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Build Up of American Troops

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Trivia powered by Prof. Walter1. President Johnson had already appointed General William C. Westmoreland to succeed General Harkins as Commander of MACV in June 1964. Under Westmoreland, the expansion of American troop strength in South Vietnam took place. American forces rose from 16,000 during 1964, by 1969, what was the estimated U.S. troop level in South Vietnam?

  • 553,000
  • 750,000
  • 1,000,000

2. What country ranked number 2 in troop in South Vietnam

  • Australia
  • Japan
  • South Korea

3. On February 14, 1965, who became prime minister of South Vietnam in a military junta?

  • Nguyen Cao Ky
  • Nguyen Van Thieu
  • Nguyen Jett Liu

4. On 8 March 1965, 3,500 United States Marines came ashore at as the first wave of U.S. combat troops into South Vietnam, adding to the 25,000 U.S. military advisers already in place. Where did they land?

  • Da Nang
  • Lu Noye
  • Saigon

5. On May 5, 1965 the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade became the first U.S. Army ground unit committed to the conflict in South Vietnam. What was the unit?

  • U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade
  • U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade
  • U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade

6. On August 18, Operation Starlite began as the first major U.S. ground operation, destroying an National Liberation Front (NFL) stronghold in Quảng Ngăi Province. The NLF learned from their defeat and subsequently tried to avoid fighting an American-style ground war by reverting to small-unit guerrilla operations.

  • True or False?

7. The North Vietnamese, Peoples Army of Vietnam (PAVN) had already sent units of their regular army into South Vietnam beginning in late 1964.

  • True or False?

8. In November, 1965, PAVN units and U.S. forces meet. What was the battle?

  • Battle of Ia Drang
  • Battle of La Monto
  • Battle of Anchor

Build Up of American Troops Answers

  1. 553,000
  2. South Korea
  3. Nguyen Cao Ky
  4. Da Nang
  5. U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade
  6. True
  7. True
  8. Battle of Ia Drang

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