Attack at pleiku february 1965 left 7 americans dead

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Attack at _pleiku_ February 1965 Left 7 Americans dead and more than 100 wounded President Johnson responds with _airstikes_ on North Vietnam Johnson’s _rating_ regarding his handling of Vietnam from 41 to 60 percent March 1965 Operation Rolling Thunder Johnson expands US involvement by going to a sustained _bombing_ campaign against Vietnam Also sends first _combat_ troops to Vietnam
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Bloody Stalemate Frustrating War _Vietcong_ use ambushes, booby traps, and guerilla tactics _Blended in_ with general populations in cities and countryside and quickly vanished To counter US went on “_Search and destroy_ ” missions Find enemy troops, bomb their positions, destroy their supply lines and force them out into the open for combat Take away Vietcong’s advantage by destroying Jungles _Napalm_ Jellied gasoline that exploded on contact _Agent Orange_ Chemical that strips leaves from trees and shrubs, turning farmland and forest to wasteland A Determined Enemy Vietcong had _no intention_ of surrendering Willing to accept huge losses in human lives North Vietnamese support was a major war factor for the _Vietcong_ Provided arms, advisers, and significant leadership Later in the war began to send North Vietnam Army to support Vietcong in the South Ho Chi Minh trail Network of _jungle_ paths that North Vietnam used to send arms and supplies south on Went through _Cambodia and Laos_ to bypass South Vietnam border No full scale attack on trail because it passed through _uninvolved_ countries North Vietnam received military weapons and other support from the _Soviet Union and China_ Johnson would not order full scale attack on North Vietnam for fear bring China into the war Limits made it difficult to win Forced to fight a war of _attrition_
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