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Truman authorizes massive program of military aid to French Forces in Vietnam 1953, Eisenhower continued the support of French military campaign 1954, Us was paying roughly 3/4s of France’s war costs Eisenhower defended US policy in Vietnam _Belief that if Vietnam fell to communism so too would other Southeast Asian Countries_ Belief that if Vietnam fell to communism so too
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would other Southeast Asian Countries Vietminh drive out the French Use _guerrilla warfare_ Defeat at Dien Bien Phu French commander ordered troops to seize mountain This would interfere with Vietminh supply lines and force them into open battle Huge Veitminh force surrounded Beub Bein Phy and began bombarding town May 5, 1954 French force at Dien Bien Phu fell to the Vietminh _Convinced France to make peace and withdraw from Indochina_ Geneva Accords _Temporarily divided Vietnam along 17th parallel_ _Ho Chi Minh-North_ _Pro-Western Regime in the South_ 1956-Held elections to reunite country under single government Geneva accords also recognized Cambodia’s independence US steps in as protector of New southern government Lead by _Ngo Dinh Diem_ _Pro-western and fiercely anti-Communist_ Diem refused to hold nationwide elections Knew Communist controlled North would not allow genuinely free elections Tensions intensify American Involvement Deepens
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