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Cold War Files: All Units: Events: Johnson Authorizes Offensive Operations of U.S. Marines

April 1, 1965
Johnson Authorizes Offensive Operations of U.S. Marines

At the White House, President Johnson authorizes sending two more Marine battalions and up to 20,000 logistical personnel to Vietnam. The President also authorizes American combat troops to conduct patrols to root out Viet Cong in the countryside. His decision to allow offensive operations is kept secret from the American press and public for two months.

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