II - PRELUDE TO WAR
going to Vietnam, many soldiers were shown a Department of Defense film
explaining America's role in Vietnam. In this gallery, visitors
will view audio-visual presentations featuring various leaders and statesmen
including Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon discussing
the reasons for our presence in Indochina and Vietnam.
presentations will include the history of the Cold War, the "Domino
Theory," and a brief history of colonial Vietnam, through the partition
of the country in 1954. Maps, artifacts such as weapons and uniforms
from the period, and significant images from the Cold War era will be
included in the exhibits in this gallery.
throughout the world, as well as material about and images of world
leaders from this period will be included. This will allow visitors
to better understand the significance of the world situation on decision
making in the United States government. Only by understanding the era
can we begin to appreciate the rationale behind these decisions.