The little-known early involvement in Vietnam came during the closing months of World War II in the Pacific Theater. It first began with the rescue of an American pilot by "Vietnamese partisans" and the leadership of a diminutive man with several different names, later known as "Ho Chi Minh." The support of the French in Vietnam would draw the United States into an enigmatic conflict that would last nearly 30 years. Learn of the first U.S. army casualty, Major Peter Dewey in September 1945, whose name still does not appear on "The Wall." Why does the date "1960" appear on the Vietnam Campaign medal? And why one of the earliest U.S. Army advisors exclaimed, "Where the hell is Saigon?" when he received orders to Vietnam. The mysterious beginnings of American military buildup that was kept classified until after 1971. The ghost of a WWII military leadership that was drawn into a guerrilla war and much more will be studied closely in this course.