Vietnam veterans remembered

Vietnam_war_memorial-copyBy Perry Melvin

The year was 1964 when U.S. Navy Destroyers engaged North Vietnamese attack craft in the Gulf of Tonkin, which became known as the American Conflict. It would later become known as the Vietnamese War.

American soldiers had been in Vietnam prior to the Gulf of Tonkin event, but they were there as observers and consultants to the French military. The first major engagement of the budding war was an aerial event that dropped over 800 tons of bombs per day over several weeks. By April of 1965, around 60,000 American troops had been deployed to Vietnam by President Lyndon B. Johnson. That number increased to 536,100 by the end of 1968.

It was 50 years ago that the Vietnam War began. The men and women who fought are today being remembered and honored for their service to the country.

The Vietnam War began on Nov. 1, 1955 and ended on April 30, 1975. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the end of the bloody conflict.