Vietnam War, one of the most controversial wars in American history. sent aid to the people of Vietnam when a struggle for power ensued after the French left. Then there was a huge pressure for American intervention. The rest is history.
A sky trooper from the Cavalry Division keeps track of the time he has left on his short time helmet, while participating in Operation Pershing, near Bong Son during the Vietnam War, 1968 (Frank Moffitt)
In this June 1965 file photo, an unidentified U. Army soldier wears a hand lettered "War Is Hell" slogan on his helmet, in Vietnam. (AP Photo/Horst Faas) This shows the soldier is unwilling to fight but has been forced into doing so.