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A Pictorial background of the Vietnam conflict.

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Helicopter forces arrived in Vietnam on Anyone who wanted December 11, 1961, watch the USS Card with World War II escort carrier) tie up at the Saigon waterfront with thirty-two Army H-21 helicopters and four hundred men of the 8th and 57th Transportation companies. By January the Card was back again with a third Army helicopter company (93rd Transportation Company), but this one was delivered at Da Nang, and the helicopters flew in from far out at sea. S. Army helicopters were lifting Viet troops into action against the Viet Cong in War Zone D, near Saigon, and McNamara had approved moving a tactical air control system (TAC) to Vietnam to provide "cooperative" use of VNAF and USAF forces in strike, reconnaissance, and transport no attempt at secrecy.

Nedy. He Army is Kennedy at the becoming precarious. Special Forces was a personal initiative of President Ken- ordered the forces quadrupled headgear, the Green Beret, ordered new 1961 inspected units at Fort Bragg to to 4,000 men, gave them back their unique training measure and new weapons, and their progress. in October confers in private situation in South KENNEDY TAKES OVER 1961 Expand the Special Forces from one thousand to four thousand men, and develop new training manuals and new weapons.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff quickly told Secretary of Defense Charles E. Wilson that certain things were necessary: (1) The French should withdraw entirely from Indochina; (2) if Diem was to receive American military aid "it [was] absolutely essential that there be a reasonably strong, stable government in control" in South Vietnam; and (3) a way must be found around the Geneva limitation of 342 Americans in the country. Eisenhower had approved an NSC paper stating that the United States would give economic aid directly to South Vietnam, not through France.

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