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General William E. DePuyPreparing the Army for Modern War$
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Henry G. Gole

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125008

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125008.001.0001

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General William E. DePuy
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Henry G. Gole

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813125008.003.0010

When the family relocated to Germany, President John F. Kennedy delivered his Inaugural Address on January 20, 1961, in which he suggested that a new generation of Americans was ready to face whatever associated consequences came in accepting leadership. While DePuy was busy in Germany commanding his battle group, a series of significant international events occurred in Vietnam, Berlin, and Cuba. Robert S. McNamara, who served as Secretary of Defense to Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, attempted to draw attention to various aspects of policy failure and defeat as some assumptions like the domino theory and South Vietnam's ability to govern effectively itself were underestimated. After beginning work at the Pentagon in May 1962, Bill DePuy found himself engaged in the Vietnam War between 1964 and 1969.

Keywords:   President John F. Kennedy, Robert S. McNamara, Vietnam, domino theory, Vietnam War

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