Gulf of Tonkin response: President Johnson announces U.S. action as United States soldiers and aircraft are rushed to Vietnam
Vietnam Date:1964, August 4 Duration:6 min 5 sec Sound:Yes
United States planes and soldiers are rushed to Vietnam, responding to the Gulf of Tonkin crisis. U.S. Destroyer Maddox seen underway in the gulf of North Vietnam following reported skirmish with North Vietnamese torpedo boats (the "Maddox Incident.") Narrator indicates U.S. war planes from two carriers avenged the unwarranted Red communist assault with 64 sorties against North Vietnam. An airman boards a U.S. aircraft. Night view of the White House in Washington DC. President Lyndon Johnson addresses the American people in a midnight speech on August 4, 1964 describing U.S. actions in response to the Gulf of Tonkin incident. Scenes of South Vietnamese women and children evacuees looking exhausted and scared beside nearby American helicopters. The President's speech continues, including, "We Americans know, although others appear to forget, the risks of spreading conflict. We still seek no wider war." View of the United Nations building in New York and flags of various nations at the UN building. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson is seen making his report of the Gulf of Tonkin attacks to the UN Security Council and affirms U.S. position that it wants the people in Vietnam to be free of North Vietnamese intervention and agression. United States military advisors and U.S. Army soldiers board helicopters. A gunner aims at a target on the ground. Vietnamese troops accompany U.S. soldiers. South Vietnamese forces exit a helicopter and wade through water and rice paddies. U.S. soldiers advance in trucks with artillery. A Douglas TBD Devastator aircraft takes off armed with a torpedo. Another one lands at an airfield. A TBD plane, armed with a torpedo, taxis with wings folded. several TBD aircraft parked on a flight line. The President concludes his remarks referring to "firmness in the right" being indispensible for peace.
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