The Vietnam War is truly one of the most unique wars ever fought by the United
States or by any country. It was never officially declared a war. It had no official beginning or
an official end. It was fought over 10,000 miles away in a virtually unknown country. The
enemy and the allies looked exactly alike, and may by day be friends, but by night become
enemies. It matched the tried and true tactics of
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servicemen listed as missing in action (Joes 111). The tally is still incomplete.
The effects on the American people at home were also devastating. Families lost
their children to a war they didn't understand. A poll was taken shortly after the war's
end, and it asked if the U.S. should intervene and send troops over to Russia to try and
stop them for spreading any more Communism ideas. Only 34 percent of people voted
yes (Joes 112).