United States involvement in the Vietnam War is really only remembered as the war that should never have been fought by the U.S. It started on November 1, 1955 and ended on Apr 30, 1975. The whole reason the United States entered the Vietnam War was because of the whole idea of the domino effect, one country falls to communism, and nearby ones would fall as well. The United States entered into the Vietnam War because China fell to communism, and they were afraid of communism taking over Asia.
The United States lost the Vietnam War both in Vietnam and at home. Pictures were in the media of everything going on in Vietnam, and many people didn’t agree with the U.S. taking part in the war. Many protests occurred. The people hated that their wasn’t a formal declaration of war. Nobody could agree on anything anymore. The media was showing censured photographs, and hid many of things U.S. soldiers were doing. The killing of Vietnamese citizens being one example.
The Vietnam War “cost the nation $173 billion.” (Keene, 811). It also costs many lives on both sides. The Vietnamese casualties alone were 2 million people, as the chart in Visions of America shows on page 811.
The chart also shows how many draft evaders their were. With such disagreement over the war, some draftees fled to Canada to avoid being sent to Vietnam.
In the end, when soldiers returned from Vietnam they weren’t given a warm welcome. With so much disagreement over the Vietnam War, they were pushed around when arriving home. There was no warm welcome.
U.S. involvement in Vietnam is often viewed as a colossal mistake that caused many people to pay the price.