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Cold War Files: All Units: Events: South Vietnamese Commandos Attack with Help of US. Maddox

July 30, 1964
South Vietnamese Commandos Attack with Help of US. Maddox

On this night, South Vietnamese commandos attack two small North Vietnamese islands in the Gulf of Tonkin. The U.S. destroyer Maddox, an electronic spy ship, is 123 miles south with orders to electronically simulate an air attack to draw North Vietnamese boats away from the commandos.

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