December 20, 1967 : President Johnson visits Australia, Thailand, and Vietnam

Introduction

President Lyndon B. Johnson attends a memorial service for Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt in Melbourne and then visits Vietnam, Thailand, and the Vatican. Arriving in Thailand on December 23, Johnson visited the U.S. air base at Korat, where he told the U.S. pilots there that the United States and its allies were “defeating this aggression.” The president then visited U.S. combat troops in Cam Ranh, South Vietnam, and told them that the enemy “knows that he has met his master in the field.” Next, Johnson flew to Rome and met with Pope Paul VI for over an hour with only interpreters present. A Vatican statement said the Pope advanced proposals toward attaining peace in Vietnam during the meeting.

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December 20, 1967 : President Johnson visits Australia, Thailand, and Vietnam

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    2009

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    December 20, 1967 : President Johnson visits Australia, Thailand, and Vietnam

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    October 23, 2017

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