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The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident:

The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident:

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Fifty years ago on August 2, 1964, three North Vietnamese patrol boats attacked the USS Maddox in the Gulf of Tonkin. The Maddox and aircraft from the USS Ticonderoga damaged all three hostile boats, almost sinking one. Following reports of a second alleged incident two days later, Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which gave President Lyndon B. Johnson advance approval to respond to aggression

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