Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Gulf of Tonkin incident


On August 1st, 1964, North Vietnamese forces American destroyer USS Maddox. With the help of the American aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga, they fended off the North Vietnamese forces. On August 4th, the American ships were in the same area and launched an attack at all North Vietnam targets on their radar, claiming they were fired at first. There was no attack and the incident was later blamed on "freak weather conditions."









http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/vietnamwar/p/gulfoftonkin.htm

9 comments:

  1. This is interesting. Amazing to know this was high in technology at the time.

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  2. This was a very shifty or suspicious event. It makes me wonder who was telling the truth.

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  3. Well at least this was one day that the sea stayed calm, even if we will never truly know what really happened or who was telling the truth.

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    1. i like how it was all blamed on the weather

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  4. I'm surprised they were able to get away with that.

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    1. I agree with Aladin, its definitely surprising they got away with that lame of an excuse.

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  5. I am as well suspicious of the events that happened. It seems odd that they didn't have any records of actually being hit, and yet they said they were fired upon first.

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  6. Sounds like they were just trying to start something, and couldn't get away with it. Ending in blaming the weather.

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  7. It would be interesting to know the actual truth in what happened this day.

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