Kennedy Sends More ‘Advisors’ to Vietnam

May 11, 1961 In what would help lay the groundwork for American involvement in Southeast Asia, President Kennedy orders 400 Special Forces to Vietnam in addition to 100 Advisors.  He also orders the start of clandestine warfare against North Vietnam to be conducted by South Vietnamese agents under the direction and training of the CIA and U.S. Special Forces troops. Kennedy’s orders also called for South Vietnamese forces to infiltrate Laos to locate and disrupt communist bases and supply lines there.  By the end of 1961 there would be over 3,000 Americans in Vietnam.

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