April 26, 1972 : Nixon announces additional troop withdrawals

Introduction

President Nixon, despite the ongoing communist offensive, announces that another 20,000 U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Vietnam in May and June, reducing authorized troop strength to 49,000. Nixon emphasized that while U.S. ground troops were being withdrawn, sea and air support for the South Vietnamese would continue. In fact, the U.S. Navy doubled the number of its fighting ships off Vietnam.

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April 26, 1972 : Nixon announces additional troop withdrawals

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    2009

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    April 26, 1972 : Nixon announces additional troop withdrawals

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    November 23, 2017

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