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Seeds of the Vietnam War
In March 1965, the first U.S. ground troops were committed in Vietnam. By 1969, that number grew to more than a half million troops. The war proved to be one of the most contentious conflicts in U.S. history during which more than 58,000 Americans lost their lives. Join Dr. James H. Willbanks, Professor Emeritus of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, for a discussion that addresses how the seeds of the war can be traced back to World War I, the interwar years and the period following the surrender of Japan in World War II. This talk also explores the connections between these events and the rise of Ho Chi Minh, the French defeat in the First Indochina War and ultimately to what many Vietnamese call “the American War.” FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium