October 14, 1968 : U.S. servicemen sent to Vietnam for second tours

Introduction

U.S. Defense Department officials announce that the Army and Marines will be sending about 24,000 men back to Vietnam for involuntary second tours because of the length of the war, high turnover of personnel resulting from the one year of duty, and the tight supply of experienced soldiers. This decision had an extremely negative impact on troop morale and the combat readiness of U.S. forces elsewhere in the world as troops were transferred to meet the increased personnel requirements in Vietnam.

Article Details:

October 14, 1968 : U.S. servicemen sent to Vietnam for second tours

  • Author

    History.com Staff

  • Website Name

    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    October 14, 1968 : U.S. servicemen sent to Vietnam for second tours

  • URL

    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-servicemen-sent-to-vietnam-for-second-tours

  • Access Date

    October 23, 2017

  • Publisher

    A+E Networks