(Vietnam War) On This Day – January 27th

Michael Thomas, Editor

On this day, January the 27th, in the year of 1975, the Vietnam War, one of America’s longest and most controversial wars, saw the beginning of withdrawal of American soldier involvement, ending American involvement in the decade spanning war.

In an effort to stop the spread of communism through world governments, the United States funded and eventually in the 1960’s began to send a high number of troops to Vietnam to help the South Vietnamese fight off the communist North Vietnamese.

Overtime, American involvement in the Vietnam War became more and more unpopular with the American public, with the stalemate and reasoning of the war leading to drafties avoiding enlistment and President Lyndon B. Johnson not seeking reelection.

The peace agreement meant to end the war, the Paris Peace Accords, with America leaving and Vietnam reuniting under South control with a ceasefire; those conditions were later broken, with the Northern forces taking control (Britannica) (History).

To read more daily facts and tidbits and about end of war peace talks, see the Barron Perspectives “On this Day Archives” webpage and articles such as “(Fourteen Points) On This Day – January 8th” and “(Treaty of Ghent) On This Day – December 24th”.