1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident brings the U.S. into direct, active involvment in the Vietnam conflict
United States USA Date:1964 Duration:1 min 16 sec Sound:Yes
U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson on August 4, 1964, announcing that he is ordering U.S. military forces to respond to an incident involving hostile action by North Vietnamese in the Gulf of Tonkin. View of the U.S. Aircraft Carrier, USS Constellation (CV-64) underway in the Gulf of Tonkin, off Vietnam. Next, pilots are seen walking on flight deck of the carrier,USS TICONDEROGA (CVA-14). Behind them are A-3B Skywarriors of VAH-4 "Fourrunners," Det. B (tail code "ZB"). One displays BuNo 142255. Clear view, from another aircraft overhead, of a U.S. carrier-based Douglas A-4 Skyhawk aircraft diving and firing a rocket at a target in North Vietnam and pulling out over hills afterwards. View of another rocket headed toward a target in hills, followed by fairly close views of an A-4 making another attack. U.S. Secretary of Defense, Robert MacNamara, broadcasting that "We seek no wider war."
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