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Westmoreland asks for more troops

Westmoreland asks for more troops

Gen. William Westmoreland, Commander of U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam, sends a obtain more troops far. With practically 200,000 U.S. military personnel in South Vietnam currently, Westmoreland sent Defense Secretary Robert McNamara a note stating he would want an further 243,000 men by the finish of 1966. Citing a swiftly deteriorating military circumstance where the South Vietnamese were losing the same as an infantry battalion (500 soldiers) weekly in battle, Westmoreland predicted he would need a complete of 600,000 guys by the final of 1967 to defeat the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese. Although the high tide of U.S. troop strength in South Vietnam never reached the 600,000, there were a lot more than 540,000 U.S. troops in South Vietnam by 1969.

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