In the gulf of tonkin incident, north vietnamese torpedo boats supposedly attacked the uss maddox in the gulf of tonkin, off vietnam, in a pair of assaults on august 2 and 4 of 1964 it was the basis for the tonkin gulf resolution, which committed major american forces to the war in vietnam. The gulf of tonkin incident (vietnamese: sự kiện vịnh bắc bộ), also known as the uss maddox incident, was an international confrontation that led to the united states engaging more directly in the vietnam war. On this 40th anniversary of the tonkin gulf incident it is appropriate to recall an affair that has much history wound around it, a watershed in the us move toward full-scale war in vietnam. The gulf of tonkin incident (vietnamese: sự kiện vịnh bắc bộ), also known as the uss maddox incident, is the name given to what were originally claimed to be two separate confrontations involving north vietnam and the united states in the waters of the gulf of tonkin.
1 gulf of tonkin incident the gulf of tonkin incident is the name given to two separate confrontations involving north vietnam and the united states in the waters of the gulf of tonkin. The following is a first person account of the events over the gulf of tonkin on aug 4, 1964 another view of the gulf of tonkin incident can be found in the august, 2010 issue of proceedings. More than 40 years after the events, that all changed with the release of the nearly 200 documents related to the gulf of tonkin incident and transcripts from the johnson library these new documents and tapes reveal what historians could not prove: there was not a second attack on us navy ships in the tonkin gulf in early august 1964.
The following article on the gulf of tonkin incident is an excerpt from barrett tillman's book on wave and wing: the 100 year quest to perfect the aircraft carrier it is available to order now at amazon and barnes & noble in early 1964, increasing american concern over events in laos led. Lyndon johnson's repeated accusation that the gulf of tonkin attacks were unprovoked was the beginning of a disillusion that would lead daniel ellsberg to leak the pentagon papers. The gulf of tonkin incident, 50 years ago after world war ii, france reoccupied its former colonies in southeast asia, only to be kicked out again by the forces of communist leader ho chi minh. August 3, 1964: president johnson discusses an incident in the gulf of tonkin with defense secretary robert s mcnamara (in two conversations) on august 2, 1964, the american destroyer maddox , on patrol off the coast of the democratic republic of vietnam, was attacked by several north vietnamese torpedo boats.
Us involvement in the vietnam war: the gulf of tonkin and escalation, 1964 in early august 1964, two us destroyers stationed in the gulf of tonkin in vietnam radioed that they had been fired upon by north vietnamese forces. The gulf tonkin incidents were the pretext for president johnson to create and ultimately pass the gulf tonkin resolution, which ultimately allowed the us to escalate the vietnam war (also known as the second indochina war) into a large-scale war. The johnson administration planned for major american military action against north vietnam nearly five months before the 1964 tonkin gulf incident, according to secret government documents made. These scientists have retold this story of pyrosomes over a half-century of teaching, giving it a life of its own, just like historical accounts of the gulf of tonkin incident itself.
The gulf of tonkin incident is the event that made the united states declare war against north vietnam in 1964, an american destroyer in the gulf of tonkin was hit by a torpedo by north. On the 50th anniversary of the tonkin events, this is an account of my role and its aftermath i asked him what happened during the august 4 incident, and he said the torpedoes were actually. Which of the following events occurred before or during the gulf of tonkin incident on august 4 the maddox and turner joy reported objects approaching them in the water, the maddox and turner joy fired into the dark in the direction of what they thought were torpedo boats. Daniel hallin's classic book the `uncensored war' observes that journalists had a great deal of information available which contradicted the official account [of tonkin gulf events] it simply wasn't used.
George stephen morrison (january 7, 1919 - november 17, 2008) was a united states navy rear admiral (upper half) and naval aviatormorrison was commander of the us naval forces in the gulf of tonkin during the gulf of tonkin incident of august 1964, which sparked an escalation of american involvement in the vietnam war. An interview with robert s mcnamara who was secretary of defense during the vietnam war gulf of tonkin incident - a first-hand account from the bridge of the gulf of tonkin incident (1964. Daniel hallin's classic book the uncensored war observes that journalists had a great deal of information available which contradicted the official account [of tonkin gulf events] it simply wasn't used the day before the first incident, hanoi had protested the attacks on its territory by laotian aircraft and south vietnamese.