The Vietnam War lasted from 1955 to 1975 and, to this day, is widely regarded as a needless conflict with catastrophic results and few accomplished end goals; the United States government viewed its involvement as an effort to stop the worldwide spread of communism. These photos only show small glimpses into the lives of citizens, soldiers, and the battles they fought.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Warning
34th United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered a farewell address to the nation in January 1961. His speech is remembered for being the first reference to the military industrial complex; during the Vietnam War era, the phrase gained acceptance and widespread use.
“The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist,” Eisenhower said.
The Living Room War
Writer Michael Arlen popularized the term “living-room war” while writing for the New Yorker. Journalists, politicians, and citizens watched war coverage whenever they had free time. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was deeply impacted by media coverage of the war and considered television programming to be nearly as important as what took place on the battlefield.