sep 1, 1950 - First military advisors sent to Viet Nam
Eisenhower sends military advisors to Vietnam. After a decade of advisement and promises to help, the US does not back rebel forces seeking to seed from France's control. The War was officially only a police action, but the conflict lasted until 1973. By then, over 53,000 Americans had died in the conflict and billions of dollars had been spent.
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