|5594||L.B.J. GOES TO WAR (1964-1965)||LBJ GOES TO WAR (1964-1965)||1983||color||56 min||vhs|| (Vietnam: A Television History series, Part 4)
With Ho Chi Minh determined to reunite Vietnam, LBJ determined to stop him, and South Vietnam about to collapse, the stage was set for war. After Kennedy's assassination in 1963, Lyndon Johnson inherited "revolving door" coups in Saigon as none of Diem's successors were able to control the South. Increasingly, the NLF guerillas controlled the countryside as the South Vietnam army disintegrated. The Tonkin Gulf incident precipitated raids on the North and the Marines landed at Danang. Secretly, Johnson approved open-ended deployment of U.S. troops.