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The M16 And Vietnam

The M16 is known as the Vietnam gun, and for good reason. Vietnam remains one of the most controversial wars in the history of the United States. What started as an inner conflict between the South and North Vietnamese gradually turned into a full-scale war. American military aid was first given at 1950. That turned into military advisors, which were sent in 1955. Marines and Special Forces were dispatched a little bit later, to aid the South Vietnamese in their training process. The numbers of advisors swelled to many thousands. Air strikes began to take place in 1965, and by 1967 the number of U.S. soldiers in Vietnam reached almost 486,000. In 1969, the first U.S. forces were withdrawn from Vietnam, and by 1974 all U.S. presence was withdrawn. The M16 (still named AR-15 at the time, since it wasn’t officially military issue) got its first taste of combat action…