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Gulf of Tonkin Incident

An NBC special report describes a second night of North Vietnamese torpedo boat attacks on two U.S. naval destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin on August 4, 1964.

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  • Gulf of Tonkin Incident
    Gulf of Tonkin Incident

    Audio Clip (2:12)

    An NBC special report describes a second night of North Vietnamese torpedo boat attacks on two U.S. naval destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin on August 4, 1964.

    Audio Clip (2:12)
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    Spiro Agnew Attacks News Coverage

    Audio Clip (2:55)

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    Audio Clip (2:55)
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    Audio Clip (1:02)

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    Audio Clip (1:39)

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    Audio Clip (1:39)
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    Lady Bird Johnson Critiques the President

    Audio Clip (2:30)

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    Audio Clip (2:30)
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    Audio Clip (2:12)

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    McNamara Briefs President Johnson on Tonkin Gulf

    Audio Clip (1:00)

    On August 4, 1964, as events in the Tonkin Gulf unfold, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara apprised President Lyndon B. Johnson of the situation in a series of phone calls. In the third secretly recorded phone call of the day, McNamara reports that two U.S. destroyers deployed in the Gulf east of Vietnam are under attack. While McNamara did not know it at the time, the information he relayed was later determined to be false.

    Audio Clip (1:00)
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    Audio Clip (3:31)

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