Today in Military History: March 4, 1968, request for more troops in Vietnam

President Johnson greeting troops in Vietnam, circa 1966.

On March 4, 1968, a task force sends a memo advising the Johnson Administration to send 22,000 more troops to Vietnam.

The task force was created by the Johnson Administration in order to review the request by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Gen. Westmoreland for an additional 185,000 – 200,000 troops. The task force included Secretary of Defense Clark Clifford, Central Intelligence Agency Director Richard Helms; General Maxwell Taylor, Army; Assistant Secretary of State for Far Easter Affairs William Bundy; and Paul Warnek, head of the Pentagon’s policy office.

President Johnson and his advisors were looking to move away from the conflict and refused the request for more troops.

 

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