June 18, 1966 : Westmoreland requests more troops

Introduction

Gen. William Westmoreland, senior U.S. military commander in Vietnam, sends a new troop request to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Westmoreland stated that he needed 542,588 troops for the war in Vietnam in 1967–an increase of 111,588 men to the number already serving there. In the end, President Johnson acceded to Westmoreland’s wishes and dispatched the additional troops to South Vietnam, but the increases were done in an incremental fashion. The highest number of U.S. troops in South Vietnam was 543,500, which was reached in 1969.

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June 18, 1966 : Westmoreland requests more troops

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  • Year Published

    2009

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    June 18, 1966 : Westmoreland requests more troops

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  • Access Date

    November 20, 2017

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