“temporary six-months tour of duty”

On this date in 1962 the US government announced they were going easily defeat the Viet Cong with minimal loss of life, and that 4,000 soldiers would be deployed for six months.

“17 Feb 1962,

WASHINGTON (AP)—U.S.  officials say the guerrilla war in South Viet Nam. will be won ‘with a minimum amount of combat and loss of life by Americans.’

As this official optimism was being expressed here, there was a report in Saigon the United States is going to triple the length of service of some of its Army men in Viet Nam,

About three-fourths of the estimated ~4,000 U.S. servicemen there are assigned to a temporary six- months tour of duty, but an informant said this was being extended to a permanent 18-month tour for some key personnel, such as helicopter pilots.”

There was also severe flooding in Germany and Idaho.

17 Feb 1962, 1 – The Ogden Standard-Examiner at Newspapers.com

h/t Don Penim

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5 Responses to “temporary six-months tour of duty”

  1. arn says:

    3 million dead people later.

    It’s just a lockdown for 2 weeks.
    Vaccines are not mandatory.

  2. dearieme says:

    JFK increased the number of US troops in Vietnam from about 800 (who plausibly therefore were indeed “advisors”) to 16,000 – who, obviously, wouldn’t be merely advisors. A twenty-fold increase is quite a thing.

    I’ve recently read Ferguson’s biography of Kissinger. Dr K was quick on the uptake in realising that the US couldn’t possibly win that war. Neither the JFK administration, nor LBJ’s, paid him any heed.

    • spren says:

      Actually, from my recollection, JFK realized we had made a terrible mistake and sent his brother, RFK, a letter stating his intent to pull all of our troops out and bring them home. Just shortly after that he was assassinated. I’m sure the alphabet agencies and the Military Industrial Complex weren’t pleased with his intentions as it would remove their abilities to achieve massive profits.

      My brother was a full-time substitute teacher in an inner city school in 68-69. As such he wasn’t granted the deferment of a full-time regular teacher. He was drafted and sent to Vietnam. He was killed on Flag Day (June 14th, 1970) and for what??? What a useless war as all of our wars have been since WWII. The Korean War is still technically in process. Our government has failed us and has been abysmal, and now they’re trying to continuously submerge us into this fraudulent Russia/Ukraine conflict – all so these political frauds can continue their money laundering subterfuge and enrich themselves. They should all be in prison, and preferably all be lined up with their backs against stone walls without any blindfolds.

  3. scott allen says:

    Remember when the president of south vietnam, Diem was killed in a coup lead by the CIA and was replaced by generals who were more favorable to the US sending more troops and taking more control of the war,we know how that ended

    In 2014 the elected president of Ukraine, Yanukovych was removed from office because he refused to join NATO and was not pro western …..8 years later the US is sending our latest battle tanks to Ukraine and about 120 BILLION dollars and we have boots on the ground

  4. dearieme says:

    Diem and his brother were assassinated at the behest of JFK. Later JFK and his brother were assassinated. Was God levelling the score?

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