7 Myths You Probably Believe About the Vietnam War
James Davis, the First Casualty
On July 8, 1959, two U.S. advisors were killed in an attack on Bien Hoa, South Vietnam, by insurgents the locals called “Viet Cong” – Vietnamese slang for “Vietnamese Communists.” More U.S. military advisers were sent. Officially, the first U.S. combat death occurred on December 22, 1961, when an enlisted man, Army Specialist James Davis with the 509th Radio Research Station, was shot by Viet Cong snipers on the road to the French garrison at Cau Xang.
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