You all know that the United States was involved in a major military conflict in Vietnam during the Cold War … but why? What was America’s “path to war”? Check out the video below and a few of the links if you have a chance. As you read and watch, SUMMARIZE the basic ideas and events that led to American involvement in Vietnam in a written paragraph.
USE THE FOLLOWING TERMS IN YOUR PARAGRAPH: WWII, Vietnam, France, Ho Chi Minh, communism,Eisenhower, domino theory, independence, division of Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem, NLF, Kennedy, military advisors, military coup, Johnson, Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, Rolling Thunder, ground troops
Throughout the year, we spent some time learning about and reflecting on the life, challenges, impact, and sacrifices of the men and women who served the United States in our various military conflict. While we do not have a great deal of time to spend on the soldiers in the Vietnam War, it is important to examine their experience to understand the conflict, their sacrifice, and the honor they deserve … especially with our trip to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in April, our March to the Memorials, and Memorial Day on Monday. If you have the chance (and desire) please spend some time this weekend examining some of the resources below. And, if you get the chance, read To Heal a Nation on Monday – it’s a perfect time to do so.
- Chasing Charlie from Bill Lacey at Interact- a great reading
- Videos from the History Channel – Vietnam’s Underground Warfare / Vietnam War Tactics
- Guerilla Tactics – An Overview from PBS’ Battlefield Vietnam
- Taft’s videos and photos from the Cu Chi tunnels in Vietnam – check them out!
- Letters Home from Vietnam – from the Wisconsin Historical Society
- Remember the Women’s Vietnam Memorial in DC? Here is some more info about women that served in the war, and even more from the History Channel.
If you are really interested, you can check out the series “Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam” It’s powerful (and mature) stuff .. but if you want to know what it was like to be a soldier in Vietnam, this is the best resource.