The us navy stationed two destroyers, the maddox and the turner joy, in the gulf of tonkin to bolster these actions they reported an attack by north vietnamese patrol boats on august 2, and a second attack on august 4.
The gulf of tonkin while kennedy had at least the comforting illusion of progress in vietnam (manufactured by harkins and diem), johnson faced a starker picture of confusion, disunity, and muddle in saigon and of a rapidly growing viet cong in the countryside.
The tonkin gulf incident 1964 president johnson's message to congress: i further announced a decision to ask the congress for a resolution expressing the unity and determination of the united states in supporting freedom and in protecting peace in southeast asia. In private, johnson himself expressed doubts about the gulf of tonkin incident, reportedly telling a state department official that “those dumb, stupid sailors were just shooting at flying fish.
The gulf of tonkin incident took place on aug 2 and 4, 1964, and helped lead to greater american involvement in the vietnam war these ptfs were manned by south vietnamese crews and conducted a series of coastal attacks against targets in north vietnam as part of operation 34a originally begun by. The gulf of tonkin resolution or the southeast asia resolution, publ 88–408, 78 stat 384, enacted august 10, 1964, was a joint resolution that the united states congress passed on august 7, 1964, in response to the gulf of tonkin incident.
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. The gulf of tonkin incident, in 1964, was a major turning point in united states military involvement in vietnam the gulf of tonkin incident occurred in august 1964.
The tonkin gulf resolution, essentially unchallenged by a congress that believed it was an appropriate response to unprovoked, aggressive, and deliberate attacks on us vessels on the high seas, would open the floodgates for direct american military involvement in vietnam. Vietnam war - the gulf of tonkin: while kennedy had at least the comforting illusion of progress in vietnam (manufactured by harkins and diem), johnson faced a starker picture of confusion, disunity, and muddle in saigon and of a rapidly growing viet cong in the countryside those who had expected that the removal of the unpopular ngos would lead to unity and a more vigorous prosecution of the.
The gulf of tonkin resolution authorized president lyndon johnson to “take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against the forces of the united states and to prevent further aggression” by the communist government of north vietnam. Gulf of tonkin resolution: survey of the gulf of tonkin resolution, 1964 us congressional response to the north vietnamese attack on us navy ships in the south china sea.