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After thinking about all the things we would learn this year in American history I decided to do my project on the experiences of Vietnam War veterans There is a lot of controversy as to whether or not the Vietnam War veterans are given enough recognition for what they went through I have heard horrible stories of US soldiers dying from US bombs shell shock and soldiers returning to America and not being able to function as active members of society due to the horrors of the war All I really know about the war is what I have seen on television I wanted to learn about the war through the firsthand accounts of those who were there The Vietnam War was a military struggle fought in Vietnam from 1959 to 1975 It began as an attempt by Communist guerrillas or Vietcong in the South backed by Communist North Vietnam to overthrow the government of South Vietnam The struggle grew into a war between South Vietnam and North Vietnam and ultimately into an international conflict The United States and some 40 other countries supported South Vietnam by supplying troops and munitions and the USSR and the Peoples Republic of China furnished munitions to North Vietnam and the Vietcong On both sides however the burden of the war fell mainly on the civilians1 On January 27 in Paris delegations representing the United States South Vietnam North Vietnam and the Provisional Revolutionary Communist Government of South Vietnam signed an Agreement on Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Vietnam The cease-fire officially went into effect on January 28 Both the US and North Vietnam asserted that there were no secret peace terms2 All the US fighting forces had withdrawn from Vietnam by March 1973 but not without major losses on both sides Two million Vietnamese were killed and 3 million were wounded The extensive use of napalm and defoliants such as Agent Orange left
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