By 1968, faced with widespread public opposition to the war and troubling prospects inVietnam, the Johnson administration halted the bombing of North Vietnam and stabilized theground war. This policy reversal was the major turning point. U.S. troop strength inVietnam would crest at 543,000.
During his first tour of duty in Vietnam, Schwarzkopf was questioned by a rear echelon American officer about staying in the field with the South Vietnamese troops.
ANOTHER VIETNAM NORTH VIETNAMESEIMAGES SHOW UNSEEN SIDE OF WAR
Later in May, President Nixon announces a series of large scale bombing raids on North Vietnam; some raids consist of up to 120 warplanes. It is the first significant attack since his predecessor, President Johnson declared a bombing halt in the fall of 1968.
OVERCOMING THE LEGACYOF THE VIETNAM WAR
During the year rumors begin to circulate about a massacre of Vietnamese committed by U.S. troops; in September Army Lieutenant William Calley is arrested secretly and charged with 109 murders of Vietnamese civilians. During October the first reports of a massacre at the village of My Lai are published in over thirty newspapers. This causes considerable turmoil and strengthens Anti-War sentiment.
PURPLE HEART REGISTRYOF THE VIETNAM WAR
By year's end, the number of American military advisors in South Vietnamis 23,000. There are now an estimated 170,000 Viet Cong/NVA fighters inthe 'People's Revolutionary Army' which has begun waging coordinated battalion-sizedattacks against South Vietnamese troops in villages around Saigon.
TET OFFENSIVE:A TURNING POINT IN THE VIETNAM WAR
During the Fall the U.S. and Thai governments announce a planned withdrawal of 6,000 Americans, mostly airmen, from Thailand. Filipino noncombatants depart Vietnam during this time. Near the end of the year, Thailand announces plans to withdraw its 12,000-man contingent from South Vietnam. South Korea announces it will maintain its 50,000-man force.
VETERANS OF THE VIETNAM WAR POST 11 MADISON, INDIANA
Taylor's behavior greatly offends the young officers. Gen. Khanh retaliatesby lashing out in the press against Taylor and the U.S., stating that Americais reverting to "colonialism" in its treatment of South Vietnam.
The Impact Journalism had on the Vietnam War – …
In June the New York Times begins publishing The Pentagon Papers, a top secret Pentagon history of the Vietnam War dating back to 1945, that reveals numerous lies and deceptions told to the American public.