February 23, 1966 : Desertion up in South Vietnamese army

Introduction

According to the U.S. military headquarters in Saigon, 90,000 South Vietnamese deserted in 1965. This number was almost 14 percent of total South Vietnamese army strength and was twice the number of those that deserted in 1964. By contrast, the best estimates showed that fewer than 20,000 Viet Cong defected during the previous year.

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February 23, 1966 : Desertion up in South Vietnamese army

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    History.com Staff

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    February 23, 1966 : Desertion up in South Vietnamese army

  • URL

    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/desertion-up-in-south-vietnamese-army

  • Access Date

    November 21, 2017

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    A+E Networks