Regular US combat units were deployed to Vietnam beginning in 1965, and while America’s direct military involvement ended on August 15, 1973, the last soldiers left Vietnam on March 29, 1975. The official statistics for Americans alone: 58,193 American soldiers killed; more than 300,000 wounded, and 2,000 troops missing in action.
Here, take a look back at how some of the military action was portrayed stateside by Newsweek magazine.
Newsweek – Maxwell Taylor in Vietnam
September 21, 1964
Americans in action/Vietnam War in color
Vietnam: The new war
General Westmoreland on the cover of Newsweek, 07-05-1965
Premier Ky: Who rules Vietnam?
Vietnam: The bombers go north
Welcome to the United States Army, on the cover of Newsweek, 04-11-1966
How goes the Vietnam war?
GIs routing Viet Cong from the Saigon Embassy
The agony of Khe Sanh
Can Vietnam stand alone?
The helicopter war
Home at last!
Prisoner of War Lt Commander Paul Galanti & his wife on the cover of Newsweek, 02-26-1973