The Gulf of Tonkin incident was the last straw that led to the open engagement of the United States in the Vietnam War.
In early August of 1964, two encounters between American and North Vietnamese warships in the waters of the Gulf of Tonkin allowed President Lyndon B. Johnson the authority to get involved in the war.
The US blamed the communists for both confrontations, but subsequent investigations years later would put the veracity of the second incident into question…
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