March 2 1965 – Operation Rolling Thunder Begins Over North Vietnam

March 2 1965 – Operation Rolling Thunder Begins Over North VietnamRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons After more than a decade of providing assistance to the government of South Vietnam, the United States expanded its involvement in the Vietnamese conflict with the start of Operation Rolling Thunder on March 2, 1965. The bombing raids escalated the scope of destruction approved by President Lyndon Johnson, allowing the US Air Force (USAF) to strike strategic targets within North Vietnam and suspected hideouts for the Communist-backed Viet Cong rebels, a prelude to wider participation by ground forces. During the mid-1950s, Vietnam existed as two separate nations divided by a demilitarized zone put […]