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This is the citadel in the center of way Vietnam.
-- -- of one of the fiercest engagement of the Vietnam War.
Good evening I'm Oliver North this is war stories.
The Lunar New Year there was supposed to be a truce for the religious holiday.
But what happened here was anything but -- ceasefire.
There were some 500000.
Americans serving here in Vietnam.
The last day of January the north Vietnamese and Viet -- once massive attacks catching the US and Vietnamese forces by surprise.
More than a hundred pounds -- assault.
Some say it was the beginning of the end of the Vietnam War.
But a summer of 1967.
Supported -- for the war in Vietnam.
You -- half of those interviewed in the Gallup poll that -- said they had no idea.
The war was a -- The United States have been the scene involving -- Edison's patent six.
US combat units were introduced in 1965.
And -- 196750000.
American troops have been killed.
That -- confident president Lyndon Johnson announced he was sending 50000.
Additional troops to the jungles of regret or contracting the -- that account.
Except for preferred propane.
LBJ also proposed that American -- average household income was under 8000 dollars big even deeper into their wallets.
In this summer of 1967.
President Johnson in order to pay for the war.
To impose -- surtax.
An extra 10% -- their income tax to pay for the war.
Gone over -- -- was a journalist covering Vietnam for Knight newspapers and later wrote that the turning point in the Vietnam War.
So the political.
Support for the war diminished sharply.
And in response president Johnson.
Tried to convince Americans that the war was very you -- And he put on what I thought the success offense.
He brought back to this country through west.
The -- of American forces yet.
Who appeared before congress.
And before that -- passed.
Told them that people what was.
Was an election here in America.
And the war was costing LBJ precious votes.
LBJ's problems continue tonight.
-- begin with a seizure of the USS Pueblo by northward and kindness who -- its crew of spying.
It'd -- at around 6000 Marines and soldiers are being held under -- at -- side -- north Vietnamese forces near the demilitarized zone separating north and south Vietnam.
But one thing both sides agreed upon was celebrating the Lunar New Year old -- That is the Vietnamese we.
Which is the biggest holidays in Vietnam.
It is so the combination of Christmas and New Year's and Thanksgiving Day all rolled into one.
-- -- -- -- by the Communist north Vietnamese seemed to promise the people of -- holidays breeze from the ever present anxiety of war and there had been.
Number of Houston -- -- -- Vietnam War both sides agreed not to have any military action.
During that period of time so the soldiers and -- that Google would be with their families.
-- celebration seemed like it would be no different than any other U.
Especially since both sides an announcement would be a cease fire when tech came up right.
Not to be out.
I'd be cordial Vietnamese because it was holiday.
But that would be a lot of fireworks store -- that we hear Edmund FitzGerald recalls his first took celebration after arriving in Vietnam.
There was a very festive.
If you really look if you.
Born in Yonkers, New York Ed FitzGerald was a 23 year old army intelligence officer when he was set to Saigon in December of 67.
I was an ROTC graduate of Fort -- And went to infantry school -- -- and I hope -- except Germany.
You're Smart enough or -- You're in -- were in uniform was supposed to work that these team.
Because it was a war and Saigon before it said it was still trying hang on him -- Paris.
But not everyone was convinced that cities like Saigon would remain out of the war.
-- January 5 1968.
The US embassy issued this press rooms warning of attacks during -- Taken from captured enemy documents that statement warned that quote.
The revolutionary forces are for the first time going to attempt attacks -- the major towns and cities including Saigon.
But it did not say where this was going to happen at most people didn't believe.
I got a copy of the press myself.
And I wrote in my own -- -- right next to it moonshine.
I didn't believe this would happen.
It was not a probably intelligence it was a probable belief that all that changed in late January just as the -- holiday -- -- -- -- More than five -- When the thirtieth of January yeah in the main attacks which took place right on the rest of the country could -- a day later on the reverse.
In a brazen move the north Vietnamese and -- south Vietnamese supporters the Vietcong simultaneously target and more than a hundred cities towns and military bases.
One of these assaults would deeply wound the American site.
A daring attack on the US embassy in Saigon.
The American Embassy is a place that Americans can again it.
If you say.
Be so our.
He's been longer or some other place just outside.
-- -- of words to Americans but when you say they're attacking the embassy.
People who picture that is something very important.
Radio and turned on the -- what was going wrong.
And that's when -- museums.
And nothing like what -- -- morning country at that time.
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