The River Styx (January 1964-December 1965)
With South Vietnam in chaos, hardliners in Hanoi seize the initiative and send combat troops to the south, accelerating the insurgency. Fearing Saigon’s collapse, President Johnson escalates America’s military commitment, authorizing sustained bombing of the north and deploying ground troops in the south.
In Hanoi, two North Vietnamese factions disagree about how best to proceed in the war.
North Vietnamese forces ambush South Vietnamese Marines responding to a downed helicopter.
An antiwar movement begins to grow as Americans learn of the conflict in Vietnam.
Soldiers discuss the psychological shock of witnessing death on the battlefield.
A Marine discusses his surprise in discovering the beauty of the Vietnamese landscape.
A journalist discovers that it is not always possible to remain neutral reporting on war.
In a taped conversation, President Johnson expresses concern about the war in Vietnam.