Unplanned, unwanted, undeclared, and unpopular, the Vietnam War in most American eyes just happened. And few people were quite sure how it had happened. The newspapers from time to time carried the unhappy stories of the French and their troubles in Indo-China in the turbulent years following World War II. After Dien Bien Phu came an uneasy period of truce between North and South Vietnam punctuated by reports of terrorism and assassination and an unstable government in Saigon. Slowly, Americans began to fill the vacuum left by the French. American advisors penetrated the jungles, American warships cruised the Tonkin Gulf, and then it was March 1965 and American Marines landed at Da Nang. United States combat troops were now committed to the mainland of Asia.
1 See Naval Review, 1969, "Naval Logistic Support, Qui Nhon to Phu Quoc" by Captain Herbert T. King, U. S. Navy, pp. 86-111.
2 For more about this interesting situation see "Building the Advanced Base at Da Nang" by Captain K. P. Huff, U. S. Naval Reserve, in Naval Review, 1968.
3 For further discussion on this point, please turn to Commander F. O. McClendon's essay "Doctors and Dentists, Nurses and Corpsmen in Vietnam" in this edition and Captain K. P. Huff, USNR, "Building the Advance Base at Da Nang" in Naval Review 1968, pp. 88-113.