Today in History: Vietnam War – Kennedy Decides to Increase Military Aid to Saigon

November 16, 1961 – President John F. Kennedy decides to increase military aid to South Vietnam without committing to US combat troops.

Kennedy was concerned at the advances being made by the communist Viet Cong, but did not want to become involved in a land war in Vietnam. He hoped that the military aid would be sufficient to strengthen the Saigon environment and its armed forces against Viet Cong. Kennedy ended up sending additional support in the form of US military advisors and American helicopter units. By the time of his assassination in 1963, there were 16,000 US soldiers in South Vietnam.

Vietnam War Memorabilia


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