Reasons[ edit ] Vietnam War protesters in Wichita, Kansas, The draft, a system of conscription that mainly drew from minorities and lower and middle class whites, drove much of the protest after Conscientious objectors played an active role despite their small numbers. The prevailing sentiment that the draft was unfairly administered inflamed blue-collar American, especially African-American, opposition to the military draft itself. Opposition to the war arose during a time of unprecedented student activismwhich followed the free speech movement and the Civil Rights Movement.
These numbers vary according to which news articles you read as totals vary between to on-board. Eight members of the Air Force crew perished in the crash.
Most of those who perished were in the lowest of three levels in what was then the largest aircraft in the world. A survivor of the crash stated: At least 50 of the children were in the lower cargo level of the plane.
The pilot, with only the use of his throttles and ailerons, was able to turn the giant plane back towards Tan Son Nhut. At 5, feet Capt. Dennis Traynor, determined that he was unable to reach the runway safely with the crippled plane and set it down approximately 2 miles north of the airport to avoid crashing in a heavily-populated area where it broke into three pieces and exploded.
The fact that many did survive such a crash was indeed a result of his flying ability. A Pentagon spokesman at the time commented on Capt. South Vietnamese sources said three militiamen on the ground were killed when the airplane fell. At first it was thought the crash may have been attributed to sabotage but later ruled-out by the USAF.
The crash investigation was headed by Maj. The flight-recorder was recovered by a Navy diver on 7 Apr from the bottom of the South China Sea. A Pentagon spokesman said the plane had undergone minor repairs to its radio and windshield in the Philippines before flying to Saigon but added that had nothing to do with the crash.
Wing problems had plagued this immense cargo plane but were not considered a factor in this incident.
At the time of the crash over 18, orphans were being processed for evacuation from South Vietnam for adoption in the U. Over 25, orphans were in South Vietnam in April of Roger Young - Vietnam Veteran foreign invested projects coming on line.
It is not normal behavior for Americans to idolize mass murdering communist despots, to champion the cause of human oppression, to abandon friends and allies, or to cut and run in the face of adversity.
That the American experience in Vietnam was painful and ended in long lasting albeit self-inflicted grief and misery can not be disputed.
The United States military in Vietnam was the best educated, best trained, best disciplined and most successful force ever fielded in the history of American arms. The answer is simple. But first, a few relevant comparisons. Nothing even remotely resembling that debacle ever occurred in Vietnam.
In Vietnam, no US general, or any military unit ever surrendered. The US Army in Vietnam never had to rent jail space from the Vietnamese to incarcerate American soldiers who refused to fight.
Only about 5, men assigned to Vietnam deserted, and just of those deserted while in Vietnam.
In Vietnam no US Army unit, of any size, much less a regiment, ever surrendered. He died when American war planes accidentally bombed his position during the invasion of Europe.
In Vietnam there were no American generals killed by American bombers. Most of the sentences were for the rape and murder of civilians.
In Vietnam there were never any US generals, much less division commanders, ever taken prisoner. A catastrophic mile withdrawal from the Yalu River all the way to Pyontaek, 45 miles south of Seoul.Ideology and U.S. Foreign Policy [Michael H.
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Opposition to United States involvement in the Vietnam War began with demonstrations in against the escalating role of the U.S. military in the Vietnam War and grew into a broad social movement over the ensuing several years. This movement informed and helped shape the vigorous and polarizing debate, primarily in the United States, during the second half of the s and early s .
Vietnam War summary: Summary of the Vietnam War: The Vietnam War is the commonly used name for the Second Indochina War, – Usually it refers to the period when the United States and other members of the SEATO (Southeast Asia Treaty Organization) joined the forces with the Republic of South Vietnam to contest communist forces, comprised of South Vietnamese guerrillas and regular.
President Ronald Reagan’s “secret” war against the Nicaraguan Contras was secret precisely because he was afraid the American public would no longer support him after Vietnam, writes Harvard political scientist Richard Sobel in his book "The Impact of Public Opinion on U.S. Foreign Policy Since Vietnam.".
Johnson responds with a retaliatory strike against North Vietnam. August 7, The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution gives President Johnson full authority to take any necessary measures against threats in Vietnam and commits the United States to the protection of the people of South Vietnam.
The escalation of the war now has popular approval. FLASHBACK What We Should Learn From Vietnam The future of American policy in Asia will be shaped by the ways in which our leaders interpret the Vietnam experience of the last ten years.