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During the Vietnam war everyone had a different idea of what was right and wrong Somepeople wanted a war and others didnt One thing for sure whatever side people were on they werewilling to fight for what they believed in People would protest the war and others would lie to help usget into the war When the Gulf of Tonkin incident happened it was one of the most controversialthings that had ever happened The President of the United States went in front of Congress and theAmerican people and lied about what had actually happened in the Gulf of TonkinIn July 1964 the US was patrolling the Gulf of Tonkin in North Vietnam The destroyer waspatrolling the coast seeking reconnaissance on the North Vietnamese At the same time the Maddoxwas seeking reconnaissance a number of smaller ships were conducting covert operations in the gulfagainst the North Vietnamese These smaller ships were shelling the offshore islands MicrosoftEncarta On August 2nd while the Maddox was on so called patrol duty they were attacked by NorthVietnamese patrol boats That is what was claimed by the crew and captain of the shipthe war inVietnam Pg24 On August 4th the USS C Turner Joy another US destroyer reported that their shiphad been fired upon Microsoft Encarta The two destroyers believed they were under attack andcalled two nearby US aircraft carriers the Ticonderoga and the Constellation for retaliatory airstrikes Microsoft Encarta Fighter planes from the two aircraft carriers bombed North Vietnamesenavel vessels and also a major petroleum storage center in the city of Vinh Vietnam Wars pg 118 Later there would be serious doubts about whether the Maddox or the C Turner Joy had ever evenbeen attacked at all Neither ship had been at all damaged and there had been no US casualties When a ship is under attack from another ship there will be signs of an attack A hole in the ship or adead gunman Neither of the two vessels
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