April 11, 1963 : Troops from Hawaii sent to South Vietnam

Introduction

One hundred U.S. troops of the Hawaiian-based 25th Infantry Division are ordered to temporary duty with military units in South Vietnam to serve as machine gunners aboard Army H-21 helicopters. This was the first commitment of American combat troops to the war and represented a quiet escalation of the U.S. commitment to the war in Vietnam.

Article Details:

April 11, 1963 : Troops from Hawaii sent to South Vietnam

  • Author

    History.com Staff

  • Website Name

    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    April 11, 1963 : Troops from Hawaii sent to South Vietnam

  • URL

    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/troops-from-hawaii-sent-to-south-vietnam

  • Access Date

    November 20, 2017

  • Publisher

    A+E Networks