On his second day in office, Jimmy Carter pardoned all those who had avoided the Vietnam War draft.
During the Cold War, The West was concerned with the spread of communism however the communist nations had their own in-fighting. China and the Soviet Union had a bitter relationship after the death of Joseph Stalin. After American forces left Vietnam, the new government sided more with the Soviets than China. This with other reasonsContinue reading “Fun Fact: When Communist Vietnam Fought Communist China”
While the Vietnam War was already in effect, a conflict known as the Gulf of Tonkin incident was so grossly exaggerated that Congress granted President Lyndon Johnson the authority to assist any South Eastern Asian nation that was considered under the threat of Communist attacks. With that the war against North Vietnam escalated.
The Vietnam War saw many American soldiers captured as prisoners of war under Communist Vietnam. The first to be captured, Floyd James Thompson spent nine years in captivity, making him the longest-serving POW in American history.
The Empire of Vietnam was a short-lived country that was a puppet state of Japan during 1945. While the Japanese had considerable influence over the ruling French, they officially took control for a few months in 1945. In a move to calm the Vietnamese people, Imperial Japan restored their Emperor and gave them a PrimeContinue reading “Fun Fact: Empire of Vietnam”