July 8, 1965: American paratroopers charging into the fire from Viet Cong machine-guns killed more than 100 communist guerrillas in three battles in the jungles of combat Zone D, 30 miles north of Saigon.

July 9, 1965: U.S. Marines mounted an amphibious counter-attack today that recovered a captured South Vietnamese naval base and trapped a Viet Cong battalion of 300 to 400 men against the sea. Heavy fighting was reported with casualties on both sides.

July 12, 1965: The number of American troops in South Vietnam is expected to exceed 100,000 before the end of the summer, but the Defense Department apparently has no plans to call up reserves or increase draft calls now.

July 13, 1965: President Lyndon B. Johnson said today the United States may face “new and serious decisions” in the near future concerning the war against the communists in Vietnam.

July 14, 1965: Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara said today the accelerating U.S. military buildup in south Vietnam would force the administration to consider mobilizing the reserves and National Guard and increasing draft calls. McNamara said there now are 65,000 “hard core” communist guerrillas in South Vietnam compared to half that number a few months ago.

Source: Herald archives

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