August 03, 1965 : TV news shows Marines burning village

Introduction

CBS-TV news shows pictures of men from the First Battalion, Ninth Marines setting fire to huts in the village of Cam Na, six miles west of Da Nang, despite reports that the Viet Cong had already fled the area. The film report sparked indignation and condemnation of the U.S. policy in Vietnam both at home and overseas. At the same time, the Department of Defense announced that it was increasing the monthly draft call from 17,000 in August to 27,400 in September and 36,000 in October. It also announced that the Navy would require 4,600 draftees, the first such action since 1956.

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August 03, 1965 : TV news shows Marines burning village

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    History.com Staff

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  • Year Published

    2009

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    August 03, 1965 : TV news shows Marines burning village

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    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/tv-news-shows-marines-burning-village

  • Access Date

    November 20, 2017

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    A+E Networks