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President Diem and Eisenhower
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On the heels of the French withdraw from Vietnam in the Autumn of 1954, President Eisenhower wrote the following letter to the president of the newly established nation of South Vietnam, Ngô Đ́nh Diệm (1901 – 1963; pictured on the right) and pledged to provide both funding and matérial in their fight against the Communists.

"The purpose of this offer is to assist the Government of Vietnam in developing and maintaining a strong, viable state, capable of resisting attempted subversion or aggression through military means. The Government of the United States expects that this aid will be met by performance on the part of the Government of Vietnam in undertaking needed reforms. It is hoped that such aid, combined with your own continuing efforts, will contribute effectively toward an independent Vietnam endowed with a strong government. Such government would, I hope, be responsive to the nationalist aspirations of its people, so enlightened in purpose and effective performance, that it will be respected both at home and abroad..."

In 1954 the French gave up on Vietnam and the U.S. accepted the challenge - click here to read about it...

During his last days in office, President Eisenhower increased the draft pool.


President Eisenhower's Letter to President Diem<BR> (Why Vietnam, 1965)

President Eisenhower's Letter to President Diem<BR> (Why Vietnam, 1965)

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