September 16, 1969 : Nixon announces the withdrawal of a further 35,000 troops from Vietnam

Introduction

President Richard Nixon announces the second round of U.S. troop withdrawals from Vietnam. This was part of the dual program that he had announced at the Midway conference on June 8 that called for “Vietnamization” of the war and U.S. troop withdrawals, as the South Vietnamese forces assumed more responsibility for the fighting. The first round of withdrawals was completed in August and totaled 25,000 troops (including two brigades of the 9th Infantry Division). There would be 15 announced withdrawals in total, leaving only 27,000 U.S. troops in Vietnam by November 1972.

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September 16, 1969 : Nixon announces the withdrawal of a further 35,000 troops from Vietnam

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    September 16, 1969 : Nixon announces the withdrawal of a further 35,000 troops from Vietnam

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    December 13, 2017

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