By Richard F. Newcomb

A Pictorial heritage of the Vietnam warfare.

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No Geneva partition was a ruler. One appeared, as if by a miracle, in the person of Ngo Dinh Diem. Diem burst upon the world scene between the fall of Dien Bien Phu and the Geneva the United States needed for South Vietnam after the 25 VIETNAM WAR A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF THE conference. By more than a little coincidence he was in France, and so was Bao Dai, the on-and-off emperor of Vietnam. thought it time to reassert himself; he and on June 18, existed only in To 1954, appointed With the fall of Dien Bien Phu, Bao Dai summoned Diem to his chateau near Cannes, him prime minister of Vietnam, an entity that Bao Dai's mind.

Senator John F. " The conquer an enemy which is everywhere and at the same time nowhere Joint Chiefs of Staff saw no military advantage for the United States in ground warfare in Asia. General Matthew B. Ridgway, the Army Chief of Staff, remembered his command in Korea. He estimated it would take seven, perhaps twelve, American divisions to capture Vietnam and he wanted no more war on the Asian . land mass. — portance The United in . had military commitments elsewhere of greater imexample. Vietnam would be the wrong war, in the wrong States Europe, for wrong time.

Ken- Kennedy of a clandestine operation soon to be known as the Bay of Pigs, and he counseled nedy. However, Eisenhower did warn be ready, an action that came to Kennedy on Southeast was the most dangerous place, Eisenhower said, and it must be defended. " Then Eisenhower left office. During the eight years of his presidency he had committed only a few hundred Americans to Vietnam, and when he left the total was only seven hundred. 36 Asia. Laos 3 Kennedy Takes Over 1961 1961 The year and might be a good one for the American military, it was.

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