Conclusion. The "Vietnamization" of the war, which saw the U.S. gradually turn the fighting over to South Vietnam, is detailed. Also: veterans recall coming home to a divided nation; two POWs discuss their years at the "Hanoi Hilton" prison; and veterans explain how the war profoundly affected their lives.
Part 2 of 3. The growth of American forces in Vietnam to more than 500,000 troops by 1968 is detailed. The overwhelming force led some to believe victory was near, but that belief was shattered by the Tet Offensive, a surprise military attack launched by the North Vietnamese. Also: the U.S. military's rules for engaging the enemy; R&R breaks enjoyed by soldiers in Hawaii; and one soldier's romance with a South Vietnamese young woman who eventually became his wife.
This three-part chronicle of the Vietnam War, which features first-hand accounts of men and women who were there, begins with U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia during the mid-1950s and early '60s. The gradual escalation culminates in 1965 with the arrival of combat Marines and launch of the Rolling Thunder bombing campaign.