December 24, 1964 : Viet Cong bomb Brinks Hotel

Introduction

Two Viet Cong agents disguised as South Vietnamese soldiers leave a car filled with explosives parked at the Brinks Hotel in Saigon. The hotel was housing U.S. officers. Two Americans were killed in the blast and 65 Americans and Vietnamese were injured.

Ambassador Maxwell Taylor, Gen. William Westmoreland, and other senior U.S. officials tried to persuade President Lyndon B. Johnson to respond with retaliatory raids on North Vietnam, but Johnson refused. In his cable to Taylor explaining his decision, he indicated for the first time that he was considering a commitment of U.S. combat troops.

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December 24, 1964 : Viet Cong bomb Brinks Hotel

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    History.com Staff

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  • Year Published

    2009

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    December 24, 1964 : Viet Cong bomb Brinks Hotel

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  • Access Date

    December 14, 2017

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