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In combat American infantryman can't be forced.
They have to be lead from the front.
This statute called follow me embodies the spirit of the infantry foot soldiers and -- the perilous business of war on the ground.
Good evening I'm Oliver North this is war stories coming -- -- from Fort Benning Georgia home with the US army infantry since 1918.
During the 1960s.
And seventies hundreds of thousands of young soldiers -- their combat skills here.
An American involvement in southeast Asia -- -- in the years before our first air and ground combat units arrived in 1965.
Early in the Cold War against Communists the Eisenhower administration spent billions aiding the French in bitter fight against coaching men.
Before that we supported -- when he was our ally against the Japanese in World War II.
How then did the United States find itself embroiled in Vietnam.
Fighting a war that would last more than a decade cost more than 58000.
And see -- our national soul tonight flashpoint Vietnam the road to war.
That's next on war stories.
They're always talking about.
-- season ending soon.
Our stated we have prepared what.
Could -- a basic freedom.
We we're asked to write letters home.
He's -- they journey is over a thousand.
-- I've only been out of the state of West Virginia a couple of what I don't bring court.
In 1960 yearning Wallace was a sixteen year old and Wayne county West Virginia.
Upon graduation -- only two things to do.
Rumor areas worked in the coal -- Or construction.
Was not very much for work was -- from world.
He's going to be in the old poster BM.
Blake birdie Wallace eighteen year old Oklahoman -- -- join the Marines on the eve of America's war in Vietnam.
I went in the Marine Corps and -- -- of fifteen.
Went to boot camp in the sixty.
Three years after Ed Roman arrived at boot camp eighteen year old Ed -- from different Ohio tried to join the army.
The army recruiter wasn't there then went over the Marines a marine crew was there.
Navy chiefs -- a step in here.
We're -- the name.
You even heard of you know I had heard out of it when I was in high school but it was just another company.
Just another country.
-- dense jungles -- great mountains and waterlogged rice paddies are much like its history.
Complex and dangerous.
Let -- and are wanting spread the French out.
That would Moise is a professor of history at Clemson university -- The mid nineteenth century.
Were being persecuted.
In Vietnam and in China and this issue it was a horror of what brought friends in two.
Involvement in both Vietnam and China.
And the French can't even go to China and wouldn't -- it.
-- Laos and Cambodia.
And the -- to hundreds and early twentieth century thousands of French migrated to Asia in search of wealth.
Made second class citizens in their own country the Vietnamese resistance French occupation -- violence.
At the end of World War I American president Woodrow Wilson envision -- -- world war.
Founded at the Paris peace conference in 1919.
The League of Nations was intended to be a new arena for people and countries to hash out their differences.
This high minded concept appeal to one young man in particular.
He showed up.
At the Paris peace conference won't -- better treatment for Vietnam and he was basically told she should go away that's what people.
The man ignored would later become known to the world is ho chi -- Loosely translated it means bring -- of -- Born -- 1890s youngest of three children Holbrooke witnessing his father's frustration at the repression he felt under French rule.
At age 41 who traveled to -- as the -- -- to see how the other half lives.
Coaching men would dedicate his life to a single purpose.
Controlled by the Russian revolution of 1917.
-- turned to the world's first Communist power.
Did you Russian revolutionary government was an enemy.
Hopeful capitalist government the reason -- become Communist was that it looked like a good avenue.
-- actually -- for Vietnam.
In 1920 while still in France -- -- -- helped found the French Communist Party.
He soon was living in Moscow.
Just give them some training.
But Communist international and an organizational techniques.
He is able to create.
What is officially founded in 1930 as the Indo Chinese companies are.
Using dozens of aliases he traveled to Asia preparing his people to fight for their independence and his original name was we -- tough -- He only -- in the use what she meant by accident he got arrested moderate.
-- he was stuck with the name he'd been arrested under.
During World War II America at some unlikely allies -- France -- -- Hitler.
Control of -- was lost to the Japanese.
Ho chi Minh and his -- joined the fight against America's enemies.
His main goal is try and with the friendship of the United States government.
And I wanted to be a part of the world.
From day one.
Coaching embattled Japanese sixteen year old Billy -- white absolved of Austin, Texas made his first attempt to get into the fight.
I ran off in 1940 fact I've done regardless of if you count.
To sit on my -- the -- are you I'm home and that put me in jail -- -- don't Obama otherwise she.
Call me back taxes I think -- where -- -- it would have to wait.
For his chance.
World War II brought peace and jubilation and then the comparison to expect a Vietnam ho chi -- had a message for the French -- was said to one of -- You will kill ten of us for every one of you that we killed.
You will get tired of -- first.
During the late 1940s associated -- the French America was focused on its own post war problems.
The French equipment for colonialism and that's not nice.
The Vietnam and are Communist led and that's not nice the only nice thing about problems that is not our problem but the Cold War made it our problem.
They start getting military aid.
Coming across the board trying to for the beginning of 1950.
The intensity of combat rescue -- that.
Goes way up.
But the 1950s America was a war against North Korea and then Communist China.
We also support the fight against -- -- men to the tune of two billion dollars by 1954.
The American taxpayers are paying.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- It may have 5420000.
French soldiers were defeated in the place called.
-- rag -- army surrounded the French still in 2000 and taking over 9000 prisoners.
The victory came with a steep price of the 100000 -- -- he had an inflated its 8000 were killed another 151000.
Paratroopers be dropped.
Into the Indian food -- you know where that was.
In 1954 Everett Alvarez was a sixteen year old high -- -- and Salinas California dreaming of flying but decade later Vietnam would make him one of the world's most famous violence.
I didn't care what -- What model as long and I flew jets.
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