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My Journey Home Armando Pena Andrew Lam Faith Adiele
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In August 1964, after two alleged attacks on a U.S. destroyer in international waters off the North Vietnamese coast, Congress approved the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, giving President Lyndon B. Johnson the authority to wage all-out war against North Vietnam without a formal declaration of war from Congress. Within months, the first U.S. ground troops had arrived, and the U.S. had begun sustained bombing of targets in North Vietnam in an operation called "Rolling Thunder." By the end of the year, there were nearly 185,000 American military personnel in Vietnam. This number would increase to over 500,000 troops by early 1968. On January 31 of that year, during the Vietnamese new year's celebration, Tet, North Vietnamese forces carried out more than 150 simultaneous attacks throughout South Vietnam, taking the U.S. almost completely by surprise. While the Tet Offensive was widely seen as a military defeat for the North, it was a public relations victory, with heavy news coverage of the offensive and its aftermath helping to galvanize anti-war sentiment in the United States.

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