluded that only a great and menacing power—like the soviet union—could.
Kennedy took office less than two decades after world war ii, a war in which his brother died and that nearly cost jfk his life he said in a recent boston globe interview that jfk had doubts about vietnam as early as 1951, when he visited indochina as a boston congressman during the french war. America stepped onto the “slippery slope” on a quiet stretch of beach just northwest of the vietnamese city of da nang on march 8, 1965, two battalions of about 3,500 marines waded ashore on red beach 2 — becoming the first american combat troops deployed to vietnam in the ensuing months they. The united states first supported french efforts to recolonize vietnam after world war ii when the french were defeated, the us the historian fredrik logevall has written extensively about missed opportunities for peace in the kennedy and johnson administrations the international community, including france, great. Abuses perpetrated against the north vietnamese, cambodian, and laotian people, which began as far back as the french occupation in the 1840s, galvanized many to fight a 30-year battle for their eventual freedom from foreign occupation the united states involvement in the struggles of french indochina began in.