January 15, 1962 : Kennedy says U.S. troops are not fighting

Introduction

Asked at a news conference if U.S. troops are fighting in Vietnam, President Kennedy answers “No.” He was technically correct, but U.S. soldiers were serving as combat advisers with the South Vietnamese army, and U.S. pilots were flying missions with the South Vietnamese Air Force. While acting in this advisory capacity, some soldiers invariably got wounded, and press correspondents based in Saigon were beginning to see casualties from the “support” missions and ask questions.

Article Details:

January 15, 1962 : Kennedy says U.S. troops are not fighting

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    History.com Staff

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    January 15, 1962 : Kennedy says U.S. troops are not fighting

  • URL

    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/kennedy-says-u-s-troops-are-not-fighting

  • Access Date

    November 18, 2017

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    A+E Networks