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Vietnam Prep Describe what is happening Typical American Soldier o Young=average age 19 o Fought elusive enemy o No clear front to defend o Guerilla warfare tactics o Jungles, monsoons, heat o Hard to know who was an ally and who was an enemy o Chaos! o Didn’t know what they were getting into o No end in sight o Fighting to serve the time—not committed to the cause Vietnamese soldiers fighting for a purpose—independence— to the death! Morale o Low morale o Mutiny o Increase in drug use o PTSD o Fragging= turn on commanding officer—kill them o Lack of support from the home front Lots of U.S deaths Before the photo Piece of Cold War puzzle Similar to experience in Korea 1858=France claimed Vietnam as a colony  o Area was rich in rice, rubber, coal, and iron ore 1945=Japan lost WWII and Vietnam, which it occupied o Vietnam was free from foreign domination for the first time in  modern history o Revolutionary movement to expel the Japanese and the French  was led a communist Ho Chi Minh o Overwhelmingly, the general populace supported him
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o Wrote a Declaration of Independence for Vietnam o Vietnam returned to the French o Ho Chi Minh wrote 8 letters to President Truman appealing this 
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