Publisher: Charles River Editors
*Includes pictures*Includes accounts of the memorial's history written by people who worked on the project*Includes a bibliography for further reading*Includes a table of contentsBefore the Vietnam War, most Americans would have been hard pressed to locate Vietnam on a map. South Vietnamese President Diem’s regime was extremely unpopular, and war broke out between Communist North Vietnam and South Vietnam around the end of the ‘50s. Kennedy’s administration tried to prop up the South Vietnamese with training and assistance, but the South Vietnamese military was feeble. A month before his death, Kennedy signed a presidential directive withdrawing 1,000 American personnel, and shortly after Kennedy’s assassination, new President Lyndon B. Johnson reversed course, instead opting to expand American assistance to South Vietnam.Johnson had sent fewer than 5,000 Marines to Vietnam in ...