The Vietnam War was a most dreadful time for the United Sates. The
Vietnam War began in 1945 when the French tried to re-occupy the
land that was lost during World War II. Ho Chi Minh became a revolutionary
hero by leading Vietnams struggles against the conquering French.
In 1946 the French controlled most of southern Vietnam but in 1954
the French rule in Vietnam crumbed. The Vietminh, Ho's followers,
had won the war and forced France to withdraw its military forces.
Vietnam soon became divided into two different countries, north
and South Vietnam. 11 years after the division of Vietnam the United
States first became involved in the Vietnam by sending its first
group of troops to Vietnam in March of 1965. Only a month after
the troops were sent the United States first antiwar demonstration
started and a minority of the United States started to question
its authority/purpose in Vietnam. The Draft started to and the United
States was pulled into a war, which would turnout to be one of the
worst blunders in United States government history. As the United
States involvement in Vietnam became more intense, the amount of
soldier required to fulfill the government's purposes became greater.
Toward the end of the war, a majority of the United States population
was wondering why the United States was still fighting a war in
Vietnam, which they weren't winning. The United States had gained
no ground in Vietnam and was taking large amounts of causalities
due to the tactics of the North Vietnamese. Finally in 1973 the
United States withdrew its forces from South Vietnam.