President Lyndon B. Johnson announces that Gen. William Westmoreland will replace Gen. Paul Harkins as head of U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) as of June 20. The assignment would put Westmoreland in charge of all American military forces in Vietnam. One of the war's most controversial figures, General Westmoreland was given many honors when the fighting was going well, but when the war turned sour, many Americans saw him as a cause of U.S. problems in Vietnam. Negative feeling about Westmoreland grew particularly strong following the Tet Offensive of 1968, when he had requested a large number of additional troops for deployment to Vietnam. On March 22, 1968, President Johnson announced that Westmoreland would depart South Vietnam to take on the post of Army Chief of Staff; Gen. Creighton Abrams replaced him as the senior U.S. commander in South Vietnam.
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This Week in History, Apr 25 - May 1
- Apr 25, 1964
- Johnson announces appointment of Westmoreland
- Apr 25, 1972
- North Vietnamese Army close to cutting South Vietnam in two
- Apr 26, 1971
- U.S. troop strength in South Vietnam at five-year low
- Apr 26, 1972
- Nixon announces additional troop withdrawals
- Apr 27, 1968
- Humphrey announces his candidacy
- Apr 27, 1972
- North Vietnamese attack outskirts of Quang Tri
- Apr 28, 1970
- Nixon approves Cambodian incursion
- Apr 28, 1972
- North Vietnamese press South Vietnamese at Hue and Kontum
- Apr 29, 1970
- U.S.-South Vietnamese forces launch Cambodian "incursion"
- Apr 29, 1971
- New casualty figures released.
- Apr 29, 1975
- Operation Frequent Wind begins
- Apr 30, 1975
- South Vietnam surrenders
- May 01, 1969
- Senator criticizes Nixon's handling of the war
- May 01, 1972
- North Vietnamese troops capture Quang Tri
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