July 30

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Vietnam War

Jul 30, 1969:

Nixon visits South Vietnam

During his first overseas trip as president--which included stops in Guam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Pakistan, Romania, and Britain--Richard Nixon makes an unscheduled five-and-a-half hour visit to South Vietnam. On the South Vietnam stopover, Nixon met with President Nguyen Van Thieu to discuss U.S. troop withdrawals and later met with senior U.S. military commanders to discuss possible changes in military tactics. Nixon also visited U.S. troops of the U.S. 1st Infantry Division at Di An, 12 miles south of Saigon.

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