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Cold War Files: All Units: Events: Johnson Orders Attack on North Vietnamese Naval Bases

August 4, 1964
Johnson Orders Attack on North Vietnamese Naval Bases

The captain of the U.S.S. Maddox reports that his vessel has been fired on and that an attack is imminent. Though he later says that no attack took place, six hours after the initial report, a retaliation against North Vietnam is ordered by President Johnson. American jets bomb two naval bases, and destroy a major oil facility. Two U.S. planes are downed in the attack.

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