22 Oct 1957 — Saigon, Vietnam
Just years after the abandonment of French Indochina, on October 22, 1957, the United States suffered its first casualties of the Vietnam War. 1957 was a significant year in the war, as hundreds of government officials were assasinated, with control being taken in South Vietnamese villages. The U.S. government misunderstood the growing power of Ho Chi Minh in North Vietnamese communism. Escalation of military presence in Vietnam occurred in the years following, beginning in earnest with President John F. Kennedy.
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