President Eisenhower's Letter to Ngo Dinh Diem
In 1954, President Eisenhower tells South Vietnam the U.S. will provide aid to combat a Communist threat.
President Kennedy's Letter to Ngo Dinh Diem
The U.S. offers South Vietnam help in defending against the Communist North in this 1961 dispatch.
The Tonkin Gulf Incident
After reported attacks on U.S. ships in August 1964, President Johnson announces his reasons for making war, and Congress issues a supportive resolution.
Aggression From The North
This 1965 State Department paper describes South Vietnam as fighting against a brutal campaign of terror by Communists.
American Policy in Vietnam
In April 1965, President Johnson explains American involvement in Vietnam in light of the global Cold War.
Vietnam Veterans Against the War Statement
In 1971, veterans ask Congress: "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?"