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Medical Officer Recalls Gulf of Tonkin Incident

On August 2, 1964, USS Maddox (DD-731) was on a routine patrol in the Gulf of Tonkin (international waters) when three North Vietnamese torpedo boats commenced a high speed torpedo run on her.  The incident would lead to the so-called “Gulf of Tonkin Resolution” giving the president the power “to take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against …

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