November 16, 1961 : Kennedy decides to increase military aid to Saigon

Introduction

President John F. Kennedy decides to increase military aid to South Vietnam without committing U.S. combat troops.

Kennedy was concerned at the advances being made by the communist Viet Cong, but did not want to become involved in a land war in Vietnam. He hoped that the military aid would be sufficient to strengthen the Saigon government and its armed forces against the Viet Cong. Ultimately it was not, and Kennedy ended up sending additional support in the form of U.S. military advisors and American helicopter units. By the time of his assassination in 1963, there were 16,000 U.S. soldiers in South Vietnam.

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November 16, 1961 : Kennedy decides to increase military aid to Saigon

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    2009

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    November 16, 1961 : Kennedy decides to increase military aid to Saigon

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    December 12, 2017

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