January 28, 1975 : Ford asks for additional aid

Introduction

President Gerald Ford asks Congress for an additional $522 million in military aid for South Vietnam and Cambodia. He revealed that North Vietnam now had 289,000 troops in South Vietnam, and tanks, heavy artillery, and antiaircraft weapons “by the hundreds.” Ford succeeded Richard Nixon when he resigned the presidency in August 1974. Despite his wishes to honor Nixon’s promise to come to the aid of South Vietnam, he was faced with a hostile Congress who refused to appropriate military aid for South Vietnam and Cambodia; both countries fell to the communists later in the year.

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January 28, 1975 : Ford asks for additional aid

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  • Year Published

    2009

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    January 28, 1975 : Ford asks for additional aid

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  • Access Date

    November 17, 2017

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