August 21

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Vietnam War

Aug 21, 1965:

U.S. pilots given green light to go after anti-aircraft missiles in the North

It is revealed by MACV headquarters (Headquarters Military Assistance Command Vietnam) in Saigon that U.S. pilots have received approval to destroy any Soviet-made missiles they see while raiding North Vietnam. This was a major change from previous orders that restricted them to bombing only previously approved targets.

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